Great stories are always stories of redemption.
In a great story we want to watch characters we can identify with, and we want to see them in great trouble. We want to see them go through the good, the bad and the ugly. We want to see them facing the worst imaginable hardships, heartbroken, in danger and alone. We want to tremble with them, and be unsettled on their behalf. We want to see them utterly deprived, deserted, overwhelmingly challenged, terribly stuck - and even dying a gruesome death.
Yet in real life we can't stand situations that are even remotely hard and unsettling. If "bad things" do happen, we tend to run away, get depressed, pity ourselves. We moan and groan and complain, we think "Why me?" or we even try to commit suicide. How many people in their right minds would consider hardships as great chances for personal growth while in the middle of them? Yet they do happen even though we would all much rather choose for our lives to be never-ending "happy" stories. We automatically hope for a relief in the end of every story we choose to read or watch - we instinctively wait for even the most exciting, nerve-wrecking story to take a sudden turn towards the end, so that the bad are punished and the good redeemed - and we - as readers or spectators can take a breath, all relieved.
Yet when bad things happen in real life ever so often we still (unconsciously?) choose ways of self-destruction and make bad choices without foreseeing their destructive consequences and then we try to close our eyes and hope that no one sees our shame - we ever so often don't even dare to hope for a happy ending, we keep things to ourselves - only to see our wounds surfacing at the most unwanted, inconvenient moments, developing a great power of destruction for ourselves and the people around us, especially those we love most and who are closest to us. We choose to live in denial. Have we learned anything from the stories we read or watched? Still the consequences of regretted decisions is what we tend to drag behind.
How come we tend to forget that our lives are some of the greatest stories ever written, stories that - just like any good story - can be told from one perspective or the other. Stories that are perfect stories of redemption - if we would only understand them as such? There is hope for every person to turn their story - however twisted - into a happy ending!
There are innumerous stories out there - to be REWRITTEN!