“Kung Fu lives in everything we do, Xiao Dre. It lives in how we put on the jacket, how we take off the jacket. It lives in how we treat people. Everything… is Kung Fu.” ~Jackie Chan, The Karate Kid (2010)
Hey guys. I’ve been meaning to do this Notable Quotable for a while now, but obviously recent events have slowed me down significantly. So please bear with me as I’m bound to make a few errors here and there.
This is probably the most important quotable that will ever appear on this blog for one very important reason, notably through the title of the post. If we change a few words, the meaning of it becomes much, much more potent, as evidenced below:
“Story lives in everything we do. It lives in how we put on the jacket, how we take off the jacket. It lives in how we treat people. Everything… is story.”
It is important because it is true. Everything about us, as humans, as people, is told through story. Even the tiniest and seemingly insignificant of events travels back through the vein of communication. There is a story to be told. Even when you think no one is paying attention, that person you casually bumped up against in the grocery store and you’re not thinking about anymore? They probably went and told the next person they saw a story about that event.
Story makes the world move. It helps us survive. It teaches us important lessons that we need to know in life. What do you think history class is? It is a story being told about past events throughout our joint existence. Some of them are beautiful, some of them are horrible. Others are filled with joy, others with sadness.
No matter what happens, no matter how different we are, no matter what our various beliefs may be… we are all bound together by story. When William Shakespeare said, “All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players,” he wasn’t trying to sound awesome. He was trying to make a point. I suppose one could say that this notable quotable is merely an updated interpretation of that statement.
Every single moment of your existence is a story, even when you might not think that it is. The moment of your birth was a key milestone in another person’s story, and it was the beginning of yours. The story of you, in which you are the main protagonist, and there are an almost infinite amount of potential players. Heroes, villains, damsels, beaus, character growth, victories, catastrophic losses and more, it’s all there.
Take just a moment of your time today, open your eyes, and see the stories that are unfolding about and around you. The person that you work with that you don’t speak with. The clerk at the check-out counter that you gave a ration of shit because they were a little too slow for your tastes, or even that old woman who was struggling that you didn’t stop to help for no particular reason besides you not feeling like it. It’s right there in front of you.
One day, that story will end.
You have the ability to choose how the overall tone of the story will go. You can spend your whole life waiting for someone else to make your story a great one, or you can get up and make it great yourself. Just remember, your story is centered around how you are perceived by other people. When you are no longer here, they will be the people who tell the story of you. Give them a story worth telling.