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“Be Your Own Protagonist”

According to the rules of literary structure, every story has a beginning, middle, and end. Time is the only constant running throughout, starting with an opening scene, or how we, the audience, come into the story. A graphic representation of story structure depicts crises leading up to tension toward the middle of a story, prior to the climax. Post climax the story reaches the last stage, conclusion, be it a resolution of conflict or dissolution all together.

We provide this literature refresher because we believe that life is a series of beginnings, middles, and ends, with crises, tensions, climaxes, and ultimately conclusions. The power rests within us to be the protagonist in our own stories – to be the best we can be in a given situation, in order to reach a desired outcome (as much as it is within our control to do so). What most people don’t realize is that sometimes it is more than just about the story – it is about how the story is told.

Elizabeth Gilbert, author of “Eat, Pray, Love”, said: “No story is automatically interesting; only the telling makes it so. Every narrative needs a fully engaged narrator”. These are not bad words to remember as you enter your week and continue the rest of your life. Altar Ego would like to remind you that the mundane can quickly be transformed into something exceptional; it all rests in what you believe and how that is portrayed externally.

Being that it is the hurried end of this weekend’s story, we can certainly share its conclusion. We don’t know if blondes or brunettes have more fun, but we do know that women in our leggings do in fact have more fun! Some highlights from this weekend include getting down in the “Spanish Dancer at Moulin Rouge” legging to Hungarian DJs Myon and Shane 54 and Late Night Alumni at Royale, flaunting the “Mucha Trappistine Liqour” legging at Friday night’s Celtics game, and finally rocking the “Moet & Chandon Toast to the Town” legging at the South Asian Showdown and club Alibi on Saturday night – all in between working, running, and, of course, making new friends.

Not listed in the highlights was a rather ordinary networking event on Thursday night – the perfect example of an ordinary night turned extraordinary in the presence of the right company. Taking chances and forcing yourself to be part of the story, any story, opens the door to the beginnings of others. One memorable contact referred to Altar Ego leggings as “story pants”. And hey – they are! Art tells a story and we are here to encourage you and help you tell your own.

Edgar Degas, a “realist”, wanted to “capture fleeting moments in the flow of modern life”. And while his focus was largely on ballet dancers, we want you to do the same in your own way – ballet or no ballet. Alphonse Mucha used the image of a woman as a way of communication, to draw viewers in and send alluring messages. Claude Monet was fascinated by variations in light and color caused by daily or seasonal changes. While he told his story by works of controlled nature, we want you to express yourself whether controlled or uncontrolled in nature.

Naturally, the best part of any story is the element of surprise, both the good and the bad. Not knowing makes life worth living. There is much room for tension, both good and bad, prior to the end of the story. Just don’t fail to make it your own.

This week’s intention: surprise yourself. Turn your everyday into something different and share your story with those around you. Don’t forget to be open to new developments, as they may be the crises that ultimately lead to your resolution.