The Interpreter Behind My Life Story

“Welcome to my life story interpretive center. Here you’ll find multimedia, multi-sensual presentations and guides to help you understand reality and the truth behind any and all experiences. You’ll have quick access to explanations, reasons, and definitions to help you make sense of it all.

Find something that doesn’t make sense? No problem, your conscientious, personal interpreter will make something up that does make sense! We are here to help.”

A good story requires a good storyteller to give it life, put it into perspective, and help you comprehend and appreciate the author’s intent. When it comes to telling my own life story, the job falls to my inner interpreter.

Could my inner interpreter be responsible for more than just telling me what my experience means? Could it be more than a storyteller?

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The Branding of My Life Story

Or, how others control my life story – through branding.

In America today, it seems we are ruled by brands. Once I buy a product, I tend to stay loyal to the brand. It’s known as brand loyalty. And there’s an interesting twist to that loyalty. My brand loyalty becomes entwined with my life story such that:

“Brand is when a person creates — the word I like to use is designs — a metonymic link between their own self-story and the story of a product, such that to be loyal to the product is a misnomer. It’s loyalty to the self.” (Bob Deutsch, neuropsychiatrist and cognitive anthropologist, DDB Worldwide)

In effect, I use branding to help me design my own life story – one that looks a lot like my favorite brands’ stories. Advertisers have known this for some time and expend considerable fortune building brand stories for this purpose.

I, too, market myself as a sort of brand. From wanting others to think well of me, to wanting my boss to rely upon and trust me, my family to love me, my Facebook friends to like me – I sell myself everyday. To do that, I often employ the same methods successful branding uses – encouraging others to exhibit loyalty to me like I do with the brands I like. In that way, our stories become loyalty entwined. And brands extend their influence into our life stories.

So, I have to ask myself on occasion…

“Whose brand story is your story?”

Do I have a life story I can call my own?

With all the marketed brands influencing me, how do I know if the story I’m telling myself about me is actually about me. Maybe I’m mimicking some TV, movie quotes, or musician’s character I feel a loyalty to. Eating, drinking, and wearing the clothes my idol markets. Could my loyalty to my favorite brands be affecting and maybe taking over the job of writing my life story?

Who’s in charge of my life story, then? I wonder – if brands influence or maybe control how I interpret my personal life story – and I trust my story – how much control do I actually have over my life? In America, the land of the free, I wonder how much freedom of thought I actually have. And as Yoda said, “Do or do not, there is no try.” I use that one every chance I get.

Considering how important my life story is to me, maybe it’s time I ask some pertinent questions:

  • What brands do I associate with my life story?
  • How have those brands influenced my perceptions?
  • Why do I feel such loyalty to a brand?
  • Who am I as a result of my branded life story?

How My Life Story Defends My Current Beliefs

In my First-Second Degree of Illumination bubble, I use a variety of methods to convince me of its reality. One of those methods is memory – where I write my life story. It appears that I experience events and faithfully record them in memory where I retrieve them when necessary.

However, things are not always as they appear.

What if my ego uses my life story as a convincing agent to keep me firmly within my bubble beliefs, unaware of anything outside that reality?

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Writing A Good Life Story

In First-Second Degree bubble awareness, my life matters to me in perhaps the same way your life matters to you. I want to live my life to its fullest – doing things I like to do when I want to do them. I want to love who and when I wish, dislike who or whatever whenever, enjoy as much as possible as often as possible, and be happy all the time. At the end, I want to look back at my life and feel I’ve left a good story – one that feels compelling, joyful, useful, and most of all, interesting – at the very least, not boring!

As portrayed in The Truman Show, I’m writing my life story “off the cuff” and “as it occurs.” With little to no storytelling experience or education, I can’t expect to write the perfect novel.

And that’s the rub for me. How do I write a good story when I don’t know how to do that?

Well, as it happens, nature provided me a way to write the perfect novel. It’s called consciousness. In addition, nature has also provided me with a special gift I call awareness. So – I’m not just writing anything; I’m not just writing the same old story; I’m writing this life story with conscious awareness. That last bit makes quite a difference in the quality of the novel I’m writing.

Conscious awareness brings me to the purpose of writing…

The Conveyance of Meaning

Reading and writing are of no value without meaning, which is always personal – what it means to me. Meaning requires some mechanism for interpretation. Thus the purpose of such work in fields like archeology where ancient scripts must be interpreted to portray some understanding of the location and its inhabitants. I do this every second as I think, act, and sense feedback.

A story in my head is just an idea until I “write” it onto a page of reality with meaning through action and interpreted feedback. I may think about getting up and taking a walk in the park, for example. That isn’t quite the same thing as actually getting up and walking in the park, sensing my actions as I go along.

Consider stories you’ve enjoyed reading or watching. Most have common elements that good storytellers know well. According to Watts, these include:

  1. A setting – the context of the story. This would include the characters and their characteristic behaviors, and perspectives.
  2. A trigger – a question that sets the story into action.
  3. A quest – a search to resolve the question inherent in the trigger that gives the story a line of progression from all possibilities to one probable end.
  4. Surprises – obstacles, challenges, and conflicts designed to engage the person reading or hearing the story.
  5. A choice – in validating the quest, duality and separation give the story a sense of direction.
  6. A climax – a situation of high tension that gives meaningful feeling to the story.
  7. A reversal – an effect of a causal choice gives the story reasoning and probability – reality.
  8. A resolution – a satisfactory change in setting – transformation.

What would you title your life story?

How have you included some or all of the elements above?

Why have you written it as you have so far?

Who is writing your life story?


  1. Nigel Watts’ “Writing A Novel and Getting Published” (ISBN-13: 978-0340648070)