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Stories. They can make the heart yearn, eyes tear and lungs to spill out laughter.

Everyone loves a good story. From the moment we are born, we have always been fascinated by the sound and the intonation of the voices of our mothers as they read to us stories. As a baby, with eyes wide, we look at our mother’s lips moving as stories come flowing out. We are amazed especially by stories with heroes and mythical beings like dragons and flying horses. Soon, we aspire to be like such heroes, to be strong and skilled like Hercules or as bad-ass as Batman. As we grow up, our fascination for stories did not wane. We watch movies, read thick novels and even create stories of our own. We are basically obsessed.

I believe we are drawn into stories because of several things, the hero, the climax and a happy ending. The hero represents someone that we envisioned to become, someone that is brave and strong and maybe intelligent but being a hero, he has to have a minor flaw be it physically or emotionally. Next is the climax, the part where a problem is delivered to the hero and thus, the hero has to solve it despite his/her flaw. The struggle for the hero to overcome this adversity is fascinating to us as it reflects our own troubles in real life. It reminds us that even though the hero is almost perfect, he/she still has that flaw that makes them human or just like us. It allows for relatability and connection between the audience and the characters in the story. Finally, the ending. Most stories end on a happy note such as a Prince saved the Princess and they get married happily ever after or the hero finally managed to overcome such horrible adversity and brought the villain to justice. It reminds us that good will always prevail and that whatever adversity we face, it is still within our power to find a solution to it.

Next is the climax, the part where a problem is delivered to the hero and thus, the hero has to solve it despite his/her flaw. The struggle for the hero to overcome this adversity is fascinating to us as it reflects our own troubles in real life. It reminds us that even though the hero is almost perfect, he/she still has that flaw that makes them human or just like us. It allows for relatability and connection between the audience and the characters in the story. Finally, the ending. Most stories end on a happy note such as a Prince saved the Princess and they get married happily ever after or the hero finally managed to overcome such horrible adversity and brought the villain to justice. It reminds us that good will always prevail and that whatever adversity we face, it is still within our power to find a solution to it.

Finally, the ending. Most stories end on a happy note such as a Prince saved the Princess and they get married happily ever after or the hero finally managed to overcome such horrible adversity and brought the villain to justice. It reminds us that good will always prevail and that whatever adversity we face, it is still within our power to find a solution to it.

As we dwell into this topic of stories, maybe I should also remind all of us that everyone also have a story, a story that they might want to share. Sometimes, it could be a story of adversity, trials and tribulations such as a death of a loved one or the events leading to a divorce. It could also be a story of happiness such as the moment their baby was born or when they fell in love for the first time. Good or bad, happy or sad, all of us have a story to tell. It is up to us whether we want to listen to them.

Stories are fascinating and it is especially fascinating to me. It does not matter whether it is a story from a book or in real life, stories are stories and I believe that if we listen closely and analyse the stories being told, we can learn a great deal from it.

Maybe I should document more stories.

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