Great Gatsby Quote

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The Great Gatsby Quote: Personal Essay "It is invariably saddening to look through new eyes at things upon which you have expended your own powers of adjustment." This quote, to me, describes the feeling of absolute hopelessness you feel when you realize that a goal you’ve shed blood, sweat and tears for may not have been worthy of your energies in the first place. (And this is looking from hindsight, which they say is always 20/20) My personal experience with this is my pursuit of a career as an artist. I was about 12 at the time, and had been drawing since the age of four. I was ridiculously enthusiastic about becoming a manga artist who made millions of dollars creating my own cartoons. I tirelessly searched bookstores for manga how-to manuals. In that sense, I actually succeeded. There were so many manuals available that I had no problem finding one. I was (unbelievably) able to balance both my school career and my drawing career. That spurt of relentless creativity and tireless devotion lasted all of a year or two, sporadically at that. What ended my mad quest for a pro career was the realization (when I was about 15) that artists really don’t have a reliable source of income. That, and…was this really what I wanted to be doing for the rest of my life? Sitting at my drawing table with a sketchpad and stubby pencil clutched in my clammy, sun-deprived hand? That thought shook me right out of my feverish, manga-obsessed trance. Not that my concept of a manga artists’ career was actually accurate, but that’s what I envisioned it to be. I regretted all of the work I had put into a potentially non-existent path of my future. Hour after hour spent crouching over my sketchpad while my sisters played and fought, --not necessarily in that order—and I was no closer to my original goal: A career. Just as Gatsby realized that five years of his life had been wasted in
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