Every major decision we make follows a story we’re telling ourselves in our heads. Unless we’re filthy rich, we rarely make a large purchase like a house or car without some deep thought and consideration.
Part of this analysis consists of weighing value in comparison to cost — is this cherry red convertible worth $30,000?
But, perhaps an even larger part in our decision making is deciding whether or not the purchase fits our own narrative. Does our character in our narrative drive a cherry red convertible? Or, is she more the Prius save the Earth type?
When people fly off the handle and make big crazy decisions that don’t align with their stories, usually this means they’ve discovered the narrative they’ve been living isn’t the narrative they want to live anymore.
Sometimes this happens in someone’s twenties, other times later in someone’s fifties. It’s called a plot twist and it can end in one of two ways: the character’s demise or the character’s first steps towards greatness.
By Cole Schafer.