Open Thread: Change your story

Brought to you by this image from the wilds of the internet.
Increasingly in the world today we can feel helpless.  Vote every election and bad people still end up in office.  Corporations wield power beyond our imagination, seldom for good.  Gerrymandering entrenches people in office, thus preventing voting from bringing accountability.  On a more personal scale we often see people we care about suffer for no reason while jerks get ahead.  And that's just in my general area.

It's important, then, to remember that things are not predetermined, that we are not powerless, that the narratives of our lives, while not wholly within our control, are written, at least in part, by ourselves.

Hence the image above.  A fictional character, meant to be a sock puppet for and face of a misogynistic movement run by the worst elements of gamer culture, no longer being someone else's mouthpiece but instead playing games that her creators mostly don't approve of (women in videogames, the horror) and finally, at long last, smiling.

Also some Lyrics from a song Trig introduced me to:
Just because I find myself in this story,
It doesn't mean that everything is written for me.
If I think the ending is fixed already,
I might as well be saying
I think that it's OK!
And that's not right!
And if it's not right,
You have to put it right.
In the slip of a bolt, there's a tiny revolt.
The seeds of a war in the creak of a floorboard.
A storm can begin // with the flap of a wing.
The tiniest mite packs the mightiest sting.
Every day // starts with the tick of a clock.
All escapes // start with the click of a lock.
If you're stuck in your story and want to get out
You don't have to cry, you don't have to shout.

'Cause if you're little you can do a lot, you
Mustn't let a little thing like, 'little' stop you.
Both sections from Matilda: The Musical.  First excerpt from the song "When I grow up" second from "Naughty".


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