The Adolescent Search for Immortality

Hello everyone!

Today I want to talk about one of the largest pet peeves of a teenager:

accepting help or advice from another person.
(For the parents that are reading this from a 16 year-old’s point of view, I hope you enjoy reading about our daily toils…)

[Raises hand] Okay, I admit that I have rejected my parent’s assistance countless numbers of times. It’s just that I hate it when they nag about the same thing about 50 times within the past minute. One of the things that I consider an enemy that must be vanquished in the morning is the sound of my alarm clock ringing, waking me up to get ready for my 0 period class. My parents are like my alarm clock: constant and relentless. The 2 things that make them different from an alarm clock is 1. they are living beings (which is just terrible because it means they are a mobile alarm clock) and 2. they won’t turn off and if you try to turn them off, you are going to receive a lecture on attitude and ungratefulness.

[insert annoying alarm beep here]

[insert annoying alarm beep here]

The worst part of ignoring an alarm clock is that you are late to class and you have to walk to the office to get a “Late Pass” to give to the teachers as penance for being absent from the class for the first few minutes. Same goes for parents: once a teenager ignores their suggestions, we regret it immediately for not listening to them. Here’s what I mean:

Mother: Timmy, don’t forget to bring your jacket! It’s gonna be cold today.

Me: (Looks out the window) It’s only a little cloudy. This is California weather, it’s just gonna clear up and become sunny in the afternoon.

A typical cold and cloudy mo(u)rning.

A typical cold and cloudy mo(u)rning.

And that was where I went wrong, not because I didn’t listen to my mom; well, that too, but more importantly, Continue reading

Hall of Fame

Hello everyone! How has your day been?

I feel that positivity and self determination can get people very far in life. My accelerated  geometry teacher, Mr. Billingsley, always quoted this, “attitude over aptitude.” According to dictionary.com, “attitude” is “manner, disposition, feeling, position, etc., with regard to a person or thing; tendency or orientation, especially of the mind” and “aptitude” is capability; ability; innate or acquired capacity for something; talent; readiness or quickness in learning; intelligence.” I agree with my teacher because a positive attitude and dedication increases your effort in whatever you’re working on. Whenever Mr. Billingsley gave us a math chapter test, we would always groan and say things like, “Well, who’s ready to fail!? There goes my B… At least you have a B…” But he would always cheer us up and play his theme song, which is Hall of Fame by The Script ft. Will.i.am.

Saying things like “I can never get it…it’s too hard…this is too difficult for me…only in my dreams…I give up,” will only hold you back from being awesome. Hopefully this song will help your change those thoughts. Let’s figure out the meaning of “Hall of Fame,” for all those who are in need of encouragement (which is everyone)!
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