Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Hope


  Hope. Hold On, Pain Ends, is an acronym on hope, but what exactly is it?  Hope is the belief that things will improve over time, that no matter how bad thing may seem, it WILL get better. Where it comes from is the heart. The heart has an amazing ability to make things seem better, even when our mind says that it logically possible, the heart always sees the ability for change and growth. When hope is broken or lost all that needs to be done is restore the heart. Doing something that makes your heart happy, doing a passion such as cooking or drawing or even being with loved ones can restore some hope. Things that threaten hope of thing that threaten to take away our passions, our one way to restore it. Things in my life that make me happy are my family and friends, passions, and shows that I watch. One of the biggest things that has given me hope is one of my friends. Ever since she came into my life it got a lot better, having struggled with depression and suicidal thoughts it was hard. I had very little hope because my heart wouldn’t see the joy in my life, I wouldn’t even be able to do my passions because my mind was so clouded. But then I met one of my friends, she is like my little sister. She brought me out of the mindset, and now she is extremely precious to me. She is one of my main hopes in my school life.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

The People Of Omelas

 
     The story of Omelas reminds me of the Yin and Yang. The fact the child is suffering while everyone is happy is sort of like the balance. If the child where to then gain happiness, then the people would lose theirs and become unhappy in turn. It is alo trying into the thought of All for One or One For All.  Good things for a single person while the rest suffer, or one suffering while the others enjoy the good things. 
   If this were to translate to the modern world I believe the people of Omelas would be the Powers of the world (Russia, USA, China, Uk, France, etc..) While the child could be those the Powers rule over. While the powers (People of Omelas) thrive and love life, the underlings (child) suffer. The ones who walk away are the ones who seek to change the lives of the others (child). The people who create organizations to help the others who are suffering, the people who see through all the smiles and laughs. The ones who seek change are the ones who walk away.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Happiness.

    What is happiness? Happiness is described to be ¨Feeling or showing pleasure or contentment¨. So, if happiness is pleasure or contentment, what does it take to gain those things to then obtain happiness? It´s different for everyone, some find happiness in family, friends, or significant others: while some would say its food, weather, or certain activities they enjoy partaking in.

For me it´s a mix of all of the above, granted they can and will do just the opposite if something goes wrong with them. For an example, a time I experienced happiness is when my mom arranged a family potluck, and I knew nothing about it till we had to prep. It was fun because almost all my mom's side of the family came, and they are extremely rowdy. We all ate food, and talked and played games. While I was playing Card Against Humanity with my brothers, my aunts, uncle, and his girlfriend were playing Speak Out. As we had the beautiful yet awful game going my aunts were showing their teeth like predator, and everyone was laughing. It felt nice to see everyone laughing and having fun considering all the problem that occurred before that. Happiness is also the food we had, we had lots! It was cooked well too, and everyone enjoyed it.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Grit


   Grit, thought to be the main motivation for succeeding in life. Angela Lee Duckworth is a psychologist at the University of Pennsylvania, she states grit as ¨passion and perseverance for very long-term goals.
Grit is having stamina. Grit is sticking with your future, day in, day out, not just for the week, not just for the month, but for years, and working really hard to make that future a reality. Grit is living life like it's a marathon, not a sprint.¨  I was asked to think of times or of a person I know shows grit. I immediately thought of Desmond T. Doss, a man that saved 75 people off Hacksaw Ridge during the battle for Okinawa. I was sadden to have never heard of him until the movie ¨ Hacksaw Ridge¨. I would recommend everyone to see this movie, I have seen this movie twice myself in theaters it is breathtaking, though it is graphic. It is amazing how he kept getting knocked down and down yet still stuck to what he believed, then his achievements are way more than well deserved.




















https://www.ted.com/talks/angela_lee_duckworth_grit_the_power_of_passion_and_perseverance

Ted Talk Discussion (Gay Agenda)


After watching the Ted Talk tilted "The Gay Agenda" by LZ Granderson, I was moved. I myself being apart of the LGBT community yet not completely open to most people about my sexuality, felt very buoyant. It was a breath of fresh air because not only is his talk informing and light-hearted, but how it poked fun at us as a whole and the overall message was just astounding. In a short version he is basically saying we are the same, we may have different attractions but we're all basically the same. We drink coffee in the morning like you do, we get caught in traffic like you do, and we come home and cook for our family just like you do.

The whole thing was well thought out, and astounding. Granderson hit home in his explanation of his life experiences, and how he makes the whole situation relatable yet comical.







https://www.ted.com/talks/lz_granderson_the_myth_of_the_gay_agenda/transcript?language=en

Life As A Reader


My life as a reader isn't as extensive as most, but the books I have read, I can say, are well worth the time to read.
My reading took off fairly late, in my earlier years of school I despised reading. I could never find myself enjoying it because all of the books I got weren't my cup of tea. It reminded that way until 6th grade, when my teacher was making references toward a book I had never read, it was titled Because Of Winn-Dixie. I went to the library and asked if they had it, they did and I started to read it. This started my little reading marathon. I read all of Kate DiCamillo's works that the school library had to offer. It included ¨Because of Winn-Dixie¨, ¨The Tale Of Despereaux¨, ¨The Magic Elephant¨, ¨The Tiger Rising¨, and my personal favorite ¨The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane¨. Each book had a pinch of adventure with a amazing moral message  at the end, I don't remember each message for the books, sadly, but I do have the ending Coda for ¨The Tale Of Despereaux¨ (Spoiler Warning) ¨Do you remember when Despereaux was in the dungeon, cupped in Gregory the jailer´s hand, whispering a story in the old man´s ear? I would like it very much if you thought of me as a mouse telling you a story, this story, with the whole if my heart, whispering it in your ear in order to save myself from the darkness, too. ´Stories are light,´ Gregory the jailer told Despereaux. Reader, I hope you have found some light here.¨ This story was my second favorite but was nearly tied with Edward´s story. But after I read these I went on another hiatus, leaving book behind until high school. Between this I did read every now and again but not anything I would read again. In sophomore year, I was required to have book to read I honestly wasn't all that ecstatic because I knew DiCamillo's books are for younger kids and she probably wouldn't be on high school shelves after a little grazing of the books on display I went to ask the librarian for help, and we found something. One of the best books in my opinion, it is at the top of my list for recommendations, this book is ¨Jackaby¨ by William Ritter. The story follows Abigail Rook and her adventures after meeting Private Investigator R.F. Jackaby. This Jackaby isn't the typical investigator, he deals with supernatural cases, in which is an astounding topic to go into. The book is wonderfully written creating clear images in the reader's mind and delivering some well executed dry humor. This book honestly has changed my perspective on reading and now I have more wiggle room in the terms of genres I enjoy. This book will have you laughing, have you in suspense, and cheering on a certain couple, or at least that´s what I experienced during this astounding book. Currently I am reading the second on in the apparent trilogy. It is even more captivating than the first so I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for either a good thriller, or laugh.  

Comfort Zone

Comfort Zone. Some people stay in there little bubble, while others reach out into the abyss of possibilities. Trying new things is many things, it just depends on the person. Whether they find it thrilling and fulfilling or terrifying and unpleasant, it´s a challenge to try new thing, especially when you don´t know the outcome will be good or bad when you're so accustomed to knowing the outcome. I myself do venture  far outside of my comfort zone in a select amount of topics while others I stay in my bubble of safeness. Examples I can quickly provide is how I think the speed of a relationship should go, I believe they should be slow and well thought out with a bit of outgoingness every now and again. But never rushed into marriage or intercourse, both in my opinion should have taken a long point to get to. That´s a topic I will NEVER venture out of my comfort zone. Topic I do explore much in are my drawing and cooking. For drawing I always try something new, whether it being a new style, to a whole new character. I always draw the character doing a new task or in a new outfit, it challenges me to show new aspects of their personalities and how exactly they´ll come across to anyone. In my cooking I do strange things, like adding cinnamon to steak. It sound horrible but is actually goes extremely well together with the other seasonings, the saltiness is balanced well with the ´sweet-spicy´ combo of the cinnamon. Other little adventures I've done is making flour tortilla and empanadas from scratch. The filling for the empanadas is always changing depending on what is provided and what mood i'm in.