"Living is easy with eyes closed,In a story, the narrative is how a story is told - typically by a narrator. And behind this narrator is the author (the person doing the typing, in this case). But, what if, like in fiction, "real" life were narrated? Not to say that there is a person "telling" our life's story in any one's head; rather, I'm asking: Is the narrative of our lives already written?
Misunderstanding all you see,
It's getting hard to be someone,
but it all works out.
It doesn't matter much to me."
--John Lennon, Strawberry Fields Forever
Let me give an example of what I mean. A basic narrative might be:
We attend grammar school, and then we move to high school, and next to university/college, and then we go to work for 20-35 years, after which we retire and enjoy life (that last bit seems to come rather late in life, doesn't it?).
Does this narrative sound familiar? We can add subplots into it, such as we don't go to school and go straight to a job. Or we get married and buy a house - or have children, or all of those. We change jobs. We get divorced. Maybe through in a hobby or two, and a vacation, and so on. But, in the end, the basic narrative seems to be intact.
Now if we go with this metaphor of life being narrated, then it begs the question: Who is the author? If we are characters in life, living a narrated "tale of life," then who is writing the story? Are we original characters or archetypes? It would be a shame to find out we weren't as original as we thought - just pulled from a history of similar characters and given a new name. Or does being original really matter, so long as the story is compelling?
Of course, all of the above is just a metaphor. In fiction, metaphors are used to compare things. They allow us to look from different perspectives, from new vantage points. And, they obviously work outside of fiction - in real life. At the very least, all of this might be used to say that fiction and life have more in common than we normally imagine.