What is your theme? Subplots? Returning characters? Plot devices?
Long ago, as a young woman, I was introduced to the notion of relating my own life and my experiences as an archetype from the great stories and myths, in order to make sense of it all. Make sense of my own life, that is. Which character might I be, or was I, or do I want to become? The Heroine? The Explorer on a quest? the Teacher, the Caregiver, the Jester, the Lover, the …
Often we fit more than one archetype while one may be more dominant and it’s seen most obviously at various stages of our lives.
That is one of the gifts of the story or of the myth, they share with us the ability to understand more fully the life and world going on around us. Even the mundane.
Sometimes we have that cognizance, of seeing and interpreting the world and perhaps our daily experiences as our own storyteller. Perhaps from the viewpoint of the Caregiver, or even the Outlaw.
This blog post excerpt, What is Your Storyteller Doing?, by Mary O’Malley presented a thought provoking experience on her reaction to something while doing something as seemingly simple as swimming laps.