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Literature and the Connection to Our Lives

Original post: August 21st, 2007

“Where does a story truly begin? In life, there are seldom clear-cut beginnings, those moments when we can, in looking back, say that everything started. Yet there are moments when fate intersects with our daily lives, setting in motion a sequence of events whose outcome we could never have forseen.”

“There are those, I know, who scoff at the idea that real love can exist at such a young age.”

-A Bend in the Road, Nicholas Sparks

Sometimes you can find mind-opening, thought-provoking passages in a good book. Sometimes even in bad ones. Whether by good authors, or by those whose one line in a book put them down in literature history, and whether we all have thought these things, and these ideas have crossed our own minds, sometimes it takes the words of someone else to make us realize it, and put the connection together. Is that not also the reason why we ask others for advice? Is asking for advice sometimes to hear the answer we already know, but we ask anyways because sometimes it takes the words of others for us to truly put two-n-two together? An unknown author put it in these words: “Advice is what we ask for whenwe already know the answer but wish we didn’t.”

“Is it possible, I wonder, for a man to truly change? Or do character and habit form the immovable boundaries of our lives?”
-The Wedding, Nicholas Sparks

In the words of another unknown author, the appreciation for literature can be shown again:
“Books are a separate world from reality that you can use to escape from something for a moment or even a couple of hours. Use your imagination and become a part of your favorite characters’ world. Whether you sail on a raft with Tom Sawyer and Huck FInn or search for treasure with Black Beard, there’s always something for you to do. There’s a separate world for every book written, escape into one. It’s a great experience.”

I really have come to appreciate literature, especially since I first took Mr. Phillips’ (aka Master T. Phillips, or Captain Phillips) language arts class in high school. Often I wonder if this is what I should have majored in instead. I guess upon reading more, I got back into the appreciation of literature. Coming back across those lines and stories in books that have gotten me through life, much like music can do when you’re sad or upset, and the music helps set your mood right.

“People come, people go- they’ll drift in and out of your life, alomst like characters in a favorite book when you finally close the cover, the characters have told their story and you start up again with another book, complete with new characters and adventures. Then you find yourself focusing on the new ones, not the ones from the past.”
-The Rescue, Nicholas Sparks

I’ve always liked this quote. I’ve had many chapters to my life. Many books. With each one, the cover was closed, and new books were open, and there were new characters to focus on.

And what about the wise words that can come from those that you know. They may not be profound authors but in the world we live in together, in their own form of interpretation, whether through a xanga or whatnot, they are authors too.

“Thoughts and emotions come and go unexpectedly…You can never fully know how you’ll feel the next day…things happen, you react, and face whatever consequences you create…You make certain committments or predictions, but how can you really know, when everything around you is bent to change. Nothing is certain. You can never be sentanced to a certain fate. Everything and anything can be changed. Some things that you wish would never change inevitably do. It’s not so much that it’s a bad thing…but sometimes it’s still hard to let go of what once was…we take comfort in that of which we’re familiar with.”
-D. Nugyen.

I could easily connect those words to my own life, as anyone could if they thought about it, however, it’s funny, each time I can it’s been a different situation. That’s another thing. Of all these quotes and words, out of all the words in the world, everybody can interpret them to their own life, and the interpretation can be outrageously different than the way the person next to them interpret it.

Life is a funny thing. And the events that take place in it can be indescribable. Taking time to appreciate the little things can really pay off.

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  1. November 1, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    I remember learing about some of the same genres of literature in my english classes in high school. Deja Loops is the truth.

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