Recently, my mom handed me a book saying, ” Read this. This book is going to change your perspective on life.” At that time I just took the book and shrugged of her statement. After all, literally every book makes you view life from a different perspective. But then I started reading this book. And true to my mom’s “prediction”, this book quite literally changed my life.
” An old man, a young man, and life’s greatest lesson.” This is what greets you when you first see the book. Written on the cover page, these few words summarize the entire book. An old man- Morrie, the author’s professor; a young man- Mitch himself; and life’s greatest lesson- the book in your hands.
Morrie, a joyful, cheery and very positive person, is diagnosed with ALS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. A brutal disease, it slowly and painfully destroys the body, step by step. What would a person, who has always remained active, who participated in physical activities despite his age, a person who’s lifestyle was really healthy, do, when his body starts falling apart? Grieve, maybe cry and blame god for ruining his life? But can you guess what Morrie did? He realized that even if he was diagnosed with ALS, it didn’t mean that everyone else in the world was affected.
My old professor, meanwhile, was stunned by the normalcy of the day around him. Shouldn’t the world stop? Don’t they know what has happened to me?
What Morrie did was, that he started to meet all his loved ones, all people who were close to him. He listened to their problems, actually listened, and gave them advice if they asked him to. A man, who was on his deathbed, who himself was full of grief, chose to relieve others of their grief. He considered himself lucky, yes lucky, to have some days before his death in which he could make things right with everyone. He was grateful, truly grateful. And this is one of the things he taught Mitch.
This book is a recollection of all that Morrie taught Mitch. They met on Tuesdays, and discussed things like life, age, love and so on. The beautiful lesson that this book sparks with, is just so invigorating.
Whatever I write about this book will be less. So I will just put some excerpts for all of you to experience this simple yet beautiful book.
As you read the book, you journey along with Mitch and Morrie, a journey through life, which will make you brim with genuine gratitude from inside, and make you start loving life like never before.