Thankful Breath Essay

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Thankful Breath
Through this story, the author portrays what everyone goes through in life; life is like a hail of arrows (impact of the giant diving bell) that you continuously maneuver through with an open mind (mind takes flight like a butterfly). This story is about a person going through “locked-in syndrome” which is paralysis from head to toe after resuscitation from a brain stem accident and despite all of that, they are still able to see the brighter side in life. Day in and day out, people look for the easiest possible way out. Choosing wants over needs, a person’s poverty becomes another person’s luxury.
On the eight of December, “I was brutally introduced to the importance of the brain stem when a cerebrovascular accident took my brain stem out of action.” You are able to survive, but you survive with a symptom known as ...view middle of the document...

” You are what you eat; the same mentality is embedded in life. You are what you experience and experience builds character. Take a look at everyone who has succeeded in life, would they be where they are at if they simply chose to give up?
“I myself had twenty days of deep coma […] before I truly appreciated the extent of the damage.” Without ups and downs, your life would be like a broken ECG machine. There wouldn’t be any signs of improvement as time passes by. The author is in agony, but it clearly shows that he loves life. “My mind takes flight like a butterfly […] you can wander off in space or in time.” He uses his wits and imagination to compensate for his losses as well as exemplifying what is to be gained through a positive mindset.

“My main task now is to compose the first of these bedridden travel notes […] and what if I asked to be changed into a frog? What then?” The author speaks of creating a story about his personal experience during his time of suffering and how he dealt with the pain. Instead of grieving over every little thing, he decides to express it an optimistic way. What you consider misfortune can be a form of art to others. As the author was writing this passage, it was his way of enduring the chaotic emotions that were ingrained in his every day thoughts. The way he expresses his feelings through literature is his way of a defense mechanism. The sadness literally became his “home”, but contrary to the mood of this so called sadness, he was able to become a stronger person. Enjoy what you have before it’s too late.
Happiness is to be found in the little things that are around us. Grieving over misfortunes is the sole reason why a black and white picture creates an image of perfection while life itself lacks color. The author expresses his feelings of despair through literary arts as if it was a joke. The message that is portrayed through this passage is that no matter what obstacle you are faced with, persistence should be kept in mind.

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