Live as a Protagonist
Nothing really matters, yet everything matters. Everything is of relative importance on different scales, to different ends, and different people. This is a conundrum that has perplexed me for a while, mostly because I wanted an answer. I wanted an answer to the question: Why should I care about everything?
After a lot of careful thought, I found a solution that works for me. I intend to live my life like the protagonist. I think this solution is rather simple, and universal, if you have a taste anything fictitious.
To be a protagonist is to be the lead of a story, to be interesting, to succeed or fail. The things I like, the stories, and fiction hold little consequence to what I perceive to be the “real” world. However, even the “real” things seem unimportant when placed to scale.
In order to have importance, something must be given importance. One can easily dismiss anything as unimportant, as long as they accept the consequences. But, to live in a story is to have a self-contained existence. You can give your life importance by treating it like a story. That’s not to say a journal of your adventures is worth more than a speck of dust, but an interesting life, a life well lived, is as important as anything and everything because it is the unit of one’s existence.
In conclusion, I think it is reasonable to say someone should live his/her life as a protagonist. I will; I will carry on, and be the best person I can be; I will march forward, and refuse to let the story end; I will the best me I can be; I will seize the day and make sure every last moment would be worth reading about. I will live my life so that it interests me, and would be something that I or someone else would want to learn about.
I think that’s a rather good goal.