Daisy Buchanan. The life of the party, the untouchable mirage, the one better left to day dreams than real life.
When we first delve into the world of “The Great Gatsby,” who doesn’t want to be Daisy Buchanan?She is in control, she is beautiful, rich, and has not one, but TWO, loves!
As the story progresses, we reach the scene when she falls apart over Gatsby’s shirts. ‘“They’re such beautiful shirts,” she sobbed, her voice muffled in the thick folds. “It makes me sad because I’ve never seen such—such beautiful shirts before.”’
Then, she openly wishes for her daughter to become a “beautiful little fool.”
And then it all goes down and she won’t even go to Jay Gatsby’s funeral.
And we realize we do not want to be Daisy Buchanan.
What’s her problem?
As my brilliant friend Rachell put it,
“She is a woman trapped in the circumstances of her own making.”
She is playing victim in her own story.
Uh oh. Doesn’t that make us all Daisy Buchanan?
Mostly, I find myself battling the throes of situations I’ve created for myself out of fear: choosing the easy way out, not approaching people I’d like to get to know. That’s when I feel most unhappy about my situation: when I feel trapped by my own choices.
What about you? Are you imprisoned by indecision? By speaking before you think? By refusing to make changes that will bring you what you want?
We do not have to be people trapped in the circumstances of our own making. We were not made to be trapped. We were not made to be complacent.
Let’s try to make this simple: as Jim Rohn says, “If you don’t like where you are, MOVE. You are not a tree.”
We have the beautiful ability to change. We don’t have to play victim to our shortcomings. We can play the heroes in our own stories instead.
Although Daisy is mysterious and alluring, let’s leave her to her tragic pages.
We’ll play a different kind of character: One who triumphs over his or her problems to move forward and to make a difference.