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Looking For Alaska

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sarah wamsganz

on 27 October 2015

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Transcript of Looking For Alaska

Looking for Alaska
That which the sea breaks against
When people do something wrong, they often regret it and hold on to that one mistake. They hold on to the guilt instead of letting go and forgiving themselves. In one of the sources I found, an article written by Amy Rees Anderson, she explains how unhealthy it is to concentrate on negatives from the past instead of the positives in the present. She states we shouln't dwell on the past. on the contrary, we should just learn from our mistakes. She uses a well known scene between Simba and Rafiki from the movie The Lion King to illustrate her theory.
Have you ever found yourself dwelling on the past or worrying about the future to the point that it negatively affects your experiences in the present?
In the book Looking For Alaska, by John Green,
Green tells a beautiful story about a boy named Miles "Pudge" Halters who loves famous last words and searching for his "Great Perhaps." he decides to go to a different school, Culver Creek Boarding School. While there, Pudge quickly makes friends with Chip, "The Colonel," Martin and the beautiful Alaska, a girl who is mysterious, brave, daring, crazy, and doesn't lives by her own rules. Pudge quickly becomes infatuated with the mysterious Alaska. why is she named Alaska? why is she so hard on herself? Why can't he get his mind off her?
Pudge develops feelings for Alaska, but she unfortunately has a boyfriend. As the book continues, Pudge, Alaska, The Colonel and their friends Lara and Takumi pull many pranks in retaliation to pranks played on them. Following their final prank, As the next few days unfold, everything seems to be going great, until one unfatefull night. pudge, Alaska, and The Colonel get drunk. Alaska ends up kissing Pudge and states she's too tired, but promises, "To be contued?" However, that's not how things work out.
later that same night, Alaska ends up freaking out on the phone with her boyfriend and has both Pudge and The Colonel help her leave the school. She ends up in a major car crash, leading to her great demise. When Pudge and The Colonel find out the next morning, they feel so much guilt for letting her go instead of trying to stop her, knowing that she was drunk. they spend the rest of the story trying to figure out why she left and if she had purposefully killed herself. they eventually learn that they need to forgive themselves. it wasn't their fault and, even though Alaska is gone, they still have the good, crazy, and unique memories of all that she was to them.
After reading Alaska and Pudge's story, I was left reflecting on my own life and the times when I've had trouble living in the moment. So I decided to investigate just what keeps people from living in the present and whether it hinders a person's happiness.
Colette Baron-Reid, creator of the online magazine
"The Oracle," asks this question becasue she believes
that worrying about the past or future traps us in other
"landscapes" where we're robbed of our power.
She argures that we can only stop revisiting other
"landscapes" by remaining mindful. But if we can
slow down, stay mindful, and remain in the present,
we can acually "rewrite and heal the stories in our hearts."

When are you?
In an article titled "When You're Living in the Past," Karen Ann Kennedy offers some reasons people might get hung up on the past. She explains how some people do it because it's familiar and comfortable like watching a favorite movie or an old sitcom. Others feel their past is better than the present like old football Heroes reliving their
glory days. And others just fear the unknown of the future. No matter the reason, Kennedy argues that living in the past "robs you of the opportunity to enjoy the present." We miss out on a lot of great moments when we can't keep our minds in today.

Regardless of the reasons we fail to live in today, evidence clearly
shows that worrying about the past or future hinders a person's
happiness. By worrying about the past we are also stuck living in it. To "escape" from your past, you have to let go. What happened has happened and the most important thing is to forgive and let go. You have a big and brigh future
ahead of you and that's what's important.
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