The accomplishments of an individual’s personal desire, is what enables an individual to carry on with a meaningful life. The restrictions of societal norms forbids an individual from carrying out a desire they would like to fulfill. Thus, the individual is left to either pursue personal desires and discover fulfilment or conform with societal norms while dwelling in regret and wistfulness.The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean is an ideal case of one who seeks their personal desire’s. John Laroche lives his life following whatever desire that appeals to him and he is willing to do whatever it takes to grasp it. Laroche seems, by all accounts, to be a man that has no hesitations conflicting with the flow. Although Laroche ought to go on a more customary method for his life, once in a while Laroche can’t conform. As stated “Once in a while he gets wistful about the life he thinks he would have led if he had applied himself more conventionally.” As individual we often acknowledge the expectations that society enforces upon us, because we need to conform like everyone else in society. John laroche expands on the idea that we can be happy if we do not conform, although society may not endorse us as various people. Everyone has a personal desire, yet they conceal and hide it, in order to cope with societal norms. I can embody with John laroche because all my life I wanted to be on a soccer team, however my parents despised the thought of me playing soccer, as their mentality was as yet stuck in the 1800s. Because society never affirmed of young ladies being athletic. In order for me to handle my own desire and pursue my own ambition, I had to go against my family expectation which were largely based on societal norms. I went in the face of their good faith thinking possibly I would have the capacity to finish something they never anticipated from me and perhaps it would bring a change for whatever remains of the family, as many of my kin admired soccer. Conflicting with my father gave me a liable inclination, since all my life I had been complying with his demands however, I was not about to give up. I joined a soccer team but i was afraid that my parents would find out since i had to attend soccer tryouts.I vanquished my psyche with energy and revealed to myself that “If I want to pursue my desires I have to confront battles throughout everyday life.” As days passed on and my soccer tryouts were progressing, I got closer to finals which would decide whether or not our team would stay or get eliminated. As finals approached everyone had their family members invited to watch but for me the society which i grew up with dident not look to brightly women playing soccer. On the day of my soccer final my dad noticed something strange but before he could speak I made my way out. The game was very intense but in order for me to pursue my desire I did not take it lightly, we managed to win the game and all individuals were given medals for their hard work and their victory. When I approached home and my parents saw the medal around my neck their grins transformed into smiles but they did not know it was a medal for being on a soccer team. I sat down and explain to them that i had to go behind their back but had I not done that and conformed with society I would be left in wistfulness and regret. John Locke gives us a look at an existence that seems unsuitable at first however as the petals open and we see the magnificence in acting naturally. Like the last line of the The Orchid thief, “Sometimes this kind of story turns out to be something more, some glimpse of life that expands like those Japanese paper balls you drop in water and then after a moment they bloom into flowers, and the power is so marvelous that you can’t believe there was a time when all you saw in front of you was a paper ball.