George Gray Essay

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George Gray

George Gray



"George Gray" is a poem about a man who missed out on many of life's opportunities because
he was so afraid of failure that he did not even try. He passed up love because he was
afraid of being hurt, ambition because he dreaded all the changes that came with it and
sorrow because he feared the pain. The poem begins with "George" staring at his own
gravestone and realizing that there was nothing special to be said about him because he
had done nothing with his life. He looked back on his life and realized that it would be
so much harder then to regain all of his missed opportunities. The whole poem was a
metaphor using a boat to represent "George's" life and at the end, he let the boat sail
freely and be guided by the winds of destiny. He regretted all of the opportunities that
he had missed and by the time he realized that he never lived his life, it was too late to
live it to its fullest. Therefore, life should be lived to its fullest so that when it is
over, there are no regrets.


So many people have ideas of things they want to do, whether they be business-related,
something that scares them or even just asking someone else out on a date. Everyone has
ideas about how they want to live their lives, but most people never wind up following
through. They are so afraid of failure or of looking bad that they run from any kind of
challenge. Then later in life, when they realize that they had all these opportunities and
never took advantage of them, they regret it so much. A lot of people choose the easy way
out in order to avoid challenges and barely ever choose to take the road less traveled
just to see where it could take them. That is a risk that few people take because they
never want the responsibility of having to work for something. Life can only be lived by
those who work hard for their achievements and follow through on their ideas and goals. It
is the people who never work for anything that are unhappy with what they see when they
look back at their lives because they have achieved nothing to be proud of. Just the fact
that they tried to better themselves by living more provides a sense of fulfillment.

All people have fears, whether they like to admit it or not. Their goal should be to get
over those fears, whether they are of heights, swimming, speaking in front of large crowds
or even something more minor. Getting over the most basic fears can mean so much to people
and push them further until they have accomplished a lot of things that they want to get
done. For example, someone who is afraid of heights should pick something (like bungee
jumping) that has to do with heights and try it just to prove to himself that he has the
ability to do anything that he allows himself to do. Sure, what he does might scare him,
but how else can he ever expect to get over his fear? Another example, if a man wanted to
ask a woman out on a date, he should ask her instead of sitting around and waiting for the
love of his life to fall into his lap. Everything a person does involves taking risks.
Only two things can happen when one person asks another person out. The other person can
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