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Life in the Parentheses

By Olivia Beaton

         One day my English teacher told me I lived in the parentheses.  I laughed, but then I was curious.  What did it mean to live in the parentheses?  I asked my teacher, but she said I had to figure it out myself.  At first I have to admit, I was insulted.  I thought, Great, I don’t know what this means and now I have to figure it out on my own.

         Throughout the year I thought and thought.  It was our little English class joke.  I would joke about it too, but I couldn’t help think, what did it mean when she said I live in the parentheses.  Well, I’ve finally figured it out.

         Parentheses indicate digression, a message that departs from the main subject. I was told it means to be in your own little world, something random that has nothing to do with what’s going on. That makes sense. But why do I, Olivia Beaton live in the parentheses?

         Living in the parentheses isn’t a bad thing at all I’ve learned.  It means you’re set apart from the rest of the world.  It means you don’t care about the drama, or anything else that is going on.  It means I’m off in my own side attraction.  Some people may say that’s a bad thing, that I am random and I don’t understand the “real world.” But it’s the exact opposite.  Inside the “parentheses” I can see everything outside of them, all the stuff people tend to miss or forget about.  I see the useless things that people get so caught up in, they let the bad things take over their lives, and they don’t even know it.  The parentheses are separate from all that, and although it may be off-track or random, it’s fun.  Being your own person and being off in your own little world is great! People may think I’m not living in the real world, but living in the parentheses is real.  It’s the little piece of fun on the side of life that people are afraid to venture into.

         Living in the parentheses also has another meaning.  This has to do more with me and who I am.  I am not shy.  I’m not, in grammar terms, a “normal sentence.”  I am crazy, goofy, loving, outgoing, and I like to go outside the lines.  I like being completely random and off-track, and that should never be a bad thing.  I would rather “live in the parentheses” than just be stuck in the boring everyday life.  I’m not saying I’m totally spaced out all the time.  I just like being a “message that departs from the main subject.”

         I love living in the parentheses.  I can be myself and I really don’t care what other people think.  I’m not going to waste my time trying to change myself and adjust who I am to please other people.  That’s just plain ridiculous!  If they don’t like me for who I am, then that’s just too bad.  Maybe at first I didn’t get it, and maybe it took me my 7th grade year to even get this far.  Maybe I will never know the FULL extent of what it really means.  But that’s what living is all about, not knowing what’s going to come next, and living in your own world.  Why worry about what’s coming next, when you can live in the moment?  So, I, Olivia Beaton, live in the parentheses. And I love every minute of it!