A massive mouse compared to a very small elephant. This, in comparison to my theme, can represent the idea that some people lose prospective of what is really important and what doesn't matter. This is shown from the fact that a mouse is usually small but to someone who has lost prospective it appears huge compared to what is truly huge, the elephant. This represents the idea people priorities the small things but forget that the big things is what really matters.
Sarah Dessen gives some advice on how to possibly enjoy your life a whole lot more. She talks about how life doesn't last long enough for you to worry about every small thing in your life. Its about what you have today and not what you could have in the future. This directly is like the theme of the story because that is the entire idea of it; worry about what is important to you now, and not what can be important to you in the future.
Another song from Fun that really represents the effects of all the stress you can gain from the world around you. He sings about how he is losing his mind and panicking from everything going on around him. He needs to take a long breath and stop worrying about everything around him, then he can finally be calm. This relates to the theme because it represents what can be going on in someone's head when they have so much stress. But this stress is gained from when you sweat about everything around you and don't have any priorities, and when this happens you definitely won't be calm.
Joanne Chen covers multiple reasons on why if you worry about small things in life you won't be able to enjoy anything else. What she covers is topics of how you will be always inconvenienced if you constantly worry about unimportant matters. In addition to this, you will always have no time on your hands if you worry about little things and it will make you anxious. The idea of this post is to not sweat over little things and how it negatively affects you; this relates to the story and theme because it shows how you should prioritise the important things because if you try and make everything important you will lose yourself in your own madness.
When a clock spins too fast it can break. When a clock is shattered you can no longer tell the time. In life when you take your life to fast you lose focus and can no longer tell what is going on either just like a broken clock. When a clock is perfectly paced you can tell the time; when you pace your life you can also recall and see what is truly important.
A poem by Maurice Harris dedicated to how you don't see anything clearly when you are rushed and stressed, but trust in that when you be calm it will all come back to you in the end. He talks about when you are stressed you think and act irrationally, and the important things get blurred and out of focus from you. However, eventually what is truly important will always make it back to you because it's just the nature of things. This entire poem is all about how, inevitably, you will lose sight of what is important in your life because you will get into a rush, but, eventually, you will slow down and everything will come back into focus and you will get a grasp again of what is truly important.
Rashelle Isip talks about how taking your time in life has three advantages. She talks about how you will be better at preventing mistakes that could easily make if you were rushing along. Another great one was you will truly realize what is important in your life, and stop prioritizing the little things. She seems like she is representing the theme by giving reasons to slow it down and not be in a rush. In addition to this, she gives advantages you can have if you do slow it down and take your time throughout life.
An informative article that explains the multiple negative effects stress can have on your body by Ann Pietrangelo and Stephanie Watson. The article mentions how under stress the human body undergoes significant internal changes that can change almost all your behaviors. The article lists that the nervous system, brain, respiratory, and cardiovascular systems can all be affected by stress, and mostly in negative ways. While this is not directly connected to the theme by either mentioning ways to stop getting stresses or prevent it, it's connected in the way by showing what happens when you gain stress, and that stress can be gained from not taking your time in life. So this article is showing the ways of how taking your life to fast can make your life miserable.
A song from the band Fun from their album Aim and ignite. The entire base and meaning of this song is to take your time and enjoy everything in life. This really goes hand in hand with the theme of the short story. The line in the song "hear the wheels as they roll" really emphasizes the idea to take in everything that is going on around you and don't live your life going to fast.
An article by WebMD listing the common causes of stress on people everyday. It mentions loads of causes like being unhappy with your job or working long hours. They mention also specifically that "if you don't get a handle on your stress and it becomes long-term, it can seriously interfere with your job, family life, and health". This relates to how the storie's message is if you take your life to fast you won't be able to enjoy it. This article shows all these ways to gain stress, and when you take your life to fast you can experience multiple of these at once and gain much unneeded stress; while if you took your life slower you wouldn't have to experience so many of these at once.