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One main idea from this book that has stuck with me, is the impact one person can have on the rest of your life. As an aspiring geriatric physical therapist, I know I will encounter a diverse group of people throughout my career with various outlooks on life. Some of the most basic ideas and procedures we teach patients can make the biggest differences in their lives. The book balances the more depressing topics of death and sickness with the ideas of love, family and friendship, and as a physical therapist in a gerontology field I will have a unique ability to do the same. I have always had compassion for the elderly and this book has further inspired and encouraged me to have the ability to connect with and understand the needs of each patient and form a relationship that makes their decision-making process more distinct and purposeful. Through Morrie’s death, he attempts to share his wisdom on how to live in a way that is inspirational and made me think about my own views on life, and how it should be lived. Life nowadays has become scrambled and complicated. I have learned from the book that to live in harmony and avoid unnecessary conflict, we must learn how to communicate and compromise. I consider myself a very optimistic person, and I agree that it is best to have a positive attitude and the ability to turn what might often be perceived as a negative situation into a new encouraging opportunity. Culture has made a set of rules that most of us follow, however, this set of rules might not be the best, as most of them are self-centered. I have learned from “Tuesdays with Morrie” that if the culture does not suit you, then you don’t have to abide by its rules. Because life is short, we should live the way we want, the way that makes us happy. This emotional rollercoaster ride of reading this book has often made me wonder as well: if I were to die today, would I die in peace, knowing that I have lived life to the fullest? After reading Mitch and Morrie’s discussion about death I thought more about what I want from my life. I knew what I wanted before, and I knew that I would die at some point, but connecting the two ends of this spectrum is what gives me motivation to become a geriatric physical therapist. In Morrie’s case, it was beneficial for him to receive his care at home. Prior to reading this novel, I had a positive outlook on home health care services because the impact it had on my grandmother. This novel has also furthered proved the importance of home healthcare and that it is a viable option for the elderly who are more comfortable in their own home setting.