Primary Narrative – My early twenties were the turning point, the period in my life during which I learnt about, absorbed and chose to pursue the ideas and ideals of self-improvement and mastery.
Outlying Episode That Doesn’t Correlate With My Primary Narrative – As a young boy who loved football, looking up solo practice drills on the internet and then spending hours in my parent’s garden, alone, kicking a ball against a wall.
Alternative Narrative – Preference for solitary practice was latent within me and exaggerated—not created by—the learning experiences of my early twenties.
You see, a narrative correction is no small thing. In the space of one recollection, I went from believing that my trajectory was altered due to a decision made freely by me to questioning the amount of credit I give myself for choices made at all significant crossroads in my life. That one outlying episode of a boy kicking a ball against a wall so that he can be better at kicking a ball on a playing field could be the episode that sparks the invalidation of multiple fundamental beliefs about my life and human nature.