Between life, pain and suffering

A worthwhile read.

This, I can summarized Looking for Alaska written by John Green.

I bought the said book in exchange for the unavailable book of Mr. Green, which is The Fault in our stars. Honestly speaking, it was a total confusion between Let it Snow and it. Anyway, I thought I had bought the book for a purpose. 🙂

And it never failed me.

I am approaching the ending now but I guess the discoveries I will get later on will surely leave me with so much lessons in life. 🙂 I am excited about that. Here, I will want to share the powerful lines that struck me while reading it.


Miles: “So I walked back to my room and collapsed on the bottom bunk, thinking that if people were rain, I was drizzle and she was a hurricane.” 

Life is really complicated. No matter how you want life to be simple, it never will. We deal with everyday events which test our  capabilities to handle it. We just need to make an effort to leave something remarkable in everything we do. Be courageous enough. Believe in yourself. Laugh. Life is about doing what makes you happy.


Miles: “What is an “instant” death anyway? How long is an instant? Is it one second? Ten? The pain of those seconds must have been awful as her heart burst and her lungs collapsed and there was no air and no blood to her brain and only raw panic. What the hell is instant? Nothing is instant. Instant rice takes five minutes, instant pudding an hour. I doubt that an instant of blinding pain feels particularly instantaneous.” 

We feel pain. Without pain, they said there is no gain. But how do you deal with pain anyway? I always believe that pain is necessary in falling in love. Love begets pain in some points. Sometimes no matter how hard you try to make things perfect, it really doesn’t. People often underestimate pain. But we must remember that pain makes a person stronger.


Alaska: “Imagining the future is a kind of nostalgia. (…) You spend your whole life stuck in the labyrinth, thinking about how you’ll escape it one day, and how awesome it will be, and imagining that future keeps you going, but you never do it. You just use the future to escape the present.” 

And comes the suffering. I believe suffering is just an option. People needs to choose if you want to suffer or not. Nut the best choice often comes in believing that we don’t need to suffer amicably, if we decide to make things simple. To suffer is to make things hard. Suffering is an option. Just make the wise choice.


Life, pain and suffering intertwined sometimes. But I always believe that life, pain and suffering has its same ground point: it is forgiveness. Forgive yourself and forgive people. Live a life worth remembering. Live life out of the labyrinth of suffering and pain. :))

pain is inevitable. suffering is optional



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