Today is all about books. And more specifically, my books.
Who has read my Epic Fantasy series, Theia's Moons?
If you haven't read them, don't fret. I'm not here to give away the story line. This post is all about the symbolism and how I've intertwined Malkia's life into our ordinary daily struggles. I was inspired to post this because of a readers questions on Goodreads, and the message at the end makes more sense if you read the entire article, so don't stop now!
Her life was never meant to be easy. She was not born to play small. In the first book, Eyes Wide Shut, the story begins with Malkia living in a small town where she unwillingly had been appointed the leader after the Great War ended. Although she had never intended to walk down the leadership path, she was a natural in the position and easily gained her people's love and support.
But the peace in that town and those years of serenity were never supposed to last. She had a bigger future that included staring into the faces of the people who should have been protecting her, but had instead thrown her out for the wolves.
Now let's venture down the road of why I chose the title, Eyes Wide Shut.
Malkia believes she has figured out life and what it means to her. She lost her entire family, with the exception of her sister, in the Great War. With the end of that tragedy, she was gifted the role of leadership over her community and she thrived in that position. Her adventures across the lands of Esaki created even more confidence within herself, giving her the illusion that she was really in control of her life.
As the story begins and she leads her people away from their homes, racing from the barbarians, she continues to believe her eyes are completely open to the facts of life, the conditions of the moon she lives on, and the universe around her.
But nothing is what it seems in this story of hers. And although she believes she's fully aware and conscious of her surroundings, she is in fact completely shut off from the truth. Thus, Eyes Wide Shut seemed like the appropriate title for this book.
What does this mean in every day life to the ones who chooses to read this story?
Most often than not, we as a civilization make assumptions based on the little information we possess, and forget that our perception is not always accurate. Even when we have the experience, the title, or even the "inside" scoop, we can still be mistaken. Essentially, we all believe we are right and the rest of the world is wrong, but if we opened our eyes and became conscious of our true state of being, we would realize being "right" isn't really important.
When frustrations and hardships weigh us down, and other people create even bigger messes in our lives, it may be difficult to take a step back and gain a wider view. However, for me personally, when I choose a moment of stillness and introspection, I usually gain better insight on the circumstance I am currently facing. With a little more knowledge and/or a broader scope of the subject, the issue becomes less troublesome and easier to digest.
Although Malkia's journey is far from over once Eyes Wide Shut ends, she does have a better idea of what she's facing, and because of this knowledge she is better able to prepare for her next step.