Looking at life from a writer’s perspective, there’s a beginning, middle and end, right?
What if like some novels, we choose to end the story in the middle or not quite the end?
When we reach the point of ending the story prematurely, we discover who are friends are, who the people are that really care about us and whether our lives mean anything to someone else.
There are two times I’ve wanted to end my story, but I kept the writer guessing, wondering which way I would go.
When we keep the writer guessing, we keep life interesting, and if life is interesting, we want to discover how the story ends.
The first time I wanted to end the story, I was 13, I was bullied often and generally treated horribly.
I sat up late one night, holding a hobby knife as if it were a crucifix. I remember that night better than most. The way my sheets felt, the way I cried, and the way the story kept going.
I let the writer keep doing his thing because I wanted to see how the story would end, or at least how I would get out of the situation I was in. Things got better, I moved in with my mom and step-dad and I started a new school. I made friends, none of which I can remember, but I got through it. I let the story go on.
When I talk about these things some people believe I shouldn’t talk about how I wanted to die, not because I was selfish, but because I thought it was the best thing for my family. I believed they would be better if I weren’t there.
The second time, was more recent.
In February, I sat in my car after work, cried for 20 minutes and called my wife and told her, “I think I need to do something different.”
My work day had been horrible. I got in an argument with a co-worker. My work had been poor and didn’t really care if I made it home.
The whole drive home I hoped I would get in a wreck, I would die and my family would be better off. I believed that because my mind told me that’s what would happen.
That night, I sat at my computer, wrote a little bit and felt a little better.
I didn’t get in a wreck, or try to cause one, but I wanted to. The reason I didn’t was I wanted to see how my story ends, and I know it isn’t close to the final chapter.
I still have grandchildren I want to see. A daughter I want to see get married and a son I want to see turn into a man.
There are many parts of my story which are waiting in future chapters, the most important are still to come and I know that life isn’t done until the those two words come across the screen…The End!