The Quest: A Sort of Prologue

I am a storyteller. I haven’t always described myself as such. I mean I went to film school and all. That should have made it pretty obvious that I liked telling stories. I’ve recently been thinking a lot about what I want to do with my life and what I’m supposed to do with my life. Am I doing it now? If I’m not doing it now, what does it look like? Is it vocational or recreational? Why does it matter?

It’s all about story. I may be on to something here. Story. It’s a part of our everyday lives. It’s something that brings us together. We’re entertained by story. We see it on TV, in movies, in pictures, in blogs, in the news, in a book, over conversations at Starbucks… It’s all around us. We like to share our stories. We want to know other people’s stories. I think it’s not only inherent to being human but it’s uniquely human. It’s about more than events (plot). It encompasses locations (settings) and other people (characters). Things we heard about academically from the time we crossed the threshold into Kindergarten (or Preschool for those of you that went).

I think we’re all on a quest for story. We want to know who we are, what we’re supposed to do with our lives, who we’re going to marry, what our kids will become, what will make us happy, where we are supposed to live, when is the time right for whatever… I know I have a few of those questions. Okay, more than a few. The Quest drives many of us in varying ways.

I’m a dreamer. I wonder about the answers to those questions on my personal quest to find out my own story. Maybe that’s part of what makes me a good storyteller. Being a dreamer that is. Remember, we’re all on a quest. So, about the dreamer thing, I don’t really know. Nonetheless, I’m thinking about life’s what ifs more often than I can keep track of. Why? It’s all about the quest. Okay, it’s really all about the story. But the quest is about finding the story, so it’s about the quest too.

Do you see the quest for story in your life and are you actively pursuing it?

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6 Replies to “The Quest: A Sort of Prologue”

  1. Dude. I was just thinking along these lines recently. I was thinking along the lines of a look back. If I were to write my autobiography, how interesting would it be? How would it impact people? Would anyone buy it? How thick would it be?

    In other words, will I have lived a life worthy of retelling?

  2. the best musicians are use storytellers. you can't write a song with a catchy beat and great hook in the chorus, but the best songs actually have something to say. when you say something beautiful in a song, it speaks to the soul, it goes deep.

  3. the best musicians are use storytellers. you can't write a song with a catchy beat and great hook in the chorus, but the best songs actually have something to say. when you say something beautiful in a song, it speaks to the soul, it goes deep.

  4. the best musicians are use storytellers. you can't write a song with a catchy beat and great hook in the chorus, but the best songs actually have something to say. when you say something beautiful in a song, it speaks to the soul, it goes deep.

  5. I can definitely relate to these thoughts. I often wonder how my life would read if it were written by others; for example, would they judge me for decisions I have made? I don't know… but I want my story to encourage others on their “quests.”

  6. the best musicians are use storytellers. you can’t write a song with a catchy beat and great hook in the chorus, but the best songs actually have something to say. when you say something beautiful in a song, it speaks to the soul, it goes deep.

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