Not having a purpose in life or not knowing what to do or where to go might just be the worst feeling to have. I believe everyone has a purpose, something we were meant to do or be good at. Finding that one thing is just the hard part. The book Wine to Water shows us a story about a guy that really doesn’t get why he’s here. What his purpose really is until he finds out the worlds crisis for water and how he can actually help these people. Being in college, Just graduating from High school I think I can really identify with how he was feeling.
Where will I really be in 10 years. Thats the million dollar question everyone would like to have answered. Like Doc Hendley says in the book, “What is the definition of life? Is it eating, sleeping, breathing? Or is it something much greater? ” I think everyone has their own definition. Depending on what you want to do or what your morals are has to do with how you see life and its meaning. That’s what the book is mainly about, learning the real definition of life. Doc is trying to find somewhere were he is wanted.
All his life he never really finished anything or was determined to do anything until he started Wine to Water and saw how just one person can make a tremendous impact on others life. Since little I was always asked what do I wanna be when I grow up? It’s funny because my parents always told me to just be happy. Whatever I do, whoever i’m with be a happy person. John Lennon gave a great example, As quoted he said “When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life.
When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life. ” Happiness within is key. If you’re not happy with yourself and what you do then life is just irrelevant. I can honestly say I can identify with Doc and how he dealt with “Failure”.
They say you fall two times you get back up three, but where do we find the will to actually do that? Doc dropped out of college, he was basically known s the broke white kid until he got a steady job at bartending. In one of the letters he writes his dad on September 11,2004 He talks about how him and his team failed to bring water to the place they were working for. He talks about how good we are at shutting things out that make us uncomfortable and how we are masters at ignoring the things that might take us out of our comfort zone. He calls that failure and I couldn’t agree more. Starting college really made me realize a lot. It make me realize how scared to fail I really am.
Maybe not in the sense of failing my classes or failing out of collage but more in the sense of stepping out of my comfort zone. I’ve never been one to be awkward around people or not fit in but I feel like college is different. Im starting all over again. I can no longer be the popular girl from high school. I start all over again, all new things different people. My problem is, i’m scared of rejection and that’s what I think Doc means when he says we like to shut things out that makes us unforgettable. I’m scared of rejection so I try not to put myself in situations where I can be rejected or not wanted. nd sometimes it really makes me miss out.
Stepping out of my comfort zone should be one of my priorities in college. I know everything isn’t going to be perfect I just have to work with it. Don’t ever stop yourself from doing something because you are scared to fail or its out of your comfort zone. Nothings perfect but it might be worth it. Those are two of the things I got from Doc. Two things that I will keep in the back of my head throughout college. He made the best out of his life so I can only promise to do the same.