I have written a previous post about the amazing quotes that exist in the world today. Elaborating on that blog post, I have brought my literacy narrative regarding how I found out the power of language, words, and books.
"Through the power of one quote, word, or text our lives may forever be changed."
The world of language has always caught a hold of my soul in a way that has caused me to study and break it apart. Language, writing, and literature has always been something that has connected all of us together. Throughout my own life I have seen that literature and reading impacts us. When attending school at younger ages I always thought that literature had virtually no meaning -it seemed dull. Reading was nothing more than a chore. Elementary school caused me to rest my head on my hand due to the boredom. Sitting in class was nothing more than hearing the teacher read books to the students. The words being spilled out of the teacher's mouth sounded nothing more than a cacophony of inaudible words. Falling asleep was what would typically happen when teachers read to the class. This was also what occurred every time I would pick up a book in an attempt to dissect the words within, as I never found meaning within the pages. It seemed as if the words did not hold a solid denotation to me.
School was always about learning, as that is its purpose. However, I did not feel that I was learning when I was unable to find that connection. Reading and writing was something that I never enjoyed whilst I was in my early years of life. Throughout my elementary and junior high years this is what I struggled with. I was an early bloomer with reading, speaking, and writing skills. I was the earliest to accomplish all of these milestones, as I was very young when I began speaking fluently and just a little bit older when I began to say words. I was just a mere toddler when I set on the path to reading. On the other hand, I did not enjoy reading in the slightest degree. It was not until I came across a quote, 12 years later, by Henry Ford. That quote reads, “When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.” The moment that I read this quote I finally realized that words indeed have an impact. Words and texts are meant to be shared with the world in a sense that they both connect and motivate people. There has been no book, text, or piece of poetry that has stuck in my heart as much as this quote by Henry Ford.
As I sat down at my desk with my hand resting on my head and broke apart this quote, I took notice that reading can inspire through emotion. Pathos is the use of emotion in a text or an argument. Reading this quote made me feel intrigued. As my eyes wandered, following the words on the screen, my brain was filled with a lot of encouragement. As this quote is very applicable to the trials in life, this quote also proved to me that there’s more than that. My head rested on the table as I felt the cool draft coming from the air conditioning vent. My mind spun in confusion, but also awe. Each day for a week I would read this quote over and over again. It eventually made it into my quote collage because of its deep denotation.
Reading, speaking, and writing will long have an impact on the future generations. Beginning my very own blog has been one of the epiphanies that has specifically come from reading this quote. There is a specific phrase that goes something like this, “Words are powerful, they can bring down or they can empower. Always remember to select words wisely.” There is not a doubt in my own mind that the impact of words is more than we can even contemplate. This quote has indeed proven that words mean something, a more immeasurable meaning.
Despite my early aged reading and the long time disappointment with the monotony of words, I have been able to find words as a way of emotional connection, motivation, and deep meaning. The power is held within the meaning of something. Reading a book means looking at what is not exactly there, or exactly obvious. There will forever be a deeper meaning to those written and spoken ways of literature. As for this quote, to me, it means that when faced with challenges we need to be like the airplane. Flying is never an easy feat for an airplane, and life isn’t easy for us either. Studying this quote has fixed my mind on the fact that if we push against the wind and find who we are, then we can see the big picture. These words have inspired my future career in the airline industry as a commercial airline pilot. By looking at words in a different perspective we can unlock the endless inspiration and meaning behind them.
“When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.”