What if …?
Narratives - also known as stories - are an important aspect of human nature. Many works of art and works of literature narrate something - yes, they tell us stories. And what’s more, our own life is itself a narrative. Life’s quite a story, isn’t it? That’s right, once upon a time you were born.
Now, when reviewing the story of your life and reflecting on your actions, have you ever asked yourself: “What if …?” Have you ever considered an alternative future based on different choices you had in the past - a different city, a different college, a different job, a different partner …?
“In all fictional works, each time a man is confronted with several alternatives, he chooses one and eliminates the others.” A captivating story line in various books and films - alternate parallel universes based on the paths the central character could take!
In the film “Sliding Doors,” the main character’s life changes drastically depending on whether or not she catches a train - an action that causes different outcomes in her life.
In the film “Mr. Nobody,” a boy stands on a station platform as a train is about to leave. Should he go with his mother or stay with his father? Infinite possibilities arise from this decision. As long as he doesn’t choose, anything is possible.
Can you foresee what awaits us? Do you know where we are going from here? Yes! This is the kind of writing this article wants us to explore! With it, we want to make our readers - and ourselves - feel the abyss in an infinity of possibilities. We’ll get to choose a different way of telling our life’s story - our life’s stories - by asking ourselves: “What if …?”
What if you’ve never asked yourself: “What if …?”! What if this is the perfect time to do so? What if you open a fortune cookie and it has a blank paper strip inside? What if every time you write a story from now on it comes true? What if this what if …? brings you back to this exact moment in time when you are being asked to ask yourself: “What if …?”