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Tuesdays with Morrie has influenced my point of view on life and death in a remarkable way. This book explores the meaning of life and understanding that “once you learn how to die, you learn how to live (pg. 82).” Morrie Schwartz was a professor and a teacher until the end; he was living with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, also called ALS, a disease that affected his body and slowly took his life. With the knowledge of his impending death, Morrie opted not to fall into the hands of death, but teach others of it as he dies. Throughout the book, Morrie expresses personal philosophies reflecting on the many lessons of life. In his last moments when Morrie was in between life and death, his main advice is to not give up and live life to the fullest.One main idea from this book that has stuck with me is the impact one person can have on the rest of your life. As an aspiring geriatric physical therapist, I know I will encounter a diverse group of people throughout my career with various outlooks on life. Some of the most basic ideas and procedures we teach patients can make the biggest differences in their lives. The book balances the more depressing topics of death and sickness with the ideas of love, family, and friendship, and as a physical therapist in a gerontology field I will have the unique ability to do the same. I have always had compassion for the elderly and this book has further inspired and encouraged me to have the ability to connect with and understand the needs of each patient, and to form a relationship that makes their decision-making process more distinct and purposeful. Through Morrie’s imminent death, he attempts to share his wisdom on how to live an inspirational life.  He made me think about my own views on life and how it should be lived. From this book, I discovered that to live in accord and prevent unwarranted arguments, we must learn how to communicate effectively and compromise to an extent. I consider myself a very optimistic person, and I agree with Morrie that it is beneficial to have a positive outlook on life, or develop the ability to turn what could often be a negative circumstance into a new, uplifting opportunity. Over time, society developed a set of rules or standards that most of us feel obligated to follow. However, this set of “rules” is not always the most beneficial because the majority of them are self-centered. Tuesdays with Morrie demonstrated that if the culture of the society you live in does not suit you, then you do not have to conform and abide by its rules. Because life is short, we should live it in our own way that is pleasing and fulfilling. This emotional journey throughout the book often makes me wonder, if I were to die today, have I lived life to the fullest? After reading Mitch and Morrie’s discussion about death I thought more about what I want from my life. I knew what I wanted before, and I knew that I would die at some point, but now connecting the two ends of this spectrum is what gives me more motivation to become a geriatric physical therapist. In Morrie’s case, it was beneficial for him to receive his care at home. Prior to reading this novel, I had a positive view of home health care services because the personal impact it had on my grandmother. This novel has also further proved the importance of home healthcare and that it is a viable option for the elderly who are more comfortable in their own home setting.In summation, Tuesdays with Morrie has strengthened my positive outlook on life. By highlighting the important aspects in life, Morrie compels you to step back and evaluate your life. He encourages you to ask important questions such as: Am I satisfied with my life and have I done all the things I want to do? I have been motivated and influenced by Morrie’s actions in his final moments, and I aspire to do the same as a physical therapist one day.

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