Recently I read an article on how my generation isn’t afraid to break the mold and isn’t afraid to be broke in order to do what we love. The older generations don’t understand and we don’t know how to explain to them.
Today I realized why we might be more willing to break free and to be true to ourselves. It came to me as I was reading a Buzzfeed article about banned books that actually changed your life. As I read through the list there was one thing in common for a few of these. Some of these were books I had been required to read while in high school. A few examples are: Diary of Anne Frank, The Giver, Fahrenheit 451, The Catcher in the Rye, and Brave New World (1984 is not on the list but it is very similar to Brave New World). Most of these have the common theme, they reflected a society that scarily resembled what we were turning into. A big brother society with too much controlling us, where everything you do is being watched. The reality that our society was closer to this, than the time these books were written truly shocked us. Dare I say, that might have been our wake up call to break free from the mold and be bold? I obviously can’t attribute it only to that, but I do think it had some affect on us.
Others were book that we read for fun. For example The Perks of Being A Wallflower and Harry Potter. These taught us that it was okay to be different and to embrace it. They taught us that with the support of love and friendships you can fight evil, or in this case the challenges our lives would bring.
One way or another these books that we were exposed to growing up have affected us and made us realize that we do have the power to make a change. But it also showed us what we didn’t want to become. And i truly think that’s what motivated us to change. You won’t see anyone quoting these books while they break the mold, but books shape us, they affect how we see the world. That’s their magical power. And maybe that’s why Fahrenheit 451 was written? Because books have so much power that they can be dangerous for those afraid of change. And the adults who showed us these books, probably didn’t noticed just how much we would change because of these books. Hence creating this generation that is daring, bold and motivated to be true to ourselves.
Just a little food for thought.
Much love always,