John Green and Falling in Love

There are times in your life when a simple incident changes your life forever and nothing is ever the same again. One of these incidences is falling in love and another that impacts you more is falling in love with an author’s writing style. At the risk of sounding pretentious, I would say that nothing fills me up with more happiness than a good read, and this happiness goes Four-Fold when I read John Green books and quotes. They are all over my social media. I guess the books and the quotations that we like do say a lot more about us, than what we are trying to convey by sharing those with people. Reading a piece of wonderful writing, letting it consume you and losing yourself in the plethora of words that are much more than alphabets on a piece of paper; there is literally no simple way of explaining this feeling. It’s like you can’t explain the thrill of zip lining to someone, you can’t explain the adrenaline rush or the freedom that you feeling soaring above at heights that scare the living daylights out of most people. Because that is how I feel when I read, the world around me ceases to exist, reality becomes a distant dream and the world in the book seems as real as the goosebumps I feel on my arms when I’m cold. I am a Nerdfighter, a fan of Nerdfighteria and I proudly say that I have no qualms admitting my obsession.

There are many books that describe love, talk about love stories and happy endings or sad endings. But that’s the thing; some are plain ridiculous and unbelievable, raising the hopes of teenage girls (including myself when I was one) and filling them with unrealistic dreams and delusions of romance and grandeur.

Real life doesn’t work that way. Sometimes there are no endings; there are just stories and memories that become dusty and vague with time. I don’t say this to be pessimistic but I believe that a bit of rationalism never hurts. Sometimes things work out for the best, and there will be times when they won’t but at root of all this is the simple fact that shit happens, but life goes on. That’s what I like about John Green quotes; that they are more real and relatable to any other author I have read. There is so much that we expect from the people around us without ever realizing that what we think of them might not be actually the way they are, and the image that we create in our minds based on what we perceive may just be an illusion. The conscious mind is a bitch. It makes us over think, interpret actions according to what we think we want and we deserve. But these illusions and mind sketches of people will love are just going to be that: Illusions.

Falling in love is easy, that’s why it’s called falling I think and not “settling in love” or “easing into love” because we literally just “fall”. Is there a chance of injury? Well yes as with everything there are risks and consequences, but some people make the fall worth the risk of getting hurt. And others make you learn from your mistakes. So to put things in a positive light, you’re going to benefit any which way. Unless you find that person worth fighting for and crossing oceans for and let them go. Then you’re just stupid. In conclusion I would say, you can’t make plans for everything in life, they rarely work out your way. Hope for happiness, and live life to the fullest. After all the only way out of the labyrinth of suffering is to forgive. Isn’t it?

“True love will triumph in the end- which may or may not be a lie, but if it’s a lie, then it’s the most beautiful lie we have” – John Green


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