This is a poem I wrote in the fifth grade for English class. No I am not dumb. No I was not depressed and pessimistic about my intelligence. I thought it’d be funny to write and it was easy to rhyme. I was sort of a class clown. Still am, although much less funnier without the cute, innocent smile following the joke.
I love this quote. It is so true. There are two sides to every person, two sides to every choice we make that makes us who we are. We choose “A” we are perceived as “good person”. We choose “B” and we are perceived as a “bad person”. There are often fine lines between completely right and completely wrong, but often people make judgments based as if there are. We have the power to choose what we want to be in every choice we make. What are you going to be? Choose wisely!
Little did J.D. Salinger know the implications of such a quote. Life is full of windy roads full of speed bumps and forks in the road. You have to find out which direction to go. There is no GPS for life. No guidance. Just start down the road and embrace the speed bumps along the way to your destination. Just go!
I love James Frey, even if “A Million Little Pieces” was a bit embellished. These words couldn’t be more true. Others’ opinions of ourselves keep us trapped. We must break through the clutter of society and societal norms and become ourselves. Holden Caulfield called these prisoners “phonies”. Stop being a “phony prisoner” and become YOU and forget what everyone else says. Be comfortable in your skin.