In honor of the 90th anniversary of the F. Scott Fitzgerald classic, I share what one of my favorite books taught me about life.
Nick Carraway, who came to New York to make big money in the stock industry, never expected to do half of the things he did, whether it was a Gatsby party or a date with Jordan, he did many things in his short time in New York. It teaches to experience life, and maybe you’ll get a fascinating story from it all.
Believe in Something
Gatsby had an undying belief that he could be with Daisy, and although it did not end in his favor, he never gave up. That much determination is admirable, and I want to believe in something and love something as much as gatsby loves Daisy.
Money Can’t Buy Happiness
Gatsby tries hard to impress Daisy by flaunting his questionable wealth with extravagant parties, fine shirts, and an array of vehicles. His wealth, however, is not enough to keep her and his life is demolished because of his money and lies. It’s an obvious lesson that money will never buy you happiness.
Never Make Rash Decisions
Many of the characters make decisions without any thought, like Daisy driving home upset and Myrtle running in to the street. Making decisions without thinking is a dangerous act that can end in the most horrible of fashions, so it’s best to think before you act.
Someone is Always Watching You
TJ Eckleburg is always watching as the chaos unfolds in the Valley of Ashes, and symbolizes that we are always being watched. Whether you think it is God who is watching, or just people in general, know that your actions are being observed and can influence others.
The Past Can Trap You
We have to fight against our past lives in order to make it to our future, and when we endlessly focus on past feelings and opportunities, we have no future, as Gatsby learned the hard way.
What did The Great Gatsby teach you? Share in the comments!