At the beginning of a novel, the main character usually experiences a change. Something happens in his or her life that means it will never be the same.
It’s a point of no return.
The character has no choice but to move forward. The way he or she moves forward is what we follow along as we read the rest of the book.
Everyone hits points of no return. Many times in their lives.
For me, there are a few big ones that come right off the top of my head.
January 2000- The day I married my husband.
August 2001- Lance and I moved across the country together and get post college jobs.
July 2004- The day I became a mom. The day the twins were born.
January 2007- The day Dax was born.
February 2009- The day I had my only daughter.
June 2010- We moved back West to live near family.
November 2017- The day Rory died.
My life fundamentally changed with each of those events.
Some of your points will be the same, others different. They can include divorce, drug addiction, illness, death of a spouse or parent, loss of employment, etc.
What we do know is that each person on this Earth will experience harrowing, drop to your knees sorrow.
I just want to encourage love today.
Love your sibling that’s struggling through a divorce.
Love your neighbor that just had a new baby.
Love the stranger that you don’t even know what they’re going through.
I want to extend my love to all those that are hitting a hard point of no return right now.
Life sucks that it’ll never be the same.
But with each step you take, you have the opportunity to love more. To care more. To empathize like you never have before.
Others need you.