Yes the title is very vague, but I was watching this video of J.K. Rowling giving the commencement speech at Harvard from 2008. She had a really good message and shared knowledge with the graduates of Harvard. I have the video linked below its kind of long but feel free to check it out.
If you don’t watch the video there is one quote from it that I will leave you all with.
“It is impossible to live without failing something. Unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all. In which case you’ve failed by default.” –J.K. Rowling
This quote says a lot. You cannot be so afraid to make a mistake in life that you never live. Failing something is a part of life. When you fail, you’re supposed to learn from it; pick yourself off the ground, brush off the dirt, and keep going. It might sound a little harsh, but if people never failed there would be no incentive to try new things or work harder to achieve goals. Being afraid to fail is like being afraid to drink water. It’s inevitable. You will have to drink water to survive and you will fail at some point in your life at something.
I find it absolutely ridiculous when people refuse to try new things because they are afraid to be bad at it. So what? You might find out you’re really good at it, or if you’re not at least you tried and maybe it can be something you can work on. Living life without trying new things or making changes is a sad way to live. You will never grow as a person without gaining new experiences from trying new things. Sticking with what is familiar is like living in a bubble, you won’t ge tout much and it gets stuffy. Like your life will be if you stay in the bubble.
Okay that got off track. Enjoy the video and have a nice day!
March is the WORST month for work. This seems to be the month that teachers have decided to pile on all of the work they didn’t manage to give us the previous semester. Dear teachers, what are we cramming for! Its the middle of the semester. I did not become Super Student who has the ability to complete all of my work, after having a long practice, and still get a good nights sleep. I am currently suffocating under the amount of work I have to do for and it doesn’t help that track season just started which means I have meets both during the week and on weekends. But the best part about all of this work is when teachers wonder why every student in class is either sleeping or looks like they should be. I can clue them in on what’s going on. In the past four days we haven’t gotten more than five hours of sleep a night. It is becoming slow torture to wake up every morning knowing that I have to go through the same routine and experience the same pain when I go home and realize that once again I will be staying up until 2 in the morning to complete whatever work it is from each class.
Today I watched a movie in English class called Three O’clock High. This movie is from the 80s which my teacher emphasized. Or that’s just what I noticed from it the most. It made me think about all of the 80s movies that kids now consider classics, such as The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, Footloose, and Dirty Dancing. I understand why they are classics now. They are all about teenage angst and are really good movies. But I asked my dad one day about them and he told me that when some of the 80s “classics” first came out that they were not all that popular. I thought this so weird because we praise them so highly today, but I guess that’s what makes them classics. They become more highly loved overtime. Okay that was a really short post. I thought I had more to say about this topic but it kind of died. Please leave comments to finish up my thoughts on this. Sorry, have a great day!
Hello everyone! Sorry for not posting for awhile. I spent my Christmas and New Years hanging out with family and friends, and not blogging. I unfortunately just finished my winter break for school, and when I went back to school it felt like I never left. This is the most frustrating feeling because I realize my winter break was filled with doing a lot of school work to remind me that, yes, I in fact have to endure another five and a half months of school.
My break wasn’t all bad though, I got to do some fun things too! I went on a church retreat, went dirt biking, caught up with a friend I hadn’t seen in awhile, and went to a lot of track related things. Oh, and I got sick. Over Christmas. It wasn’t horrible, but the last few symptoms lingered for a week after I got the cold/flu thing. I lost my voice, which has never happened to me before so that was an interesting experience by itself. My friends made fun of me and whenever I got excited or angry my voice either went really high or really low. And my yelling turned into some kind of awkward screeching and it wasn’t very loud.
So lately I have been very busy and I’m not sure I like it. I don’t think being busy is a bad thing if you are doing things that you find fulfilling, but I don’t think I ‘m doing the things that I want to be busy with. Most of my time is taken up by schoolwork. I find myself being consumed and drowning in the piles of work my teachers give me. I know homework is necessary sometimes, but when I’m sitting in my room all weekend doing work, I find it frustrating knowing that I could be outside experiencing everything life has to offer. Instead I’m stuck inside writing down notes about things I don’t usually care about.
So as you may have guessed if you have read it before, this post is about The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath. I just finished reading it over the weekend and it was so good! It is about a girl named Esther Greenwood who slowly slips into a world of insanity. We follow her on the road to becoming insane. It is a very interesting look into the human mind and how psychology works. I heard so many good reviews about the book and I was excited to read it. Thankfully I wasn’t disappointed. It was one of those books that I couldn’t put down. I tried to read it as often as possible in between my busy schedule and I finished faster than I imagined. It is a great read if you don’t mind that it is kind of dark and I highly recommend it to anyone!
Just a quick little post for this week because I was excited about this book and had to share. I need another book to read, so if anyone has a good suggestion leave me a comment below! Or comment on what you thought of the book if you have read it or if you would like to start reading it. Have a nice day!
Today in my English class is was reading this book called Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer for our class’s Brain Fuel time. It is a very interesting book and I actually did not know it was a true story until about 50 pages into the book. I posted about this book on my class’s Google+ page and one of my classmates told me it was made in to a movie! I got really excited because I like the book and would love to see how it was adapted in to a movie. Another one of my fellow classmates told me he was reading the same book and we got into a little online discussion about a passage from the book. This passage made me think more about how everyone has different views on how they want to live their lives.