Life as We Make It

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My favorite book is called “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”. It is a short book, barely over 200 pages but I have yet to read a better 200 pages. One of my favorite scenes in the book occurs in Part One where Charlie, the main character and narrator, is driving back from the homecoming dance in a pickup truck with his friends Sam and Patrick. They put in a mix tape, roll down the windows, and speed through a tunnel leading downtown. Inside the tunnel, the sound of the wind is sucked up and replaced with the melody of the song on the mix tape. The scene and all of Part One ends with the sentence “And in that moment, I swear we were infinite” (Chbosky 39). In that moment, Charlie felt “infinite”, he felt free from all boundaries and limitations of life. Throughout the book it becomes clearer that Charlie suffers from depression but in this moment, he is freed from the negative thoughts that haunt his mind. Like Charlie, we often feel bound by many aspects of life; this is only natural. Our problems may not be as severe as Charlie’s, but many of us often feel the stresses and pressures of everyday bearing down on us. As humans first of all, and as part of the American society second of all, we are often venturing to accomplish what is next before enjoying what we have just achieved. This is because we are in a constant rush to finish things before time finishes us. “I swear we were infinite”. Infinite. Endless. What would you do if you had the ability to feel infinite? Moreover, what would you do if time suddenly did the impossible and became infinite? Since the very beginning, our world has been motivated by competition and competition is influenced by time. In the prehistoric era, cavemen and other hunter-gatherers competed to find nourishment. For hundreds of years European explorers challenged one another to be the first to settle certain lands. In the mid 20th century America battled the USSR to try and send the first man into space. Whether it is a contest...
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