It is not often that a story touches the hearts of so many people in such a profound way I believe the Fault in Our Stars is one of those stories. I have read the book and seen the movie, and I have felt my heart utterly envelop the characters. I feel their pain. I burst with laughter right along side them. I swell with love as their story unfolds. Even though it is heart-wrenching, it teaches us so much about life and death. About finding acceptance with the life we have been given and being able to find love in the most unlikely places.
There are so many lessons from the story that I can apply to my life. For instance, even though I do not have cancer, I have other demons in my life that plague me and I wish, more than anything, I could be free of them. I wish for a life without plagues. A life where I could just be happy instead of wasting so much energy on working to win internal battles. However, when I step outside of my self, I see the beautiful life that surrounds me. I see the love that my husband gives me everyday. I see my parents and my brother showering me with affection. I see my students and co-workers enjoying my humor and passion. When I close off the fear of my own mind, I see the beauty that God has placed in my life. Seeing these things lessens the weight of the plague I bare and strengthens my resolve to never give up.
I have been learning that we all have internal battles. We all face challenges in our lives that wear us down. I am not alone. You are not alone. Together we are strong and and conquer anything. As John Green says, “that’s the thing about pain, it demands to be felt.” Without feeling pain, the feeling of joy cannot be understood. Without anxiety, there is no peace. The burdens I carry were given to me for a reason, and I choose to accept its weight. I was created to be strong and it will never win.
“Walk on. Walk on through the rain”. & remember…
“You’ll never walk alone”.
I’m discovering these days, similar to the sentiment you’ve expressed in this post, that my biggest curse (anxiety) has actually turned out to be an amazing blessing. The things I do every day to make sure fear DOESN’T win fill my life with amazing things.
If I didn’t suffer from anxiety I wouldn’t push myself as hard to see the things I see and do the things I do. It’s fueled an awesome life and I’m grateful for it.
By the way, did you change the look of your blog?? Or maybe I just never noticed before, but it looks very cool.
I completely agree with you. Anxiety has been a blessing for me as well. And I changed my layout a few weeks ago, I’m glad you like it! 🙂
This is so beautifully written, so beautifully said. We all have our demons, but we all have the ability to fight back and forge ahead, too. Thank you for this ❤️
Thank you! I’m glad you enjoyed it 🙂
Reblogged this on Kelly Kole Kahian and commented:
I agree that movie was amazing my heart and soul ached and yet was happy to see the love that a moment in our lives can mean so much in our thoughts and memories forever. No matter how long or short that forever is! (Tear)