Mitch Albom’s Altered View of Life
After Mitch graduated from college, he headed for New York to start working on his dream of being a renowned musician of which he later discovered of failing for the first time in his life. When he lost his favorite uncle to pancreatic cancer, he realized how valuable time is and decided to get a master’s degree in journalism instead of pursuing a career in music.
He became a sports writer then became a man driven by career and ambition.
He later on became successful that he wrote for sports books, did radio shows and appeared recurrently on TV until he saw his old friend who was also his favorite professor in college, Morrie Schwartz, on TV. He learned that Morrie had amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) which has no cure.
When he decided to visit Morrie after so many years of not seeing him, it became a regular weekly meeting for them every Tuesday, talking about life, from which Mitch learned a different perspective, a different view. Morrie told him, “Dying is only one thing to be sad over Mitch. Living unhappily is something else.” Morrie also said that people become mean only when they are threatened which is what our culture does then they start looking out only for themselves and make money their god.
Morrie made him realize how he has been giving more priority to his work instead of starting a family with his wife Janine. Mitch realized that he really did need to invest in the human family and in people as what Morrie advised him. Morrie showed him how to courageously face things in life even on the verge of death. Having the last few weeks of Morrie’s life spent with him taught Mitch so many things that he would always hold dear. Mitch learned what mistakes to avoid, what to look out for, when to pay attention to his loved ones and hear them as if it were for the last time. Morrie also made him understand that there is no such thing as “too late” for anything in this life.
Albom, Mitch. Tuesdays with Morrie. New York: Doubleday,1997