Have you ever avoided reading a book because you were afraid it would be too sad or impactful?
That was The Diary of Anne Frank for me until recently I created the courage to read it. And I’m so glad that I finally did.
The book was nothing like what I expected. I was waiting for some tearful, heart-wrenching war memorial, however, Anne Frank was a person so full of life and happiness that even in her darkest times, she knew how to brush everything off.
I caught myself laughing out loud many times, and even though we have an age gap of about 10 years, I felt like she also understood me. She understood human nature, and somehow she could detach herself from the bigger picture and see the world in someone else’s point of view, something I realize, It’s an artist quality.
Reading the book I did not only started to imagine how life in a “cage” could be like, but I also started to understand more about myself. Like most of us, Anne Frank is coming of age, and we never stop coming of age, because there is always room to grow and change. All the change of feelings, towards other people and herself, resonated really true and familiar to me.
It is amazing to see how a person who has been deprived of living life, teaches people from generations to come, how to live life to the fullest.
Now more than ever, I understand why Anne Frank is such an inspiration to people. She is not just a sob story, she is a “live your life story.”