Ever since we were little, we have been ingrained with the concept of “the end” almost everywhere we go. In stories, movies, and even life, there always has to be an end. “The End.” “The End is near.” “The End justifies the means.” But is the end really an ending, or is it more than that? Does a story really end? Does a person’s life really stop just like that? Well, you’re about to find out!! Time to get a little soul-searchy!
To answer the question above, in my own opinion, no, I do not believe that there is ever an end to things. These so called “endings” provoke new ideas and thoughts, which therefore lead me to believe that endings are simply new beginnings. To go more in depth with this subject I will list off a couple examples. For one, in class, we have just finished the classic Animal Farm novel. Basically in this story based on Russian communism, several barnyard animals rise up against their human owner and take the farm for themselves, in order to attain fair and equal treatment. This rule of the negligent and tyrannical leader of the Manor Farm is gradually put to an end and he is forced to give up the farm. This “end” leads to the “beginning” of a new era for these animals who had been oppressed for so long. A rebirth takes place, not an end. Once again towards the end of the story, another instance of this occurs. The pigs, corrupt with power decide to rule the farm almost exactly like the human before did. This “end” to a democratic, “everyone is equal” type of government, leads to the “beginning” of another tyranny lead by the pigs. Although the story is cut short here, the reader knows that the story of Animal Farm is far from over. What isn’t on the pages and what the reader must learn for themselves is only the beginning.
This carries over into my own life, in that my 2012-2013 high school experience is coming to a close. As the day gets closer and closer, I almost begin to dread the day. It’s funny; when I first began high school, all I ever wanted was for it to end. And now that this year is ending, I can’t wait for next year to begin. Reflecting back on my year, I had a great time. Seeing as how it’s almost over, I feel sad, but deep down I know that it is only the beginning of a new year. Next year will be even better than the last. (and so on…) Now with a more optimistic look on life I can see things as: “The Beginning” or “The Beginning is near” or “The Beginning justifies the means.”
Like in Animal Farm, or in everyday life, the end is inevitable. However, it is up to you to determine if that end is truly the end, or a way to start off fresh, to begin anew.
And as I bring this post to a close, I leave you with this:
Or is it?