The Fault in Our Stars

Or the fault within you and me?

There are things that happen to us that are completely unavoidable. Good or bad, sometimes there is nothing we could have done differently that would change the present. 

My grandpa smoked cigarettes most of his life. He is nearly 90 years old now. Then you hear about children like eight-year-old Lacey Holsworth, who recently passed away because of a tumor began growing on her brain. As for me, I eat like I have a tape worm yet I’ve never weighed more than 110 pounds. I am about as active as one would expect a 20s-something with a dead end job to be. Is my hypoactive metabolism caused by fate, good genetics, or something I did? I can start eating healthy moving forward but this wont guarantee that live a longer life. Which makes me wonder if I truly am the master of my universe or is my future is controlled by the unseen part of nature.  

How significant are our actions? Will the things I decide to do today, matter tomorrow? Or will I be stuck with the same ending regardless of my choices?

These are the questions that have been swirling around in my mind for the past several days since I finished reading “The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green. To be honest, this book left me feeling a bit stranded in an empty void of some sort of hopelessness. Only after rereading a few of the chapters a couple of times, did I understand the meaning behind this powerful story about teenagers living with cancer.  

The fault in our stars is that a disease has sealed the fates of these young, intelligent, and beautiful people. Having the most skilled doctor will at best only delay the inevitable. However, despite this death sentence, these kids decide to continue living until they are no longer living. And in doing so, they stumble upon something that will make the little time they have available on this earth, worth it all. 

So yes. There maybe things in life that you will have no control over, but you will always have authority over how you cope with these circumstances. Hopefully you choose to experience each breath, which might lead you to the discovery of something quite amazing, then you end up with a thing you never expected to have, and you fight hold onto it for as long as you can but eventually the stars come collect what was only loaned to you in the beginning.

“The Fault in Our Stars” is the kind of story that triggers the type of knee jerk reaction that will cause any person nearby to wonder if you are a sane human being.

The story is narrated by Hazel, a sixteen year cancer patient whose sarcasm and candor will make you laugh at something that is actually quite heartbreaking. She constantly challenges the way in which people living with cancer are regarded and treated. In the end, Hazel will, if not slightly, majorly alter your reasoning.