Well it 2 AM on a Wednesday so I should probably go to sleep. Good Night
I'm back again after a while. I've done a lot in the past month, I went to Hong Kong, went over my friend's houses recently. Actually besides that it's been fairly normal. I got hooked on the show Parks and Recreation which follow Lezlie Knowpe and the Parks and Recreation team of Pawnee Indiana. It's a great show and I highly suggest you watch it because of the way the characters interact which is... toxic to say the least.
Well it 2 AM on a Wednesday so I should probably go to sleep. Good Night
Well the year is over. summer break is here and probably nobody will see this post but I'm bored so why not come here one more time. I really don't want this blog to go to waste so I will try to post weekly hopefully.
So to anyone who reads this, make sure to comment... it gets lonely here.
The Crafted Word:
Personal Narrative Essay
Take your chances
How I learned to be a yes man
"But you know what, dude? You were right.
I said yes to this little adventure, and I won."
~Charlie Kelly It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
We were looking at the mechanical monster at Six Flags known as Goliath. All I heard was screaming, and all I saw were people's legs as they went around a loop. I had to make a choice, and I knew I would never get this chance again. I decided to say " Yes! " We got in line and watched people get into a chair and get pulled upwards into the air. Only seconds later we saw them fly by and later saw them come back to where they started. Two of my friends and I stood there watching and were unsure about going on the roller-coaster. We had never been on a roller-coaster this ridiculous. I told them that if they didn't take the chance none of us would have the courage to do it and that got us to agree to go on it. This would be a ride to remember.
When we got off the ride I realized that if I would have said no I would of missed this experience. I took a chance when I went on this ride and even convinced others to go on. After that moment I learned that saying yes isn't always a bad thing and that sometimes you might get a valuable experience out of it.
The first time I realized this was at Six Flags during the Music in The Parks event. At the amusement park my friends and I went on some roller-coasters. First we went on Bizarro which was tall but did not seem very scary because we had already been on it before. After that we walked over to Goliath which was much smaller but had many loops and flips. One of my friends and I were unsure about this but since I would probably never be here again I decided to say yes. Along with this we managed to convince my other friend to go on with us. After the ride we realized that the ride wasn't scary as we though it was, we even said "That wasn't really worth the wait." I knew at that moment that it was better to take risks than being unadventurous.
Another time I said yes to something that I wan't sure about was when the spring sports season started. I was not very good at any sport, so I decided to do Track and Field. I was not good at running, so the coach said that I should try the high jump. After warm-ups the coach said "Hey Ethan you should do the high jump today." I decided to try it out, and after a few track meets I realized that I was a pretty good high jumper. Every meet after that I did the high jump and got at least fourth. Sometimes I was not as good at jumping but I still had fun. I enjoy high jumping and if I would have said no to the coach I would be running miserably for the rest of the year. I still have to run during a track meet but not as much.
Thinking back to middle school another place I had to change the way I thought was during the D.C. trip. I learned that some people aren't quite as trustworthy as others, so I stuck with my friends because they were the only people I could trust. During that trip i had to say yes to trusting people whom i never really talked to before. There I made more friends but never really said yes to anything else until recently.
One last place where I learned to say yes was at Windsor Mountain. There we were supposed to practice teamwork and communication, but neither I nor anyone else was very good at communicating or listening. I constantly felt like I was being talked over, so eventually I decided to try to listen to other people. I never was very good at listening, so this was a test for me because I had to try to listen to four other people at the same time. When I listened I noticed that some people had ideas that I could agree with while others were not very good. I learned that listening to people is important and can help you become more of a yes person.
In the past year I learned that being a yes person can benefit your life in many ways. Being a yes man makes your life more adventurous and gives you more experience. At first I was reluctant to come to this school. I never thought that coming here was a good idea, but when I arrived with one of my friends I decided to see if I could make more. As I met more people I decided to talk more and decided to say yes to meeting more people. Now I'm in the eighth grade and my time here is coming to an end. The friends I've made will always be with me. I don't think that I'm going to have friends quite as close as the ones I have now but hopefully I will. Saying yes has made my life much more exciting. Though being a yes person is good it's important to know the balance between being a yes person and making poor decisions. The key to saying yes is overcoming fears. Taking chances grants you experience, so next time you're faved with a tough decision choose something you normally wouldn't choose.
The audio quailty is bad because the Imovie app wasn't working right so had to do it on my phone.
Some things are remembered while others cannot be forgotten. Several days after Paul kills the solider he recalls the events that took place. He describes blood pouring out solider's mouth. He describes wanting to stop the bleeding by shoving straw in the soldier's mouth. Paul is clearly scarred and frightened by this.
During a battle against the french soldiers Paul shoots and mortally injures one of the french. Se describes the blood pouring out of the man's mouth and how he must have suffered a long painful death. Paul cannot stop thinking about this for several days later and is so frightened that he cannot even sleep.
Paul knows that he is a solider and that soldiers are supposed to be fearless, yet he cannot forget about this one moment.The sight of a man being shot and bleeding out haunts Paul. He doesn't know the suffering the man went through as his blood poured out and never wants to shoot another person again.
This chapter is meant to show what it's like to take a persons life. The horror of watching them die right in front of you, and the effects it has after the event.
The days go by. On a foggy morning another of the Russians is buried; almost every day one of them dies. I am on guard during the burial.”
Understanding someone is a valuable trait In chapter 8 of "All Quiet on the Western Front" the main character Paul Baumer is assigned o a prison camp full of Russian soldiers Paul, being a german soilder, must do his job to guard the prisoners. As he watches the Russians. Paul sees that the Russians are miserable in the prison and decides to talk to them. As he talks he begins to get closer to the prisoners. One of the prisoners begins to play the violin as Paul and the rest of the prisoners watch.
“I take out my cigarettes, break each one in half and give them to the Russians. They bow to me and then light the cigarettes. Now red points glow in every face. They comfort me; it looks as though there were little windows in dark village cottages saying that behind them are rooms full of peace.”
When Paul's father leaves he gives Paul some cakes. Paul takes these and eats one, but when he is finished the chapter ends with him taking the cakes to the Russians. Though Paul is a solider he still has a sense of morality. He understands that during a war people suffer and that just because he shoots at the enemy does not mean he hates them
8th Grade English
All Quiet Paragraph
“Outside the door I am aware of the darkness and the wind as a deliverance. I breathe as deep as I can, and feel the breeze in my face, warm and soft as never before. Thoughts of girls, of flowery meadows, of white clouds suddenly come into my head. My feet begin to move forward in my boots, I go quicker, I run.
Even in times of war beauty can still shine. In the book, All Quiet in the Western Front the main character Paul Baumer occasionally goes into great detail; making what he describes, no matter how gruesome, beautiful. Paul Baumer is a german solider in World War One. He has an amazing way with words in which he can describe something so well that it becomes a work of art. He describes the war in the way he sees it, gruesome, terrible, the hell on earth that is the battlefield. One great moment in the book is at the end of chapter two. After his friend Kemmrich dies Paul stands at the bed in the hospital, shaken, and says. “I am aware of the darkness and the wind as a deliverance. I breathe as deep as I can, and feel the breeze in my face, warm and soft as never before... My feet begin to move forward in my boots, I go quicker, I run. Soldiers pass by me, I hear their voices without understanding. The earth is streaming with forces which pour into me through the soles of my feet. The night crackles electrically, the front thunders like a concert of drums... The night lives, I live. I feel a hunger, greater than comes from the belly alone.” Throughout the book Paul very rarely goes into such great detail. When he does the chapter becomes much more interesting and becomes a work of art. These moments are the parts that I wait for because when they are written they go into detail about the war and what Paul's point of view on it.
Being a team leader isn't just a title you carry into battle, but a badge you wear constantly. If you are not always performing at your absolute best, then what reason do you give others to follow you?
Leadership is something that some people are very good at and others aren't. I'm one of those people who aren't so good at leading. If you give me a group of people and have me lead them somewhere I will probably lose somebody along the way. Something that might go against that is that I'm good at planning things out for people. I can come up with a ridiculous plan to do something and most of the time it will work. The main difference between these is that one requires being a part of the group and the other is being apart from the group. I believe in team work and always feel like I should be doing something with a group, but when I become the head of the group I can't quite process ideas the same ways. Instead of accounting for myself and only myself when taking action I must also take into account the rest of the group. This often ends up with all my ideas going out the windows in many situations.
For the last post for a few days I will end with this...
Drowning is a very scary experience. I came very close to drowning once, and I will never forget what it was like. First you fall out of the boat or whatever. I already knew how to swim at the time, but the scary part was the fact that I couldn't get up.
When you get trapped in the water your body's first instinct is to get air, but it's quite difficult when you can't swim. You try to get air but you can't seem to find it so you start accidentally drinking water. I don't know what it's like beyond that, but I would assume you try to stay up but go under, and end up going unconscious and dying.
Just me here... nobody else ᕕ( ᐛ )ᕗ