As are 6 of my fellow J4804 comrades (*commence excited jumping and such*).
In honor of this survival, play this song while reading quotes on survival:
“We’ll never survive!”
“Nonsense. You’re only saying that because no one ever has.”
― William Goldman, The Princess Bride
Editorial Note: This quote does not reflect the 4804 survival rate.
“Sometimes even to
live take J4804 is an act of courage.”
Can you believe Seneca said that?!
“Humor keeps us alive. Humor and food. Don’t forget food. You can go a week without laughing.”
― Joss Whedon
The food thing is very relevant – eating becomes something that seems very unimportant in this class. Although, to be honest, Joss, I don’t think I could survive a week without laughing.
“I told her once I wasn’t good at anything. She told me survival is a talent.”
― Susanna Kaysen, Girl, Interrupted
Getting through 4804 isn’t just a technical skill set – it requires a mind set weaved in with the skills.
“It is not the strongest or the most intelligent who will survive but those who can best manage change.”
― Charles Darwin
GO WITH THE FLOW OR PERISH.
“You don’t ask people with knives in their stomachs what would make them happy; happiness is no longer the point. It’s all about survival; it’s all about whether you pull the knife out and bleed to death or keep it in…”
― Nick Hornby, How to Be Good
Maybe not quite as drastic… but ask a 4804er how their day was and you’ll get a laundry list of terrible things that have occurred. Normally it can’t be fixed, so just give them hugs or cookies or whatever.
“Your fear is 100% dependent on you for its survival.”
― Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free
Again, it’s that whole mindset thing. You have to approach everything with as positive an outlook as possible.
“Survivors aren’t always the strongest; sometimes they’re the smartest, but more often simply the luckiest.”
― Carrie Ryan, The Dark and Hollow Places
To be honest, a portion of me feels like one of the reasons I’ve made it through this class is partly due to circumstances that were beyond my control, but were fortunately in my favor.
Quotes are kind of a guilty pleasure of mine. I like them, but I also hate them because most of the time people use the same quotes over and over and over again and it gets very frustrating. Regardless, yes, 4804 is over. And yes, I (and the others) survived. And yes, it was not all daisies and delicious chocolate popsicles. But, it was also not the doomy doom everyone claimed it to be. I also had a super fantabulous class, so that might have contributed (see: the lucky part of being a survivor).
I did not, however, escape without a few stress dreams. One included being chased by outrageously large, venomous, killer crocodiles while having to write an article on a very short deadline in a Hunger Games-esque fashion (everyone but one died, but fortunately we were all resurrected at the end). Another was a Troll 2/Killer Klowns-esque dream. I think I was doing a story on these alien invader things but I can’t remember the specifics. I do remember being very, very afraid, while also acknowledging how cool it was my dream was in the fashion of a B-Horror film.
The nice thing is, both of my stress dreams are fun to reflect on. As is the class. It’s a lot easier to enjoy something after it’s occurred.
In terms of the bet: I am not getting $40. There were disagreements on whether I complained (I didn’t), but at least I don’t have to shell out $40. Also, the bet helped set my mind in the best way possible, and that’s worth a lot more than two Andrew Jacksons.
As an ending note. To my classmates – thanks for being decently reasonable people. I can more than tolerate you, and for that I’ll be ever grateful. To my charming professors – thanks for all of the things you taught me in a mere 7 weeks; I haven’t learned so much in such a short timespan since I was a baby/toddler (but everyone learns a lot then). To the course 4804 – thanks for sucking, but not sucking too much; also thanks for taking me on a tour of mid-Missouri; also thnks fr th mmrs; also, HA. I BEAT YOU.
Now that I’m (basically) done – after making it through 4804, I feel pretty powerful. So come at me, World/anything else. If I can take on 4804, I can take on other things.
But within reason – I’d love to breathe for a bit.