In the novel Of Human Bondage , the reader comes across a truly
magnificent quote on page 627. This quote is: "He had lived always in the
future, and the present always, always had slipped through his fingers." In and
of itself, this is a very powerful quote. However, it can be given even more
power and significance if a person can relate this quote to their own life and
experiences. I myself, after reading this quote, was instantly able to identify
This quote describes the middle school years and my early high school
years almost perfectly. Many nights I would find myself staying in, watching TV,
doing one thing or another around my house. I would almost never leave the
house and I had nothing that could even remotely be called a social life. My
reason for doing this to myself was that I spent most of my time thinking about
my future and wishing for it to come. I had almost no kind of happiness for
where I was or what I was doing in the present. I cut myself off from the
outside world. I was rather shy around other people (I still am, admittedly)
and I had very few friends.
It was not too long before I discovered the faults in my erroneous
living. I finally realized, and truly not a moment too soon, that if I did not
start living for the present, my future would soon become my neglected present.
I would have wasted my life doing meaningless things and I would have no
experience to share with anyone who may be interested in the uneventful life I
had led. After I came to this startling revelation, I grew even more apathetic
in my depression. I truly felt that there was nothing I could do to remedy this
situation and was at a total loss for solutions. Soon enough, though, I
concluded that there was no alternative to hard work to change the current state
of affairs in my life. It was then that I truly embarked on the most difficult
journey of my life thus far. This being the journey of... [continues]
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