Journal 4 Jeremy Johnson
In this point of our reading, I am having a wonderful time reading the books for this class. More than I had imagined I would, being that I don't read too often. The way that the active reading is set up makes it a lot easier to get into the reading and not just read words on pages to get an assignment done. Paying close attention to key points of the chapters and main characters being highlighted over and over anytime their names pop up in the reading really helps remember what the reading is about and who we have in our plots. I love reading Beah, A Long Way Gone, more than that of Cisneros, A House on Mango Street. I just relate more to Beah and his struggles with the war and how close to the struggles of my own war of fighting Anxiety everyday, unsure when my next attack will come, much like Beah, running from the rebels everyday.
Much like the survival skills in Beah, A Long Way Gone, I too face my own adaptations of everyday life. Dealing with my anxiety relates to this book on so many levels and this is a reason I find it hard to put the book down this far in the active reading. Being plagued with fear is hard to manage, yet in life all we can do is push on and look for a brighter day. I worked at Honda for many years with no issues of anxiety, and when it hit me, it never let go to this day. As Beah mentions in his reading " Apart from their fatigue and malnourishment, it was evident they had seen something that plagued their minds, something that we would refuse to accept if they told us all of it" (Beah 5.)
Just like my anxiety, I know I have had it for over two years now; I just find it hard to believe it has happened to me.
Beah, Ismael. A Long Way Gone: Memoirs Of A Boy Soldier. New York: Sarah Critchon,