IRJE #1: “Room enough… to remake his story better and different”

In John Green’s An Abundance of Katherines, best friends Colin and Hassan set out on a cross-country road trip after graduating from high school. Colin feels his teenage years slipping away and is anxious about adulthood just around the corner. Having been identified as a child prodigy at two, he wonders whether he might have peaked too early. What does the future hold for a former prodigy? However, during their journey, the friends begin to realize that the open road ahead brings exciting possibilities.

So Colin drove past the Hardee’s and out onto the interstate headed north. As the staggered lines rushed past him, he thought about the space between what we remember and what happened, the space between what we predict and what will happen. And in that space, Colin thought, there was room enough to reinvent himself – room enough to make himself into something other than a prodigy, to remake his story better and different – room enough to be reborn again and again. (p. 214)

Similar to Colin, I believe many graduates might relate to feeling overwhelmed thinking about what comes next after high school. While it is a privilege to have choices, it can also be overwhelming thinking about the different paths your life could take. Colin’s realization makes me think of the quote “Your life is your story. Write well. Edit often.”(Susan Statham). Ultimately, Colin understands he has his whole lifetime to figure out and become the person he wants to be.

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