Life is a Horror Story & We’re Living in it

I’ve wondered how to indicate that life is not this ball of fluff that we quite often make it out to be, without sounding like a pessimist. Alas, it is 2020 and a microbe is ravaging the world, schools are shuttered close and ice skating rinks are being used to store the unpreceedent volume of dead bodies. I feel like I can say it out loud now, and no matter who you are, or where you are, you can relate.

The ongoing pandemic is not the reason I’ve come to see the world as a horror story. The characters, the setting, the plot, the conflict, the resolution of a horror story closely mirror what we as humans have come to know as “everyday life”. The characters in a horror story, they have lives, they have a sense of normalcy typically. The setting, sometimes, it’s new, sometimes, it’s a familiar place that they already know. The plot, well, it embodies eveything that happens from the time the movie reel begins and we’re introduced to the first character, it is what happens. The Conflict, if we’re being horror-movie specific, involves living or dying.The resolution in a horror movie usually involves life after the death of a few of the surviving characters. The resolution, eerily-similar to real life, reinforces that the darkness still lingers, the surving characters have gotten past it for now, but it is not the end.

We begin our lives, unconscious of our purpose, but as we grow, the ideals and morals of the people around us become ours. We grow a sense of normalcy, we hold jobs that we go to 8 hours a day. We have friends and family that we learn to love and rely on. We own cars and we form routines, we set expectations. Like a horror movie, the plot thickens and our sense of normalcy is often challenged by the dark forces of life- an accident, a miscarriage, depression,a chronic illness, loss of our loved ones, loss of our assets, a pandemic, a natural disaster, war, poverty. The list goes on, and we’ll each have our own conflicts to battle, some of us will have more conflicts than others. Some of our stories will be short, some of our stories will be long. One at a time, we will lose the characters in our lives, or be the stricken-character. The surprise element of darkness and fear that is intrinsic to horror movies is mirrored in real life.

We don’t schedule the conflicts, we don’t know what elements we will face. When the conflict arises, we will try to avoid it, and return to our sense of normalcy. We forget though, that normalcy isn’t up to us and no matter where we go or what we do, the darkness will find us. Should we find a means to shoulder the burden and learn to live with our loss, it’s always somewhere in the back of our minds. There’s always another element of darkness, lingering around, waiting to appear in front of the next character. Quite frankly, we might not know the plot of the horror story that we are currently living, but we do know that it ends with us all dying. We don’t know what will happen after, but we do know that, where there is life, there continues to be death.

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Doyin J

Doyin J

Living life as a 26 year old mother, wife, professional girly girl. Writing about it too!