I recently finished listening to the audiobook of Divergent, which seems somehow fitting given that at the same time I was listening, the film was being released.
What can I say? All good things are worth the wait.
Just in case you have yet to read the book (or see the movie) …
It is set in a futuristic time when society has been broken up into factions. When teenagers come of age, they are required to choose their faction – sects if you will – that are defined by what its members feel the most important value is to uphold in order for the betterment of society.
The prospective initiates go through an Aptitude Test to help them decide which faction to join.
These factions are:
Abnegation – selflessness
Amity – friendship/peaceful
Candor – honesty
Dauntless – courage/bravery
Erudite – intelligence/knowledge
As I was reading the book, I couldn’t help thinking about where I would fit should I ever have to choose a faction.
It seems a little crazy to have to pick just one of these, because frankly, I see power and value in all of them.
However, throughout the book, I was completely inspired and empowered by Tris’ journey and daring. Much in the way that Tris chose to leave the faction she was born into (Abnegation), I feel that I have spent my whole life trying to break away from the expectation of others to find my own voice and to follow my own personal truth.
Most people who meet me would never think of me as fearless or brave at first glance. But in reading Tris’ story, I was reminded that the times in my life when I’ve felt most myself were the times when I took an action that required a great deal of courage. Even if it didn’t appear that way on the outside!
In the book, there are so many inspiring lines, but here’s one that really sticks out for me:
A beautiful reminder of how I want to approach my life, personal and professional.
What faction speaks to you the most? Are you also Dauntless? What is the one quality that when you embody it makes you feel most true to yourself?
Leave a comment below to let me know. Can’t wait to hear what you think!
PS: In case you want your own Aptitude Test (or sorting hat, if you will), click here to find out what Buzzfeed has to say about it! (In case you’re curious: mine came back Erudite)