Those Who Fall

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Think for a moment why you read.

Now think about the kind of people you read about.

Now think for another moment about why people write about those people.

Life for most people is boring. We read and write to escape into another room of the universe where there are interesting people. But the thing about imaginary people is that they are still just as boring as real ones unless they do interesting things. Yes, average or even weak people can make for interesting stories, but only if they are exposed to extraordinary circumstances. It can sometimes be therapeutic to write about such general day to day life, but no one wants to take the time to read about someone who lives their drab day to day life and never encounters any difficulty to overcome.

The best people to write or read about are the ones who fail, the ones who are beaten down, the ones who fall over and over and over again… and then get back up and do something about it.

The people who are worth our time are the ones who face down the dragon and get stomped on, but survive. They nurse their wounds into scars and then they hunt the dragon down and try again to save the day, even though it could very much mean their end.

Some people accept their dull, boring lives. Some people accept defeat as finality. Some people even fight their whole lives for a success or victory that they never actually wanted.

But some people take the plunge. They open themselves to the opportunity to fail. They fall. But that gives them the chance to get up even stronger, to change things, to make a good story. Those are the people who are worth my time to create.

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