This is a continuation of Wednesday’s post. If you haven’t read it yet, go here and read it.
To know that we have to change our path is very different from successfully changing our path. So how do we do this? How do I take what I want to do and make it stick? I mean, I’ve tried so many times to change, but end up in the same spot.
We are living a story. The question is, is your story one that is interesting, and that others want to be a part of, or is it boring. Do you like where your story will have you end up?
In storytelling/writing/film, there is a term known as the “Inciting Incident”. An inciting incident is a doorway that you are forced through and through which there is no return. Usually the main character in a story is living a fairly boring life, until their inciting incident. Then they were faced with a choice. Let it move them into a better story, one that is beyond themselves, or let it pass by, clean up the mess, and go back to their boring. meaningless. life.
Think of all of your favorite stories. Lord of the Rings. Star Wars. Braveheart. Gladiator. All of these have an inciting incident.
– In Lord of the Rings, Frodo was given a ring. He didn’t ask for it, He didn’t want to take it to Rivendell, but the only other option was to be the cause for the end of the world. Not really much of a choice there. Inciting Incident.
– In Star Wars, the only family Luke had ever known was killed. Inciting Incident.
– Braveheart & Gladiator. William Wallace lost his wife. Maximus lost his wife and kid. Causing them to fight against the evil ruling powers.
Now probably none of us will have our families murdered by evil, oppressive governments, or be given a magical ring that we have to take to an evil land or risk the destruction of the world. But maybe your inciting incident is the loss of a job, an introduction to a beautiful woman (or man, for the ladies). We are living a story. Don’t let your inciting incidents pass you by. Let them take you into a wild, exciting, story that is far better than you could have ever imagined!
Feel free to leave a comment about your inciting incident(s) in your life, or click the contact link at the top of the page, I would love to hear your thoughts!
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