An inspiring, heartfelt story that made you feel that life is indeed a journey. First published in 1997, Mitch Albom’s Tuesdays with Morrie has captured the hearts and souls of every individual who has read the book from cover to cover.
The story is about Mitch’s visit to his old college professor, Morrie Schwartz, who is now in the latter part of his life – battling ALS. Mitch formed a bond with his professor back in his college days – understanding his young and inexperienced mind and giving him pieces of advice in life. However, like almost everyone, he lost track of his dear professor, grew apart when he graduated – until one day when he saw Morrie in a television show. Seeing his old professor, old and grey, haunts him. So one day, he decided to visit, and to his surprise – Morrie never forgets him, and that started a lifelong journey he will never forget.
I love it when I discover exciting ideas from the book like a twist, life lessons – it bugs my mind. “Why didn’t I think of it?”. It also gives another perspective on how we view our life, especially as we grow old. We look deep into the future when we’re young, and does that give you an idea that you should look more profound when you get old? In this book, Morrie presented a lot of ideas to Mitch, which are all interesting. It became a page-turner for me.
Part of the story that relates to me is that I also had a good relationship with my professors back then, but like Mitch, I lost track of them. They are all dear to me, I may not remember all of the lessons, the exams, but I will never forget them.
I recommend this book to those who want to reflect, looking for an exciting story to read – I guarantee both. Lastly, I took down some highlights that I had time to write. Enjoy!
The Seventh Tuesday We Talked About Fear of Aging – Forget what the culture says. I have ignored the culture much of my life. I am not going to be ashamed. What’s the big deal?
It’s very simple. As we grow, you learn more. If you stayed twenty-two, you’d always be as ignorant as you were at twenty-two. Aging is not just decay, you know. It’s growth. It’s more than the negative that you’re going to die, it’s also the positive that you understand you’re going to die, and that you live a better life because of it.
If aging were so valuable why do people always say, “Oh, if I were young again.” You never hear people say, “I wish I were sixty-five.”
You know what that reflects? Unsatisfied lives. Unfulfilled lives. Lives that haven’t found meaning. Because if you’ve found meaning in your life, you don’t want to go back. You want to go forward. You want to see more, do more. You can’t wait until sixty-five.
If you’re always battling against getting older, you’re always going to be unhappy, because it will happen anyhow.
I’m wondering how you don’t envy younger healthy people.
Oh I guess I do. I envy them being able to go to health club, or go for a swim. Or dance. Mostly for dancing. But envy comes to me. I feel it, and then let it go.
The Twelfth Tuesday We Talked About Forgiveness – We need to forgive ourselves for all the things we didn’t do. You can’t get stuck on the regrets of what should have happened. That doesn’t help you when you get to where I am.
How about you? Have you read Tuesday’s with Morrie? Let me know your thoughts in the comment section.