Everyone's life presents a series of stories. Each story tends to represent a different "chapter" in our life. I recently attended a retirement celebration that brought a meaningful chapter in the life of a colleague to an end. This event resembled a funeral in several ways. Some of us were mourning the loss of being able to see this person on a day-to-day basis. There were many touching speeches given. One even referenced the comparison between résumé virtues and eulogy virtues as described in the book, The Road to Character, by David Brooks. Afterwards several people commented that it was like our colleague got to attend his own funeral.
There are all different kinds of stories that can be told to represent our unique lives. They do not all sound like a fairy tale, but they all deserve to be told. Readers often have an interesting relationship with the last chapter of a book. Some people have enjoyed reading the book so much that they do not want the experience to be over. Others look forward to it with eager anticipation to see how the story ends. Some people even like to read the last chapter first. However, we do not get the opportunity to do that with the story of our lives because it has not been written yet; but, we do get to help write it.