Gonna Fly


Has anyone heard of the cliche “Never giving up?” Or something close to that? Well, some people may think cliches are boring and too straight forward to take seriously, but I think that they are the gates to human truth. To “never give up” requires confidence, dedication, and positivity. I mean, who doesn’t want any of these? In class we watch a classic movie called “Rocky” which is about wrestling. I personally don’t like wrestling because of the violence and the blood, but you really got to admire the dedication that wrestlers have to put into their career, no, hobby. They are passionate about winning and fighting. Here’s the song that I’ve chosen for this blog and it came straight from the movie “Rocky,” “Gonna Fly” or also called “Rocky’s Theme.”

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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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I really love this book, “A Tale of Two Cities” by Charles Dickens. There are so many twists to the plot. One of the main characters that impacts the entire French Revolution is Madame Therese Defarge. SPOILER ALERT! If you haven’t read this book yet, I’m going to be revealing a lot of info and if you don’t like spoilers, just read the book : D! Anyways, Madame Defarge’s history is extremely terrible and intense. Madame Defarge is related to the Fates from Greek Mythology because she is always knitting and she records people’s names while she knits. At first, she may seem like the devil who just loves killing and destroying everything. My entire class, including myself, thought that she was a crazy lunatic who just murders everyone she hates, specifically the upper class aristocracy. Later on in the story, her reasons for her anger and massacring actions are revealed. When Doctor Alexandre Manette was younger, he experienced something he will never forget and wrote a journal to document it. While Dr. Manette was walking down the road, he was met by two gentlemen rushing down the road in a carriage. They asked him to check up on other two people and they rushed into a mansion. The first person Dr. Manette was asked to cure was a young lady with a very high fever and wouldn’t stop shrieking and crying. The young lady, who was once very beautiful and was not much past her twenties, had her arms bound to her sides with male clothing and kept wildly repeating, “My husband, my father, and my brother!” Then she counted up to twelve and said, “Hush!” Dr. Manette gave the lady some medicine and calmed her down a little bit. The two gentlemen who picked up Dr. Manette brought him to their next patient, a handsome peasant boy who was around seventeen years old. The resilient boy had a sword-thrust around his heart and was beyond saving. With his life ebbing away, the teenager tells Dr. Manette that the screeching lady was his sister and she was betrothed a good young man. According to the dying boy, his sister got married to the man, but the good man had an extremely detestable brother who admired the wife’s beauty. The evil brother kidnapped the young lady and raped her for his own pleasure and diversion. When the young lady’s father (it would really be helpful if I knew their names Mr. Charles Dickens -_-) heard about his daughter getting raped, his heart burst and was gone. The seventeen year old boy sneaked into the house and tried to kill the man who had raped his sister, but all he earned was a stab near his heart. After the boy died, telling his story to Dr. Manette, Dr. Manette returned to the raped sister who wouldn’t stop screaming and stayed with her for many hours. Once the sister had past away, the people of the mansion wanted to pay Dr. Manette for his services, but he rejected the gold offer. When Dr. Manette returned home, he was met by the wife of the Marquis St. Evremonde, who was guilty of her husband’s actions (killing the teenager and raping his sister) and wanted to take in the second sister, only to find that the second sister was missing or had fled to survive. This younger sister of the raped lady and stabbed teenage boy, was Madame Therese Defarge. Wow…that was a long summary of that section of the book. Now that you know the basics behind the French Revolution and Madame Defarge’s reasons, I will get on with relating this subject to this song: Roar by Katy Perry!

I love both the music video and it’s lyrics a lot! xD Alrighty then, let’s get down to business (To fight…the NOBLES)!

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