They have exits and their entrances “(Shakespeare’s As You Like It, 1600)
Shakespeare puts forth the idea that our world is a stage, that we are mere actors: expanding on this notion we can ask how are we acting in our own dramas and whose script are we following?
If you are not following your own script, then you must be following someone else’s.
In relation to our character qualities, some of which we like, but more often than not these traits that we don’t like are the dominant drivers of our actions. These traits that are “not good “is where our greatest power lies. Like stage directions they point us in the direction of our true destiny.
In life our hardship, trials and tribulations can be opportunities to re-write our scripts, our history. The word History comes from the Greek word historia meaning inquiry, knowledge acquired by investigation. It is the discovery, collection and organisation and presentation of information about past events. These emotions, these feelings garnered from those periods of our lives, are our guidance of what is no longer serving us. We have upon reflection the gift of renewal.
Every great dramatic work evolves due to conflict. Conflict allows the character to evolve, to explore and grow leading to transformations. Conflicts in our lives grow us; grow our story to another level. In Emily Dickinson’s poem entitled “The Soul Selects Her Own Society - “The Soul can be viewed in the light that it selects because the “body” cannot; that the body is fated by birth, family, society. When you write your own script you are empowered to be the true hero in your own story and create your own history.
In all good dramas, the characters wear masks. The masks hide their true identities, their shadows.
What mask is covering your light, your true identity, your shadows?
What mask is covering your happiness?
So what role are you playing in your life?
What role do you want to play?
Whose life, whose story is it anyway?