Every good story has them. They usually take place just after the story wraps you in its world. Their purpose is to rock the main character out of their daily routine into a greater, bigger, badder world. You know the moment I’m talking about:
When Luke Skywalker’s aunt and uncle are murdered, so he has no choice but to follow Obiwan.
When Effie plucks Prim’s name from the reaping and Katniss volunteers in her place.
When Harry receives his letter from Hogwarts.
When Warner breaks up with Elle Woods.
When Peter Parker is bitten by a radioactive spider.
When Elizabeth Bennet goes to the party with her sisters and meets Mr. Darcy.
These are the irrevocable moments that change everything. Without them, there are no adventures.
The hero or heroine could continue in their little worlds going about their little business. But they were made for so much more.
So although many plot twists initially seeming negative, they are still necessary for the main character to grow, and ultimately, to be victorious.
Here is my question for you:
What are your plot twists?
What are the moments that forever rerouted your journey, for better or for worse?
More often than not, we can’t change the plot twists life hurls in our direction. But we can control our reactions to them. We can allow these devastating moments to defeat us, or to redirect us. We can choose to wallow, or to win.
Choosing defeat, or choosing to move forward is a fork in the road. One road leads us toward becoming the hero of our story. The other road leads us toward becoming a minor character.
You know the ones I’m talking about. The characters with only a few lines who watch the heroes take the journey instead of walking the road themselves.
If you read this and thought, “How could I be more than a minor character?” STOP! This is completely untrue. You were woven for your story. Who you are, where you are, what you’ve been through, and what you will go through are no accident. But you and I have the choice in how to respond to each and every plot twist.
Every story needs a hero. I beg of you:
Be the hero of your own story.
Don’t let circumstance, significant others, insignificant others, or failure take the leading role. Hold your head high. Step into your hero shoes. Today. Tomorrow. And the day after.
And next time something unexpected derails your plans, cue the music and yell,