THE WORD ITSELF SENDS CHILLS THROUGH MY BODY
HOW WILL WE EVER GET OUT OF THIS LABYRINTH OF SUFFERING?
-A.YFrom Looking For Alaska by John Green
That is the main theme around which the story of Alaska Young revolves. Looking For Alaska is perhaps the most poignant book I’ve read in a while. And the question that she had asked really got me thinking.
Her answer to this question, is to get out by dying or giving up on life, straight and fast.
On the other hand, Miles, the protagonist views it quite differently. According to him one’s mistakes can be forgiven (though not forgotten).
I browsed the internet this morning and a couple of answers made perfect sense to me. Here are some:
- Have persistence and patience during hard times. Things change as time flies. Also, patience might bring some luck.
- Hope–hope and never stop doing the next right thing.
- Suffering is a form of loneliness. Getting out of your comfort zone is the only way out
- Letting go of things outside your control, such as death. Learn to accept the bitter truth and live in reality
- Change your state of mind (I know that’s hard and the process is complicated and tiring but it’s worth giving a try).
- Change your perspective. Look at things from someone else’s lens. Embrace the authentic self and practise gratitude.
Let me know which one of those were preferred by you in the comments below.