Tuesday, March 11, 2008


In life comes many twists and turns which can come as an enormous shock to many people. These shocks can be positive or negative but always greatly influence a person’s life. There are many different types of shock which are all interpreted in different ways by different types of people. Nicolas Cage once said “Shock is still fun. I won’t ever shut the door on it.” From this quote he seems to be one of the people who interprets the shocks in his life as a good thing and is always ready for the challenges which shocks can bring. Although him as a select person feels this way, most of the time shock comes as a negative surprise.
For most people things that shock them have really been around them for a while, the just never realized it. Once the truth is shown to a person it can come as an incredible shock. If all along a wife suspected that her husband may be having affair, and he finally admits to it, it should not come as an enormous shock, although it usually does. Jules Renard once said “Truth makes many appeals, not the least of which is its power to shock.” By having a sudden realization of the truth, great shock can be brought about.
Even the smallest things to some people can make the biggest difference to others. After some are thrown off with what is shocking to them they may feel confused and not know what to think about anything. An example of this is when a small child is shocked with the truth that Santa Claus is fictional. The child then feels like they don’t know what to believe after that. Something small such as that seems to be a big deal to a child because they have not experienced other types of shock. But, to leave the same confused impact on an adult, takes a much bigger shock, such as an unexpected death.
In my own personal life I have undergone the experience of death, surprising success and many other shocking events, such as a surprise party, an unexpected grade, etc. Each shock affected me in a different way and to different extents. And I am aware that through out my life many more shocks will come upon me so all I can do is be alert, aware and ready.

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