The movie posters for the movie ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ described it as ‘one sick love story.’ But as someone who has read the book by the same name (on which the movie is based), at least a dozen times, I don’t agree. The story is more than just a love story of two teenagers battling cancer. It is a story of love, of survival, of fighting. Here’s a list of things that The Fault in Our Stars taught me:
#1 Everyone matters.
Every person is unique and so every person is important. Being famous and having millions of fans is not important, what is important is that you love and are loved.
#2 You don’t get what you want.
Universe is not always kind enough to give you what you want. Your plans can be foiled, your wishes may remain unfulfilled.
#3 Pain is something you can’t avoid.
Everyone in this world has experienced pain, be it emotional or physical. So, don’t pretend that everything is always fine.
#4 Appreciate your parents/guardians
We end up taking them for granted many times. The book reminds us of the sacrifices they make and the pain they take for us.
#5 True love exists
The book shatters all stereotypes we have regarding love. Yes, you can find love in your teens. Yes, your love might not last a lifetime, but still it is worth its while.
#6 Don’t deny yourself simple pleasures
Life is not always about those big moments. In the end, it is those small moments which matter the most.
#7 Enjoy life every moment
Today matters. Anything may go wrong any moment. So, live every day and make it the best day of your life.