VERDICT: A MUST READ
When I was of a very impressionable age, about fourteen years old, one of my teachers gifted me a memoir, Tuesdays with Morrie. Even today, I’m very thankful to him for bringing Morrie into my life. This book has become very close to my heart and today after almost ten long years, it’s one of my most prized possessions. I keep recommending it to every other person I know. I remember that after I had finished reading it, I locked myself in my room and constantly wept for two whole days. Morrie had somehow managed to change my life and my perspective towards it, forever.
Maybe it was a grandparent, a teacher or a colleague. Someone older, patient and wise who understood you when you were young and impassioned and made you realize what life is really all about. For our author, Mitch Albom, it was Professor Morrie Schwartz, his college mentor who taught him years ago. Life happened and they went out of touch. However, Mitch gets a second chance which most of us, unfortunately, don’t, to reunite with his old friend. Morrie had been diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a neurological terminal disease with no known cure. The professor had little time left. The world seemed cruel to Morrie. Everything was just the same, everyone continued with their lives just like every other day but him. His world came crashing down in a few seconds and was about to end. Morrie later makes an appearance on a TV news show where his struggle was broadcasted nationwide. People of America related to him and this is when Mitch came to know about his dying teacher.
Tuesdays with Morrie deals with some of the most important subjects of life. In the book, Morrie talks about investing in emotions, in people rather than material concerns. Most importantly, he talks about dignity. Morrie talks how to part, with poise, greet death like an old friend. He tells us dreams are meant to be pursued, not to be forgotten, no matter how hard things get. I wish I knew Morrie, I wish I were that lucky. Morrie in the last few days of his life embraced it all, tried to ‘enjoy’ it. After all, he was becoming a baby again. The book broke my heart. How can one be so strong? He passed on this strength to the other ailing people, they wrote to him seeking advice, sending wishes and love, every other day. Love was all Morrie had, love was all he had to offer. He had a unique way of looking at life and I am grateful that Mitch gave us a chance to know Morrie, up close and personal. The book is incredibly well written, with much love and affection and compels you to give it your full attention and care, throughout. It doesn’t lose its pace of narration anywhere in between and is definitely Albom’s best work.
Sometimes, there are flashbacks of incidents happening twenty years back when Mitch was in college. Morrie was a kind, jolly, energetic man who always encouraged his students, a confidante always looking out for them. He taught them about the value of silence, how impactful it can be. I can relate to Morrie, it is as if I can almost connect to his soul. When Mitch talks about being afraid of losing his dear friend, my weeping knew no bounds. I admire Morrie’s bravery, his composure. He had made the impossible happen-his sorrow was now a medium to pass on his serenity, love and empathy. And as days passed, Morrie’s health deteriorated but his spirit remained definitely untamed. He accepted the bitter truth. He had championed over his mental health against all the odds. On the fourteenth Tuesday, goodbyes were said and Mitch and I lost a great teacher and an even better friend.
Tuesdays with Morrie has changed my life beyond words. Morrie has taught me to live my life to the fullest, without any regrets. He has taught us to have faith in humanity, he has taught us kindness. I hope every student in his/her adolescent years, gets a teacher like Morrie, somebody who would show them the way. I get back to Morrie’s teachings whenever I’m in a low phase of my life and my good old teacher is always there, waiting for me.
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Deblina is a 23 yo introvert who is often a victim of her own jokes and her OCD. She loves books, Marvel, Netflix and Star Wars. She writes about nerd stuff. Jessica Jones and Tyrion Lannister are her spirit animals.