so i finished a book today.
when i was younger i used to read like it was my job.
my favorites as a child were Walk Two Moons, The Giver, & Number the Stars.
now that i am older i don't make the time like i should to read.
all i read are textbooks now. lame. boring.
or the scriptures. neither lame nor boring.
so, my goal this summer is to read as many books as I can.
so far i've finished 3 and they are: The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot, The Uses of Adversity by Carlfred Broderick, & Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom.
The Princess Diaries was fun. Mia Thermopolis has such a saucy attitude for a 15 year old.
i love it.
The Uses of Adversity was awesome. Really shed some light on my life right now.
however, today i would like to explain my experience with my latest page turner...
Tuesdays with Morrie.
As enhanced on the cover, this book is about an old man, a young man, and life's greatest lesson.
every time i read this book i was sitting on our boat while crewing.
either in the snack bar sitting on a cooler full of ice cold drinks or laying down on the padded bench with the wind blowing my hair.
(p.s. saw a baby dolphin today! WOOT!)
ok...back to Morrie.
this young man, Mitch, grows up to be not quite what was expected.
he became greedy, power hungry, and selfish.
his old professor, Morrie, is dying from an illness so Mitch decides to go back and learn, once again, from his most favorite college professor.
they meet every tuesday, hence Tuesdays with Morrie.
each tuesday they discuss a different topic. some of them being:
topics with real meaning in our world today.
topics that we could all talk about for endless hours.
topics with some meat...like my cat, Swampy, who has gotten to be quite the porker while i've been gone.
anyways, this book really hit me.
it made me realize that i need to live my life.
now, even though i've had a rough year i still am pretty lucky.
i have the gospel.
i have an amazing family.
i have the best friends in the world.
i go to a top notch school with great teachers, sports, and morals.
i have legs to dance.
i have a voice to sing.
i have hands to play the piano.
i live a mile from the beach.
i have so much to be thankful for, but Morrie has taught me that i am not living my life to the fullest. i have much to do still.
much to accomplish in my time left on earth.
i don't want to spoil the whole book for ya, but here are some of my favorite passages:
"The most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love, and to let it come in." I like this because i've been hurt. someone i loved really hurt me. i am so scared when the time comes to love again i won't be able to cause of my fear of giving my heart away. but, this sentence helped me not be so scared.
"Everyone knows they're going to die, but nobody believes it. If we did, we would do things differently...The truth is, once you learn how to die, you learn how to live."
"Devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning."
"The problem, Mitch, is that we don't believe we are as much alike as we are. Whites and blacks, Catholics and Protestants, men and women. If we saw each other as more alike, we might be very eager to join in one big human family in this world, and to care about that family the way we care about our own...We all have the same beginning--birth--and we all have the same end--death. So how different can we be? Invest in the human family. Invest in people. Build a little community of those you love and who love you. In the beginning of life, when we are infants, we need others to survive, right? And at the end of life, when you get like me, you need others to survive, right?" His voice dropped to a whisper. "But here's the secret: in between, we need others as well."
"As long as we can love each other, and remember the feeling of love we had, we can die without ever really going away. All the love you created is still there. All the memories are still there. You live on--in the hearts of everyone you have touched and nurtured while you were here...Death ends a life, not a relationship."
Well...that's my schpeel [spelling...dunno?] about this book.
i loved it.
Morrie was a wise man.
go to Barnes & Noble right now. get a drink from the cafe and then curl up.
i learned a lot from this book. i learned a lot about myself and i learned a lot about what i want to do to better my life.
i want to forgive others.
i want to forgive myself.
i want to smile at everyone i pass.
i want to serve others.
i want to appreciate my family.
i want to verbally tell others how much i love them.
i want to not be afraid of aging.
i want to treasure relationships like the gifts they are.
overall, i just want to have a zest for life no matter how exciting or how not exciting a day might be. live it and have no regrets.
i'm going to start another Mitch Albom book now. it's called For One More Day.
as a sidenote, i'm also in the midst of a book by Camille Fronk Olsen called In the Hands of the Potter. it's great as well. i love love love Sister Olsen.
so once i finish those that'll be 5 books for the summer so far!
hooray for me.