Seriously - the past year, being out of school, has made me fall more in love with narrative than ever before. I still can't articulate how awed I am by the power God gave us when He decided, "they will be story-tellers."
I recently read an article on Relevant called "Why Christian's should Read more Fiction." Excellent article! A few favorite bits:
I’d like to make a case for the imagined stories, the ones that can throttle our hearts and challenge our biases, and for the fictional characters who, if we get close enough, can become real...I get all "jump-up-and-down-in-your-chair-excited" when reading this article. Over the weekend, I was with extended family, all of whom were asking, "What's next for you?" or "Still thinking of grad school?" And yes, yes it's still a thought. But it challenges me to think, what comes after the summer? What comes after this particular season of my life?
The writer takes the chaos of what he sees, and does his best to weave a unified story that is somehow reflective of that experience. And it’s not necessarily his message or theme that is his offering of what is beautiful. The story itself is the offering. The story is the prayer...
We shouldn’t overlook the power of stories, both real and imagined, to move us, break down our walls and send us out wanting to love more...
Then, today, my boss took me out to lunch and we spent most of the time comparing notes on books. "Count of Monte Cristo - one of the best endings ever!" "Oh The Road was good, but terribly depressing..." "Oh, you should get the goodreads app - it'll track your books and lists for you!" "Julian Barne's, Sense of an Ending - now there's a brilliant take on memory and fiction..." And there I am. Coming alive, again, when immersed in a conversation about narrative.
I have few specifics on what "career" I should pursue (I think I'm a bit too stir-crazy / "artistic" / hippy for a traditional "career"), but I know I need to be surrounded by and immersed in narrative.
Basically, I need to find a job where people will pay me to read and discuss good books! Does that position exist?