wisdom wednesday: michelle hodkin

May 13, 2015

today i have for yall a special treat. a guest post by a lovely gal named steffi, whom i met on twitter. she has volunteered to contribute a post for the wisdom wednesday series i've started. if yall have some favorite literary quotes and wisdom you'd care to share, feel free to send it my way. i'm happy to share it here.

Hello everyone! My name is Steffi, and currently I am a Wattpad author. The link to my Wattpad is here. I am so thankful that Jenn let me guest post on her wonderful blog. I hope y'all enjoy this week's Wisdom Wednesday! :)

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer
I was going to kiss him, and I was going to regret it. But at that moment, I couldn't bring myself to care (p. 120).

Everyone has done things that they regret. And we can't do anything to change what happened. But we can change what happens in the future. One time, I had this really big test coming up, but there was a party I was dying to attend. I knew I would regret not studying, but I just couldn't bring myself to care. At this moment of the book, Mara and Noah were still- somehow, acquaintances.  The only way to predict your future is to create one. Mistakes do come in handy. They show you what not to do the next time. Regrets are just a course in the game that is life. We just have to get past them and keep playing.

The Evolution of Mara Dyer
"The boy is destined for greatness, but with you, he is in danger. You are linked, the two of you. You must leave him. This is what I have seen."

I grew frustrated. “Is he in danger because of me?”

“He will die before his time with you by his side, unless you let him go. Fate or chance? Coincidence or destiny? I cannot say.” Her voice had turned soft.

Soft and sad.

A fist closed around my heart. I tried to let him go once before. It didn't work.

“I can’t,” was all I said to her, and quietly.

“Then you will love him to ruins,” she said, and let my hands go (p. 292).

Sometimes, we have to let people go so that they can continue on their dreams or reach their full potential, if you must. In the book, Mara was so afraid of what the girl told her, and she made a choice for the both of them. We always see this concept in books. For an example, the girl gets pregnant, and the boy has a scholarship three states away, and it has been his lifelong dream to go to that college. So the girl lets him go, without telling him. I can not tell you how many books I have read with that plot and idea. I believe we shouldn't be making the choice for them, even if we think it is for the best. It is their choice and not ours. And we must respect the fact that they have a say in it.

The Retribution of Mara Dyer
“You are a girl, Mara. A girl blessed and cursed” (the last line in chapter thirty-three).

This reminds me of yin and yang. There is a good in the darkness, and there is a bad in the light, if that makes sense. Everyone has two sides--a good and a bad one. Some just hide it better than others. Mara is blessed and cursed because of her powers and what they could do to people, animals and things. I have to admit--I am not the same person at home, and I am not the same person at school. I don't do it intentionally, but I know I act differently. There's not much I can do because most of the time I don't even realize it. But despite what everyone says about you, you should always be the best you can be. Show the side you want known. 

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**this post is a special issue, not part of the blogiversary bash guest post series.

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