This I Believe -:- I am Thankful For

Project Rubric: http://foothilltech.org/ccrouch/rubrics/photo_photo_essay.pdf

 

 

Dan Eldon

Artist – Activist – Adventurer

 

 

Gallery of Images: Dan Eldon

Pages from journal

Multiple Journals

Dan Eldon: Collages 

 

I would like some depth to both your writing and imagery. Doing so requires each student be willing to share personal thoughts and opinions and for the class to create an environment where everyone is comfortable sharing their personal thoughts and experiences. Period 4, please watch the video of me detailing out some of the project’s info.

Final project is a combination of text and images.  20 images total; the amount of text is up to each student to decide.  Some images may only contain a word, or a single line, possibly a paragraph.  The text should add to the strength or understanding of the image, but not be a description of the image.  After listening to the stories, please read the questions posted at the end of the page. Pick one that applies to your life and answer it. Post your response in the comment section below.

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This I Believe

The Real Me

http://www.thisibelieve.org/audio/TIB_Bowman.mp3 I don’t choose to wear makeup. Some people may look at me with disdain, and others wonder why I opt out of such a common practice. I see girls around me with perfect faces, unable to tell that they are covered with the cloudy foundation, and with their eyes painted just right so that I find it easy to look and hard to look away.

The Time to Help Is Now

http://thisibelieve.org/audio/TIB_Zapetis.mp3 Last year my beliefs changed. Until last summer I had a very comfortable life: winter vacations skiing and summer cruises. My parents spent a lot of money on a private prep school, so they could get me into a competitive middle school, followed by the uber-expensive high school.

Being Content with Myself

http://thisibelieve.org/audio/TIB_Majeed.mp3 “Why don’t you ‘act black’?” Since my middle school years, I’ve been asked this question more than any other. It seems to me that too many people have let society program into their brains what should be expected of me, a black person, before ever interacting with me.

Being Yourself

My mother has a unique way of embarrassing her children. Whenever she gets excited about something, she jumps up and down, hopping from one foot to another, waving her arms in the air and shrieking in excitement. We call this the “silly dance.” As her daughter, I find this completely mortifying.

Happiness is a Choice

When we are young children, one of the first lessons we are taught is to “play fair”. We are taught to share and treat others as we would like to be treated, “The Golden Rule”. We then expect that if we treat others fairly, we will be treated fairly.

 

There Is Value in Every Person

When James T. Harris was a young man, he had a summer job as a janitor, cleaning restrooms in local factories. Harris was surprised-and even angry-when people ignored him and made him feel ‘invisible’ because of his uniform and his position.

My Father Told Me I Was Fat

When Cherie Burbach was a young girl, she believed her father’s cruel words defined her, and her only escape from his verbal assaults was to write about her emotions. Now, as an adult, she values her words over her father’s, and she continues to write to express who she is.

Seeing with the Heart

http://thisibelieve.org/audio/TIB_Disney.mp3 Looking at my daughter, the clerk behind the counter asks, “What is she?” Since this is not the first time I have heard this question, the stored-up, smart-aleck answers swirl through my mind. Instead, understanding that I am my daughter’s role model for handling life issues, I stifle the negativity and respond, “She’s beautiful, and smart, and well behaved, too.”

Creative Solutions To Life’s Challenges

http://thisibelieve.org/audio/TIB_Walker2.mp3 I believe that what we often call survival skills is simply creativity at work. When I think about how my mother fed all seven of us, making us think that every day was a “different meal,” I still appreciate how much a creative cook can do with a single potato.

 

 

 

Story on Honor Killing

Facing Death, Afghan Girl Runs To U.S. Military

On suspicion of speaking to a boy by phone, a teenage Afghan girl was threatened with death by her brothers. She fled to a U.S. military base, creating a quandary. If returned home, she faced almost certain death. If the military kept her on the base, the deeply conservative Afghan community would be outraged.

 

Honor Killing article.

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The stories below are from StoryCorp. Here are some details about the program to gain an understanding of what the group is about:

StoryCorps is an independent nonprofit whose mission is to provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share, and preserve the stories of our lives. Since 2003, StoryCorps has collected and archived more than 40,000 interviews from nearly 80,000 participants. Each conversation is recorded on a free CD to share, and is preserved at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. StoryCorps is one of the largest oral history projects of its kind, and millions listen to our weekly broadcasts on NPR’s Morning Edition and on our Listen pages.

We do this to remind one another of our shared humanity, strengthen and build the connections between people, teach the value of listening, and weave into the fabric of our culture the understanding that every life matters. At the same time, we will create an invaluable archive of American voices and wisdom for future generations.

In the coming years we will build StoryCorps into an enduring institution that will touch the lives of every American family.

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This I Believe

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Forgiving my Dad

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About This I Believe:

This I Believe, Inc., was founded in 2004 as an independent, not-for-profit organization that engages youth and adults from all walks of life in writing, sharing, and discussing brief essays about the core values that guide their daily lives.

This I Believe is based on a 1950s radio program of the same name, hosted by acclaimed journalist Edward R. Murrow. Each day, Americans gathered by their radios to hear compelling essays from the likes of Eleanor Roosevelt, Jackie Robinson, Helen Keller, and Harry Truman as well as corporate leaders, cab drivers, scientists, and secretaries—anyone able to distill into a few minutes the guiding principles by which they lived. These essayists’ words brought comfort and inspiration to a country worried about the Cold War, McCarthyism, and racial division.

In reviving This I Believe, executive producer Dan Gediman said, “The goal is not to persuade Americans to agree on the same beliefs. Rather, the hope is to encourage people to begin the much more difficult task of developing respect for beliefs different from their own.”

http://thisibelieve.org/

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Questions

  1. How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?
  2. Which is worse, failing or never trying?
  3. If life is so short, why do we do so many things we don’t like and like so many things we don’t do?
  4. When it’s all said and done, will you have said more than you’ve done?
  5. What is the one thing you’d most like to change about the world?
  6. If happiness was the national currency, what kind of work would make you rich?
  7. Are you doing what you believe in, or are you settling for what you are doing?
  8. If the average human life span was 40 years, how would you live your life differently?
  9. To what degree have you actually controlled the course your life has taken?
  10. Are you more worried about doing things right, or doing the right things?
  11. You’re having lunch with three people you respect and admire. They all start criticizing a close friend of yours, not knowing she is your friend. The criticism is distasteful and unjustified. What do you do?
  12. If you could offer a newborn child only one piece of advice, what would it be?
  13. Would you break the law to save a loved one?
  14. Have you ever seen insanity where you later saw creativity?
  15. What’s something you know you do differently than most people?
  16. How come the things that make you happy don’t make everyone happy?
  17. What one thing have you not done that you really want to do? What’s holding you back?
  18. Are you holding onto something you need to let go of?
  19. If you had to move to a state or country besides the one you currently live in, where would you move and why?
  20. Do you push the elevator button more than once? Do you really believe it makes the elevator faster?
  21. Would you rather be a worried genius or a joyful simpleton?
  22. Why are you, you?
  23. Have you been the kind of friend you want as a friend?
  24. Which is worse, when a good friend moves away, or losing touch with a good friend who lives right near you?
  25. What are you most grateful for?
  26. Would you rather lose all of your old memories, or never be able to make new ones?
  27. Is is possible to know the truth without challenging it first?
  28. Has your greatest fear ever come true?
  29. Do you remember that time 5 years ago when you were extremely upset? Does it really matter now?
  30. What is your happiest childhood memory? What makes it so special?
  31. At what time in your recent past have you felt most passionate and alive?
  32. If not now, then when?
  33. If you haven’t achieved it yet, what do you have to lose?
  34. Have you ever been with someone, said nothing, and walked away feeling like you just had the best conversation ever?
  35. Why do religions that support love cause so many wars?
  36. Is it possible to know, without a doubt, what is good and what is evil?
  37. If you just won a million dollars, would you quit your job?
  38. Would you rather have less work to do, or more work you actually enjoy doing?
  39. Do you feel like you’ve lived this day a hundred times before?
  40. When was the last time you marched into the dark with only the soft glow of an idea you strongly believed in?
  41. If you knew that everyone you know was going to die tomorrow, who would you visit today?
  42. Would you be willing to reduce your life expectancy by 10 years to become extremely attractive or famous?
  43. What is the difference between being alive and truly living?
  44. When is it time to stop calculating risk and rewards, and just go ahead and do what you know is right?
  45. If we learn from our mistakes, why are we always so afraid to make a mistake?
  46. What would you do differently if you knew nobody would judge you?
  47. When was the last time you noticed the sound of your own breathing?
  48. What do you love? Have any of your recent actions openly expressed this love?
  49. In 5 years from now, will you remember what you did yesterday? What about the day before that? Or the day before that?
  50. Decisions are being made right now. The question is: Are you making them for yourself, or are you letting others make them for you?

96 Comments

  1. David Astorga

    If happiness was the national currency, what kind of work would make you rich?

    A: I would think I would follow my life long dream in being a Prosecutor, and I would be happy knowing that I would be putting people who have the potential to harm, or commit another horrible crime. So, I would be happy knowing the world would be a better place with every criminal I put away.

  2. Cameron Ellis

    Has my greatest fear ever come true? It hasn’t yet but it almost did. My greatest fear is drowning. I was at my aunt and uncle’s house and they had a giant jacuzzi/ swimming pool and I didn’t know how to swim. I had to stand on the step where most people would sit to keep my head out of the water. Everybody had gotten out of the pool but, I was still in it and, I tried to swim but, I fell off the step. I don’t know what happened but, I was saved by somebody. I don’t know who it was my dad, mom, uncle, aunt, sister but, I was saved and that’s all I knew, so my greatest fear almost happened but didn’t.

  3. Ryan Mitchell

    If happiness was the national currency, what kind of work would make you rich?

    A: I would persue my lifelong dream to be a producer in a large studio. Because music is great, and is something that can transcend cultures, as well as almost all forms of life respond to music, or sound in general.

    If not now, then when?
    A: Im thinkin’ Arby’s.

  4. Todd Peralta

    25. What are you most grateful for?
    What So grateful for is, my life and how lucky and fortunate I have been to be able to grow up in California one of the nicest states in one of the greatest countries on earth. I have always been fortunate to have a loving family, food on my plate and warm water. Im grateful for the free education I received for the past 12 years and amazing friends I have met these past 12 years. People always complain about living in Ventura and how ugly it is. Ventura is actually a really beautiful place (Photography Shows) and is more safe than other cities in California. I think anyone would be lucky to move, grow up or live here. Its interesting to see people complain about living in such a pretty and nice place. Personally Im extremly thankful for all the people in my life that have helped me through life. Life is hard and people that support you make it easy and more enjoyful. Luckily I have had alot of thos people in my life. In conclusion, I feel that I am extremly lucky and fortunate and alot of things to be greatful for. My life has been easier than others arounf the world and It makes me mad when I see people complain about life, when their lives a perfect. Everyone should be greatful for what they have and have accomplished. I am very thankful.

  5. Jeff Baida

    What are you most grateful for?
    I’m grateful for a loving God that has blessed me with an awesome family that cares for me and disciplines me. They help challenge me and grow me to be the sharpest adolescent individual that I know I can live up to. I know that I have friends, too, that can look out for me and I can come to for any help. I know that these friends would not talk negatively about me when we are having a conversation that only involves us. I’m thankful for an abundance of food, water, clothing, and shelter. These things are vital for life.Last but not least, I’m grateful for a God that has everlasting love and grace to me because I know I’ve screwed up so many times in life and He can wash my sins clean becasue He loves me.

  6. Kylie Valencia

    7. Are you doing what you believe in or are you settling for what you are doing?

  7. Emily Schwerdtfeger

    Question Number Two: Which is worse, failing or never trying?
    Well, to answer that, you must take both into consideration. If you never try, you never know what possibilities you could of made. What doors were left shut and never to be opened because you did not try. On the other hand, if you fail, you have had the chance to try. To do your best, or your worst, but at least with this outcome, you may know what capabilities you have- or don’t.
    Personally, I would much rather fail a hundred times in a row then never try. I believe that in the end, it is what you think of yourself. It is about knowing what you can and cannot do. Knowing that you have tried your best, and even though you may not be contempt with the result, you know it. I think that knowing is by far way better that never knowing.
    Taking chances and knowing my capabilities – to me – is a million times better that stuck always wondering. Say you want to try send in a poem to a contest but don’t think it’s good enough; I would much rather send in and fail and end up knowing how well I did. Or, you really like someone and are shy about expressing your feelings towards them. If you express your feelings towards them, you could end up in a very happy relationship; but on the flip-side you could be sad about them not feeling the same way about you. But this way, knowing how they feel about you won’t leave you wondering and you would now have some sort of motivation about moving on. Either way, taking a chance will always come with consequences, positive or negative. Trying is all about putting yourself out there, no matter then repercussion.

  8. Karina Schink

    25. What are you most greatful for?
    I am most grateful for my mother. For the doctors that saved her life. For my father never leaving her side. For my sister, who stayed up long nights with me until we both fell asleep. For my third grade teacher who took us home every week and offered words of encouragement. I am grateful that my mom beat cancer. I can’t even imagine my life now without my mom. I don’t want to imagine it and thanks to her never ending Hope and Strength, I may never have to. Her battle made our family stronger and complete. It made us cherish everyday and live it as if it were our last. For my mom that was a reality. She had to live everyday as if it were her last because no day is ever guarenteed. It really isn’t for anyone. I’ve lost friends and loved ones from cancer throughout my life and I am grateful that they were able to decide when they wanted to go. My mom decided that she didn’t want to go and I am grateful every morning when I see her at the dining room table drinking coffee or tea. For where would we be without a mother’s love and comforting hug?

  9. Ethan Johnson

    What is the difference between being alive and truly living?

    To be alive is just merely breathing and eating doing the some few things day after day with little variation. To be truly alive is to do the things you love day after day. To experience joy, happiness and adrenaline. To truly live you have to experience things that you want to experience that not everyone does every day. Like sky diving, or rock climbing. Truly living is creating a life full of memories in which you can reflect upon when you are older and laugh or joke about some stupid things you did. When you truly live you make deep memories that will not easily go away. To truly live you must also do things that you don’t do every day. Like going to a theme park or visiting a historical site important to the country or your religion, or just going on vacation to an exotic place to retreat from the world for a few days. You should also try new foods and learn new languages, you should challenge your self daily with tough tasks so that you will learn what to do the next time you come across some thing similar. To truly live you must live life to the extreme.

  10. Sean Maher

    1. What are you most grateful for?
    I am grateful for everything in my life. I live in a nice house, I have food and water, I live in sunny Southern California, I go to a top rated school, I have tons of friends, but what I am most grateful for is my family. When I think about what would really crush me the most if something were to be taken away from me, it would be one of my family members. My mom, dad, and brother always look out for me and encourage me to do my best. My brother has been away at college for the past three years however were still close as ever. If I ever have a question or need help with something in my life, he is always there for me. I am also very close with my parents too. Every night we always try to eat dinner together as a family and talk about our day. It is nice being in a family where I feel close with everyone and we are all comfortable. I am grateful that our whole family sticks together and that we will always be close with each other no matter where we are in our lives.

  11. Carly Bell

    4. What is one thing you would most like to change in the world?

    A. Most people in the world would like to end war or hunger, but I would want to end genetic disorders. Genetic disorders effect pretty much everyone. If you do not have a specific disorder yourself you are most likely a carrier of the disorder. This topic is very important to me because I myself have a genetic disorder that makes my daily life so much harder. As if life was not hard enough try living always monitoring if you consume too much protein or not. I have the genetic disorder called phenylketonuria (PKU) that makes it so I cannot have the amino acid phenylalanine because my body will not convert it to the other amino acid tyrosine. Every day I go though the struggle of monitoring what I eat. You would be surprised at how even junk food and fruits and vegetables have protein in it that I cannot consume. Eating in moderation is bad because you develop a taste for it and want to eat more. The PKU food is so chemically produced that you cannot even stand to eat it. How could anyone live like this and keep their phenylalanine levels down enough to be healthy? Its amost impossible. Eating too much protein has numerous effects on my brain development, could cause seizures (not often), and many other symptoms. Now that I am older it is better but i could have become mentally retarded if this genetic disorder was not found in me at a very young age. I image a world without any genetic disorders. I image my life of how it could have been if I did not have the disorder. Would I have been smarter? Would I have felt healthier then I have my whole life? In the world I would want to change the possibility to even obtain genetic disorders. I know this will never be. Genetics are genetics and there is no changing that but if they did not exist image how many people’s lives would be severely improved because they did not have the various types of disorders that make life a struggle everyday. Life is hard enough.

  12. Dee Lucas

    Which is worse, failing or never trying? The answer to this question is that’s it is worse to never try. For one to not do something because of the fear of what might or might not happen is absurd. Sometimes the journey alone is more rewarding then the actual ending to the trip. When we try to do something we are risking the chance to fail and have it blow up in our face, yet at the same time we are also risking meeting new people, places, food, friends, experiences, flavors, and so much more. Life is made up of choices that we pick or do not pick. For one person to do nothing with their life just because to are scared if they are going to fail do not experience life. When you do try and fail at least you can say to the world and yourself that you tried. It’s a know fact that we learn through our mistakes, and with these mistakes we learn what to do next time so that we don’t fail. When one person sits back and watches the world goes by them to scare to participate because they are scared of failure, is well failure. For a person to experience life to the fullest meant that they have failed multiple times threw out their life. There is not one person in this world that can say that they have lived their life to the fullest without fail at least once in their life. In even some rare cases people defined them selves on their mistakes and failures and are proud of them. What people must learn is that to mess up or make a mistake or to become a failure at one point in time will happen, but it is what we do with these failures that make us who we are. To live we need to fail so that we can succeed.

  13. Antonio Solano

    2. Which is worse, failing or never trying?
    I believe never trying is the worse because if you don’t try something then that may never come again and you wouldn’t be able to say “I tried doing that” or saying “I tried that and I succeeded”. If you try and fail, that’s a good thing because you can say “I tried and gave it my best” or maybe even succeed. It is also good failing because you can learn from your mistakes from failing and then try again and not do the same mistakes as last time. I can relate that to my life because when I was younger I would be scare to do stuff if I knew I was going to fail in doing it. But as I was growing up I learned to try and give it your best and if you fail, it doesn’t matter because you tried and gave it your best.

  14. Kylie Valencia

    7. Are you doing what you believe in or are you settling for what you are doing?

    No, I am not doing what I believe in. I believe in so many good things but I have yet to figure out why I dont do them. I believe in giving people a smile and forgiveness even after they have hurt you. I believe in living in the moment like you’ll die tomorrow. I want happiness every second side by side with adventure. I believe in seeing the best in people no matter how they look or what they have done. I believe in God. He is my savior and I dont think I say it enough, but I love him. He does what is best for people and I stand by that. He gives me love when no one else is there. I believe He will guide all of us to rightouesness. You would never know that about me though if I didnt just type it. Because people would make fun of you if you said it everyday. I should live in the now. I should do the things I believe in. Life is short right? None of these people are going to matter in 5 years right? In highschool all the different groups of people are not going to care about you in 5 years. You are going to just have your family and God. I believe in being kind to all. I believe that everyone has a secret talent. I believe in savoring your favortie dish. I believe there are only two true emotions fear and love. Other emotions branch off those two. I believe you should not have a schedule everyday but enjoy life as it comes to you. Take an adventure in a life you have never known. Share how you feel with a stranger. I believe in taking a chances. Dont be a good person, be a Great person who lives everyday changing lives to make the world better. I believe that one day I will be able to live by these words.

  15. Ashley Patton

    At what time in your recent past have you felt most passionate and alive?

    I do competitive cheerleading and I always feel the most alive when in out on that bouncy floor moving and grooving. This last cheer season we had a lot of problem, girls quite, we changed everything, girls just didn’t show up, lots of problems. Because of these problem and the challenges I wanted challenge my self and be able to show the people out there watching me, filming me, that even after the problems we had to look and be like “wow! Look at her. Look how her and her team moves and to think they only had a few days to learn all this stuff.”
    The music starts I start to shake but the dig sound goes off and I switch in to this mode where I don’t even know I’m moving. The largest smile is placed on my face covered in glitter and make-up and excitement. I’m hitting the motions like never before. My heart is beating to the music to where I can count it and well I am counting making sure I’m on time doing those backhand springs on three, jumps on five, motion on seven. I’m so alive!!! I don’t even notice that the songs almost over and I don’t want it to be. Why would I want this magical feeling this feeling of passion and overwhelming excitement to end? I’m so proud of not only my self but my other team mates. I think to my self that this is the best feeling in the world, that I get to do something I love while having fun and being able to show off my skills to ever one watching, well how could it not be the best feeling in the world. I fell blest that I am able to do my cheer and its something I love to do, it’s my passion! I fell this since of thrill and aliveness when I go out there and just be me and do my thing. I would gladly do cheerleading tell the day I die I want to be that girl know for being super old and just dropping dead on the spring floor. Cheerleading is my passion and when I cheer I am more alive then I could ever be.

  16. Emily Zimmerman

    To what degree have you actually controlled the course your life has taken?
    Each individual should control their own future, make their own decisions, and do what brings them happiness. I always say I am controlling my life, when in reality have been greatly influenced into making decisions as to where my life will lead me. My older sister was always my parent’s favorite, and they keep telling me she is truly the “perfect daughter”. She was Valedictorian at Foothill, an amazing pianist, she was nice and kind to everyone, and anything she did she would do it perfectly. Going into high school I never thought I would be able to live up to the example she set. I didn’t want to take AP and Honors classes, but here I am, taking Honors classes. I haven’t been able to make lots of decisions that I wanted to do, simply because I was trying so hard to be like my sister so that my parents could say the same about me, that I was also their “perfect daughter”. My sister could basically get into any college she wanted and the college she is at now she has a full ride scholarship.
    Even though she is moved out of the house my parents still talk about her non stop and how I should be more like her. However, ever since she left I have realized that I wasn’t taking hard classes because I wanted to, but because I felt like I was in the shadow of my perfect sister. I have learned to accept my failures and realize I am different than my sister, but that is not a bad thing. I haven’t always controlled the course my life has taken, but I have started to take control, and direct my life according to the choices that make me happy and not making choices while living in someone else’s shadow.

  17. Dyan Donovan-Smith

    22.Why are you, you?
    One is my family. I grew up around very good people and very good influences. My uncle and grandpa were both doctors, my moms a teacher and my dad just has a good work ethic. I was also taught good manners by them as well and that has really paid off. I have also had a good mentor, Michele Ashley. He always led my example and did what was right. He was also normally the first to say hi to a total stranger or help someone onto there feet. Having good friends also helps A LOT. My friends Brian Polomariz and Matt Abdala have always been there for me through think and think, and I don’t know where I would be without them. I’ve been lucky to say the least, which helps too.

  18. Alan Vargas

    I think if it’s something I’m sure I don’t want to do or try, I don’t feel any regrets for not doing it…I feel like it would be a waste of time, energy and sometimes money to do it.But I’ve learned to try new things more when I at least have some slight interest in it. That way, if it goes bad, at least I know and I won’t have to wonder any more.But these are for more simple type things. As far as huge, life changing decisions, I tend to stick to what I’m comfortable with, because I know that once I change things, I can’t go back. I’ve never lived outside of my state, and I’m willing to stick with my same job for a very long time, even though it’s not perfect. I’d rather not risk what makes me comfortable just for the chance to get something better.There are many things in life that I have never tried before, nor anything like them, but I’m not ready to say either ‘well I’ll likely fail so just give up’ or ‘yes! I can succeed at everything I put my hand to’ – life is about learning and growing and no matter what your age you will always come across things that you may try at and fail before achieving success. The person who stops trying new things, no matter what their age, is a person who has stopped living.

  19. Emily Turnage

    Are you doing what you believe in, or are you settling for what you are doing?
    No question, I’m settling for what I’m doing. I’m in school. That’s how this entire system works. You go to school for 12-18+ years, doing things you really don’t enjoy all that much, and then you finally get out in the hopes that you can do something that you want to do – which usually doesn’t end up happening anyway. You wind up in a dead end job with no future, trying to make ends meet for your family, and then when you’re 40 you realize your life sucks, but at that point it’s too late to go back, because you’re way too old for school, and besides, who’s going to hire you when there are younger, more qualified candidates applying for every single job you are? As Henry David Thoreau says, “Most men lead lives of quiet desperation.” That’s what we’re all doing. We’re just too absorbed by the monotony of the system to notice we’re unhappy.
    I wish I could say that there’s something I can do. Something that would guarantee that I can do what I believe in – sadly, that’s just not possible. I can just go to college and hope against hope that I can find something that I want to do with the rest of my life that won’t leave me completely unhappy – then again, the chances of that actually happening are pretty slim.

  20. Alan Vargas

    2. Which is worse, failing or never trying?

    I think if it’s something I’m sure I don’t want to do or try, I don’t feel any regrets for not doing it…I feel like it would be a waste of time, energy and sometimes money to do it.But I’ve learned to try new things more when I at least have some slight interest in it. That way, if it goes bad, at least I know and I won’t have to wonder any more.But these are for more simple type things. As far as huge, life changing decisions, I tend to stick to what I’m comfortable with, because I know that once I change things, I can’t go back. I’ve never lived outside of my state, and I’m willing to stick with my same job for a very long time, even though it’s not perfect. I’d rather not risk what makes me comfortable just for the chance to get something better.There are many things in life that I have never tried before, nor anything like them, but I’m not ready to say either ‘well I’ll likely fail so just give up’ or ‘yes! I can succeed at everything I put my hand to’ – life is about learning and growing and no matter what your age you will always come across things that you may try at and fail before achieving success. The person who stops trying new things, no matter what their age, is a person who has stopped living.

  21. Evelin Velazquez

    Q: You’re having lunch with three people you respect and admire. They all start criticizing a close friend of yours, not knowing she is your friend. The criticism is distasteful and unjustified. What do you do?

    A: I would ultimitley with as much respect as possible tell the people to stop talking about my friend or at least not talk about him/her infront of me. And if what they were saying about my friend was unjust and untrue then I would contradict them and tell them the truth as well as tell them that they are no one to judge him/her and to never listen to rumors said about him/her or anyother person. I would defend my friend because if someone was ever talking about me to my close friends I would like them to defend me as well or at least tell me about it later on. “Treat others the way you would want to be treated” is one of my many life mottos that I put into practise everyday or at least whenever it is needed.

  22. Maddi McCarthy

    If happiness was the national currency, what kind of work would make you rich?

    Dance. I have been dancing for about 4 years and was asked to join my studios dance team last year, and I love it. We are all so close and we work really well as a team, I believe the main reason we work well together is because it’s all of our passions. I see my dance instructor more than I see anyone else. I dance everyday straight after school for hours into the night. It is one of the happiest things in my life.

  23. Kendra Cummings

    17.) What one thing have you not done that you really want to do? What’s holding you back?
    I’ve always wanted to just take off by myself or with a friend, live from day to day, going wherever we want, and doing everything we want. The fact that I’m under 18, have yet to finish high school, and my family are the only things keeping me from leaving.

  24. Paul Stockdill

    How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are? Far too often, people let their senses of age and time interfere with their lives. Days, weeks, months, and years are all just man made devices to help people realize how many moments have passed. In reality, no one can count the moments that have gone by, because everyone experiences the moments important to them in a different way. Personally, I would prefer to be a part of a community where time is not measured so closely to allow for each person to develop at the rate right for themselves.
    As a society, we like to set limits on things. The age for voting, drinking, driving, and marriage all have restrictions. The truth is that some 19 year olds are not ready to drive and some 15 year olds are. Some 26 year olds should not be committing their life to a marriage, and some 18 year olds may be making the best decision of their life. If we did not measure the time that had elapsed between birth and someone’s current state, there would be different ways of determining if someone was ready to get a license or vote or smoke. Individual readiness to become a part of the adult world would be a better system. If this was done on a case by case basis instead of a preset, made up time, society would improve. If people didn’t know how old they were, they could escape the trap of trying to make others perceive them as the age that they are. Instead of people trying to act mature when they are not, each person would act in the way they saw fit.
    It would be impossible however, to completely lose a sense of time. People would know was born first and still have a rough estimate of how far apart two people are. However, each time two new people met, judgments on age would be made completely on appearance and attitude. This would allow for a more natural interaction between people that is not muddied by age differences. It is ok for a 15 year old to teach a 40 year old and it would be a more common occurrence if age did not cause prejudices before they met. Although it is impossible to tell, I can say with confidence that each person’s life would be vastly different if they were unaware of their age. People will make the excuse that they are too old or too young and inexperienced to do something, but this just leads to self deception and wasted potential. Age is not important.

  25. David Birdwell

    Our Life: The Elevator
    This phenomenon seems to capture the essence of the society we live in. Don’t we all know pressing it more than once doesn’t get you to where you are going any faster? As everything in life is so relative, the similarities and applications are abundant. Patience. Sometimes all you can do is wait. Often, it is the better option. Why not enjoy a moment of relaxation as you go from floor one, to floor two? That seems to be a better way to spend our precious time. Perhaps the depth of the metaphors is endless. Does pressing the button more than once give us a feeling that we have more purpose? That we have importance to where we are in such a hurry to get? Or does it make us feel as though we are doing all we can to get to the place we are going as fast as possible? So that we can justify it to ourselves that we did all we could to not be late. Or maybe, like too many other things in this crazy life, we read too much into an elevator button. Maybe it’s just a button; maybe, in reality, pressing it more actually does make it go faster. But we wont ever know will we? Until we meet the one who makes it.

  26. Richie Mangum

    50. – Just myself.. Mostly.. So I really have to start realizing that it is really in my own two hands.. And what I do now is going to affect what and who I will be…

  27. Kyrstin Bouchard

    1. If you didn’t know how old you were, then age wouldn’t matter. Live as whatever age you believe you are or would like to be and just take in life to the fullest extent for as long as you can. Nothing should matter anymore because you never know how much time you have. Just put on a smile and achieve everything you’ve ever wanted to. When age limits you to what you are doing in life, that is the worst feeling in the world. Never believe your too old or too young, your dreams are yours so go grab them and take them in.

  28. Matt Cook

    At what time in your recent past have you felt most passionate and alive?

    In my recent past the last time I felt the most passionate and alive was when I was playing volleyball. Really any time I get to go play volleyball weather its a game or even practice I am extremely passionate about it. When I’m out on the court nothing else matters, not school or family or anything. I see only the ball and where to be on the court next. My passion for the game is so intense that others around me don’t know how to react to it. Every time I set foot on the court I have the focus and drive to try to be the best that I can be, and when I fall short of the best my passion comes out even more. I put my whole heart on the court when I play this game and I know its just a game but I love it. My last game was bitter sweet because it was my last home game at Ventura High but I knew that I was closer to being able to go play in college. And to play in college, for the college of my dreams, will be extraordinary. I’ve been dreaming to play on the court of the college I am going to attend. To be representing the team and the school in every game I get to play. Even just to practice there is going to be great. I have tons of passion for this game, so much so that I have almost cried on the court because I put all I had into the match.

  29. Marnie Vaughan

    What is the difference between being alive ad truly living?

    Being alive is mundane. Being alive is going through monotonous motions day after day, and changing nothing. Being alive is breathing in Oxygen, exhaling carbon dioxide, and paying taxes. But truly living is something that every soul yearns to experience. Truly living is taking risks, falling in love, experiencing suffering and hardship. Truly living is living your life while knowing that you have something worth living for. It is scary and unknown, but it’s the only one we have. I hope to grow old, look back on my life, and be able to tell myself that I truly lived: that I met the people I wanted to meet, did all of the things on my bucket list, and visited every place on the globe. I want to look back and realize that I lived a life worth living.

  30. Lidia Vences

    Are you holding onto something you need to let go of?

    i think i hold on too things for far too long. If someone says/does something bad to me i remember it and keep replaying it over and over in my head. i dont think i hold a grudge. its just that i remember it. thats one of my major defects. that i dont let things go of things that dont even matter anymore. you cant control what people say/do and not everyone is going to be nice like you expect them to. i think eventually i will let things go. Since it feels like a burden i think that everyone holds on to things that were painful to hear.

  31. Brittney Petersen

    If you just won a million dollars, would you quit your job?

    In the future, if I won a million dollars there would be hundreds of things I could do. Buy a house, go to Hawaii, get a new car, get a make over, and so many more. But I know the one thing I wouldn’t do is quit my job. I believe that when you are employed you should be doing something you love. I want to work in criminal justice because that is something that would make me happy, knowing that I can help make the world a safer place. Why would you want to stop doing something you love for a portion of money, and a retirement? I believe as humans we need to work, we need to be active and constantly doing something, it is our nature. So if you won a million dollars, yes you would be rich, and you could buy as many things as you want, but I believe that what makes you happy as a person, is doing something that you love. Retiring and spending all your money is not something I would love, it is something that I would like and would enjoy, but in the long run it would not make me happier than waking up everyday knowing I get to go do something I love.

  32. Kalin Moore

    One thing I would like to change in this world is war. War is everywhere, personal, emotional, against yourself, against a country, or against another person. When we can’t compromise on an agreement or disagree on a person, or event, then we tend to become angry, and hold a grudge of tension inside our selves, thus causing a war between two people. On a larger scale, third world countries are constantly a war with each other, fighting, shooting and killing, and how do we resolve the killing? With more killing! We consistently shoot, kill, stab, and hurt each other in countries. Too many lives have been lost, and continue to grow as time goes by. I would want war to end, and come to some sort of compromise, between each other, no matter the distance.

  33. Ailene Lee

    Decisions are being made right now. The question is: Are you making them for yourself, or are you letting others make them for you?

    Right now I am in a situation where I either choose to stay in my comfort zone or go out and venture the world. Although going out and venturing the world seems like the best decision but the thought of leaving behind friends, school, dancing, piano, and my extended family is a bit too much. So I have been going around asking family members, church pastors, and friends what I should do. Most of them say to stay but others say to go. I realize I have never put my thoughts or opinons into it. I’ve been letting other people decide for me. If I could split in half and have one of me move and the other one stay, I would. But now I’m thinking about family because I believe that is the most important thing this world has to offer. They’re the ones that live with you all the way up to age 18 and every year is filled with love, hate, arguments, smiles, laughs, tears, memories. Right now, my life’s a blur. School’s ending and the CSTs just started, but truthfully, I have definitely given this idea a lot of thought and I think that God is giving me a chance to be with my family together as a whole. I will definitely remember all these decisions I made to have this wonderful life I’ve led, but now it’s time to take a new path and make more decisions that will make my life that much better.

  34. malia garibay

    I’d like to think of my self as a collage I represent little pieces of every person that has touched my life in one way or another , I think that’s what makes me , me . the people around me and the memories shape the girl I am today , every memory has taught me some sort of lesson whether its small or big Im like a sponge soaking up all the memories that come my way the more I have the more different I become , the more memories the more I learn . so all and I believe I am a collaboration of all the things in my life , I believe that’s what makes me , me .

  35. Eryk Vaughn

    Q:Why do religions that support love cause so many wars?

    A: I Belive that religion is misunderstood and that religion in its purist form is a great thing for a society because it teachs love and peace to all, but man interpitation thinks that violences is the only way to show that they are the right religion, show power, or to commite a crime and blame it on religion. The only reson peace loving religons cause war is because mans interpretation is thrown in there, man in its self is a vilonent creature we kill, hurt, and abuse each other and the world, other wise religon is not vilont in its self unless it was made like that.

  36. Lauren Pedersen

    “Life is short.” That’s what people always say. But is it really? Is the average 70 or so years we are granted to spend on this earth too short to make the mark we want on society? Is it too short to achieve what we want to? People always say that there is not enough time in the day, that they wish they had just a few more minutes, hours, days, weeks, years. But honestly, when you think about it, is there really not enough time? What if we spent our time wisely, didn’t waste it on the unimportant stuff, maybe then we would realize we had just the right amount of time? Maybe then, when we do things the right way, and take time to enjoy, cherish, and absorb the world around us, instead of running around making ourselves busier than need be, we would realize that in reality, we have plenty of time? Time to love and care. Time to explore and find adventure. Time to appreciate the wonderfully and beautifully created world that we live in. I know I cant criticize, because I too am one of these people who long for just a little bit longer, but maybe its time I stop being one of these people. We have one life. And if we live it right, one life should be enough. Is it really fair to complain about lack of time, when in fact, we spend hours a day watching TV, aimlessly searching through Facebook, Twitter, or Tumblr. These things don’t even matter. So maybe its not the lack of time that’s the problem, it’s the way we spend our time that is given to us. I don’t know, maybe I’m just over thinking it, but then again, maybe not. Who knows. I guess it all comes down to one fact and one question. You have one life, a limited amount of time on earth. How are YOU going to spend it?

  37. Sarah Douglas

    1. How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?
    I think my age would probably change depending on the mood I’m in. But majority of the time, I feel like I would be 18. I think I’d be 18 because I can be serious and up-tight at times as well as really boring; but other times I’m care-free, immature, and a crazy teenager. I feel like we have to grow up faster these days and that teens are more stressed than their parents were at this time in their lives. I definitely have moments like this, but then I remember that I am a teenager and am only one for so long, so I try to have as much fun as I can while still thinking about my future. I feel like that’s how some 18 year olds think, but I’m not completely sure.

  38. Jacob Brown

    # 49 In 5 years from now, will you remember what you did yesterday? What about the day before that? Or the day before that?
    It seems to me that the problem is that I won’t remember any of these days 5 years from now. Even right now only a few days later it’s a challenge to remember anything interesting that happened recently. I believe that I need to start doing things that will make memories that last 50 years. Things that are not only memories for me but more for the people I have affected. About 3 winters ago my family went to Shasta for Christmas. My aunt and uncle were also there along with my grandparents. While we were there we stayed in a small hotel near a ski resort so obviously we went skiing. I had only gone once before when I was 7 so I really had no skill at all. My aunt though lives in northern California and she goes snowboarding as much as possible. I decided to attempt snowboarding and my aunt offered to help me learn. So, for nearly the entire trip she went out with me on the green slopes. She lost the opportunity to spend time on the double black diamond slopes that she loves to go on, but she helped me improve enough to go on the blue slopes with ease. I will never forget this experience and will be able to use this skill for many years to come. I want to spend my time doing things like this, I want to leave an good impression in someone’s life that they will never forget.

  39. Lorrie Lynn

    Why are you, you?

    I am the person I am today because of my mom. It’s funny, because we don’t agree on so many things and yet we are still so similar. She’s cautious, easily worried, passionate, realistic, as ‘type a’ as it gets, controlling, competitive, stubborn, unhealthily empathetic, scared. I know these things because I am the same way, and I have learned from the best. I’ve spent so much of my life trying to be the opposite of these things, and in the process I’ve driven myself to be them. Our only differences are her introverted nature and my other end of the spectrum extroverted, and her passion for food and cooking while food to me is just another thing we need to deal with. These differences have played a huge role in both of our lives, and have driven us to be blinded to our similarities on many occasions. Neither of us are good with expressing emotions; we hugged a month ago for the first time in years. You probably think this is really weird and maybe sad, but I don’t think it’s an awful thing. We understand each other like no one else, and we keep each other in check. We appreciate each other, and we often joke there is probably no one else on earth as crazy as us. It’s probably true. People debate over the nature vs. nurture question, but I am without a doubt a product of nurture. I can’t imagine the person I would be without my mom, and though sometime I don’t like that person, I’ve grown to appreciate her and love my mom for the better because of it.

  40. Victoria Bonds

    You are alive. You have the ability to breath, to think, to live. To live is far, far more than just simply exist, it is taking the conscious choice to make a difference in this world. Without leaving your indelible footprint on this world you are you just a waste of space, a warm body. Truly living means you are not a waste of atoms and DNA. Now is the time to make your life worth while. When the time comes to leave this world and you ask yourself “was my life worth it?” the answer should be without a doubt yes.

  41. Tyler Cobian

    When it is time to stop calculating risk and rewards, and just go ahead and do what you know is right?
    -It is time to stop calculating the risk and rewards when you have placed your self in a seething tide with the wall approaching. You think in your head I could get pounded, get stuck in the inside mush pool while I get pounded again. Yet my gut screams this is perfect this is what you’ve been waiting for this is what you love. The wall is upon you now, you feel your self start to rise, whip around and dedicate you body and soul into four paddles, and you feel your self glide and know you have connected with the wave. This is the most crucial point the utter commitment to the wave if your not committed you will get punished. This is where you stop calculating the risk and commit yourself to these next ten seconds of your life and then you drop, your work has paid off and you are gliding smoothly down the face. This is the time to stop calculating the risk and do what you know is right.

  42. Michael Stancil

    Do you remember that time 5 years ago when you were extremely upset? Does it really matter now?
    What happened 5 years ago has truly changed me as a person overall.
    I will write more details on a paper and let you see it later. I would prefer to keep this private.

  43. Athena De La Cruz

    3. If life is so short, why do we do so many things we don’t like and like so many things we don’t do?

    People always want more than what they have. No one can be truly satisfied with what is right in front of them. Let’s face it, we all can’t be Gandhi or Mother Theresa. It’s human nature to see something we like and automatically feel like we need it. In all honesty, most people have too much. They posses too many things, we make too much waste, and we don’t know when to stop. I have to admit that I am one of these people. No material thing can satisfy me. We always seem to think, “Oh, if I have this thing in my possession people will like me better or I’ll be happy.” In reality, it’s just like the saying “Money can’t buy happiness.” This stands true. It doesn’t matter how much money you have, how many clothes you have in your closet, or how new or expensive your phone is. It won’t make you a better person. These things are just luxuries and we take them for granted. Just because we live in a wealthy country that is doing fairly well we expect that we deserve the best of the best. I’ve seen this in my younger sister. She may be only 13 so she still has her whole life ahead of her but she thinks she needs everything. She has more clothes than I do, all of which are extremely expensive name-brands, and she still wants more. All she does is want. She never stops to think about how lucky she is that she was born into a middle-class family in America. I try to remind her that there are people in other parts of the world, even right here in Ventura, that are living on the streets with just one pair of pants and their shirt on their back. She needs to open her eyes and realize that the reason she has all of this is just luck. It was lucky she was born here and not somewhere else but she can’t see that, no matter how many times I tell her. I believe that we do so many things we don’t like because it’s an opportunity to learn. We learn things everyday and we’ll never stop up until the day we die.

  44. Sadie Stanton

    When was the last time you noticed the sound of your own breathing? This question has never entered my mind. I don’t remember the last time I heard my body pumping life in and out, in and out. Maybe it was the last time I couldn’t find sleep, or when my mind wouldn’t stop going through all the events of that day. I don’t know. My breath, my breath is the elixir of life and living. All its tiny molecules, all stuck together, flowing in and threw and out and around my body, lungs, blood, everything. I feel like a child when I press my hands to by belly, feeling it being filled with this life, using it up, and releasing the dirt and toxins that have no place in me. At night when I was young, my mom would ease my mind and spirit with the explanation and power that my breath had on me. The subtle intake and outtake of life and relaxation calmed my still hyper moving body from the top of my head down to the tips of my toes. Life is the most important thing of my being and existence. I value it more than I should. The feeling of fresh life being sucked into my lungs makes me even more thankful for being blessed with this precious gift that can so easily be taken away. The next time I find myself searching and grasping for sleep in the empty space above my head, I’ll feel my breath settling my soul and spirit.

  45. keanna sandoval

    Why do religions that support love cause so many wars?

    There are so many religions in the world. they all believe in a higher power. I believe in Jesus and I live my life for Jesus daily. It is not some religious activity I participate on Sunday mornings with my church family; this is my life and who I truely am. I’ve been to about five different churches my entire life. before settling into the one I am currently at, The City Church. I did realize that people waste thier time arguing and fighting over these so called religions. I began to realize over a year ago, that religions tend to do so because they do not show the action of love, they just say it. Speaking and actions are completey different. In the Bible, it says to do unto others, not just preach it. We hear one thing and do another. No matter what people believe in, we are to show love unto eachother.
    Our generation is a selfish world. We do more for ourselves then for others, especially in the economy. I truely believe many do not understand the true concept of love.

  46. Ella Rae Svete

    Most people, especially teenagers, are afraid to make mistakes. Mostly when it comes to answering a question. We always have so much pressure on us to get the right answer right then and there. We are constantly tested on our knowledge and I thin that we become afraid that if we don’t bubble in one of those tiny little bubbles, our lives will change forever. Nowadays if we don’t make money, know the answer to everything, and become well known our life will be nothing. I am afraid to make mistakes. If we get caught doing something bad then we will get in trouble, no one likes to get in trouble. Schools and parents threaten us by expelling us if we do something wrong, even if it is a silly mistake that everyone makes. I don’t think they take into consideration that we can learn from those mistakes. We won’t grow up if we don’t explore and experience life. Mistakes should be taken as a positive thing, not a negative thing. However, it is different if the mistakes turn into habits, that is a different story. People seem to be afraid of making mistakes because there is too much pressure, and it considered to be embarrassing if we get the question wrong. But really, everyone should be embarrassed that they didn’t have enough courage to ask the question, for their own benefit. It’s silly.

  47. Jordany

    if i were pick to either be stressful genius or a passionate simplest? i think i would pick a little bit of both. Because being stressed out all the time it isn’t very healthy, but being happy all the time can become boring and be equal as being stressed out all the time. therefore i think i would like to be a little bit of both so i would get bored of either one of them. have a balance life 4 hours of stress and 4 hours of partying it can work out to be a decent life.

  48. Michael Morales

    If you could offer a newborn child only one piece of advice, what would it be?

    Over the years, I have received plenty of advice from my close relatives and friends. Usually all with the same message: Stay true to yourself. Now from my short existence here on earth, I cannot make a similar inquiry. As we grow, we experience new things, travel to different places, and are inspired by the outmost strangest of things. Similar to getting up in the morning, it is hard to tell if you are presentable or not until you look in a mirror. Our peers, strangers, relatives, and friends are that mirror in which we are able to see ourselves. So I would say to that newborn baby, who probably won’t even remember my face, to stay true to Others, rather than yourself.

  49. Emanuel Cardona

    26. Would you rather lose all of your old memories, or never be able to make new ones?
    I think if I had to choose either to lose all my old memories or never be able to make new ones I would choose to never be able to make new memories. I choose this because old memories are stored in your brain for a reason, that reason either being that they have emotional value to them or because they’re important to you. Some of my old memories that I would like to never forget are ones from my early childhood. I wouldn’t want to forget the days I spent hanging out with both my older and younger cousins, or the memories of spending holidays with all my friends and family. I also don’t want to forget my old memories because they contain important information, like mistakes. If you have memories of mistakes that you made when you were younger then you know what not to do to make those mistakes again and avoid getting in trouble, getting hurt or embarrassing yourself. I wouldn’t want to forget old memories because they could contain some source of happiness. Memories can also contain pain but we choose to keeps these rather than erase them because when we think of them, if we choose to, it makes us think of the greater things in life like making your life worth living or appreciating the people you share your days with.

  50. Kristen Kanatzar

    10) Are you more worried about doing things right, or doing the right things?
    I always strive for perfection, but I know perfection is never possible. So although I try, I never achieve. Doing the right thing is much more important to me than being perfect with everything. Take for example school. If someone got perfect scores and grades on everything, but never did their own work and just copied their way through life, is it worth it? You gain nothing and never learn how to do things on your own. But if someone tries their absolute hardest and doesn’t get perfect grades, that is so much more honerable and worthy then cheating through everything in life. So doing the right thing, to me at least, is much more important than doing everything right.

  51. Connor Smith

    28. Has your greatest fear ever come true? The greatest fear for me would’ve been to lose a parent, and that fear came true. I was in the 7th grade, when my dad got leukemia cancer. The fears swirled throughout my head and they consisted of was he going to survive and make it through it, if he did how long would he have to life and what my life would be like if he did pass away. My dad was in law school, and had wanted to be a lawyer ever since he was a kid. After years upon years of going to law school and studying to take the baby bar/bar exam and attend nightly classes, he finally was nearing the end of his law school career and the light at the end of the tunnel of the start of his new career of being a lawyer was nearing fast. What hurt me the most was having my dad be a month off of being a lawyer, his life long dream, and having to see him pass away right before my eyes. One of the hardest things still for me today, is having to bring it up to people who don’t know that he passed away. The reason being is because there never is really a great time to tell someone, and when you do, their reactions are either helping to me, or non-beneficial.

  52. Kevin Kunes

    #1 I can’t say that age is proportionate to wisdom. Not even generally. While it’s true the appropriate response to calamity is to seek out the counsel of those who have already faced that particular challenge, I find this is not the general rule. One would think that life itself is a challenge; therefore the more life one has behind them the better the advice and the greater the wisdom. Not so.

    “Experience is the Mother of Illusion”. I think Immanuel Kant said that. I increasingly think that it is true. A child unloved year after year will firmly and venomously assert that they are unlovable. Be disappointed by what people call the “best burger in town” enough times, and you may stop believing that good burgers exist. A fisherman who wakes up to a flat horizon may reasonably conclude the earth is flat. A child who crosses the street multiple times without injury may believe that it is not a “really” dangerous action. The smoke and mirrors of the magician do not create illusion unless they remind us of what would make sense based on experience. Sawing a lady in half is not impressive if you don’t know what hardware usually does when passing through a solid object. The illusion of cutting some one in half would not be possible. You wouldn’t believe her severed unless you saw it plainly.

    With age comes convictions assumptions and pretentiousness. Those are not things that can happen as one grows older. Those are things that will happen unless measures are taken to prevent them.

    Anyway, the point is this. I’m trying my best to be eleven years old for the rest of my life. Young enough to trust people but old enough to hold some skepticism. Young enough to get caught in flights of fanciful imaginative hopes but old enough to understand Santa Clause wasn’t real and that my firmest beliefs could be all lies.

    Even now I trust eleven year olds more than any other age group about most things. They are articulate and reasonable without being tainted by pessimism, pragmatism, nihilism, optimism, or any –ism for that matter. They are able to look at things reasonably with out being distracted by any of the details or nuances of an issue. They are most human. I trust eleven year olds for much the same reason one trusts a jury of non specialized peers over a group of lawyers.

  53. Memo Mederos

    21.Would you rather be a worried genius or a joyful simpleton?
    In the case of the question I would much rather live the life of a joyful simpleton than that of a worried genius. Although it is what many strive for, knowledge has its consequences. The greates of minds have the best information to living. They will know how to make money, how to live comfortably or extravagant, how to take advantage of many things but, they live in a world of stress, anxiety and worry. The genius will be informed of everything and will know most of the sad truths to the world and become depressed. While the simpleton will be happy with the simplest things in life. The smell of an apple, the feel of ones bed sheets right before they slip away to dreamland and the warm touch of the morning after a good nights sleep. They appreciate the small things in life and don’t take them for granted as many do. In my case, however, I would much prefer to be somewhat of a genius who constantly lies to himself about the truth to be happy. Who can know what is the truth to try and help but yet can check himself into the happy joyful thoughts right as he slips into those dream sheets.

  54. Janile Dabbous

    Are you holding onto something you need to let go of?
    I hold on to a lot of things that’s why I try to push myself away from people. I simply just hate to face the facts, but they’re always there and I just have to learn to let it go. Five years ago, when I was ten, my parents had to go to a wedding and me and my brother had to stay with my grandma and aunt. I always used to hate going to their house, which I hate myself for. Anyways, my brother and I were sitting on the ground and watching TV when I hear my aunt’s high pitched scream. I was shocked and didn’t understand what happened, but when I finally got the clue I ran to get the phone and called 911 the operator told me to do CPR and she guided me through the steps, but it didn’t work. My grandma that has been in my life since I was born was gone and I couldn’t help but feel it was partly my fault. I thought it was my fault for not being fast enough or doing CPR right. I still can’t let go of her. Five years wasn’t enough to close the wound and I don’t think five more will make a difference. I still remember the night like it was yesterday.

  55. James Robinett

    Would you rather be a worried genius or a joyful simpleton?

    Some say that ignorance is bliss; and in some cases ignorance is indeed bliss. However, blissful ignorance can only lead to the downfall of a society. Ignorance leads to this, because as a society, people must know the truth that guides their lives. If world leaders remained ignorant of major issues, they would be void of stress, but at the cost of these issues coming back to them with dire consequences. Also, being well informed and aware of the world around you allows you to react to problems that a joyful simpleton would unknowingly let pass over their heads. Without worried genius’, people could very well be non-existent today due to their own ignorance. For these reasons, I would rather be a worried genius than a joyful simpleton.

  56. Christopher Hanna, Period 1

    Q29: Do you remember that time 5 years ago when you were extremely upset? Does it really matter now?
    A: Five years ago, I was riding down a really steep street on my bike, and all of a sudden, a car came out of nowhere & hit me rather hard. When I came to, my bike was stolen, and I had to walk home with a bloody body. As I arrived home, I noticed that none of my family was there & all the doors were locked. Since i had no phone, I had to wait out in the cold evening weather for 3 hours, because none of the neighbors that had my house key were available. When my mom came home, she was shocked at my condition, & she took me to the hospital. As it turns out, I had received a concussion and 2 of the bones in my left leg were fractured, as well as a broken rib. The doctor said that I probably should have worn a helmet, and I told him that it got too small for me & I was meaning to get a new one. Point is, I was VERY upset then, and I will forever have difficulty with math because of the concussion. So yes, I am still upset about what happened 5 years ago. Thanks for making me relive that horrible experience. 

  57. Sage Fazzone

    What is your happiest childhood memory? What makes it so special?

    I have so many childhood memories from staying at home, to going to a softball game, family trip or even Disneyland! But my happiest and most favorite memory was in 2004 when I was 8 years old. I entered my most valuable Disney pins that I had been collecting for four years at that time into the Ventura County Fair. I entered into the Youth 1 division even though I wanted to try in the adults! The day after the judges looked around the room and chose winners I walked up to everyone else’s case and saw all the blue ribbons for first and some red ones for second! Then I came to mine and I had one of those nice try ribbons. I know what you’re thinking but I was still happy because I tried! But when I went back that night to show my grandma I had a big plaque and a blue ribbon and a best of division ribbon! We asked the people who worked there and they said,
    “We thought that was an adults case and it wasn’t impressive for an adult. Then we walked around again and realized it was for an 8 year old and we were astonished! Best of show for sure!”
    I could barely breathe! I will never forget how special that moment was to me because something I liked to do and collect others liked too! Everyone walked pass my pins and their mouths dropped! I felt like a celebrity and all I did was put some Disney pins in a case for a week at a fair! I will never forget that day for as long as I live!

  58. Emily Graves

    #18. Are you holding on to something you need to let go of?

    Well yes, isn’t everyone? When talking with others about their attachments I usually find that the answer is “my old baby blanket” or “my favorite jeans that are getting too small,” these answers help me realize that I’m a tad different. I am often seen wearing the same exact necklace everyday…only; I’ve been wearing it since I was about five.
    I am asked frequently why I wear it every day or if there is a bigger meaning behind it. I think back to my childhood trying to remember if someone special gave it me or if it has a special life before it was given to me, but my mind draws a blank. I look at myself with it now and don’t see it as something separate, it is part of me, and I look strange without it. Occasionally when I do remove it, I see a 25 cent piece of plastic, something I could have and probably should have ditched years ago. Maybe I’m hooked because I’m afraid that if I let go I will lose all the memories associated with it. I have lost it a countless number of times, yet it always seems to be found and placed back around my neck where it belongs. For the past couple years now, even my volleyball coach has made a few comments and even believes I play differently without it. As my childhood comes to an end and I finish high school I will take it off and become part of the “real world,” but I will look back often seeing my smiling face in many different places, one thing will have stayed the same, I will have faded black piece of plastic around my neck and I will be remembered because of it. As time passes, I will continue to wonder what life may have been like if I hadn’t let it go.

  59. Justin Alvarado

    #7.Are you doing what you believe in, or are you settling for what you are doing?

    I am living in what I believe in. I believe in living each day like it’s your last, live without regret. I believe in being an individual. I believe in being happy. Because this is my life and I’m going to live it how I wish. I never choose to settle. Settling is giving up and not pushing for the happiest I can be. I would take death tomorrow without a fight, knowing I was happy today. I strive every day to be happy. ‘Cause really what’s a life living if you’re not happy? In my eyes; not one worth living. So yes, I am doing what I believe in. I don’t settle.

  60. Ana Barnaby

    # 22 Why are you, you?
    I am who I am because of my friends and my passion for dance. Without all of my friends I would have no one to turn to no one to express my thoughts to. My friends are my life and soul. They are my reason to be happy every single day because I know they will always be there for me. I used to be a very shy person but ever since I had more friends, the more I opened up. Now I am a peppy, loud and cheerful person. Without my friends I think I would still be that shy girl sitting next to you. Then with dance, it allows be to express my feelings through every move. Being able to release all my bad thoughts into the air to fly away. With my friends and dance it helps me be free and be cheerful about life.

  61. Jeff Longo

    #39. Do you feel like you’ve lived this day a hundred times before?
    Yes, I really feel like I’ve lived the same day over and over again. Every day is the same and the worst part is that I don’t care yet. My childhood is fading away and it is nearly over yet I feel like I’ve done nothing. When people ask me, “What is your favorite childhood memory?” A lot of the time I have to think that through for awhile. Many people can quickly think of their favorite right off the top of their head, but for myself, I don’t have that many great memories. I really need to start living more, and do things outside of my comfort zone. It’s not okay to just be content. What I would like to do is to focus on the daily things that I take for granted and really learn to appreciate all the small things that make my life content. For instance, I am lucky to have food when I wake up and when I get home. I am lucky to have plenty of clothes. Hopefully I can make each day unique before I am out of time.

  62. Saad Fakhouri

    27. Is it possible to know the truth without challenging it first?

    No, we can’t know anything at all without challenging it. Therefore we shall not believe anything if we can’t come up with a counter example. We need to learn to think for ourselves. Not everything is sugar coated for us, the truth hurts, and words bleed. By saying that I mean that words are alive, and even if they look good when they’re laid out on the table, we have to look past the view. We can’t just believe everything we hear. The truth will always be around us, but if we can’t distinguish it for ourselves, the truth could just be a common lie.
    Is everything we see everyday real? How do we know that everything we learn in school is real? We must learn to fight, and think for ourselves. Learn the truth for ourselves and learn of revolution before we accept the way we live.
    Always challenge everything that is given to us.

  63. Mariela Camacho

    I couldn’t pick one so I chose two since they seam to have the same answer. 48.What do you love? Have any of your recent actions openly expressed this love? 18.Are you holding onto something you need to let go of? And I am. I don’t think that I need to let go, but everyone else is telling me to and I don’t want to let go. Rose said she’d never let go and she did and I don’t want to lie like that. I promised a long time I wouldn’t let go no matter what and I don’t want to lie. There is still a little bit of hope in me that he’ll remember what he promised too and even though everyone says that I have to let go I can’t, I want to but I can’t. Even if I do there will still always be that spark of hope, that little glimmer of a dream that maybe just maybe one day everything will be back to the way things used to be. And none of my recent actions have expressed this love, if anything they seam to be doing the opposite even though I don’t want them to. I wish I could express it openly ,but that seams to just make a lot of people angry. I wish I could express my feelings I wish I could let go, but and the moment I’m just stuck like this.

  64. Brad Bell

    Response to #3: Life is indeed very short, allowing for humans to accomplish only a handful of achievements before death. This being common knowledge, why is it that most people accept their lives and don’t make any changes even when they are miserable? The fact of the matter is that society and the realities of life either restrict us from our goals or make us too afraid to go for them. We are required to do many things and have responsibilities that get in the way of total happiness. It is important to remember that you only live once and that you have to seize the day and do the things that make you happy. Many people don’t do the things they love or want to try because they put it off, thinking there will always be more time, but as you grow older, the reality hits you that you have no more time to do the things you always wanted. We have to do the things we don’t like to do in order to survive in today’s society, and this leaves us very little opportunity to shoot for our dreams. Also, people may be afraid that they may fail and have nothing to fall back on if they never work hard and do the things they don’t like doing.

  65. Clare Riley

    32. If not now, then when?
    If not now, then probably never. I need to tell them how I really feel about it. Subtlety is not my strong suite so it’s not like everyone doesn’t already know anyway. Every time I resolve to say something, the words get stuck in my throat and won’t come out. I’m petrified of friendships changing for the worse. My words will either make things a hundred times better or make the situation stiff and uncomfortable. The thought of losing our friendship may be too much. I’ll probably regret never speaking up and forever wonder what could have happened if I spoke my mind. I could say that I’ll speak up tomorrow, but that would be lie.

  66. Tyhler Kohn Gallardo

    I decided to do question number 37: 37.If you just won a million dollars, would you quit your job?
    If someone was just to come up to me and offer my a million dollars, of course I would take it, but if I had a job I wouldnt just quit because I had the money. A million dollars seems so much to kids in high school but in the adult world a million dollars isnt that much and if you were just to survive off one million dollars for the rest of your life well you wouldnt get to far. I would keep my job because I would still need money to be coming in. I wouldnt take advantage of the money I had though. I would save up the most I could and spend the money I was receiving from my job. Some people may choose to quit there jobs but in the long run they would most likely regret it. So in all, if I was to be receiving a million dollars tomorrow and I had a job, I would be keeping my job and not taking advantage of the million dollars.

  67. Megan Peek

    2. Which is worse, failing or never trying?

    For me failing is worse than trying. Trying sometimes means opening up and I really don’t want to do that. Whenever I try I regret it later. Instead of learning from my mistakes I beat myself up for being such an idiot. I just feel so worthless and I have no right to be. Well, I do but they’re no different from anyone else’s. I just don’t deal with them like I should. I’m only 16 and i’m already tired of waking up every morning. The fact that I’ve really considered suicide is the most pathetic thing of all. I’m letting clinical depression, anxiety, and self harm ruin my life and I don’t even care. I just don’t want to try because I know that I’m nothing and I’ve got nothing to offer anyone.

    I hope this is personal enough for you Mr. Crouch.

  68. Celeste Juarez

    Question# 25 : What are you most grateful for?

    I am grateful for so much in my life. I am grateful that I have my
    family, to have the support system that I have is what I’m so grateful
    for. I am very fortunate that I have both parents together and that I
    have that love from them. I am very grateful that I live where I live
    to be able to have the freedom I have here in comparison to other
    countries I’ve visited. I am lucky to have the education I’m pretty
    much just handed of with when I know that other people don’t get the
    same opportunities I get. I am grateful that I get everyday to make a
    new better day than yesterday. I am grateful for having the chance to wake up every morning and being healthy.

  69. Katie Dorsey

    1.How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?
    Honestly, I think I might be a little older than I am now. I’m 15, I have the energy of a 7 year old, and occasionally I show the wisdom of an old man who has gone through the whole world. I have a crazy wild imagination which makes me think that I belong in kindergarten again. I believe that age is nothing more than a number that labels, and taunts us.

  70. Gwendolyn Richey

    23. Have you been the kind of friend you want as a friend?

    Like my mom always told me, “Treat others the way that you want to be treated.” I never judge my friend’s; I never tell them what not to do, only to give them the best advice I have. Friends mean everything to me because in a way their shaping you to whom you’re going to become when you’re older. When we share secrets, I keep them. When I get food, I share. When they have an idea, I back them up with that idea no matter how absurd it is. I try and be the best friend I can be. I try not to start fights over stupid things, but sometimes it just happens, making our relationship that much stronger.

  71. Natalie Smith

    33. If you haven’t achieved it yet, what do you have to lose?
    I know the answer that most people would give is “nothing”. I don’t think that’s true. Pride. Confidence. Happiness. You lose each of those things every single day that you haven’t achieved your goal. I had a miserable season last season, not because I wasn’t a good player, I was and I still am, but simply because the players in my position were the two best in the county. By the end of the season I came out with no confidence, no pride, unhappy in my performance, and thoroughly embarrassed. As the days passed and we started practicing I realized all of the things I’d gained from my last season: skill, patience, knowledge, friendships, and a new opinion on how leaders should lead. I know now, what I never would have known without going through a bad, uncomfortable season. I think there are things that are lost when you don’t achieve your goals right away, but sometimes the waiting will bring you more than you could have gotten if you’d achieved everything right away. This leads me to question 32: If not now, then when? I felt like these two questions just go together. For me, 7 months ago when my season started I thought the same thing in a different way “if it doesn’t go well this season, I have next season”. I realized about halfway through that I blew it. I should’ve demanded more, I should’ve made myself stand out, but I didn’t. I only have so many seasons, now I’m down to two. So, if not now, then when? It should have been then, but now will have to do. I guess what I’m trying to say is that goals don’t come to you. Goals might not even come to you with hard work. Maybe you can’t make everything happen when you want it to happen. Maybe, even if I wanted to stand out last season, I wouldn’t have been able to. But I can now, so I do. Life is all about taking your opportunities, having regrets, having aspirations, defeat, success, and love. There’s everything to lose, and there’s everything to gain- it all depends on now and when.

  72. Ryan Landeros

    46.What would you do differently if you knew nobody would judge you?
    If we lived in a world with out judgement, well it would be unimaginably different. Judgement haunts many of us, keeping us within our boundaries where we feel safe and comfortable hiding. People judge each other and assume they have someone figured out, but there’s so much more to people that you don’t get to see for the fear that you’ll judge them for it and call them weird or whatever adjective. If i was able people were not to judge me and i fully realized that, to be honest id be the weirdest person in the world. Once i get comfortable enough as most of us to with people we can enjoy being around, i let go or forget all my fears of being judged and be myself. The sad thing is that in the world we live in people judge each other, people are afraid and we never get to really know people for who they really are until we make the effort to care by not caring. Not caring to judge, not caring to hide ourselves. Once we stop caring, we can enjoy our lives, each other and ourselves all the more. Once we stop caring, well we live.

  73. Kylie Valencia

    I believe and am thankful for nature. Flowers, mountains, sand, hills, trees, rivers, grass, and ocean are all beautiful to me. I think our modern society is corrupted by other things that distract us from beautiful nature. Nature represents the world without television, phones, computers, and internet. A beautiful natural world that can be appreciated by its destroyers. The modern day society has created a world where we drive by the beaches, and take down the forests. I believe that finding the beauty in all living things is a goal that should be set for all humans. Without it we are zombies to technology and other distractions that prevent us from experiencing all the world has to offer, that we don’t deserve. Love the trees that give you fresh air, and be thankful for them forever. [img]http://www.flickr.com/photos/juliewagner/6844701072/sizes/z/in/photostream/[/img]

  74. Jacob Brown

    For my final project I have decided to base it of off I am thankful for. I want to use the idea that the best things in life are often the ones we take for granted for my inspiration. I am planning on taking pictures of all the things that make me happy in life even though some times I don’t realize that they do. I will set the pictures up so they go by fairly quickly; just long enough for you to take it in. I will give all of the pictures a slight sepia tone and sharpen the nature pictures heavily but not the photos of people.[img]http://www.tripleman.com/images/20060102122515_dscn0788.jpg[/img]
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  75. Jenny Hamlet

    Are you more concerned about doing things right or doing the right things?

    I think it is more important to do the right thing because it makes a lot more sense. Robbing a bank is wrong. If you are robbing a bank the right way, it’s still wrong. If you choose not to rob the bank, you are not only doing the right thing but not doing the wrong thing right. I feel like I am able to do the right thing most of the time, but i know i mess up sometimes. Everyone does. You have to take risks once in a while or you’ll never know what you’re capable of or where you can go in life. That doesn’t mean, though, that you have to get there by breaking all the rules and shut out the people who are only trying to steer you in the right direction. You know when what you’re doing is the right thing or not. The source of ignorance may come from peer pressure which can very easily convince you of doing things right while the right thing fades to a blur. You can even be influenced by your parents or sibling or the way you were raised. For me, I was definitely raised to do the right thing and I’m sure that’s how I’m always naturally going to be. I think it is more important to do the right thing no matter who you’re with or what you’re doing anyway so I’m actually okay with that.

  76. Lorrie Lynn

    #25 – What are you most thankful for?
    I am most thankful for my little sister Genevieve. She’s 12 and has a disease called SMA. She can’t walk and has a really weak immune system. The like span is for people with SMA is significantly shorter than usual. When we she was diagnosed at 6 months, we were all devistated because we felt that we had lost somthing. All we had lost was the image of a perfect child, but we never had that. She has taught me and my family so many things that can’t be taught in school or with practice, just with experiance. She’s the most optimistic and intelligent 12 year old i know. She knows she’s going to die at a young age but in spite of that she is always happy and never dwells on what she doesn’t have. She has made me more thankful for all that i do have and for that i’m most thankful for my sister Genevieve.

  77. Tristan Anderson

    Would you rather lose all of your old memories, or never be able to make new ones?

    This question stuns me; it leaves me thinking about all the wonderful memories I have already made; but makes me question all of the possible memories I will make. Which ones will be most impactful? Well, obviously, the ones I’ve already made. Through experiences, of all sorts – good, bad, enchanting – has ultimately created the girl I am today. But this question makes me think of all the memories that I could make in the future. What great and amazing things could happen in my life? And if I am unable to make new memories, how will I cherish them? This question was very hard for me to answer, but I’d rather lose all of my old memories. I chose this because I have so much life ahead of me, and it would almost be like a new start. I would be renewed with hope, and would have a more positive outlook on life – which would most likely make the memories I would be making even better. I think that most people, who would like to start over, would choose this too; however, many would chose to remember all the struggles they overcame. I think it takes a strong person to thrive off of all their memories; the bad, makes them stronger and the good only motivates them to keep going.

  78. Xavier Taylor

    Q:Which is worse, failing or never trying?
    A:If you never try then you will never have the chance to see if you will fail or succeed. For me it would be worse to never try. New experiences are what expand our personal boundaries and play a part in shaping who we become. We must embrace new opportunities and accept whatever outcome it may bring.

  79. Tim Barone

    Q: Is it possible to know, without a doubt, what is good and what is evil?
    No. The good and the evil in this world is a blurred line that solidifies based on the perspective of each and every human being in a different place. For some the line stays blurred and fuzzy, right and wrong become interchangeable and evil and good lose their meanings. For others what seems like good or even saintly is perceived as evil to another. Terrorist as we call them believe themselves to be hero’s willing to sacrifice their lives for their beliefs, to us they are evil men, sick in mind and spirit, out to kill us. They are Terrorists. They are Freedom fighters. They are the creation of perspective.

    I do not defend them for my perspective is also that of terrorist, I only see the both sides. Good and evil, Evil and good. Which do you see?

  80. Natalee Searcy

    3. If life is so short, why do we do so many things we don’t like and like so many things we don’t do?
    To truly appreciate the things that we rarely do and enjoy, we must suffer through days of tedious activities. Every boring thing that we do makes the enjoyable things that much more special. If no one ever did things that they didnt like, everything special about life would become average and lose the quality of being special, and would become under appreciated.

  81. Martin Hanson

    If you could offer a newborn child only one piece of advice, what would it be?

    Through my life, I have learned many things, gas is pricey, talk is cheep, people lie, but all of those seem meaningless when told that you only get one more piece to offer up.

    It’s no secret that I move a lot. I move about every four years. I have known an immense amount of people over the years, I leave them, and I never talk to them again. Eventually, I don’t remember most of them, a sad truth, but a truth none the less. So, I’ve learned to live in the moment and to put all of my love into those who deserve it for the time they have with me, and I with them.

    So, if I only had one more piece of advice, it would be this: when you live, live to the fullest, when you love, love with all your being. Learn to forgive those who do not deserve it, because tomorrow, they may be gone. Life is fleeting, so live.

  82. Emily Sharp

    29. Do you remember that time 5 years ago when you were extremely upset? Does it really matter now?

    I’m sure I was upset about something 5 years ago, just as I’m sure I was upset about something 10 years ago. I’m sure there were even things I was really, really mad about and thought I would never get over. Obviously, that wasn’t the case, and I think that’s something extremely valuable that I’ve learned during my 16-ish years alive – don’t worry about something that wont affect you in a year. Whenever I’m faced with a struggle, I just remember that, and it puts everything into perspective. To answer the question, in my case, whatever upset me so much 5 years ago definitely does not matter now.

  83. Mason Mulholland

    Is it possible to know, without a doubt, what is good and what is evil?
    I think it can be unclear sometimes what the difference is between good and evil. Today I frequently question myself what the right path is to take. Everyday people are challenged with decisions they have to make, and they have trouble seeing what seems right to them, or what is right to everyone else. I find that naturally we clearly know what the difference is, but as we age we see a different perspective on subjects, depending on how we are raised and what situations we encounter. So nowadays, it is rare, but is possible to know what is good and evil. And some things aren’t always one or the other.

    Do you push the elevator button more than once? Do you really believe it makes the elevator faster?
    I only push the elevator button only once, I think that it doesn’t make the elevator faster. I see people quite a bit when I walk to and from school, which push the button on the traffic light so they can cross the street faster. It’s mostly kids and teenagers, but I can see why the kids do it. I think that one time they saw a reason for why pushing that red button would move things faster, and they continue to believe what they find as the truth. Normally, one would call this ignorance, for this is what I used to see it as. But know I see that kind of belief is very important for people, as long as they don’t go the wrong way with it. If they find the truth one day to be shocking, it will be fine as long as they learn from it. But I find such a belief in a kid to be beneficial to their childhood. Anyways, I push the elevator button or the crosswalk button once, but I am fine with others doing differently.

  84. Dawn Luscombe

    15. What’s something you know you do differently than most people?
    I never eat the tips off of my french fries. When I get and order of fries I don’t just grab a handful and shove them in my mouth. I poke a few until I find a really squishy one and then eat it bite by bite until I get to the tip. I throw all my tips back into the bag or off the ledge of buildings.

  85. Domenica Stoll

    What is the difference between being alive and truly living?

    Being alive means you’re present, but not putting forth an effort for your happiness. We all only get one chance at life and it’s important to make yourself happy, not party to an excessive degree or get mixed up with the wrong crowd, but to appreciate the beauty of the world around us and take advantage of all the opportunities which are presented to us. Truly living means no regrets. If you truly live you will be happy with your life. Happiness also takes form in contributing to others’ happiness. If you are selfish and do everything for yourself, it will come back to bite you in the end and you will not be happy since no one likes you. You’ve got to live life to the best of your ability, help others, and appreciate the wonderful and amazing gift you’ve been given to be here in this world. Take advantage of possibilities and opportunities and live each day as though it is your last. Be happy with your day and the effort you have made to live for yourself and those around you.

  86. Cali Mahoney

    Which is worse, when a good friend moves away, or losing touch with a good friend who lives right near you?
    I believe that losing touch with a good friend who lives right near you is worse than losing touch with someone who moves away. When a friend moves away, it is somewhat justified that you will not be as close as before. You don’t see them around; it’s harder to get a hold of them and what not. But when you lose touch with someone who lives no more than 10 miles away; that’s the hardest. You know that you two could be just as close, but you let yourself fall away. You watch your friendship walk away. I admit that I am guilty of this, I see people who used to mean the world to me, and now we are only strangers with memories. They’re just somebody that I used to know. Yes, it is my fault and theirs. Maybe I didn’t try hard enough to save what we had, maybe I was tired of trying. I am always the one who gives my all into relationships, with friends, with more than friends. It hurts when you give your all, and the other person doesn’t. You feel low, unimportant, worthless. I tried so hard, but they didn’t. When I decided I was done, then they miss me. I guess it’s true what they say…”You never know what you have until it’s gone.”

  87. Bailey Greenslit

    20. Why are you, you?

    I am me because I chose to be different. I chose not to follow the crowd. I want to be looked at as not just some teenager but some one who can be remembers for being different for good reasons. I am me because I have my beliefs and that I have opinions. I am young and I don’t know much but it’s my future to learn more.

  88. Hailey WInfield

    I am most grateful for my brother. I am grateful for his good examples. I am grateful for his willingness to share his experiences. I am grateful that he shares his knowledge. I’m grateful that he teaches me not to make the same mistakes that he has. I am grateful that he is cool. I’ve always thought that my big brother was cool and I’ve always wanted to be just like him. I think all younger siblings want to be like their older siblings to some extent, and for the little siblings with weird big siblings, well they’re doomed. I’m grateful that my big brother has taught me how to score brownie points with our parents. I love when he teaches me new soccer tricks, I love when he teases me about boys or lets me beat him in video games. I hate when he wakes me up with waterguns or locks me out of my room, but if he ever stopped I would miss it. My big brother will always have my back, and for that I am most grateful for him.

  89. Andrew Huang

    37) If you just won a million dollars, would you quit your job?
    -Well if you think about it, what can a million dollars get you in life now? Heck, even the lotto money has to reach a few hundred million dollars in order for some people to even think about quitting their jobs. One million dollars can’t sustain you for 10 years, so no, I would not quit my job. I would love to have a nice million dollar nest egg to sit on while I continue to earn a good living and then when I’m older, get my 401k and then live off the those earnings. A million dollars would be nice if I wanted to buy a good house, but I would love to buy other things like a good car.

  90. connor mazzola

    13. Would you break the law to save a loved one?
    Yea I would do anything to save a loved one. Even if there was no possible way and it was just like one of the die hard movies I would still go for it. If one of the people I loved was taken or going to be killed, something like that, and I did nothing about it, I couldn’t live with myself. And If I failed at least they could know that I tired for them. I would knowingly put myself in danger for the ones I love. So watch out bad guys don’t mess with me.

  91. Max Castro

    20.) Do you push the elevator button more than once? Do you really believe it makes the elevator faster?

    Of course I do, it’s fun.

  92. Haley Ferramola

    If you haven’t achieved it yet, what do you have to lose?

    If you have nothing, why not try because even if it doesn’t work you are no worse than I left off anyways, still with nothing. This is important to everyone because the reason that we are afraid to do things is because we fear what we do not know and we fear of losing something valuable to us. If we go all of life just guarding what we do have than what have we gained in the end? Nothing. We have not changed anything because we hold on to tightly to what we a blessed with, but there are so many more things out there that we can have if we are willing to let go. If you have not achieved something that you desperately want, it is going to take some nerve and motivation. But the trip is always worth it in the end because if you left with nothing, no matter what you will always end with something.

  93. Alana Heavican

    12. If you could offer a newborn child only one piece of advice, what would it be?
    If I could offer a newborn child only one piece of advice, it would be, “Don’t worry. Life is insane, but you will be ok.” These words can be applied to any situation and everyone needs to be reminded that keeping their head is the best way to ensure a situation goes over smoothly. Everyone faces trials in their life, and the mere belief that they will eventually be ok helps many people. The acknowledgement of life’s insanity lets people know that other people do know what they are feeling; that everyone has bad days and life isn’t just out to get them. When people are facing hard times, they need to know, people have been there before, to remain calm, and everything will be fine.

  94. Luke Rosales

    41. What is the difference between being alive and truly living?

    Being alive is completely different from truly living. Being alive is breathing and functioning, while truly living is living your life to the fullest and pursuing your hopes and dreams. But, just because your breathing doesn’t mean that you’re alive. Going out into the world and making a difference or making an impact in the world is when you get to experience life; living for others, and not yourself.

  95. Leafy Leaf

    stop buying GMO foods from the supermarkets… stop taking vaccines and flu shots…. the American and European Government are SICK EVIL WAR CRIMINALS who inject toxic chemicals and poisons into our food supply

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