The Heartbeat of a Hallelujah
Pivotal moments occur in people's lives every single day. Moments of remarkable realizations; often referred to as "lightbulb moments". Times when it feels like something in your mind suddenly just clicks. For me, I had one of these moments on November 27th, 2013. It was a moment I remember as vividly as waking up and getting out of bed this morning. It had been just a little over a month after my 18th birthday, I was reading The Holy or the Broken by Alan Light for my English 1101 class, sitting on my bed in my dorm room with my feet dangling over the edge of the tiny twin sized comforter, half wishing I could be taking a nap instead, when all of a sudden it hit me like a ten million pound brick. I immediately burst into tears, and I honestly didn't even know why I was crying. I couldn't even think. All I could do was cry and laugh. I laughed so hard that I couldn't breath. I didn't know why I was laughing either, but it was probably the first time in my life that I had ever laughed and cried that hard in my whole life. It was incredible. I immediately flipped open my laptop and began typing away, knowing exactly what I was going to write about in my essay for the class. To this day, it's still probably the best essay I've ever written. The Holy or the Broken is a biography dedicated to the song "Hallelujah" by Leonard Cohen. Throughout the book, Alan Light explains in explicit detail how Cohen's lyrics bring to life the prominent beauty of the word "Hallelujah", and the true essence of both sides of love: the magnificence and the tragedy. He explores every realm of the word, and fantastically captures its inconceivable splendor. I read every page in less than 2 days. Light truly created a written masterpiece.