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Unformatted text preview: ring Act I, Estragon famously states, “I’m
unhappy” (Beckett 33). I didn’t come to realize much else at this time other than this fact. I was
unhappy and I did not know how to fix my unhappiness, or even where to start. If only someone had let
me in on life’s secret. Coupled with realizing how unhappy I was, I knew that I needed to get out of my
habitual rut in order to start living. Chris McCandless had said, “The core of mans’ spirit comes from
new experiences” (Into the Wild). There is no quote more relevant to my life than this. How can one
feel motivated or look forward to what the day brings if they don’t know what beautiful experiences it
has to offer? Personally, I have struggled for years to find the motivation to face each new day. Nothing
ever seemed extraordinary or worth looking forward to.
Without a doubt, I owe my existence to a young woman who lives next door to my childhood
home, who became the best life-
long companion I could have hoped for. I was fifteen when Aubree
moved in, and although she is two years younger, she taught me a great deal about life and about myself. Malloy 4
She created a whole new mindset for me, and all she did was listen to me. We would walk for hours,
and although most of our jabber was pointless, I found myself looking forward to our walks after
school. My best friend Aubree made life tolerable, and eventually, she made life fulfilling. One of my
proudest moments was when she called me her big sister and let me know that she looks up to my
courage and strength. About two years ago, Aubree’s aunt was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
Though I’d never lost anyone to cancer, I made it my job to always be there for her, to hopefully lessen
her sadness. After her aunt passed, she relied on me to be there for her. Mostly, I just listened and took
her mind off the pain, and although the circumstances weren’t ideal, I felt important. Aubree gave me a
reason to get out of the house and be the strength she so desperately needed. Aubree kick started my
life into overdrive, she forced me out of my comfort zone, and with her endless support and words of
encouragement, I began to love myself. Though I knew I lived life out of habit, repeating the same
actions over and over, Aubree saw the negative toll it took. In Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot,
Vladimir professes, “But habit is a great deadener” (58). Aubree pulled me out from under my habitual
rut of waking up exhausted, dreading school, and coming home and locking myself into my room. As a
result of our walks, I met some wonderful neighbors, found comfort in a favorite spot along our usual
route, and rekindle...
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