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Monday, September 6, 2010

Life is Like a Box of...Books

I was listening to a segment on NPR today about books and reading. While I won't bore you with the details of the show, I would suggest that if you do want a slightly interesting read/listen about the skill of poly-reading (that is, being able to read multiple books at the same time), check out the article on NPR's website. After the segment was over, I let my mind wander a bit and ponder books in general. My preoccupied and multi-tasking brain didn't take long before it had me thinking about my move to DC (the drive starts Thursday!) and my new job in the FS.
Last night, some of my friends threw me a "goodbye BBQ" as kind of a going-away party (I promise, after this paragraph, you'll see where I'm going with this). Close to forty people showed up over the course of the evening, and I felt truly blessed. It was absolutely incredible to see most of my close friends all together in one place to celebrate our friendships and say goodbye. Throughout the night, various people asked me what it felt like to "close this chapter of my life," and I responded that it was certainly exciting, but also kind of sad to be leaving.

So what does that party have to do with books? I decided today that life is like a book. Chapter One: Birth. Feel free to skip over the details of that chapter, and let's hope it's not illustrated. Now, the author could organize each chapter to correspond to a year in one's life, or it could be arranged by various different life stages. I'd like to believe that each chapter relates to a different phase of life.

There's the toddler chapter, which include lots of discovery and basic character outlines. Then comes the elementary and middle school chapter, which I guess would include a lot of learning and overall entertainment. Following those would be the high school chapter, which would, of course, be filled with drama, drama, drama. Then the college chapter, which some people might even rank as the "climax" of the book, so to speak (so to type?). I can certainly say that, for me, the college chapter has definitely been the best one thus far. The main character's personality was changed completely (for the better), a lot of exciting adventures took place, quite a lot of learning happened, and even a few plot twists were thrown in for good measure. Relationships were developed and new characters were introduced. Unfortunately, every chapter has to come to a close, and the final period in the college chapter in the book of my life has been placed.

I didn't realize until today, though, that finishing one chapter in a book just means that a new one must be beginning. Yes, it was tough to say goodbye to my friends last night, but in doing so, I opened up an entire new chapter of my life. I'm moving to Washington, D.C. to begin training for what I hope will be my career for the next few decades. I will make many new friends, keep in touch with some of my old ones, and see the world in the meantime. There's so much adventure, mystery, suspense, and ups and downs coming up in this book. And who knows, maybe a few of the characters from the college chapter will make reappearances in future chapters. At least, that's what I'm hoping, anyway.

I know I'm not the author, but I'm looking forward to a good read.

Until next time...peace.


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  2. Have you read Donald Miller's new book "A Million Miles in a Thousand Years"?!?! This book is excatly about this... the story of our life that is being told and how to liove a better story. If you have not...READ T! Next to the Bible, it is my FAVORITE book! You would be highly inspired by it I would say.

  3. Hey Lacey... No, I haven't read that book, but I LOVE Miller. I'll try to pick it up sometime soon. Thanks!