The Help, Glorious, White Oleander and The Bell Jar. But I wouldn't really call them life-changing. Sure, they inflated the deep-routed beliefs I had and made me wish things had been different. I've even been motivated to be more civic-minded than I am, but I can't say my life changed because of that, because some of those books only echoed what I had always believed, but in a very thought-provoking way.
But over the past couple of weeks, when I thought about this, I realized that there is a book that although might not have changed my life totally, definitely had such a profound effect on me that my life goals changed. My perspective changed. My focus in life changed. And the book? Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl.
Anne Frank was just like any other girl. She had dreams, squabbles, complaints, wishes, crushes, and life plans. The diary she wrote was just like any teenager's diary, she just happened to be holed up in a house, hiding from the Nazis. I once kept a similar diary that would probably embarrass me if I had to read it today. After reading Anne's thoughts, as you turn the last page, you almost feel as if this is an incomplete life story. If you didn't know Anne, you would ask "What happened to her?", "Did she find love, a career?", "Did she get out of that place?". But the afterward holds a more grim tale.
In so many ways, I am glad that I read this book. Most of the messages in this book are inferred. I've come to understand that there is only so much you can do in life. You can choose to obsessively plan for the next few decades of your life, or wallow in what you don't enjoy. Or you can choose to do what you wish with the time to have here and live in the moment. Much as I had heard this for a long time, I have not felt it more powerfully than that day when I read Anne Frank's diary.
So, did you ever have a book that affected you strongly enough to make you change your life, or feel more passionate about something you never considered before, or change the way you think?
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