The Epic Journey of Life
Through all trials and tribulations of anyone's life, there is one thing in common that every single one of us has: the journey we all take through life. Granted, it is never the same journey, but there is always a path that we follow down. Some of us believe in fate, where we believe that our path is already set out for us. There is also the group of people that believe you forge your path through life, and you make your own destiny. Personally, I have always believed in both. I believe you have your path set out for you, to a certain point; you are given the “basic outline” for your life and from your basic outline and mold, you make something of that. Just to prove my point, look at various celebrities who have gone from “rags to riches”: Stephen King, Sarah Jessica Parker, William Shatner, Oprah Winfrey, Hilary Swank, J.K. Rowling, Jim Carrey, Tom Cruise, Demi Moore, Shania Twain, Sean Combs, Jewel, and Leighton Meester. But, I digress. My main point is that each journey of life has meaning, and each journey or path, I believe, is sometimes more important than your destination. You better believe that your journey will include obstacles as well. Where is the fun in a journey with no bumps in the road? The Odyssey is always a wonderful book for me to reread, no matter how much I complain that it is a difficult read. With this instance in reading the book, I found a new way to analyze the meaning and draw my own inferences from the content in a way that I never have before, and a way to identify with not only Odysseus, but the plot as well. The most important theme, most important way I thought of The Odyssey this time, was thinking of Odysseus and his journey of life, and how I could draw anything from it. You can see that from the time of Homer (not Simpson), people have valued the journey and way of getting to the destination. Through any movie, and any book, directors and producers prefer to analyze the journey, and have the...
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