The other day my friends and I came up with ways to bond together through sharing music, videos, and games with each other and our friends. Now I thought, how do I bring my community together? Or the entire nation? Okay, the entire nation is a bit of a stretch. But it does bring up an important point: how connected are we? You might say, “Well, with phones with us 24/7 and our data plans, we’re always connected.” I beg to differ though. For instance, you might have 1000 Facebook friends, but perhaps they are people you just met once or people you needed to talk to such as in college or at work. I also remember once how my teacher asked if the students knew their neighbors, and I think most people, including the teacher and me, didn’t have a close bond with their neighbors. The point he was trying to make was that the Mayans or some other, ancient culture in the Americas had a good relationship with their neighbors in the villages and how life had changed over time.
Then I realized, we may know people who live blocks, cities, or even states or countries away from us, but a lot of us don’t even know our next door neighbors.
Last week, there was something that I knew was coming, but due to a variety of factors, I was completely unprepared and failed my task. After that, I was more depressed than I had been in awhile. I also hadn’t felt so stupid in such a long time. I realized that maybe most of us aren’t as prepared as we thought. For instance, many people don’t have a basement, yet a basement is where you’re supposed to go when there is a twister or a tornado. Now it’s fine if there are rarely tornadoes where you reside, but it doesn’t hurt to be safe.
I wonder what’s like to be a storm watcher?
Reading the book Siddhartha, I stumbled upon a quote that said “It seems to me, Govinda, that love is the most important thing in the world.” In this quote Siddhartha, a man who leaves home for spiritual enlightenment, (not Buddha) talks to his friend Govinda in his later years. I liked this quote because it’s true, love does drive a lot of us. Whether it would be love for your friends, family, or boyfriend/girlfriend, it what drives you to have relationships. In the tragedy Romeo and Juliet, Romeo meets Juliet on the balcony even though their families hate each other. This is a perfect example where love beats fear. Love plays other roles also. For example, a student’s love for learning can get him to college or a man’s love for sports can get him the Olympic medal. In history, one important example where love played a big role is when Henry VIII separated from the Roman Catholic Church and created the Anglican Church so he could divorce his wife Catherine of Aragon for Anne Boleyn.
How many wives did he have again?
“I choose a lazy person to do a hard job. Because a lazy person will find an easy way to do it.”-Bill Gates
As a lazy person myself, I feel like I just want to quit life and and to stay in bed all day. The weird thing is, when I have long breaks and have nothing to do I actually want to do something productive. Life in my opinion is too unbalanced, some days I don’t even think there is enough time to do everything and get 8 hours of sleep while some days I feel like I’m in solitary confinement. Other times, I wonder if these problems in my life are just complaints from a spoiled brat. I think in life you should always find something positive to look forward to, or else you will become mentally unhealthy. For example, a kid who only has a bunch of honors/AP classes and nothing else in his life may turn to cheating or even drugs if they are too stressed out and find nothing worth going to school for. Although being a couch potato is unhealthy, so is being a workaholic. As my parents would say sometimes, too much of anything is bad for you, even if it’s good in small amounts. For example, sugar may receive lots of criticism for a variety of health problems, is actually important for your health. More information here.
This is what I feel like in the morning.