Holy crow, kids. We are nearing the end of the month and the end of the alphabet! Today's letter is w. W is for wake.
Wake? You ask.
Yes, wake. If you've ever spent any time boating, you might have heard of the term, wake. A wake is the waves a motorboat leaves behind as it is speeding along. See picture below.
What does that have to do with Trajectory?
Well, in life, we all leave a wake. Some good, some bad. We all leave a ripple effect, if you will, right? We touch people, and create some kind of an impact on the world around us. Same principle. I'm just going on a bigger scale.
Joe, for all that he does and all that he is, leaves not just a ripple effect, but a wake behind him.
The streets of Detroit are safer, but people are still affected by those he has shot.
Michael was an incredibly unhealthy and unstable person, but he didn't necessarily deserve his fate.
There is a huge effect touched by many because of Joe. It's not all bad. It's just very broad.
That wake seems to come full circle at the end of the story, which is how and why he ends up back at Claudette's apartment, begging for her acceptance.
The world around us - indeed, life itself - is like water. Moving, ever changing, free, malleable. We have the potential and the power to move it and cause a ripple effect, or even a full blown wake effect based on our words and actions with those around us. It is up to us to decide if we are going to make it good or bad. Joe's story in Trajectory can be an example to us all.