I wrote this paper for some college Summer camp almost two years ago. I was really surprised by the things I wrote considering I was in the 10th grade. Because of that, I’m posting this on my blog. I think this is a great representation of my future since then, and the future of this blog.
I get really frustrated when I see people who talk about this really cool idea that they have, but they never act on it. I would rather someone fail a lot of times than hear them talk about how much they want to do X. I especially don’t like it when I do this, so a lot of my actions are done to prevent myself from being stuck in this cycle.
Now, without further ado, take it away 10th grade Raymond.
“You spend your whole life stuck in the labyrinth, thinking about how you’ll escape it one day, and how awesome it will be, and imagining that future keeps you going, but you never do it. You just use the future to escape the present.”
Alaska is saying that we live in a very complex world, and we, as humans, dream and think of goals that we want to accomplish in order to escape the pain of this complex life, but these thoughts are useless because nobody does the thing they want. This leads to a boring cycle of repition in our lives. which consists of suffering, wanting to escape, thinking of escaping, but never actually escaping. This quote signals people to become different and escape this boring, painful cycle by doing the things they want instead of thinking how great it will be.
The book and this quote inspires me because it helped me realize that life can end at any moment and it is better to be satisfied than stuck suffering your whole life like everyone else. Because of this quote, I try to challenge myself each day because I know that I may not get the chance the next day. If my life did end, I wouldn’t want to be stuck in the continuous cycle that everyone else is in, instead I would want to be free. There have been many times where I think of all the great things I want to do like becoming the best athlete or smartest student in class, or even something simple like talking in front of many people, but I have realized that these thoughts never become actions. After reading her quote, I realized that these will never become actions unless I take action myself because they are just fake imaginations.
In conclusion, The fact that this quote acknowledges wasted lives due to imagination makes me want to do meaningful things besides staying in one place and suffering. This quote has a strong effect on me because it involves death and suffering in life, and I strongly value human lives and my own. Because of this quote I have made changes to avoid this cycle and make progress. This has resulted in my giving up things like soda and extensive videogames because they don’t make me truly happy and waste time.