The Wheels Stop Turning

by Rachel Kunker

Cars, like most machines, go through many different stages. The diversity of cars is without number as they come in all different shapes and sizes. In addition, all cars tend to exhibit different features or strong points. A car’s lifespan can primarily be broken up into four parts each consisting of two years: being bought new, getting decaled, needing parts, and falling apart.

At the beginning of its life, a new car is envied by everyone. Everyone wants to see it, ride around in it, and just experience the new car. A new car could be described as being pure, not dirtied by the road, scratched from crashes, or torn apart. Its new arrival occupies all the talk of the owner’s friends, and they, too, wish to obtain their own new car.

Somewhere (approximately two years) after gaining a new car, details start to be poured into the car. New rims, decals, paint jobs, and hubs are some of the investments made to change and improve the car’s appearance. Owners take pride in their car’s reputation. Car washes renew the car by cleansing off all the acquired filth. The car is young, and people are willing to make the most of their flourishing car.

However, the car does not always stay young. Due to the wildness of youth, or just the taxing of time, cars start to need repairs. Car parts start to stop functioning properly, or just simply get broken. Sometimes special gas is even needed as needy engines demand it. Owners start to consider the reality of their car’s situation and start to reflect on the “good old days.”

Eventually, after the first few repairs, vehicles start to constantly need vast amounts of parts. As the value of repairs surpasses the value of the car, the car approaches its final part of life. Cars become rusty, worn out from the circumstances of weather. The wheels stop turning. Cars continue to stall, or not start up at all. Then, there comes one time, when a car will never start up again.

Man is a car. Just like cars, Man goes through many different stages of life. The diversity of humanity is without number as people come in all different shapes and sizes. In addition, differing people tend to exhibit different features or strong points. Similarly to a car, Man’s stages can be summed up into four stages: “new,” youth, marriage (getting parts), and being old. Although the specifics of the stages are different, the concept of humanity and cars is remarkably similar.

At the beginning of life, babies are born. Everyone wants to see them, hold them, and just experience the new baby. New babies are pure, having just come into this world, not dirtied from life, hurt from crashes, or torn apart like so many others. A baby’s new arrival occupies the talk of all the parents’ friends, and they can’t stop asking questions and swooning over the new child.

After a new child begins to grow up, its lives begin to become more detailed. Upon hitting youth, new fashions, friends, appearances, and social outings start to appear within people’s desire. Teenagers take pride in their reputation. People can renew their minds and be washed from all their filth by mending friendships, or acquiring new personal morals. Their age is young and people are living their life to their fullest, dressing up, and enjoying life.

However, youth is not eternal. Due to the wildness of youth, or just the taxing of time, people start to mentally crash. People start to get worn out and cease functioning as well as they once did. Sometimes peoples’ bodies even require them to eat certain foods or use specific medicine to preserve their health. People start to comprehend the reality of their situation and reflect on life as they once knew it.

Eventually, after many repairs, peoples’ bodies start to constantly demand attention. Multiple trips to the hospital or just old age mark people as they approach the end of their life. People attain unrecoverable tiredness, worn out from the circumstances of life. The wheels stop turning. People can’t think anymore or function on their own. Then, there comes one time, when they can’t function at all.

The similarities between cars and people are remarkable. Through studying cars, people are able to relate them to their own lives and understand the different stages of life. Repairs happen, but people learn to get new parts and keep pressing– putting petal to the metal. As long as the wheels keep turning, people maintain their hope in pressing on.

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