Amazing Kids! Magazine

Relationship to Literature

By Natalie Brady, Nonfiction Editor

 

Have you ever connected with the characters in a book so deeply that you wish they were actually real? Have you ever read a novel, quote, or even heard a song lyric that seemed to wrap up your life in its entirety? This is what’s called a relationship to literature – everyone has one, and that relationship can actually shape and impact your thoughts and actions, and even your life. I personally have many relationships with literature; I have many connections with books, songs, and especially quotes.

“The only way that we can live, is if we grow. The only way that we can grow is if we change. The only way that we can change is if we learn. The only way we can learn is if we are exposed. And the only way that we can become exposed is if we throw ourselves out into the open. Do it. Throw yourself.” This quote is one of my favorites, and one that I have a true connection with. I actually found it just scrolling through a page of inspiring quotes – nifty, eh? This was said by C. Joybell C, author of Saint Paul Trois Chateaux.

C. Joybell C is trying to say that to truly live and enjoy life, you have to take risks; you have to “throw yourself.” If you don’t throw yourself, you’ll never expose yourself…and if you don’t expose yourself then you’ll never learn, and if you never learn you’ll never grow, and if you never grow you’ll never live! I try my hardest to keep this quote in my thoughts at all times. I constantly attempt to face and conquer my fears, I’m always doing something new – whether it be from trying a new food or experimenting with a new schedule or new resources – and I’m always taking risks. Yes, I make mistakes, and yes, sometimes it’s weird to expose myself and let other people see me for who I actually am. I used to tread in the background and be afraid of what other people thought of me, but to live life to the fullest I had to get over that fear and just be myself. By showing people who I really am, I’m making true friends that will hopefully stick around longer than ones that have to put the pieces together and discover who I am. I am consistently learning from the mistakes I make, and in turn I’m growing as a person. I can honestly say that I am happy with my life and me as a human being right now, all because I take some risks.

Literature can impact one’s life like no other. You may aspire to be like a certain character from a novel, or you may even see something you don’t like in a character and therefore make sure you don’t act like that. You may have a relationship with a quote, like me, that merely acts like a guideline for your everyday life. You may have a connection with a song lyric that seems to just sum you up in a nutshell. What’s your relationship to literature?