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Dance In the Rain

Last week I came to the sudden revelation that I need to laugh more. I suffer from a common syndrome of winter blues. Being that is almost April and we haven’t had a good week of sunshine, its bound to make anyone a little sad. Actually its funny because I started writing this last night in the rain and my mood has changed dramatically now that the rain is finally gone.

This weekend came to bit of a surprise to me. The stress right now at school is literally out of control. I can’t even count how many mental breakdowns I have had last week.  There comes a time in every busy activity when you just have to give up and let it be. Whatever happens, happens and we just have to learn to accept that.

We are told when we are younger to take advantage of everything that life has to offer. Instead of waiting for something to come to you, go and get it yourself. You can’t expect to have fun if you don’t go out of your way to allow yourself to enjoy new opportunities.

So on Saturday night when a friend asks if girls from another school could join us at dinner, accept. Make new friends. New experiences. New stories. It’s true that we are all set on this earth to be in human contact, but it is also true that we are meant to explore.

I have found that in times when nothing is going right, that is when everything changes. We learn how to cope with our troubles and suddenly everything goes away. There is a common misconception that everyone needs a lot of friends to survive. However, I believe that we only need the ones who treat you like you.

And as Vivian Green once said: Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass; it’s about dancing in the rain. Literally dancing and singing and frolicking in the rain.

G xx

Vivian Greene

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Cinderella

Yesterday in Psych class we talked about Cinderella. Don’t be mistaken, this is not your normal conversation about fairy-tales. My teacher told us her discovery that strengthens the argument: everything is not what is seems.

Maybe, we have it all wrong. Maybe Cinderella wasn’t treated poorly. If we today are asked to do chores and we don’t do them, we have punishments. Hers was not being allowed to attend the ball. Her step mother and step sisters may have not been mean to her, they could have been frustrated with her work ethic.

So maybe Cinderella was rude, but she was also delusional. Okay, let’s be honest. Mice don’t turn into glass slippers. Pumpkins don’t become carriages at a twist of a wand. And most importantly, in my opinion, prince charming doesn’t just show up at the drop of a hat (or shoe).

Kids these days need to learn how to be strong independent people rather than thinking that the best moments in life just appear. But on the other hand, they should be given the opportunity to have fun and explore their imagination.

It is a hard debate because both sides have a strong argument. I recently read the poem “The History Teacher” by Billy Collins which draws upon the idea that children should be shielded from evil in the world. This teacher went to such great lengths to do this that he changed the events in history and made them to have a silver lining. For the kids in the classroom, there were no victorious battles with bloodshed lost, there were just small little fights between countries.

Anyway, I don’t really know where this is going but I think it is important to educate the younger generation about everything life has to offer. Good or bad. When talking about the good, encourage them to become people who inspire and create change. When talking about the bad, be cautious to not to go in to far to scare them away from their dreams.

When I think about my life, and how much I have grown since I entered kindergarten, there is one part that will always stay the same; my imagination. If I was not given the experience as a child to make up a magical world, well I guess we wouldn’t know what would happen.

Enjoy the fairy tales and live in the moment. Don’t be delusional and mistake the line between make believe and reality. It may be entertaining but underneath is the truth; which may I add is not always pretty.

G xx

 

Sunburn

Happy Spring Break, everyone.

It’s that time of year again (for me, that is) where you believe you are invincible against mother natures powers. Yet, each and everytime you are evidently mistaken.

Sunburns are an annoyance, to everyone not just myself. One minute you are splashing in the water and laughing with friends and the next you can’t even sit down without feeling a steering pain on your skin. (It’s traumatizing, really.)

To be honest, sunburns are a lot like life. At least I related my life to them. Sunburns are annoying because they cause discomfort but somewhere deep down you grow from that experience. Even if that means taking five minutes to put on sunscreen that is a good habit to make.

No one wishes anything bad to happen in their life. But in reality, if we never experienced any wrong how could we appreciate the good? Well it’s quite simple, we can’t.

Next time you get sunburn put some aloe on it and embrace this learning opportunity. You never know where it may take you.

G xx

I’m Possible

Nothing is impossible. Even in that word it is saying I’m possible.

Never regret something that once made you smile. Never stop doing what you love. Love is never gone, you might not always see it, but know it’s there.

Believe in yourself. Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do. You just need courage. That’s both easy and hard to find.

It doesn’t matter what people think you are or use to be. People change. Life changes. Change is not always a bad thing. It can show devotion. It can show love, even from the silence of the heart. Nothings impossible, unless you truly believe it is.

Do something today that scares you. Go outside your comfort zone. On the other side lies new opportunities.

G xx

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Impressionable

First impressions mean a whole lot.   When you first meet someone, you subconsciously replay that moment whenever their name is brought up in conversation.  Sometimes, it is not the moment you first laid eyes on them, rather it is a piece of the conversation that you had.

Last week,  a scholar came to speak to my English class. She talked with passion about Africa and the genocides that are happening in the continent, especially in Rwanda . She spoke for the entirety of the class period eagerly answering questions about her life in Africa and how she got involved in studying the topic.

After her speech, I went up to her to telling her how much her presentation meant to me. I also spoke about  my trip to South Africa which was quite similar to hers. She just looked at me and said, “cool”. That one little word completely changed my opinion on this girl.

In my heart, I know that someone who devotes that much time in third world countries has got to have some sort of selfless quality to them, but now I will always be careful when someone talks about her. It is hard to change a first opinion.

I can’t help but think about all the times I have made a first impression on people. Did I say something  I shouldn’t have? Did they see me at a bad time and judge me? This topic brings up many questions.

The Dalai Lama once said “sometimes one creates a dynamic expression by saying something, and sometimes one creates as significant an impression by remaining silent”

We should all be silent  more in life. Not just to stop and look around, but to be reminded that actions speak louder than words. My mom reminds me of the time when the whole world fell in love with Kate Middleton before we even heard her speak publicly. For all you royal guru’s, you might relate to this reminder.

This week, take time for silence. Don’t rush into any conversations. And remember that sometimes one little word can determine a lasting impression.

G xx