Books are Rad - Episode 3: J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye

When you were a kid, did you ever catch yourself wondering what you would become when you grew up?  I know that is a bit of a nostalgic question, but if you take the time to think about it, I’m sure you can come up with a definitive answer.  In my case, when I was younger I envisioned that I would either play professional baseball for the St. Louis Cardinals or I would become a firefighter.  Firefighter or short stop, either would do - simple as that.  

In today’s episode of Books are Rad, I wanted to bring back a classic coming of age tale, J.D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye.  I chose this book because I believe it represent a timeless message about perception and how we view growing up.  I have read this book many times throughout my life.  It is one of my top 5 favorite books of all time.  

In my opinion, Holden Caufield represents the sense of youthful adventure that lives deep inside all of us.  He questions life at every turn in a very matter of a fact way.  This becomes more and more apparent as he struggles to hold onto his sense of reality as he is exposed to the “outside world”.  His ability to view complex situations through a lens of genuine simplicity is his gift as well as his curse.  For Holden, compromising on the things that make us whole or seem unattainable is purely unacceptable - he has no time for such thoughts.

So today I challenge you to take a moment and think back to when you were younger.  Consider what you envisioned you would become when you “grew up”.  As the saying goes “age is just a number” but truly consider where you are today and ask yourself is this where you thought you would be?

Happy Tuesday Everyone!