According to O’Brien’s statement, “stories can save us,” and I support this argument. In real life, we experience difficult situations that demand a lot from our subconscious minds. To remain active, the mind needs a kind of hallucination that reflects the reverse of the previous scenario to convince our thoughts positively (Chrisinger). However, O’Brien’s statement is an overstatement because the possibility of every person experiencing such thoughts is limited and, therefore, not applicable to every person.
Back in college, I was not performing well in my studies, and my parents demanded a lot from me that I could barely deliver. Every end term, they could ask for the report form to verify the progress I was making. Most of the time, I could get home with frustrating low-grade grades. Fortunately, a new female class teacher was introduced, and she was in charge of our stream. I used some tricks to make the tutor my closest friend because I wanted a shortcut to make my parents smile again. I knew very well that, having her affection, I would access most of the exam materials before the exam. Lucky enough, the trick worked, and the first time in high school, I went back home with good grades, telling my parents how I dedicated myself to achieving those grades.
Parents knew that the scores were genuine, and they felt lucky that their child was hardworking in school. On the contrary, the grades were not actual; they were forced to make them feel happy. In the meantime having the thought of performing and putting a smile on parents’ faces kept me in shape since I never wanted them to feel like losers. I was feeling overwhelmed in the short run since the strategy worked well, but in reality, I messed up. I could not rely on my potential, which could put me at greater risk.
Chrisinger, David, “Stories Can Save Us.” Davidchrisinger.Com, 2020, Web.