Overcoming the Immense Grip of a Habit
“You may delay, but time will not.” ~
It's eleven pm, and I'm sitting at my desk trying to think of something deep to say. I feel my internal body temperature rise, as I begin to worry that I'll never finish my literary analysis paragraph. This, in my mind, would lead to my eventual downfall in English. However, as dumb or foolish that may sound now, in those kinds of moments, I thought all the work I had put in had suddenly become useless. My 8th grade English year has had quite a bit of ebbs and flows up to this point. However, at the end of it all, I will leave this year with skills not only limited to English class, but to life in general. Nevertheless, before this was possible, I would have to come to terms with my procrastination.
The Only "You" is the Authentic You
“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.”
How One Little Action Can Impact Your Life
~Thomas B Macaulay
Character traits are the most important part of oneself. Listening to my parent’s directions was a simple way my character was built. Politeness or the ability to put others others first is not always an inherent trait. For me, as a little seven year old, I did not even think about how I could help others in minor ways. This selfish attitude would continue up until one post-dinner cleanup that would drastically impact me for the rest of my life.
Being Boring is Sometimes Great
“There are no uninteresting things, only uninterested people.”
Special places don’t need to be exotic. Mudrooms are often thought of as dull areas of a building— not a place for warm conversations and laughter. However; I can attest to the fact that this is erroneous. Since the fifth grade, the mudroom at Fenn has been a refuge that my friends and I consider our happy place. As I stroll down the hallways I can hear boisterous chatter from within the un-named “place”. For the past three years every recess, all my friends and I have gathered at this cherished somewhat secret corner of our school. There’s no profound reason for this to be a ritual, as the area we are in is quite banal. Our meeting there is simply because we know our buddies will be there. I walk into place and am greeted by a group of my friends talking over each others while food is flying through the air.
The Gift of Familiarity
“I live in my own little world. But it's okay, they know me here.”
By Will Simon
There is a place I go,
Where the withering wheat stalks flow—
In the wind howling to the east,
And my tensions are finally released.
Overthinking Something Small Could Ruin Something Big
“Don't get too deep, it leads to over thinking, and over thinking leads to problems
that doesn't even exist in the first place.”
I stand offstage left as the curtain slowly but surely moves along its track revealing the emptiness of the stage. The plexiglass strips move in front of the lights, illuminating the once dark stage with a plethora of multicolored lighting. The crowd sits quietly and patiently waiting for the first person to enter the stage. After all, this is the very first play anyone in the fourth grade has ever seen at Fenn, so the expectations were high. My heart beats out of my chest as I see the first person walk on stage. He delivers his lines with the confidence of a mouse. I can hear the confusion of the audience as he stumbles over his initial lines. There nothing I can do-- I am completely powerless in this situation, so I just have to power through. I look as more kids saunter onto the stage, introducing their individual (circus) characters. I suddenly felt the sickest I've ever felt-- I was wondering, "what am I even doing here?"
The Power of Empathy
“All advocacy is, at its core, an exercise in empathy.”
Marginalizing another person does not make yourself better. I witnessed this fact firsthand at a Christmas party in my hometown two and a half years ago. Kathy wasn’t used to being made fun of. She was the oldest of two sisters and was an excellent athlete and a very caring and compassionate human being. These qualities of course did not matter to some rowdy boys at a Christmas party three and a quarter years ago.
Motivation is your biggest ally
“You cannot swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose sight of the shore.” ~William Faulkner
Anything can motivate someone. Whether it be friends, situations, or in my case, the natural serenity. The pure natural beauty of the Costa Rican mountainside gave my the courage to do something I never thought I could— interject my opinion in an adult conversation about my ability to zip-line across a 500 foot deep canyon.
Self Reflection is the Only Way One can Grow
“Without reflection, we go blindly on our way, creating more unintended consequences,
and failing to achieve anything useful.” ~ Margaret J. Wheatley
I want a world where people shine for who they are, not for whom they portray themselves to be. I want a world that is more tolerant of differences and not so apprehensive about the change in the world. I want a world people can achieve the same goals despite any physical or emotional differences they may have.
The Memories only it can Resurrect
– George Eliot
It only takes a few bars of a song to be transported through a lifetime. I cannot hear a certain drum rhythm without being taken back to my seven-year -old self at the Enka Fair in Winchester. The Polar Express is the only ride at the fair that has music. The spinning ride has carts that bounce over humps on the track and they jump to the beat of the drum music.