The Walk of Life
Lewis Carroll once said, “In the end, we only regret the chances we didn’t take, relationships we were afraid to have and the decisions we waited too long to make.” People are too quick to limit themselves and forget what it’s like to reach beyond. Life hands out many opportunities but only those who are eminently driven are the ones who will push the world forward. No matter what happens, live the life you want, full of risks, and with an end goal to be genuinely happy.
In the novel Born Blue, A girl that came from an incredibly abusive and traumatic childhood managed to survive through everything by the gift of her voice. While in foster care, she was mistreated by her foster parent. Thankfully she had a friend to help her get by. Her friend showed her his shoebox full of cassette tapes by the ‘ladies’. After doing so, she then discovered her voice. That’s when she realized how much she loved to sing. She really enjoyed listening to the music. It made her feel complete like the whole world just felt right. The author said, “We just have to accept that life is perfectly imperfect.” Life isn’t always going to be easy but never settle for less. What you want is out there so don’t stop until you get it. I found that the novel Born Blue connects well with my theme because the main character risked everything in order to pursue her passion regardless of what those around her thought. Doctors may put labels on their patients but it’s up to them whether or not to stop there or continue forward. An example of this can be portrayed well in the novel The Council of Dads.
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A man diagnosed with cancer and how he deals with his situation made him stronger not just for himself but for his family. He was filled with thoughts about his daughters growing up without a father, Would they remember him? His thoughts? Would they be desirous of his voice? Knowing he would not be around for long, he decided to gather six men from all the passages in his life and asked them to be in the future phases of his daughters’ lives. Bruce, the father, said “I believe my daughters will have plenty of opportunities in their lives, They’ll have loving families. They’ll have each other. But they may not have me. They may not have their dad.” He had asked each of them to embody a different life lesson for his girls. Life becomes more meaningful when you realize the simple fact that you will never get the same moment twice. Something that models the idea of living life to the fullest, in song, is a piece written by One Republic.
One Republic wants to depict to the world. There is more to life when you get over your fears. Limitations are only established by oneself. After breaking the comfort barrier, a realization sprouts that there is more to life when you start living. One Republic said, “Hope when you take that jump, You don’t fear the fall.” The part of falling is not what makes one feel in the state of trepidation compared to the first steps of starting something new. Most people are burdened by the guilt of knowing “What if?” Risks are things that should be taken because they could be stepping stones to something great. Success only comes to those who try; Therefore, it is a matter of how far you are willing to go in life before you start dying, figuratively speaking. You start dying before your life truly comes to an end.
Some people may take life for granted, not realizing the amount of power they have to reinvent oneself, others, and the world. This relates to my generation because I feel that the millennial’s of this age can relate heavily to what I want to delineate to the public. The experiences we have had thus far can either define us or help to create something more. “To keep the mindset of, “I didn’t come this far, to just come this far.”, always strive for more, and you only start dying, once you stop living.
“I leave this life with no regrets. It was a wonderful life – full and complete with the great loves and great endeavors that make it worth living.” – Charles Krauthammer.