I love basically everything Mitch Albom writes. Whether it’s The Five People You Meet in Heaven or Tuesdays With Morrie, I always find myself incredibly captivated by his writing. Although his novels typically focus on upsetting topics, I’m a sucker for a tearjerker. So, if you’re like me, you should definitely pick up Tuesdays With Morrie this summer.
A true story about Albom’s life and relationship with his favorite professor, Morrie Schwartz, Tuesdays With Morrie focuses on the importance of foregoing the superficial, meaningless things in life and realizing what’s actually important.
Albom writes about his life after graduating Brandeis University in 1979, a time at which he promised Morrie that he would keep in touch. As the years pass, however, Mitch becomes overwhelmed with work and materialism and he fails to keep his promise. Sixteen years later, Mitch learns that Morrie has been diagnosed with ALS, a disease that will strategically debilitate Morrie’s body while leaving his mind perfectly alert.
Upset over his failed promise to his now dying professor, Mitch returns home to visit Morrie. Shocked by Morrie’s frail and sickly appearance, Mitch decides to visit Morrie every Tuesday, helping him through his illness and recording his thoughts. Through these meetings, Mitch learns to let go of his materialistic impulses and realize the importance of friendship.
As I was reading this book, I was struck by how much we all take for granted in our lives. It’s so easy to get caught up in the crazy whirl of work and the desire to achieve success. Recorded in the last days of his life, these life lessons from Morrie opened my eyes to the importance of appreciating the little things in life and not sweating the things that, in the end, really don’t matter at all.
By: Emily K, Brown
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