Pursue The Moon When
The Moon and Sixpence is based on the life of Paul Gauguin, a French impressionist painter, and tells the story of Strickland, an ordinary London stockbroker. He was suddenly addicted to art, abandoned his wife and children, and gave up what appeared to others to be a rich and happy life. He went to Paris to paint with all his heart and soul, but he was not appreciated by the world when he was alive. After wandering, he ended up in Tahiti, where he married a native girl, Ata. Before long, He contracted leprosy and died, and his wife followed his instructions and burned down the mural house without leaving a single piece of wood. In this story, some people read about loneliness, some people read about desperate love, some people read about the true meaning of art, some people read about the desperate pursuit of dreams. And what I thought was: If you're pursuing your dreams, why not do it earlier?
In the book, Strickland's first shocking and incomprehensible act is to abandon his wife, his decent job and his happy life in pursuit of his dream. To pursue the dream unrestrained by the reality, perhaps many people have such an idea, but do not have such nerve, so people regard this as courage. It is admirable for a young man to pursue his dreams with boldness, but it is not as admirable as Strickland, for he is a middle-aged man with more achievements and responsibilities. The book is called "The moon and the sixpence," both the moon and the sixpence have a special meaning. The moon represents the dream, the artistic pursuits of Strickland, and the sixpence was the smallest unit in the pound, the material life of reality. As Strickland was a man of middle age, successful and contented, he was faced with the moon and sixpence in the pursuit of his artistic dreams. We are always faced with the choice between the moon and sixpence, but for a young man, the choice is not so difficult, because both the moon and sixpence are probably things he has not yet possessed.
This is a story of the pursuit of dreams, but unlike other stories, the pursuit of dreams has nothing to do with the common success. For Strickland, dreams are not about success. His original life in the eyes of many people has been a success, but he abandoned this success. So the dream is just itself, has nothing to do with material life. Many people may not understand this relationship when they are young. So for them, they can have both the moon and sixpence. I can't judge which is right, but I believe we will all understand in the pursuit of the dream, so let’s start now.
Strickland's courage of pursuing dreams in his middle age was certainly laudable, but for those of us who do not yet have sixpence, why not pursue the moon now? If such, you don't have to face such a difficult choice in your middle age, or regret not achieving your dreams before passing away.