Dimmed Stars – Fate or Choices we make

dimmed starsWe’ve all experienced those curveballs in life. Some are traumatic while some just leave us scratching our butts or cursing. Such as when we plan to head out of town for the weekend, but the boss makes weekend work mandatory. Or even small simple things like grabbing a cup of coffee before work only to realize we never put the water in the pot. These curveballs or ‘oh shit moments’ disappear as the days or weeks progress. We can laugh about them hours later.

These minor curveballs are the ones I’d like to have in my life. It’s the big ones that knock us off our axis. They manipulate our emotions, nip at our nerves, and beat the hell out of our psyche. And these larger-than-life curveballs always seem to happen to good people. We never hear of a gang banger getting cancer. Or a serial killer found dead of a heart attack. But we hear of children, teenagers, struggling with terminal illnesses.

This brings us to the real topic. Over the weekend, I Googled famous quotes for some reason or another, and came across this quote on Goodreads, “As he read, I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once.” I love this line. By the end of the line, it’s overflowing with truth, and it made me smile. My eyes shifted to see it was from the book, The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. Now I know what you’re thinking, “Hello? This is so last season (more like 2012).” I know, I’m a little behind. Not that my behind is little, because it’s not, but in my defense… I really don’t have much of a defense. I just don’t keep up on anything these days: celebrities, best dressed on the red carpet, #1 movie, who is sleeping with who, and #1 bestseller. Twitter makes me crazy, and the other social networks make me want to run screaming because I just don’t care about most of the things circulating. You may close your mouth now because I’m sure there are a few others not in their 90s who feel the same way as I do.

Anyways, I liked the quote, moved on from Goodreads, and did some more work. Later that evening, I was looking for a movie to watch. Surprise! Even though I hadn’t read the book, I decided to watch The Fault in Our Stars. Of course, it was sad, I cried while petting my dog, Shakespeare, not this Shakespeare shakespeare, but this Shakespeare, my shakespeare, and talked to him afterwards about the movie. Interesting enough, the title of the book and movie is a variation from a quote in Shakespeare’s play shakespeare, Julius Caesar, “The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars. But in ourselves, that we are underlings.” I can’t quite remember the play, but I can assume what the quote means, although there’s no guarantee my assumption is correct.

“The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars. But in ourselves, that we are underlings.” The quote here means it wasn’t fate’s fault, but Brutus and the other character’s choices. They are inferior due to their own weaknesses. The title of the book, The Fault in Our Stars, means it wasn’t Hazel and Augustus’s fault (main characters) that they have cancer. Cancer knows no bounds. It can infiltrate anyone, so Hazel and Augustus’s weaknesses, choices in life, had nothing to do with the cancer. The fault is in their Stars.

Have you read the book or seen the movie? What does the Shakespeare quote and book title mean to you?

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P.S. If you get a chance, check out John Green’s website. It’s cool.