C’est La Vie

Have you ever had one of those periods of time where your life seems to be going so well and you think that nothing will be able to get in the way of your happiness and then one day… BAM! Something you were not expecting or not hoping occur actually happens. Then, you feel as if your life is starting to spiral down and it’d be nearly impossible to bring yourself out of that state of sorrow and misery. It’s as if we are forced to go through misfortune, stress, etc. for a certain period of time, and then we’d be rewarded with the happiness, lessons, smiles, and strength afterwards. It reassures that we’ve made it through the tough times and it teaches you that if you ever go through any situation again, then giving up is not an option because you’ve come way too far to throw away everything. In The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas, the protagonist, Edmond Dantes, went through the exact same thing I am talking about. In the beginning, it shows that he is an admirable person and quite fortunate. He was about to become captain of the Pharaon and he was about to marry a very beautiful girl Mercedes. He had a loving father as well that cared for him so much as well. Life was great for this fellow and he couldn’t ask for anything more. However, with people that are successful comes enemies that try to keep you from being happy because they don’t have what you have. That’s life for ya.


The three people that were out to end Dante’s fortune were Caderousse, Danglars, and Fernand. Danglars was jealous about how Dantes was about to become Captain and Fernand was jealous that the girl he’s been trying to pursue, is in love with Dantes. Fernand would do anything to be with this woman but sadly, as we would say today, he had been friend-zoned; and I think most of us could understand how that must have felt. Anyways, what they did was that they framed Dantes and made him look as if he was working for Napoleon with the letter he was trusted with to send to a conspiratist. Once he was arrested, he talked to a public prosecutor. Little did he know, the public prosecutor is the son of the man whom the letter was supposed to be for. To sum it up, the public prosecutor burned the letter to get rid of it, told Dantes that he will help him out, and then guess what? He has Dantes thrown into prison. One word: Betrayal. That brings me to another point. What good are words if they are not from the heart? It’s funny how even books that were written way back then even taught people to not trust everyone just like how we can already learn today ourselves by just living our everyday lives. Only because of those four people, Dantes had to suffer. What’s worse is that he’s innocent and doesn’t have the slightest clue that it were the people whom he called his “friends” that put him into that situation. Perhaps this is why I like staying at home more nowadays and keeping a small circle of friends most of the time. Dantes was at one point going to commit suicide, however, he knew that he had to something to live for. He had hope and he knew that he cannot die that way. He got up back on his feet after he escaped and did not wait for the karma to kick in for he wanted to do that job himself. In prison, he met a priest that claimed there was a treasure on the isle of Monte Cristo. He then gives Dante the clues and once he escaped, he found the treasure and became very rich. He then had everyone think that he had died in prison and he started to call himself the Count of Monte Cristo. He anonymously punished the people that did him wrong and rewarded that people that were good to him before (over two decades had passed).

So, the point that I have been trying to prove throughout this whole post was that life doesn’t always go the way you want it and you’ve probably heard that many times. You want to have a lot friends, people to love you and see you succeed, and all of that good stuff. However, in reality, there are going to be people that like and don’t like you and that’s part of life. Also, when you’re going through something tough and it seems like there’s no end to the suffering or stress, just remember that you don’t want to miss out on that great event that may happen in your life that can change it forever. It’d be a shame to miss out on that exact moment. It’s like leaving a movie before it even gets to the good part. Just remember this quote:


“Everything will be okay in the end. If it’s not okay, it’s not the end.” – Paul Coelho





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