Today I learned one main lesson. Life is what you make of it. Life is only complicated because we insist on making in that way. We only have one life, so we need to enjoy it. There’s no time for crying, debating, or doubting. If something bad goes on, just laugh. i know it may sound weird, but it really makes you feel better. Also appreciate the small things in life, because someone out there is wishing for what you have. And never, ever, doubt yourself. People spend too much time dwelling on what they are not, that they don’t even realize their good qualities. I’m sure you’ve heard all these “quotes” before, but you should actually realize their true meanings. ENJOY LIFE and NEVER forget to SMILE!!!
The wind in my hair, the snow beneath my feet, and the smile across my face. What do these words remind me of? Snowboarding! Today I went snowboarding with my friends and family. It all started this morning…
I stretched my arms and yawned. 5:30am. I got up and got ready for our trip to Soda Springs, CA. After I got ready, my parents and I started loading the car, as we waited for my friends. When my friends arrived we were on our way.
3 hours. That’s a pretty long time to stay in a car. Luckily we came prepared. We had food, games, and music. We hadn’t brought one thing, though. Gloves.
We stopped at Starbucks and got some refreshing drinks. Afterwards, we went to Big Five Sporting to get our gloves. Then we had another 1 ½ hour drive ahead of us. UGH.
Once we spotted the first patches of snow, our spirits rose. We got out of the car, got into our snow clothes, and walked to the rental building.
We got our snowboards and were off. My friend and I went on the slope more than six times! We talked on the lift and laughed when I fell getting off. Then we raced. I never won, but I still had fun. While we waited in line for the lift, we had small snowball fights with our parents. After a few more rounds we were done. We took off our boots and snowboards and headed toward the tubing slopes.
Tubing was so much fun! We laughed and smiled as we slid down the slopes. The second time we went up, I fell off my tube! It was super funny, but it still hurt. We threw a couple more snowballs and we were on our way back home.
I had such a great time today. Not only did I get to practice my snowboarding skills, but I got to do it with the people I love.
In no particular order:
•Divergent, By: Veronica Roth
•Insurgent, By: Veronica Roth
•Allegiant, By: Veronica Roth
•The Fault In Our Stars, By: John Green
•Wonder, By: R.J. Palacio
•Mango-Shaped Space, By: Wendy Mass
•The CandyMakers, By: Wendy Mass
•Every Soul a Star, By: Wendy Mass
•11 Birthdays, By: Wendy Mass
•Hunger Games, By: Suzanne Collins
•Catching Fire, By: Suzanne Collins
•Mockingjay, By: Suzanne Collins
•Perfect, By: Natasha Friend
I just finished a book called The Fault In Our Stars by John Green. The book was truly amazing and I couldn’t stop reading.
The book is narrated by Hazel Grace Lanchester. She’s a normal teenager, except for the fact that she has cancer and lung problems. Her parents believed that she needed to make friends and socialize more, so they put her in a support group. During one of her boring support group meetings she met Augustus Waters.
Augustus is a teenage boy who had cancer and lost a leg. He instantly falls in love with Hazel and invites her over to his house.
Augustus and Hazel start spending more time together and sharing their interests. Hazel shows Augustus her favorite book, An Imperial Affliction, and they bond over the lost ending of the book. Augustus uses his wish (a “Wish” is something a group gives to children with cancer) to get them tickets to Amsterdam to meet the author.
While in Amsterdam Augustus tells Hazel that his cancer has returned. When they get back home his health becomes worse. He knew he only had a few days left, so he got together with Hazel and his friend Isaac to have a pre-funeral because he wanted to hear their eulogies. Eight days later, Augustus died.
This book was very inspiring. I loved this book because it proved that anything is possible, no matter what condition you are in.
Below are some quotes from the book.
Everyone has their “thing”…..
Some people may like to sing, others may like to act or play a sport. But my “thing” is dancing. When I dance I feel free and happy. There’s no correct way to dance, so no one can tell you that you’re dancing wrong. In dancing there is NO WRONG. Lots of people dance because they want to impress people with their moves, but I dance because I feel like I can be myself without anyone judging me. I’m 100% me when I dance. No one can stop me.
One of my favorite quotes is:
“Dance to EXPRESS, not IMPRESS”
So if you ever feel bored or down, just get up and dance.
Yesterday I auditioned for my school play: Pom Pom Zombies. I didn’t know anyone who was auditioning that well so I just watched and did some small talk. It was so amazing and fun. The kids who were auditioning were either really good actors, singers, or both. Most of them had so much confidence Some of them were really shy and their auditions weren’t as entertaining. The kids with all the confidence, though,did great! When it was my turn, I tried my best to be confident and I think I did well! Everyone was laughing and smiling, so I felt good. Tomorrow we find out if we made the cast or not, but I don’t care that much. I just enjoyed the experience of auditioning.
Do you ever feel like no one understands you? That the words you say just go through the people’s heads, but don’t mean anything to them? Well I’ve learned that it doesn’t matter what others think or feel about you. It just matters that you believe in yourself. Not everyone is going to believe in you. Not everyone is going to have hope in you. That doesn’t mean you give up. Never back down. You just have to prove those people wrong. Once you do they will have nothing to say to you. Words should never break you. I know they can sting, but you have to get up. Forget what people say. Just ignore them and do what you want to do.
I have to do a “Global Problem” project in math. I’m not sure what is has to do with math, but our teacher says it helps us think logically.
So my partner and I are doing our project on bullying. I think bullying is a big problem at many schools. People get teased, taunted, and bullied verbally or physically because they’re “different”. What does that mean, though? Everyone is different in some way or another. People get bullied because they’re a different race, dress differently, and many more reasons.
I think labels are used a lot in bullying. Just because someone is smarter than you doesn’t mean they’re a “geek” or because someone believes in something you don’t, doesn’t mean they’re stupid. Sometimes I think people bully because they’re hurt inside and they want people to feel their pain.
I think we can all prevent bullying by standing up, speaking out, and helping.
So, this project may have nothing to do with math, but I’ve already learned a lot from it.
I have read an abundance of series, but none have caught my attention like the Divergent Series has. There are secrets and surprises at the flip of every page.
Divergent revolves around Beatrice (better known as Tris). Tris lives in a city divided into five factions (Candor: The Honest, Erudite: The Intelligent, Dauntless: The Brave, Abnegation: The Selfless, and Amity: The Peaceful). When a child turns sixteen, they take a test that tells them which faction they should join.
When Tris takes the test, her results come out as inconclusive. This means she’s Divergent. She must keep it a secret because the leaders kill anyone who is Divergent because they are a threat to their faction system. She surprisingly chooses Dauntless as her faction. The series is all about Tris’ fight for survival, and her new found love; Four (better known as Tobias). War looms and threatens to tear Tris’ world apart. Will she be able save her friends, family, and herself? Read the books to find out.
I could write so much about this series, but I don’t want to ruin it for anybody. I’ll just say this series has a little of everything; romance, action, adventure, thrills, and dangers. All I can say is read Divergent!
Being yourself can be hard nowadays. There’s a lot of bullying going on, but that doesn’t mean you should fake who you are. People may not accept you for who you are in the beginning, but you shouldn’t let people control who you are or want to be. Sometimes your friends may bully you for acting “differently”, but does that make them true friends? No. A true friend is someone who never gives up on you and will always like you for you. Plus there’s not only one person in the world that’s different. Everyone is different. Everyone is unique in their own way. Some people show it in their style. Others show it through their personality. And some show it through an art like drawing or dancing. So next time someone bullies you for being you, don’t back down. Stand Up! Speak Up! And never be afraid to show people the real you!