As an author, I’ve discovered that the real world is just one big book. Think about it, our lives are stories. In As You Like It, William Shakespeare wrote, “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players.” It can’t be a coincidence that all writers notice this theme about life. So what can you learn from books? Here are 5 life-changing lessons:
Your Terrible Year Is Just the Prologue of Your Amazing Story
If you’re having a horrible year, or just a horrible time in general, then don’t fret. You’re just in the prologue section of your life story, and things need to be bad before they get better. It’s just how the formula works. That’s why so many people who suffer from depression and then overcome it tell others also suffering from depression that it does get better. No matter how bad things get, even if you’re at your lowest point, just know that you are about to start an amazing journey full of adventures and amazing accomplishments. And as the protagonist of your story, you will rise and overcome the bad times.
Your Struggle Is Just the Rising Action Before the Climax
Everyone has goals and dreams, and we’re all (hopefully) working hard to make them come true. It may seem at times that your struggle isn’t getting you anywhere, but the truth is, it is just the rising action before the climax. You have to push through. Things may stand in your way, people might tell you that you won’t make it, and you might even fail a few times, but that’s just how events are in the rising action of any book. You have to get back up and try again and again until you reach the climax of the story and finally win against all the obstacles and negative comments.
Protagonists Always Win in the End
It’s true. Protagonists always win. In one form or another, they win. If nothing is going your way and the world feels like it is crashing down on you, remind yourself that you are the protagonist of your own story, and you will win. Even in sad books, protagonists find a way to make the bad times into good times. Keep in mind that emotional and personal growth are a win in the end, even if you don’t get exactly what you hoped for.
Mistakes Make Characters Who They Are and Make Them More Exciting
Don’t let the mistakes of your past push you down. Characters who have made many mistakes tend to learn from those mistakes and rise above them. In fact, their mistakes make them exciting. For instance, a character becomes much more interesting when he realizes he was a bully in his past and ensures that no one else gets bullied. He apologizes to all the people he hurt and tries to help victims of bullying as well as bullies themselves because he knows that bullies are just people with personal problems they can’t handle on their own. This character is someone people now love. His mistakes have changed him for the better. So don’t let your mistakes destroy you. Learning from your errors and moving forward is a sign of strong character.
Even the Weak Can Be Strong
Books tell us that even weak character can be heroes. Think of Neville Longbottom from the Harry Potter series; he was a weakling, but in the end, he was a hero. Never think of yourself as too weak to fight whatever battle you face, because even the weakest of the weak can be strong. Know your weaknesses and strengths and use your talents to win.
What do you think of these life-changing lessons from books? Have they been helpful to you?
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