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Katie Crompton – The Value of Acceptance

Earlier this year, I had to deal with something that would change my life quite significantly. (I am purposefully going to be very vague for confidentiality purposes because I don’t want there to be any sort of a negative feelings towards the other party. But if I have talked to you about my life recently, you probably know what this is all about.) The short story is that I had been a part of something for six years and was excited for my seventh, when some news broke that made me question all of my plans for the coming year. I was forced to rethink entirely how my whole year would look. This was an incredibly emotional decision for me but I realized it was best for me to remove myself from the establishment for many reasons. Not because I felt betrayed and angry (which I did for a little bit) but because it was the logical thing for me to do. Now, when we were asked to relate something in our lives’ to Plato’s Cave, this was the first thing that came to mind. On the surface, it may not seem like there is any logical connection but once you dig deeper it has more meaning.

I believe that when I was a part of this thing, I was like the people who stare at the shadow figures on the wall. I had been a part of it for so long that it consumed my life. I dedicated so much time and effort into it that I couldn’t pursue many opportunities outside of this organization. It was sort of like I was trapped. Don’t get me wrong, I was happy with what I was doing and I loved taking part, but I didn’t have the ability to see much else, just like the people in the cave.

This is a little bit out of order from the story but after I heard this news and I was in the process of making my decision, I was a lot like the people in the cave if they heard about a different reality. I was confused and afraid of what might come next. I didn’t know what to do or how to even feel. At times, I couldn’t even admit the fact that my life was about to change no matter what I did. I feel like this is how the people in the cave would have felt. Even if they decided not to try and leave the cave, they have already been told that there is a reality different than what they know. This would stick with them forever and they would always wonder what the real truth is.

Once I had made my decision, I feel like I was the prisoner who was set free. At first I was confused and afraid just like before, but I slowly came to accept my fate and embrace it. I am now very happy and I am excited for all of the opportunities that are coming my way. It was quite the adjustment, but I know the choice I made was the right one. I feel free, just like the person seeing real life for the first time.

My journey has given me many things. I have come to accept what happened and I have learned that sometimes things that seem really hard at first will eventually help you in the future. Plato’s Cave is something that everyone can relate to in their lives in some way. Maybe not this very minute, but someday. I feel like this experience taught me a very important lesson that is perfectly represented in this quote:

“Don’t try to understand everything, because sometimes it is not meant to be understood, but accepted” ~ Unknown

This is extremely important in life because it is impossible to understand everything. The person who got to leave the cave definitely wouldn’t have understood why they had to go through what they went through, or why they were the one that was let out, but they would have to accept it. If they couldn’t accept their new reality, they would surely go crazy. In conclusion, I have learned from Plato’s Cave and my own experiences that life throws curve balls at you for a reason, it’s up to you what you are going to do with it.

 

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