This week has been a change in the regular routine as my spouse has returned to work three days a week. Between the two of us, it has been eight months since regular income has flowed back into the household. This has shifted responsibilities to me that are new for me. They include nightly homework with the three children. Now, this is only two night out of the week, but it has cut into the writing time. Don’t get me wrong. I like the new changes, but it will take some time to adjust. This brought me to the topic of the post.
Changes are never an easy thing, but we all have a need to understand them and persevere through them. That is not to say that all are difficult, but they do require a little change in the routine and thinking. As we are human beings that are capable of great things, I believe that we are in need of some great changes. The status quo might be a part of the formula in a society’s orderly function, but the stagnant ideas become soiled and corrupted. It is like a bottle of Italian dressing. The oil floats to the top and the rest of the ingredients sink to the depths.
My proposal is not a complete upheaval of society into a form of anarchy. In fact, I am often able to go through the day with a little structure and order. Those days are often easier to sail through, but, at the end, I face the question of the cost in the case of everyday being like that. Some part of my psyche taps me on the shoulder and speaks the words of the archaic wisdom that an easy life is never the best. Of course, I chalk that up to the old paradigm filtered into me via my upbringing. In a conservative Christian home, the doctrine is that an easy life leads to sin and destruction. Their point was that the straight and narrow way was hard and forced a person to earn the rewards at the end.
It is my proposal to break the cycle that we are all so used to and make a change. It can be something simple like new body soap or change in daily routine. It can be drastic as a change in life career. Nothing truly stops a person except themselves. With this thought, I have considered a few changes to my own life. As I don’t exactly have a career at this time, I have an open field to choose from. I have turned to some strange changes to meet my needs, but nothing has struck me as becoming a constant. Writing this blog has become a bit habit forming, but I like that aspect.
My family has made some changes to their lives also and it is interesting to watch it all play out. The youngest has continued her quest to be an artist and dancer, so I have encouraged her to practice the technique of both. She has learned to mimic the motions of other dancers. She has learned to study the techniques of drawing. I have noticed that she loves both.
For the middle child, he has turned to learning more and more about the game of chess in a competitive manner. His strengths of strategy have accelerated as he plays against better players beyond me. I have noted to him that his aggressiveness has increased exponentially, which has made our games a little more competitive. He grows with confidence everyday.
The eldest has turned her education focus to a vet tech program which allows her to embrace her love for animals. She truly loves to be around them, but to learn the technical side of caring for animals has opened her to a whole new world. I am very pleased with her work and hope that this continues this two year program.
My spouse and I are working to make the stability for the children a constant at home. Changes in our lives happen, but for them, it needs to stay consistent. In order to meet this challenge, we have made the changes that are necessary. Perhaps that is the point that I want to convey. Changes in our lives can be made for the better while keeping a strong, stable foundation. Believe this at home and maybe society will start to understand the same idea.
To me, this post marks a little milestone in my illustrious blog. This will be my fiftieth post and I hope to make the occasion something a little special. I note this as a milestone because it is the longest period of time with writing on a daily routine for me. It comes as a small bit of personal therapy to share bits of myself. I have recovered a lot from this and hope to continue. So, in honor of number fifty, here are some thoughts that I pulled from my files.
Each of us has a manner of philosophy when it comes to the different social issues that are swirling around the media coverage. In the past, during the present, and suggested in our dreams of the future, we have our idea of a utopian world. Some might see that the world would be at peace if cultural or religious beliefs did not get in the way of logical thoughts. This might lead a few minds to believe that if we were able to forget some of the differences that we have with each other, then we might have a chance to settle our squabbles over wealth, power, and resources. However, what kind of a world would we have if everyone was forced to think the same?
This brought me to the idea that the human race has a strong root in the concept of conflict. It is just as strong as the need we have for stability and order. It is this very opposition of world views that fuels the events of the world and the stories of our cultures. In a fictional story, there is a need for the protagonist to move the world around from static order to healing change or from destructive chaos to stable order. The characters in the story work from these diametrically opposing views in their own ways.
It was this ideal that helped me come to the general thought of a novel that I am working on. In it, I was to shake up some of the classical myths such as Zeus reigning on high. I have been a student of these very stories. In recent times, I have watched movies and read books to compare my thoughts. Most of them present the struggle of the Olympians facing off or being helped to battle against the imprisoned Titans. In some, the Titans are attempting to escape and use someone to help. Others, the Olympians are simply trying to stay important to the mortals, so they do not become obsolete. In the end, the mortals find immortality as a hero to help the Olympians retain their powers.
So, here is my idea. From the collections of myths and epic poems, the ancient Hellenes were able to pass along a connection story of heroes called the Trojan Cycle. It is this thread of myths and legends that we are able to see the Trojan War and its heroes play out. By the end, we have come to understand the rage of Achilles, the authority of Agamemnon, and the cleverness of Odysseus. Their names live on and the Olympians continue to keep their place. To the Romans, who inherited this legacy, the story continues into their world with the travels of Anchises and Aeneas. Each tales is a struggle of the healing change against the static world except Aeneas. He is presented at the foundation of Rome and its evolution into imperial order. My thought was what would happen if something through this cycle in a different way.
As it begins with a Titan confessing his knowledge to Zeus about the son of Thetis, I thought that it would be an incredible tale to have Zeus ignore the prediction and take Thetis for himself. This simple turn would bring some great adventures and lead to a climatic conflict with all the races of classical mythology. I have constructed the characters and the outline. I hope to present some excerpts here and hope that everyone enjoys.
My thanks to all that have made this blog a success so far and I will continue to offer more.