On the Simple Mom blog, guest blogger Corey Allan recently wrote a piece titled How to Live a Better Story (thanks to Janika Dillon for flagging). Allan starts his post with, “One of the many pitfalls that lead to a monotonous life is the failure to discover the story you’re living within. In other words, “If your life were a movie, would you want to go see it?”
He continues, “according to the guru of story Robert McKee, there are three elements that must be present in order for a story to be good.
- There has to be a main character you care about.
- There has to be some sort of conflict.
- There has to be a climactic ending.”
A movie I want to see is the life of 12 year-old Olivia Pierce.
Olivia is a happy, healthy 12-year-old who, in the spring of 2010, was looking forward to her upcoming ballet recital and 6th grade graduation from Summit Montessori. In mid-April, shortly before a trip to Tokyo, she started to complain about an on-and-off pain in her leg. A visit to the pediatrician suggested Osgood-Schlatter’s Disease, a common overuse injury in adolescents. Olivia took it easy on her leg and went on to perform beautifully in her spring ballet recital. A few weeks later she developed a bump on her shin, and two days before her graduation, X-rays and an MRI showed a tumor that was later confirmed as osteosarcoma.
Michele and Olivia have started Silver Linings to chronicle Olivia's story, to make meaning of her life. I'm going to click through, and leave a comment, letting Olivia know I'm watching her movie, that I'm rooting for her.
I hope you will too!
Any other thoughts?
One way to bring action into our life (and marriage) movie is to ask ‘What if?' questions, Allan writes. Olivia and her family don't need to ask this question. The question showed up, and plopped itself right on their front door. If that hasn't happened to you, what is your ‘What if?' question?
I'll go first.
Top of mind. Stream of consciousness.
What if I really got serious about venture capital, of finding a way to incubate and fund early stage businesses, with an emphasis on those owned by women?