Let’s talk books, how many of you have read The Fault In Our Stars by John Green? It is a novel that is both hard, yet inspiring to read as someone with a chronic illness. It centers on Hazel Grace a teenage girl suffering from advanced stage thyroid cancer and a teenaged boy Augustus Waters, who is in remission from osteosarcoma. Against all odds, the two fall in love and face the daunting challenges and threats cancer poses together. Their road is not easy and, much like life, does not have what most would consider a happy ending. But it does have a realistic ending that leaves you satisfied. The book still touches hearts and makes us realize that nothing is perfect, or lasting. There is so much that cannot be explained, but we have to learn how to accept the challenges that come our way and deal with them the best we possibly can.
“There is no shortage of fault to be found amongst our stars.”
- John Green, The Fault in Our Stars.
The stars are a metaphor for fate, and I think we can all relate to the concept of there being some fault in our stars, but we can’t blame the stars because (a direct quote from the book) “The fault is not in our stars, but in ourselves.” We make choices and these choices affect us and shape who we are as people. Some things are not up to us to decide, it was not my decision to be chronically ill, but it is my decision how I deal with it. I am going to make the best of my days being sick and live my life to the fullest. When you are feeling out of control and angry about being sick, think about this. Our faulty stars may determine what happens, but you determine what to make of it.
“Maybe okay will be our always.”
-John Green, The Fault in Our Stars.
“The pain, it’s determined and demanding to ache, but I’m okay. And I don’t want to let this go, I don’t want to lose control I just want to see the stars with you. I don’t want to say goodbye, someone tell me why. I just want to see the stars with you.” Troye Sivan, The Fault In Our Stars
Check out Hazel and Augusts’ ‘sick love story’ in theatres June 6, 2014, or read it first, I highly recommend it. Also, check Troye Sivan’s song he wrote inspired by The Fault in Our Stars.
Lots of Love,