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Reading Tuesdays with Morrie was truly an eye opening experience. In my biased opinion, I sincerely believe that this is a book that everyone should read. This book teaches you about how to be human, how to really enjoy and actually live life. Tuesdays with Morrie is one of the most relatable books I’ve read in awhile. Many of the things Morrie said really resonated with me.
From the very first paragraph I was sucked in. Morrie was truly a teacher until the end and what he taught was a lesson that everyone needs to learn: “The Meaning of Life.
” When I read this it reminded me of my very own HDFS class, until I realized Morrie went even deeper in a few months than Molly Countermine, my HDFS teacher, ever could in one semester. He spoke about the world, self – pity, love, regrets, family, emotions, money, culture, forgiveness and most importantly death.
Dying gave Morrie a new outlook on life which he was able to share with Mitch, his student.
When speaking about the world I related when Morrie said “People walk around with a meaningless life. They seem half – asleep, even when they’re busy….” (Albom, 13) This is completely true, in today’s society nothing has meaning anymore, we’re only going through the motions and doing things to keep busy but do we ever stop and ask ourselves why we are doing what we are doing and what meaning it has? No one is aware anymore and I definitely see this often especially in my generation.
We don’t make time for the things that matter because we are “addicted to someone else’s drama.” (Albom, 13) He spoke about how culture dictates so much of our lives. We don’t make our own paths anymore, we are constricted by the constraints placed upon us by social media. Having this disease transformed Morrie’s life and I for one would say for the better. Even though Morrie died in the end he gained so much from being sick. He learned to truly appreciate life and how precious everything is. He showed us how much we take for granted and how we waste so much time dwelling on the things that don’t matter. How much of our life is wasted thinking about regrets, about something that we cannot change? The answer is too much, life is precious and we should spend the short amount of time we have on this Earth living each and everyday to the fullest. It’s time to live in the present.
As much as I disliked some of Mitch’s quality’s I cannot ignore the similarities between us. After living through the death of his uncle Mitch immersed himself in his work. Life was a race for him, he had to accomplish everything he could possibly do before he died. He spent so much time trying to achieve his goals that he stopped living in the present and he stopped enjoying life. Sometimes I feel the need to accomplish everything at breakneck speed so that I don’t miss a thing when in actuality I missing everything and I don’t enjoy what I’m doing anymore, I just do it to do it. Also like Mitch I thought that the more money and status I have the happier I’d be but that is not true. The only thing that can truly fulfill me and make me happy is love, just like Morrie said “Without love, we are birds with broken wings.” (Albom, 27)
Reading this memoir has changed my perspective 0n how I’ve been living my life and all that I’ve accomplished yet taken for granted. I want to live in the present and enjoy all the opportunities that I’ve been given. At the end of my time on this Earth I want to look back and be able to say I lived life to the fullest and I can go with no regrets.
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