Sunday, May 24. 2009
(Bonus points to anyone who actually either gets the poetic reference or knows the song!)
I am sick and tired of people who are living on the B-list
They're waiting to be famous
And they're wondering why they do this
I know I'm not the one who is habitually optimistic,
But I'm the one who's got the microphone here
So just remember this:
Life is about love
And lost evenings
About fire in our bellies
And furtive little feelings
And the aching amplitudes that set our needles all a-flickering
And help us with remembering
That the only thing that's left to do is live
- Frank Turner, "I Knew Prufrock Before He Got Famous"
We listen to graduation speeches and write quotes on our binders. We even put our favorite sayings in our yearbooks, forever identifying ourselves with a few simple words.
We take the First Amendment for granted. By that, I don’t mean that we don’t appreciate it. We do. I think all of you are deeply aware that you’re pretty free to express yourself. Instead, I believe we rarely stop to consider what that freedom entails. We recognize the opportunities we’ve been presented with, but don’t imagine ourselves doing anything truly important with them.
How many of you honestly believe you’ll say something worth remembering in your lifetime?
I could be wrong, but I’m guessing a minority of you would raise your hands if I asked that question in class. You probably don’t feel like your words are going to adorn a teenager’s binder anytime soon.
But is that a reflection of a lack of profundity, or a lack of confidence?
Think about your parents. One (or both) of them probably said something memorable to you over the years – something that helped you build the scaffolding for what would eventually become your identity. Can you imagine they thought they’d have the chance to say something profound before you were born?
Many of you have told me you’d welcome the opportunity to be parents. I don’t know that you’ve really thought about what that entails. Imagine sitting outside the room right after your child’s birth. In that moment, you’re painfully aware of the fact that your child knows nothing - and that you are responsible for keeping them safe while helping them navigate an entirely unknown world.
In that moment, you understand how little they know – and how much you do.
Picture your mother and father staring off into the distance after you emerged into the world, trying to figure out how they would teach you, how they would guide you – how they would get you to the place you’re at today. (They planned well.)
In that respect, many of you will be teachers, guides, lecturers…speakers of profound words and dispensers of wisdom. People will look up to you. People will listen to you.
But no one will give you the lectures in advance.
Our history is lined with the words of men and women who had something worth saying, the skills necessary to say it, and the ability to communicate that message to a receptive audience. At some point, each and every one of those figures made a conscious decision: “I have something the world needs to hear; I know something the world needs to know: I will share this with the world and hope they can hear me.”
Hemholtz has an amazing opportunity, but he’s haunted – as haunted as someone can be in the World State – by the idea that he has nothing worth saying, that he’s squandering his gift even as he uses it to catapult himself to relative stardom. The world listens to him; he says nothing worth hearing, and he knows it, because he’s working from a conditioned frame of mind.
I want to give you Hemholtz’s opportunity without putting his ideological fetters on you.
I want you to think about what you would say to the world if you knew the world would listen.
What does the world need to hear? What would you tell us if we would listen?
I don’t care how you address the world; you can format this as creatively as you decide. It can be about the world, about humanity, about yourself. (It can be about a combination of them, and I’d encourage you to try to do that!)
You can address it to anyone you choose. It can be to me, your classmates, your family, your children, the world at large, or whoever else comes to mind. It can even be your opportunity to write a graduation speech you never planned to deliver!
But I want you to say what needs to be said – the words only you can write – and I want you to write them now.
And I don’t want you to forget these words…because you might be saying them to someone else a couple of decades down the line.
That’s the prompt: Tell us something meaningful. Tell us what you’ve always wanted to say.
Be honest, insightful, creative, and clear.
I look forward to reading your work - losing an evening, as Frank Turner puts it.
What a wonderful way to get lost.
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- Do not worry about tomorrow because it is a new story. Each day has enough trouble of its own. I've flipped the pages of my life. Some I've taken months to read. Everything ahead is new, no regrets and no turning back the pages.
- "My Life Sucks" is not an option or excuse to not look forward to the future. However as for the phrase "F My Life", it really pisses me off. Especially if its an automatic response, it's already built into your mindset that any little thing that doesn't go your way automatically makes your life miserable. It only shows how much you don't appreciate the life you have.
- There are flashing lights and a finish line. Do not give up until you cross the line. There are times when you don't want to go for the finish because you are not "feeling" it, that is one giant piece of ........ The Most Important thing in life is to stop saying "I Wish" and start saying "I Will." Consider nothing is impossible, treat the Possibilities as Probabilities.
- No matter what you do, someone out there will appreciate it because you had the courage to do it. Share the love. We tend to take things for granted and take advantage of people who will always remain by our side. Rather than hurting the people that will always be there for us and expecting forgiveness, we should prioritize them as well to show our gratitude and love.
- Helping others has been a huge benefit to this society. I don't run just for scholarships, but to help others achieve goals and keep them entertain. Winning alone is not as great as helping others achieve their goals. That is why there are great teachers around that feels ecstatic when a student or athlete achieve an "A" or a Point.
- One Last Thing, you are still ALIVE & WELL
I enjoyed reading the stuff you said and agree with it as well. For instance, I can totally agree with you on that we should live each day to our fullest potential and with no regrets. We only have one life and we most definitely should not take it for granted. Every minute is important. I also liked how you said stuff about helping others in society. I can relate to it also; just by helping others in even a small way, puts a smile on my face because you know that this is one tiny step closer towards helping them achieve their intended goal.
After reading your response to this blog, I have to thank you, Ricky. You make me notice how my attitude is against my very own statements. I have always known that I am not mature enough, but I am not very sure about how I should improve myself. Because of your words, now I have a clearer direction. I totally agree with what you say, and I hope all the other people reading this can gain as much as I did from you.
When you talk about running through the line, remember what we talked about Saturday before the time trial. It's not just a matter of running through the line - it's a matter of deciding where that line exactly lies. A possibility (or probability, in your parlance) that seems remote today may be reachable in a decade.
I like how you said the most important thing is not "I wish," but "I will." I really agree to that. People just keep on saying I wish blah blah blah. Everyone wishes to be whatever, but only few crave to achieve them. They will eventually crave, but not at that point when they said "I wish."
I totally agree with your perspective on that every day starts new and nothing worth of regretting. Regretting for the past is an excuse for human laziness because people do not try harder when they are falling behind. Since regretting cannot change anything at all, people have to start everything new. “My life sucks” and do not try anything are the few examples that people always attempt to drug themselves. Only by having hopes and confidences in the future, people can try their best on every problem that they are facing.
We ARE "alive & well". Regardless of sickness, one's spirit will always be alive and well. When people say that they are "dead" it's an excuse for not trying to live life to their fullest. It's not a problem but it's a condition. Thank you for pointing that out, because many people do not consider them "alive & well" until they are fully satisfied with something.
"One Last Thing, you are still ALIVE & WELL"
That statement really hit me hard because you're absolutely right. Everyday people live taking their health for granted; and yet there are those who are struggling to live on a daily basis hoping to get a working heart, leg, arm, anything. And yet here we are taking for granted that we are alive and well. I admit, I do take it for granted and when I hear about those who need to survive by living off of a tube, its a slap to the face. Because here I am healthy and alive and not being appreciative.
I agree with you that the future isnt already written or anything. We make our future and we should not worry about it because as you said, it is a new story. However, I disagree with you about some people's lives being 'suck' and some people saying 'FML' because, although, we are born equally, most of us, we are born in different envirnment; some are rich, some are poor, and etc. So, for some of us, it is an uncontrolable factor which possibly can cause our lives to 'suck.'
- Everyone has something they love to do, something they feel passionate about, something that just takes them away to another world. Stick to your passions and desires because I feel that it is something that will always last or stick in some kind of way in you. It is something that may make you happy. I know it makes me happy and lets me escape from all my troubles.
- Keep both serenity and excitement in your life. There is always a time for both somewhere in your life; they go hand in hand. Having serenity gives you that calmness and peace that you may need. Serenity is a nice thing to have especially when you have all that hectic-ness that you just need to get away from. It uplifts you. Excitement gives you the enthusiasm to succeed in your day, something that can even help make you look forward to something positive. Bringing that upbeat feeling makes my day have a more positive outlook.
- Maintain an open mind, but stay true to yourself. The world offers wide ranges of various viewpoints, which is nice to know and listen to; just don’t get lost in it. Don’t get lost in the crowd and be someone your not, be your own individual with your own point of view and say.
- Lastly, be happy with what you have, whether it is family or the house you live under. I’ve realized that there is no need to contemplate over the little things. Just knowing that we are breathing everyday and being able to get the things we do, makes me appreciate the life I have.
I like all the things you said, especially the second one. I know that serenity is important and necessary in my life, but I have never thought that excitement is also necessary. Before I merely think that excitement will make my life better and is good to have, but now as you mention it, I know that it allows me to have positive thinking and can deeply affect the rest of my life.
Also, the last thing that you talked about is similar to one of mine. I think it is vital that people keep an appreciate attitude and treasure the things they have because it can make life so much better, even if it is only a change of attitude.
I don’t know if being happy with what you have is good advice all the time. If you’re discontent with what you have then you have more of a reason to try and get better things. If I want to live at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue more than anything in the world; what’s going to get me there? Loving the place I currently I live in or doing whatever it takes to one day become the rightful resident of the White House?
Satisfaction may breed complacency; I'm not sure appreciation does. You don't have to be unhappy as a lobbyist to pursue the presidency, or even to feel like you've peaked as one; in fact, I'd imagine that acknowledged success as a lobbyist would give you the confidence to branch out, whereas dissatisfaction or failure might well encourage you to stay where you are.
If you're happy with your job, does that encourage you to expand your horizons, or encourage you to hunker down? Human beings are fascinating in large part because they respond in such different ways to similar stimuli; one of my favorite aspects of literary analysis is the process of understanding why a character acts the way he/she does, and - as you've pointed out - it's not always obvious at first blush. (The same goes for my students.)
Heck yes, we will do what we feel passionate about. Life is all about what we like to do. Not about money because money is not the whole entire thing about life. Serenity is important. I always keep myself calm because I think it's pointless to be loud and panicky. Think before act. That's what I do.
Mmmm...passion. Every time I hear or see the word passion it gives me the chills. Passion is so strong, almost as strong as love. I agree with you Jen. People should still to their passions and keep with them for the better or for the worst, it's just a matter of how they interpret their passion. Also I believe that being passionate about something shows that you care and also shows you are capable of handling love-the ultimate experience of passion.
I agree with everything that you said. I liked the fourth comment because I believe that people should be grateful with what they have. I agree because I know that there are people out there who do not have the luxuries we have. Some people whine about not having a "BMW" or a flat screen t.v., but people in third world countries don't have any of those things.
I really like this first point you made. People will have happier life once they found what they love because no matter how difficult the reality is, there is always something waitting for them. I think that one is really lucky if he or she found what they really love to do because a lot of people spending their whole life trying to find a thing they love, but they can't. I always think I have a really good life because I know what i like and what I want, and there is a goal in my future waiting for me to achieve.
I like all your points. I think that everyone should read it and take it under consideration. I like your third one with keeping an open-mind but still staying true to yourself. I think that this is a really good one that I try to go by. More things would get done if people kept in open mind or at least agree to disagree. Being stubborn and not listening to others opinion get me mad because though you may disagree with something it good to understand the other side.
- As we age, more and more freedoms are approved and given to us, and more and more responsibilities we have to take at the same time. I think one of the most important trait that all of us need is to be responsible, a sign of maturing to me. Be responsible for yourself—not only actions but also words— and there will be a lot less conflicts in the world. Responsibility is a heavy load that carries all the freedom and merits; if you want to have the merits and the freedom, it is the one thing that you must take.
- Take big strides and walk forward, and don’t look back. If it turns out that you are wrong, keep trying until you are right. Don’t give up, and don’t despair. Life will always find its way out of a dilemma. So stick to your choice and stick to what you love, and everything will be alright.
- Be grateful and cherish all the things around you. They are all given to you by someone at some point of your life. Be appreciative and be humble, they will keep you welcome and well-rounded; they can bring you more. At last, be generous because none of the things you own come purely from your own works.
Responsibility is definitely a huge part of the society. Not many people can admit their wrongs and therefore, create arguments and conflicts. I Thank You for the second line. There are part of my life that I wish I had not taken and regret, after your thoughtful words, I believe that there is a happy ending in my life. That is if I continue on my goal and life. Thank You
I agree that the responsibility is an important part of human reasoning, but people might not keep their responsibility in some situations. The cargo ship contract, for example, is signed for a year. However, the economic contraction hits the market. The business might not be able to continue follow the contract because the business is losing money under the contract. The business would pay for the fee for not continuing the contract, but keep on to the responsibility might make the business falling into bankruptcy. Therefore, keeping responsibility might not work in all situations.
I totally agree with you on the last one. I think this is one of the most important thought everyone needs to think of at least one time in his or her life time. Things don't just pop up in one's life. Most people need to learn to be cherish and grateful, but it isn't that easy to do. For me, i try to cherish everything and everyone around me, but sometime it is really hard.
Looking through the short, young life that I’ve have had the privilege to live and hopefully will continue living (knock on wood), I’ve noticed that I have lived by very few principles that drive me. These principles have essentially determined what paths in life I would take and what goals I would set to achieve. But needless to say everything I have done was in pursuit for my future happiness. And I believe that your pursuit of happiness is the biggest and most notable path in life because happiness is bliss or it could even be defined as heavenly. Happiness is the crux of all emotions because it is something that constantly makes you feel good. It is an emotion that has no negative side, but is just 100% good. Being able to achieve happiness would, for me, be achieving my biggest goal. And it is something I achieve nearly every day.
I guess what I want to tell the world is that happiness isn’t the same for everyone, but it is something that you need to define yourself. Happiness is an emotion that is triggered differently by everyone. Everyone’s sense of happiness is different and it is up to you to decide what brings you happiness. You have to live your life to your standards and your goals that drive you to what you want to do. This will bring you happiness, your own goals and your own live. Basically, the only thing that can bring you happiness is yourself.
Have you figured out how to pursue your happiness?
- America’s number one and if anyone tells you otherwise they’re probably a commie, a terrorist, a Somali Pirate, or some combination of the three. America is the wealthiest, most powerful, and most influential nation the world has ever seen. What really infuriates me is when people say countries like China are wealthier or better off than America is. America’s GDP is bigger than the next two biggest economies combined – which are China and Japan. America also spends a little more than 50% of the world’s military spending. America’s weapons technology and quality of soldier are far superior to those of any rival nation. We are undoubtedly the wealthiest and most powerful nation the world in the world. Furthermore, America is the land of freedom, justice, democracy, and opportunity. We’re the reason profuse amounts of countries have turned into democracies around the world. We’re the reason tyrants fear stepping outside or standing next to windows. We’re the reason the free market still stands. And the reason your parents or grandparents or great great grandparents came to this country is thanks to the fact that America is one of the few places on Earth where hard work can turn you from rags to riches. What’s the point to all this? The point is America’s number one and you should be damn proud to be an American and to be part of this great nation.
- Also, always try your hardest and good things will happen.
I am curious about a couple of points you mentioned:
- Which countries have developed stable and non-corrupt forms of democracy as a direct result of American influence?
- You mention we are spending more than half of the world's military spending. I'm curious about why you think that's a sign of our country's superiority, other than the fact that it's a sign we have resources (and since we're running billions of dollars in the red, one could argue we don't have those resources).
I'm bringing this up now as a preview of tomorrow's Brave New World assignment. (I know MLA rules have changed to eliminate underscoring, but the blog's comment field doesn't allow italic commands.) Namely, which benchmarks should we use to evaluate societies?
I just get the sense that you and I use very different criteria to evaluate a society's health, and I'm curious about whether you use a more complex evaluation mechanism than you've written about here. You don't have to answer here, since you'll be writing about it tomorrow, but you (and everyone else) can feel free to ponder the question tonight.
While I agree with you the United States is great I don't agree with your statement, "if anyone tells you otherwise they’re probably a commie." What if someone is just as patriotic as you but in a different country. You say that they are most likely a commie, terroist, etc. because they believe differently from you. I do agree with your very last statement that if you try your hardest good things will happen.
The world needs to hear appeal because there are many things that humans are doing incorrectly. It is necessary to appeal people to change their actions or behaviors. If people would listen to me, I would tell people that we should not fight any more, the atomic bomb is making the earth worse and people need to live in a peaceful place. On the other hand, the environment is getting worse in the world right now, we should protect the environment. I want to tell people that we should always improve our morals. We should have good morals instead of being selfish. Sometimes we should help others as possible as we can. Everyone should be friendly to each other because the world needs to hear that since people are getting more selfish than before. We should also improve the technology in order to invent more useful things for us to solve more unsolved problems. I would tell people that the world is becoming worse; we should always do our best to make it better.
After talking about the world, I want to say something about human. At first, I want to talk to myself because I do not have the persistent to do anything; I think it is so easy to give up. Sometimes, I want to achieve a goal very much, and then I just set a plan. But after less than a week, I will give up because I am tired of doing that. I think people are living in this world can not get all the things done without any challenge. We have to try to survive or fight for it; we have to tale the effort in order to achieve it. There is nothing free for us, even the achievement of our goals. We have to pay for everything. Then I want to talk about parents. I think we should treat our parents very well since they adopted us for so many years. I think we should buy more things after we grow up. It is so difficult for our parents to feed us. At first, they worked very hard, but after they get the money, they will spend more for us. We just get all the things free from our parents like home, house, clothes, love, etc. So I want to appeal to children that we should appreciate our parents and do something for them.
You are right about how children should appreciate their parents more. Now a day, I see too many children who are disrespectful to their parents. They do not want to treat them as a significant person because they think their parents will not understand them. I use to think my parents are annoying when they nag me to do something. But when I think back, they only have to nag me because I don’t do things when they just ask me once. I only do it when they ask me countless number of times and it is for my own good. So, I changed. Anyway, we should all be thankful to our parents.
- Getting A's in classes, getting into a good college, getting a job does not matter to enjoy a life. You are the one who create your own life. Even if you flunk some classes, get into colleges people say it's bad, and get a low salary job, you can still make your life creative and enjoyable. The only that matter are your belief and goal.
- Believe in yourself. If you do not believe in yourself, who else will believe you? Who else will encourage you? Don't let others interfere what you believe in. No one will guide your life all the way, so believe in yourself and stand up. Look up. Face forward. Move on.
- Be creative. Don't repeat what others do. Be yourself. Be original. If you are creative, you can do anything. Be original, so you won't act like a robot. Robots are all identical; they do what the creators programmed. Become the creator. Have your own ideas. Create your own rules and ideas.
- Grab on to the freedom. Don't let others control you. Again, you are the one whose going to create your own life. Not others. Others can help, but we cannot guide you all the way through. You will create your own wings and eventually you will fly to the great sky by yourself.
- Do what you can. Don't give up. Even if you don't want to, just do it. Soon you will understand the importance of them.
- Be thankful to the things around you. It doesn't matter if they are objects or living things. They helped you and guided you when you needed help. Keep them close to you. Don't betray them. Cherish them.
- Last thing. Live your life the fullest.
Actually I think that you need those aspects in your life to be happy. Yeah people might think that they don't need to go to college to do what they need to do but how else will you be educated? Yeah thats true how you could still enjoy your life if you have a low salary job but there must be sometimes in your life that you wish you could do above and beyond. For an example if you have a great life that you love but a low salary job how do you ask your love one to marry you or to start a family when your going to have to worry about supplying for them? But in same cases people can get though it if they really want to they will find a way.
I agree that you don't need to go to college to get into a good college. There have been people who were not intelligent, but they were talented in the things they did. You could use that as an influence to have a good and enjoyable life. I am also not the smartest person out there, but I plan to use my skills to succeed in life.
I agree that as long as you can enjoy your life you do not need to go to good colleges. Also being different from others is important. If you enjoy your life like every others do, it wouldn't be really your life but a life that this society's system has created. There are a lot of artists and CEOs who do not even have a high school diploma on the earth. As long as you find your own way to your happiness, you are truly happy.
-Live in the moment. This is one important saying that I think everyone needs to take into consideration. You may think that you know what will happen tomorrow but you can never be 100 percent sure. You never know what will happen tomorrow. Maybe the person you were hanging out with moves across the world and you will never see them again and you don't want your last day with them to be bad. The point is that you never know what will happen so make the best of every minute that you live. Not only should you live in the moment but make smart choices. You don’t want to regret any decision you make especially not living in the moment.
-Work hard and control your own future. If you work hard and try your best you can have a major impact on your own future. While you will never have 100 percent control of what your future will be but you can control it to a certain extent. If you work hard at everything you then increase the odds of achieving your goal. You can affect your future but only make it better by working hard. If you slack off your whole life you leave your future up to chance. If you work hard you can shape your future to what you want it to be unless something major happens in your life. Even then you still control a lot of your future by working hard.
Spencer, I also wrote about living in the moment. I like how you mentioned how no one knows what will happen tomorrow, and that is completely correct. Without living in the moment, people would only be left with regret just like me. But from now on, I promised myself to live in the moment and not add on to my loads of regret.
Working hard gets you places, a true American fact. I also agree that hard work also helps you stabilize your future; truer words have never been said (except America’s number one!). But, if you slack off you’re not putting your future to chance, you’re guaranteeing that you’re going to be a no body. I’ve never heard of anyone who’s done great things being a lazy bum.
I agree with your statement about living in the moment because we never never when the our time is up on Earth. This is why you should live everyday like it was last one. Enjoy and make the most of the opportunities you have and be grateful for what you have been given. Even if what you have isn't a lot at least it is something, which is better than nothing. This is how I like to live my life, because something makes me unhappy I will not do it and instead do what really makes me happy.
I agree with livingn in the momednt. I do believe that it is important to have goals to aim for. However, if you let those goals take over your life and make them who you are, than you are more likley to reach those goals. From experience not everything usually works out the way you want it to, including your goals. That is why I believe it is important to live in the moment.
If I could go back and tell everyone something worth listening to, I would tell them to cherish your childhood and do not grow up to fast. It is important to enjoy your life when you are young because you will never get that time back. I know that when I was younger, I always wanted to do stuff that my older sister would do. Thinking back on it, I know that I would get the chance and should have never rushed it.
If you cherish your childhood, I guarantee that you will be happier in the future. There are so many times that I wish that I could go back and do what I use to do when I was a child. I do not think that I cherished the moments as much as I should have. If you do this, then happiness will come in the future.
Yeah I agree with not trying to grow up fast and rush things. When I was little I always wanted to hang out with my sister that was 6 years older than me. I don't regret hanging out with her because at that time she was about my age now. I saw the things she did and how her "friends" were and from that I had a mature perspective of life and people. I think that in a sense its okay to grow up fast, yeah you will regret it but at the same time you get everything out of the way and you will be able to focus when your older on things that really do matter.
I completely agree with what you are saying, because I am the youngest of five children. Growing up I always wanted to be like my older siblings just because I thought they were the coolest people ever. I now realize that I missed out on a lot of simple things in my childhood because I chose not to participate because I thought only little babies did that stuff. So I do regret some stuff and wish i could go back and stay a kid forever.
First of all, I want to ask you, ‘why do you live?’ and ‘what do you live for?’ It can be money, family, job, or other things you care about. For example, you study hard in order to go to the college and get the education you need and eventually get the job you desire and make for living. And that is what most of you are tying to do. But is it what you really want to do? Don’t you want to get out of this complex society and live free as there were no obstacles blocking your path? What I want to tell the world is ‘why don’t you get out of the complicated society for once and enjoy your life for once.’ Our lives are too short enjoy things we love, and most of us are wasting our times worrying about problems. It is true that if we work hard now, we will most likely to be successful when we grow up. However, you never know what would happen to us and it is not bad to abandon what you have been doing for a while; we can always come back to where we paused and restart.
Our lives are full of stress, complains, and worries, whereas in the past, when there was no high technology or development. It is obvious that we are living better lives than those who lived in the past, but are we happier than them? We fear each other and distrust others, and sometimes your family members. The society we live in is a dystopia. Many say the humans are the most intelligent animals that can think. But what is the standard of intelligent? Being able to hurt and kill others for its own goods? The world is cruel and complex, and grows too rapidly for us to pause for a while. So I want to tell the world, we should take a break for a while, and let’s work on it perhaps few days or weeks later.
Emily, I love how we should pause and look up at the sky for a second. We have more than just the to work, study and success. The society we are in right now gives everything that the Human Star has, but none at its max. We do not have the full enlightenment, independence, or security. Therefore the dystopia world occurs. Life is just full of questions and I thank you for asking those questions to wake us up.
OOOO MY, I am soooooo SRRY!! cuz u and Emily haf the same last name.....please forgive me.
Andy, My bad -____-....Anyways, those are great Questions to the society
If the world would listen to me I would tell them the truth and what they need to do to help our world become better. If I had it my way I would love everyone to believe what I believe, even though there are something’s that older wiser people know more than me. But that’s why we would calibrate our ideas and make it one with debates, and facts. Personally I’m a huge believer of Christ and I would love everyone to believe him too. I think that is the main purpose of life though him you will be able to know all the answers you want, maybe not right there or then but one day. You will realize a love that no one can explain or get from anyone on this earth. You may see yourself lonely one day and you notice no ones there, or that everyone you’ve ever meet disappointed you in a way that you can’t believe. There are days that you can’t trust or you feel so crappy you don know what to do with your self, but that is a perfect opportunity for you to just sit down and pray. If life knocks you down on your feet just remember that that is the perfect position for you to pray.
As a fellow Christian, I understand your want for everyone to realize what they're missing out on. The quote you have mentioned in the last sentence of your post is what pulled me through the darkest days. The world needs to just stop and slow down. The meditate and pray. We need to force ourselves to look past the rush and routine of life. To just calm our minds and open our hearts.
You are important but people around you are as important as you. So try to understanding other people’s point of view. Be compassionate, be truthful, and be a good listener for them. When they need you, stay by their side and comfort them. There are times when I just want to cry and open my heart. At that time, whoever is next to me, consoling me and going through the trouble with me, that person is my real life long friend. I feel truly appreciate to people who stay by my side when I really need them. They prove to me that they care about me and I mean something to them. They are not someone who just talk to you and hang out with you because they need friend. They are someone who care about you. Also, Action = Reaction. People will be good to you if you are good to them. So basically what I am trying to say is be nice to other people, even to people who hate you. And your life will be merrier as well.
Don’t waste your time. Every second that is ticking right now, you will never get it back. Of course, all of us take time out of our day to do things that we love to do, just to refresh ourselves. But becoming lazy and doing pointless things will make us regret when we grow older. Everyone needs to really know how to manage their time wisely. Time to play or time to study, time to go out with friend or time to do homework, they should all be balanced and managed well.
Helen, I agree with you. We should always think for other people. When someone needs help, we should always do our best in order to help them. If we never help others, people will not feel love in this world. We should always help people and then they will also help us. So I totally agree with you. We should also do not waste our time because time is really important to us. Time will not wait for us any longer. No one has time to regret, no one go back, go to the past.
-Dancing shouldn't be preserved for special occasions. Know that dance relieves stress. Dance is a trip away from reality and gives you a chance to live your fantasies. With dance, YOU can be anyone you want to be. There will be NO judgment from anyone when you are dancing, so when things are wrong and everything seems helpless, I beg you to just dance.
-Don't plan out too many obstacles for your future, just let things come and go. There will never be enough time to excel in all of those plans anyhow. Live life naturally, eat life, breathe life, sleep life. Because once it is taken away from you, you won't have a chance to bother to regret but to be reminded of what should have been.
-The phrase "What If" is non-existent. You should not live life wondering about what could have been. Once you lose your chance, it is your mistake. You must learn from that and be more cautious next time. Never make choices you know you'll regret in the future. Basically, all I'm saying is, be confident throughout life, stop wondering about your past choices and start being sure about your choices NOW.
Paige, I really love what you said especially the last two! Sadly those two are the hardest things to do for me. I constantly wonder and try to plan out my future even though so far nothing has gone the way I had planned. Also i find myself pondering about the "what ifs" since i have so many regrets in my life. I really should start living naturally like you said and stopping turning back.
Paige, I love dancing and I want to be a locker. Not many people know what those are but just your comment on dancing helps me keep my hopes up.
I like your idea of living in the moment of the last section of this post. I know that at times, people tend to forget the present because they are too busy dwelling in the past. Trying to plan your future all the time will also make you miss the beauty of the present.
I most definitely agree with what you said about dance. I can totally agree! When I dance it just takes my mind off of everything; there is no need for worries. I dance when I am sad, I dance when I am happy, I dance when I just feel like dancing! Everyone should give it a try!
It sounds like you really want to live life naturally and to be free to do whatever all the time. I agree, partially. I think that we should be freer to do whatever we want whenever, but that is not always the best way to live life. Not planning out stuff will eventually make your life more messy and unorganized. It sounds fun, but also sounds a little unrealistic in today’s society.
If my word would reach everyone in the world, I would tell everyone to wake up every morning with a goal. Within these past seventeen years of my life, I have caught myself drifting through everyday, repeating the same movements just like replaying an old cassette tape over and over. Daily routines tend form naturally, however after a while, your life will become boring, just as mine did. By setting different goals and lists of things to do, everyday will be different. Different incentives lead to different excitements and different usage of time. Furthermore, you are giving yourself a concrete incentive to get out of the bed and not because you just have to. Setting goals every morning makes your life worth living.
My other word of advice would be live in the moment so you don’t need to live a life full of regret. Reflecting back on my four years of high school, have many regrets and moments of what ifs. Ever since I was a freshman, I was caught up and looking past high school as a mere path way to college. Hence even as a freshman I was never really interested in attending school dances and other fun events. As a senior I finally realized what I have been missing out on. Most of my memories from Arcadia High School was cramming for finals, pulling all nighters for AP classes, and so on. I really regret not living in the moment of my high school life. Hence to avoid my mistake, everyone should not only care about their future but also live in the moment.
I really like your idea about waking up every morning with a goal. Actually, I have been trying to do that this year. I would wake up and while brushing my teeth, I would set a goal. And it really works throughout the day. Maybe just one little goal is easier to achieve then a very big goal. Those little goals might not change my life but it sure gives me a happier days. I have been forgetting to do this for a while now. Thank you for bringing it up.
That is a great advice Kozue! From now on, I'm going to try to wake up every morning with a goal for myself and actually accomplish the goal at the end of the day. This way, I would become far more productive in the long run because each day would build up.
I don't completely agree with you about living in the moment and avoid having regrets in the future. Don't get me wrong, I think it is great to relax, enjoy living life now rather than thinking so much about the future, however, the thing i disagree with you is living in the moment in order to avoid regrets in the future. I think living in the moment could cause just as much regrets in the future, if not, even more. Living in the moment might mean not worrying as much about the consequences later, and most likely, that would lead to even more regrets.
I agree with you on the fact that you don't really realize the value of something until it's actually gone. The first three years of my high school life consisted of: going to school, going to practice, and going home to study. I rarely took time out of my schedule to really partake into my high school life and looking back I regret it because the only memories I will fondly remember is staying up till 4 a.m. studying for an AP test. But I am at least glad that I can make up for some of that time by seizing the moment now, in my senior year.
I agree with you, we should never regret about something for a long time. We need to regret about something, but we never need to do it forever. I think it is better to correct your mistake instead of regret about a wrong thing. If we change it, we can be ok. You said to set a goal in the morning, I think is hard, because I do not have time to think anything in the morning. I am always sleepy and do not have time to think. I always set tomorrow’s goal at last night. I think it is better to set the goal before tomorrow. If we set a goal at night, and then with the goal to sleep and dream about it, we will have a better result.
I forgot to add another one that I had in my head but forgot until I submitted my comment.
-Love is an option. No one is ever obliged to love anyone or anything. But I promise you that love is a magical force. It can bring out the best and the worst in you, you must be able to control that. I want you to experience love though. It does not need to be a love for someone, but just love in general. I know it will change your perspective on life because in the end, love is sacred. Once it is obtained it can be stripped away from you in a blink of an eye.
- Everything involves a sense of motivation. Only by understanding the desire behind each action, people can really understand the world. Seeing everything on the surface can only lead people to grave. Every movement that people take is a satisfaction to either a physical meaning or a mental healing. Desire is only motivation for people to act.
- Optimism is necessary to live under this traditionally-formatted society. There are only two kinds of people who would not suffer to live or to survive. One group has all the power and wealth because they can do basically what they want. The other group is living optimistically under the idea of “doublethink” because this society has been built unfairly. The higher level understanding of the society without having power would make people suffer and desperate to see the society. Optimistic is the easiest way to reach the pursuit of happiness.
- Regretting to the past and hoping for future are only escaping from the present. Thinking only for the present can give people more fortunate than considering for the other time intervals. Although current situations might stress the majority of people and make them suffer, no one can get around the problems without facing troubles. Therefore, live with courage.
- Everyone afraid of death. However, would you afraid of death because you lost incentive to survive, responsible for family, or expressing more about your legacy. The more you afraid to lose is the most precious element in your life. Thus, you should consider the essence of your life before regretting at the last moment of consciousness.
- Don't take anything for granted. Some people are given opportunities that benefit their lives, but that does not mean that you should take advantage of the opportunity. You should always try your hardest no matter what. The opportunities are given to you so that you have something to build on. It wasn't given to you so that you can slack off and think of it as an easy way to succeed.
- The people who are closest to you are most important. Family is the most important thing in your life because they are the ones who have always been there for you every step you take. They support your decisions and make sure that you learn from the decisions you make. Girlfriends are important to an extent. You should find someone that you truly love and hold onto that person. Best friends are also important because they have been with you your whole life and it would be difficult to find yourself one day without seeing him/her. Other than that, other people are merely there to distract you from your life goals.
- Take something you have and make it better. No matter if you live in a dysfunctional society or fail a test for the first time in your life, you have to take advantage of it and use it as a strength. There have been stories where celebrities are considered to go from "rags to riches." Societies that are functioned to fail do not want kids to succeed. You have to use your potential and do something that can help you get out of that society. Either if means studying hard or doing something that you have a talent in. You have to use the society you live in as a positive.Use it as a influence to get out of that society and live a better life.
- Never let go of your dreams. You should never give up on the doing the thing you love most. You will one day wake up regretting that you could have done something else. Following your dreams will lead to happiness, but it will be difficult to reach. You have to give an effort and pursue the life long dream that you have been chasing. Giving up will not make you stronger, but weaker because it shows how easily you have given up to chase your goal.
I also think that family is very important in life because they are the people that will always have your back. It is because of their relationship with you that they won't turn their back on you and will always be supporting the things you try to accomplish in life. Family tend to be more truthful and trustworthy because they, unlike friends, don't want you to fail. Even though friends are very important as well, you can never know when they'll have a change of heart.
Life hurts. We have all felt it. The first time you fall off a swing in elementary school. The first time you don’t get that tricycle that you’ve always wanted. The first time you fall in love and you have your heart broken. The first time you get rejected from your top choice for colleges. The first time you are forced to bury a loved one. The first time you truly feel that you have hit rock bottom. The first time you see your world shatter around you, and there’s nothing you can do about it. The first time you look around you and can’t seem to find one person that cares.
Pain is a part of life. Whether it be physically or emotionally, it will always be present in the daily lives of you and the ones around you. Do not let this pain get in the way of what you want, of what you wish to do in life. Sometimes life is about taking a deep breath and forgiving yourself for yesterday’s mistakes. Because everyone makes mistakes- It’s what you do after those mistakes that truly matters. It never hurts to keep looking for sunshine even in the cloudiest of days. It is during these days that you find your strength. Not the strength that holds back the tears that threaten to rush down your face. Not the strength that forces you to bite your tongue so the screams will never escape. Not the strength that holds you together so you won’t break down. But the strength knowing that in the end, everything is going to be okay.
Never believe that you are incapable of something. You are strong beyond belief; powerful beyond measure. Do not let the words of the world restrain you from accomplishing what it deems impossible. Sometimes the world will whisper in your ear that you are worthless, forsaken and forgotten. But when these times come, look for hope, for she will help you back to your feet.
As James Dean once said, “Dream as if you’ll live forever, live as if you’ll die today.” Hold on to what you have now, for you never know what tomorrow will bring. Try to live with no regrets. Tell that girl or boy that you have a crush on them. Go skydiving. Go to a foreign country where you can’t speak the language. Take risks. Fall in love. Run away for a day and join the circus. Write a love letter. Name a star. Donate all your life savings to a charity. Compose and publish a children’s book. Look back in ten years and be proud of your life.
Your opinion on pain is very much related to how people believe our failures are there to help us learn. Pain is something that is apparent in everyone's life, just like failure is, but we aren't supposed to let pain overcome us. Instead, we should find the strength to overcome this pain and learn from it, just like we learn from our failures.
My #26 comment was a response to Gloria, I just submitted it wrong. And just to be sure, i submitted it on time before 11:59pm.
This was my response:
Wow Gloria, this is very well written. I really enjoyed reading what you wrote. In the first paragraph I think there is a first for everything, whether it be good or bad, enjoyable or painful. Reading your first paragraph, as you pointed out all the painful things in life I thought to myself, "Wow life IS full of so much negative and hurtful things, even at a young age." But you were very motivational in overcoming all the obstacles in life. I also really liked your quote by James Dean, “Dream as if you’ll live forever, live as if you’ll die today.”
Gloria, I loved reading your statement about pain because I agree with you. As human beings we tend to cower and hide from pain; however, pain is necessary in order to grow in life. You're right, we shouldn't let pain get in the way of what we want because we make mistakes. We live, learn, and move on. We should continue to strive forward instead of taking backward steps and I love how you put that in your own words. The way you talk about forgiving oneself for making a mistake really caught my eye. You're right, we need to learn how to forgive and just let it go.
Those that mind, don’t matter… those that matter, don’t mind. You would know when a person is a true friend when they don’t mind as much as what you do. I’m not saying a true friend is someone who doesn’t mind even if you do something bad such as getting into drugs or stealing. The decisions that you make, even if it’s an unwise decision, would not matter greatly to a true friend or a loved one because they already know the real you, and they would not make any quick judgments based on some small aspects of you. The people that mind, clearly do not know you well enough and would constantly make judgments about you. So don’t let the people that mind, worry and bother you as much.
When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be. When you lose sight of yourself, when you let go of your beliefs, and your identification, you have no control over to where you as a person and your life is headed. Since, in losing yourself, you also lose the consciousness of what not to be, there is a chance that you and your personality becomes something that you’ve always despised.
I'd love to go back to when we played as kids, but things changed, and that’s the way it is. This is a quote from a song called Changes by Tupac. I never realized how much this quote means until I actually experienced it myself. When I was in middle school I used to listen to this song and hear this quote and think nothing of it. But now I realize that I feel the same way also. There are countless numbers of times in my childhood when I wish I could take it back and re-live that moment. The feeling of having no stress, doing whatever you feel like, acting immature because you simply can, and just laughing until your stomach hurts, was priceless. I never knew to cherish those moments until it was over for good. Now as we all grow up, were all busy and have our own things to do. Even if we have the chance to get together and hang out, it’s a different feeling than when it was as kids. There are definitely a lot more fun things that lay ahead for me in the future, I am not saying all the fun is gone for me now. It’s just a different feeling of fun that I got when I was in the middle school ages and that I’ll never be able to experience again. My message to all the young kids is to cherish your childhood time and not take it for granted because it WILL be over one day
- Don’t forget your past. People often say “forget about the past, look forward for the future” when they try to comfort someone, but I don’t approve it. A person is built up by everything he or she did or heard in the past. I don’t think like this when I born. Mandy didn’t talk like this when she was a kid. Mr. Feraco wouldn’t know how to write a prompt for the blog when he was in elementary school. People is formed by their past. Next time, when someone tries to comfort someone, I think it will be better to say “learn from the past” instead of “forget about the past”.
- Students LOVE to complain about taking mandatory history class in school. What my cousin said every single day when she was in modern world history class was “why do we have to learn about all those people? They are all died already!” I disagree with her. Roma was not built in a day. Human society wasn’t this convenient and didn’t has this much freedom in the past. People like Edison, Benjamin Franklin, and Martin Luther King Jr. …etc. made this world better. People need to be thankful, but because they are died already, so I think remember them is the only way we can thank them.
- Cherish everything around you.
Students LOVE to complain about taking mandatory history class in school. What my cousin said every single day when she was in modern world history class was “why do we have to learn about all those people? They are all died already!” I disagree with her. Roma was not built in a day. Human society wasn’t this convenient and didn’t has this much freedom in the past. People like Edison, Benjamin Franklin, and Martin Luther King Jr. …etc. made this world better. People need to be thankful, but because they are died already, so I think remember them is the only way we can thank them.
I definitely agree with this. I believe that too often students do not pay attention to things about the past because well, the textbooks only tell us the simple version of the successes (for the most part) of the past. As humans we learn from mistakes and I believe that school would be a whole lot more interesting if it incorporated some worthy mistakes made by people who ended up doing well in their cause in the end.
To MFE: Sorry for the late reply, fell asleep after my 2 paragraphs (/point #30)
Don’t regret anything you do. There is no use of regretting. Why waste your time thinking about what happened in the past? Instead, look at the present to see how you can fix the mistake and plan for the future.
Learn to appreciate the people in your life. I understand this statement but I still don’t appreciate my family as much as I should. We are fortunate to be born with a loving family. Before they disappear in your life, try to spend time with them.
And to my children:
It is common sense that when something bad happens, you’ll tell someone. But when the real situation comes, you might want to hide it from the rest of the world. From my own experience, I think it is better to talk to somebody during your hard times. If you keep it to yourself, it’ll only get worse because you’re not letting anyone help you.
Don’t run away from your problems. It’ll only take longer for it to go away.
Nothing is more precious than your life. You shouldn’t sacrifice your life for anyone else. If you can’t even treasure your own life, what makes you think that person will appreciate what you did for him or her?
I always tell myself the same thing, why waste time regretting when I should just move on because you can't change the past. But in the end, I always find myself regretting the past wither it was why I didn't study for a test or something I said, I am always regretful. But I believe that it is very important to stop dwelling on the past you can't change and move forward towards the future you can create.
I like your points here. I think that the whole don't regret thing is impossible though. I believe regret is just a normal human thing and how you regret can be different. For instance someone can regret not doing something, and use that regret to propel them forward to better things (bad word usage...its late).
For the to your children thing, I definitely believe now that talking to someone is almost always the best thing to do. Back when I was younger I HATED showing emotion to anyone and when my father died I never really showed any emotion, even at his funeral (which i regret...lol). Anyways long story short, keeping it all bottled up, as well as other things, totally destroyed me from the inside out later (massive depression, almost commited suicide, etc...). Moral of my wall of text? Talk to people kids! XD
To MFE: Sorry for the late reply, fell asleep after my 2 paragraphs (/point #30)
If there was something I could say to the world, I would say that we should trust your own judgment and not listen to what others say. I’m not saying you should avoid what others say and disregard everything; I am saying that you should listen to yourself and trust yourself before others. This would include trusting your instinct and completing your objective in whatever situation that presents itself. You should also leave no room for doubt or that dreaded “what if” I did this, or what if I did that.
Your past is what makes your future. In the future, if some of you guys are successful, it’s important that you remember where you come from. Like what some sports stars do, they go back their hometown to give back to the kids. Some people are forgetful of where they come from and ignore their past. We shouldn’t be living in the past and not completely I the future, but I think it’s important to remember your past because it’s a big part of your life and future.
School is an important part of your life as a kid, but it is not something that should dominate your life. Mostly because this is an Asian community and this is high school that is the general idea. We should have other major parts of our young life other than a huge chunk of schooling. Stuff like sports, friends, activities, and family.
Oh, and never worry about anything. You can worry, worry, worry and worry but your problems are not going to go away. You will be even more nervous and your performance will suffer from you’re lack of comfort with the subject or thing in life. You can just be optimistic and hope for the best.
I definitely agree that school should not dominate a student's life. It can give a lot of good lessons, but I believe that a true lesson come from the real world experience. Just sitting in a room and do all the homeworks and get straight A's can make one's life successful. However, I think that would not make everyone's life a happy life. Experience the world and find what you want and want to do, that's the beginning step to find one's happiness.
First of all, I disagree with you that we should only listen to our judgment because the society does not revolve around you only; you have to work with others and of course need to listen to their opions and preciate judgment. And about the past making future, I disagree again because I believe the future is what we make right now at present. Whether we messed up something or not, we can always change and make it up. And, I agree with you that school does not play a significant role in your life because school is one of the methods you can be successful. For example, Bill Gate dropped out of Harvard and became the world's richest man.
I think an important message to get through to people would be stop being selfish, towards other people and towards the world. Everyday we live our lives for ourselves and for the lucky fortunate people, they don’t have to worry about food or shelter but I know that there are millions out there that have lives that are really hard to live. Where there is competition there are always people who backstab and hurt others to get to the top. But is success really worth betraying your friends? By staying true to yourself and actually become aware of the feelings people hurt to be on top would change the way the world turns. Simple things that people do would help the world greatly. By not wasting food or by recycling, people will not only help conserve resources but also reduce our countries carbon footprint. By thinking of the world, there would be an earth for many generations to come.
I believe that my parents have taught my brother and I well and it is because of their discipline that we are the people we are today. The way we portray ourselves to the public is very important. Because my parents want me to success in life, from a very young age I was taught how to be polite and full of manners. Therefore when I see someone that doesn’t have manners I would find myself thinking less of them. It is because of how I was brought up by my parents that I have the manners and attitude that I have. Therefore I think its very important to thank that parents that have taught their kids to grow up to be well educated young adults because they are the foundation to our success.
My advice to the world would be to try and live life to the fullest and take advantage of any opportunity you come across. Especially while you are young because as you get older the you get the more responsibility you have and the less opportunities you have. Enjoy your childhood because as I am slowly realizing with age is that life is always easier without the pressure of a job, school, and worrying about what you are going to do with the rest of your life. Even though you may think you do not have any freedoms when you are young; it is at this time when you are the freest because you are not responsible for anything but yourself.
When living your life always think about decisions and how they will affect your future. Your future is dependent on the choices you make when you are young. So try and make smart and healthy choices when you are young, because you cannot go back in time. Your choices also affect the people around you so keep them in mind while living and your life can be more peaceful. This is important because without these people you are alone.
Experience all aspects of life from love, hate, fear, regret, and happiness, because all of these will make a better and stronger person. The more experiences you go through the stronger you will become inside and out. The most important is to do whatever makes you happy, because without personal happiness life is no fun. Life is a wonderful gift to waste with regret and hate from past mistakes. Live your life for you and do not let anyone keep you from doing what makes you happy, because it is your life and you should always be in control.
Appreciate your life in every moment. That is what I would say if I have chance to say to the world. Most people do not live an exciting or adventurous life like in a movie, our life repeats. In the repeating circle of life, we tend to lose appreciation of living. We are so used to our mundane life that we forget how good our life is. The lyric of the song “I Knew Prufrock Before He Got Famous” ends with “After all of the loving and losing, after all the heroes and the pioneers The only thing that's left to do is get another round in at the bar.” The song is pretty optimistic to me. "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" by T.S. Eliot is about a man who has inner desires but does not act on them. He continues to live his mundane life and doesn't do the things he really wants to do. And he grows old, and continues to be mundane and reminisce about lost opportunities. However, Turner's song sees some “adventures” in our life, like love, family, friends, and career. There are some people who live their life like the life of a main character in a movie, but heroes in the movies go back to their daily life after gorgeous adventures. So appreciate every moment of your life, even though it's boring and repeating, because that is what we call a happy ending.
Yeah, my parents always tell me that I should be appreciating stuff a lot more, mostly because they did not have the luxuries that we have now. Even in my current life, my parents are deciding which car I am allowed to buy. I am allotted a certain amount for my car and my parents say that I have to come up with the difference from my bank account. And I was fine with it, but now that I want to buy more expensive car, they aren’t letting me. They say I should just be appreciative of what I have take what I get and be happy.
Wow Gloria, this is very well written. I really enjoyed reading what you wrote. In the first paragraph I think there is a first for everything, whether it be good or bad, enjoyable or painful. Reading your first paragraph, as you pointed out all the painful things in life I thought to myself, "Wow life IS full of so much negative and hurtful things, even at a young age." But you were very motivational in overcoming all the obstacles in life. I also really liked your quote by James Dean, “Dream as if you’ll live forever, live as if you’ll die today.”
alright so, i believe that if the world would listen to me, and actually take my advice in the past, present, or future. i would honestly tell them that they should do onto others as you want done onto you/treat everyone equally: the golden rule kinda thing. the reason why i would tell the world this is because honestly... how many of us treat everyone like they are a lesser human being than us, either if its by intellectual properties, wealth status, general living conditions, color of our skin, ethnicity, etc, such as not giving someone a job because there a different skin color then you, paying someone less because of gender, beating someone up because of there sexuality, starting wars and genecides over religions, or even calling someone names for the fun of it... i believe that this world would be a hell of a lot better place than it is, if we would all treat each other equally and how we ourselfs would want to be treated, because im sure none of us like the way the people of the world treat eachother.
Also now that i think about some other advice i would give, i think of how ive been acting this semester, and how i expected somone to come and walk me a home run... but in reality you need to aim for first place, being the best and hitting home runs... because there is no such thing as a free run, so ya... don't be lazy.. try hard, aim high and try to achieve where your aiming and you will get there... if you don't try you won't succeed.
-Have a positive attitude. Never think of the negative because all you will be doing is getting yourself worried over nothing. I learned the hard way. I complained about the past instead of looking at the problem as an opportunity for something better to come. Why live in the negative when all it does is eat you alive and cause worry-ness?
-Don't take anything for granted. "You never know what you have until you've lost it." That quote means so much to me because I've lost so much in the last four years of my life. I learned that you can't always expect tomorrow to be the same as the day before. You can't set expectations for someone or something just because it makes you happy, thats selfish. Never take anything for granted, because when you loose it...its gone and might never come back.
-Live life to the fullest. Live in the moment. Live to live. We only get one life to live. There are no re-do's, no take-backs, no do-over's. We only get one life, and no one knows how long that life will last. Stop thinking about the future, stop planning for the future. You are living right now and if you continue to keep planning and preparing, you're life passes you by. I don't want to be 60 and look back at my life and say "I could have...I wish I had done.." I want to say "I'm glad I got too...I'm happy I did.." No one can live life for you, so do it yourself. Take hold of what God has given you.
-Never underestimate yourself. Everyone is capable of being the best they can be, but that starts within a person. Dream big and reach big. If you want something, go get it and don't stop until you've gotten there. I promise there will be failures, but if you strive those failures become nothing. You can do it, just believe and trust in yourself and you will get there.
I agree you should go everywhere with a positive attitude. It's better to be optimistic and look at the bright sides of things. I also believe we should live in the moment but I still think we should do some planning. I rather plan the future than to not know what to do with my life.
- Happiness is not but your own illusion of success created by one’s own mind. You are happy when you succeed. Sometimes setting your goals too high results in constant failure, and therefore constant sadness. Slow down. Don’t take life too quickly. Take each and every required step. It’s good to dream big, but it’s even better to set achievable goals. Once you’re able to achieve rather than fail, you’ll be happy.
- Problems are there to be solved. Friendship problems, relationship problems, familial problems. Running away is not solving a problem. Running away and ignoring the problem is just … ignoring the problem. Sure, it doesn’t bother you anymore, but you aren’t learning from it either.
- Don’t live Ayn Rand’s “objectivist” attitude. It’s pessimistic. If I were to rate it, I would believe that about 75% of the world is pessimistic and that percentage is climbing. Make the world happier, be optimistic. Instead of saying “gosh, I have to do something or I could do something” say “I would rather do something.” Look at life positively, treat other’s positively, and you and the people around you will feel better.
- It takes a good friend to confront you when you’re sad and tell you what you want to hear: “cheer up!” “feel better!”. But it takes a better friend to confront you when you’re sad and tell you what you don’t want to hear: the truth. Be the good friend. Tell the truth.
I agree with be the better friend and tell the truth completely. Its better for everyone and the friend knows what to work on, though you may lose them, everyone wins in the end.
One thing I would really love to say to the world's nations would be "look at the bigger picture." There is a lot that humans have done wrong to the world and not much we are trying to make right (global warming, icecaps melting, radioactiveness contaminating soil, etc...) There is also too much squabbling between nations and not enough drive to better ourselves as a collective race. I mean most wars are fought for ideological or financial reasons (coughoilcough). By ideological reason I mean nations trying to push their beliefs on other nations (US). I do believe that if we as humans had more open minds and weren't so stubborn that we could make HUGE scientific and social advancements because the world would be working together. (This is kind of stream of consciousness status.)
I also believe that we take things for granted way too much and don't admire the little things that people do for us. For instance, the other day when I was creating my level for my presentation and attempting to create the arch for the "D" in "END" I was complaining about how stupid and complicated and buggy the hammer editor program is. About 5 minutes later when I actually successfully created the arch I had an epiphany. I realized that I do that A LOT with things in my life and that I should be glad that I even have something like that to use and practice on for what I hope my career will be. Then my mind drifted off to other things in life, little things my girlfriend or my family do, stuff like that. Needless to say I instantly went and gave my mom a giant hug and thanked her for everything (lol). (More stream of conciousness! Yay)
I agree we need to "look at the bigger picture." We really need to make the world right again. There are so many problems with the environment and the problems need to be fixed. Also, I agree that we need to appreciate what people do for us.
I agree that we are not focusing on important issues today as well. We need to stop worrying about who has the better bombs and start worrying about how we are going to save our planet.
Freedoms aren't taken for granted, they're just not noticed. Everyone feels a sense of entitlement, that because they've had a rough life they want to blame others for their life being hard. When in reality, they themselves are the only ones who can make their situation better. My favorite quote, "Love the life you live, live the life you love." by Bob Marly, it says the truth, make the best for yourself, and take on all the responsibilities that you can to achieve what you want in life. Resently, i have been "sweating the small stuff" instead of focusing on what really matters, my goals for the end of the school year. I think that at some point people need to take a step back and look at their life, and fix anything they dont like to make their world a better place.
I have privilages i know alot of kids my age dont have, and i know i take them for granted too. That's not to say that i don't appreciate them though. Going green is a start for some, or continuing their education, doing something new that isnt part of the everyday. By learning from our mistakes we can change something about ourselves and our life.
One thing I would want the world to hear from me is to basicaklly be yourself. From being in school the last seventeen years of my life there has always been one thing in particular that has bothered me. The way that people change themselves in order to fit in with their peers has always bugged me. We are all gulity of this regardless of what people may say. In some way we have all staryed from who we realkly are in order to fit in with other people. I would want to tell the world to be your own person. Dont change how you look or how you act just to fit in somewhere. If some doesent like you the way you are you just say "thats fine" and just keep on walking.
I would also want to say that everyone needs to strive to find some sort of happiness in their lives. No one was put on this earth to be miserable, and how happy you asre just depends on how hard you are willing to work to achieve your goals.
I will have to agree with pamela, when she says that if she could go back in time, she would tell people to cherish their childhood. This is because you can only have one childhood and after it is gone... It is gone. Not that I am approaching college life, I have realized that I am beginning to gain more and more responsibilities. Sometimes I look back on my childhood and wondered, "Wow, I can't believe i did that". I had a care free life and now its gone.
If i had the chance to relive my childhood I would. I would take every opportunity that comes my way and have as much fun as i could possibly have. Would I have played more four square, punch ball, or even tell the girl I had a crush on - that I liked her? It is all in the past and now I cant do anything about it... To all children out there, cherish your childhood while you still have it.
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