Blog #2

On the very first page of the novel, The Great Gatsby, written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, there is an important quote directed at one of the main characters, Nick Carroway, from his father. The quote says “‘Whenever you feel like criticizing anyone,’ he told me, ‘just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.’”(Fitzgerald 1). This refers to how he should always be thankful for what he has been provided with and how it has helped him develop through his life. I have a wide range of advantages that were provided for me which I am eternally grateful for. Some basic advantages I have been blessed with include being an only child, going to high school, using savings towards college, living in a financially stable and loving home, and being able to relax and enjoy my time as a young adult. Sometimes I take for granted not having to pay for everything since my family pays for a lot of my needs and wants. Some people who are less privileged have to pay for everything on their own such as food, clothes, phone payments, car payments, and even college tuition. I have a job and understand how to manage my money efficiently and wisely, although I work to make and save up money. Other people who are less privileged are encouraged by their families to get a job so they can help support and contribute to their struggling finances and payments. I do not get jealous over other individual’s advantages because I always remind myself that I already have plenty to be thankful for and that my advantages also could be nonexistent and I could be struggling a lot more instead. In my opinion, I am very aware of what is generously provided for me and I constantly appreciate those advantages because It is a true fact that it could always be a lot worse. This video connects to my ideas because the main message of the song is to keep pushing yourself, have faith in yourself, and do not give up. The main chorus goes “ Alright, already the show goes on. All night, till the morning we dream so long. Anybody ever wonder, when they would see the sun up, just remember when you come up the show goes on”. This song encourages the idea that no matter what your advantages or disadvantages are, do not give up on your dreams.

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