This website was included in my curation because it represents the relaxing part of my life. Whenever I am not thinking about my future or hanging out with friends and family, I go to this website for some inspirational quotes. Many quotations on this website provide me the platform I need in terms of motivation and achievement. In addition, it is really nice to just relax and listen to the advice of elders who have experienced life for quite a long period of time. An interesting quote that I found basically states that God gave us all talents, which is his gift to us, and that we should use that talent to do something special, which would be our gift to God. Obviously, I was unsure what exactly my talent was, but I strived to do everything to the best of my ability, one day hoping to find that enlightenment on my talent to do something special. This fits in well with my project theme because it is a good checkpoint in my life, especially since I am at the crossroad between 10th and 11th grade. I really learned a lot from this website due to its great resources of advice from experienced, genuine, and kind people.
This chart was chosen for my curation due to happiness being a very important factor in how I live, as well as everybody else around the world. Oftentimes, happiness is neglected in favor of quantifiable results. This misperception can be costly when it comes time of poor achievement. This is when many people have poor self-esteem and this is the time when their lives start falling apart. Here, teen ages are very risky in terms of sadness because there is a lowering of happiness during these years. I paid much heed to this chart because I realized that I needed to focus on my happiness as well. The essay we wrote this year taught me more about this subject. I took care to make my life as “happy” as possible. It is true that I still had a fun life with activities like playing soccer, hanging out with friends, and watching some TV, but now I make sure that every time I work hard, I also follow it up with some downtime that is so vital to everyone’s life.
This poem was included in my curation due to its impactful message, which was basically that life has many twists and turns, and everyone must enjoy them. It fits with the theme of my curation since it teaches me another aspect of life that is very meaningful. It also serves as another benchmark to measure myself against. It stressed that a person should accept the failure and improve upon himself/herself. The message that this poem conveyed was always inherently in my mind, but I never deeply appreciated it as much as I should’ve. I read this poem earlier in this school year, so I really had a good amount of time to think about its messages. I implemented these messages to many aspects of my life. Whenever I pursue something, I always keep in mind that I am the only one who can ultimately fulfill my wishes. Thus, I have become more independent, knowing that I have my own back at all times. I also used the idea of taking advantage of my opportunities because I truly have many. I use the mindset that if I don’t take a certain opportunity, I may be missing out on a lot.
The quote said by Atticus Finch meant to convey the fact that you don’t know what’s going on in another’s life until you step into their shoes. This really had an impact on me because oftentimes, by focusing on beating my competition, I lose sight of what goes on in others’ lives. From this revelation, I learned that I have to be open-minded and that I cannot just think about myself selfishly. If I adopt the attitude of thinking about others, I feel that I can be more successful in the world. In my own life, as I played soccer and lost some games, I was in a really bad mood myself, but I didn’t think about my other teammates who also must’ve been devastated after a loss. Now, on the soccer team, when we lose and when we win, I try to go to each teammate and high five them or encouragement, and whatnot. I learned that before, I might have been a little selfish, but now, I think more in the grand scheme. In addition, when I think about my desire to succeed in life, I forget about how everyone else also wants to succeed, and I think that I am entitled to success. Now, I just live with the mindset of working hard to achieve the elusive success that everyone desires.
This article stressed that learning and inspiring yourself begins with thought and action. I really utilized this methodology to plan and carry out what I want to do. I always take time to think about what I want to do in a certain period of time before I use my time to achieve those things. Once I have a very good idea of what I want to do and of my time constraints, I work very hard to achieve my goals. I think that sometimes, thinking too much is unnecessary and causes more troublesome things to occur. This ideology has inspired me to be more of a brainstorming individual, and ultimately using my ideas to carry out further actions. For me, actions signify the intangibles that you have to attempt no matter how much obstruction you might face. I have carried this action out in the STEM club at our school. When I was presenting on a certain day, I had to brainstorm which topics I would choose from to present. I eventually came out with an idea and I created a presentation that was showed to the club in the next meeting.
This song really communicated the idea that the world has unlimited beauty. It provides the hope that there is a bright light at the end of the tunnel and that the world will continue to persist. This really inspired me to persevere. If I hadn’t adopted the ideology presented in this song, I would not have continued to work hard and improve upon myself. For example, in competitions like DECA and Science Olympiads, I did not win any awards for freshman year. This song’s ideals inspired me in that I had a greater drive to win and perform better than before. This song also taught me that I have to appreciate the beauty of the world even in the midst of hard times. I didn’t adopt this attitude when I did not do well in competitions or even on tests, but now I realize that I was very unnecessarily pessimistic, not valuing the process but rather valuing the final result, which doesn’t always come out well.
This image depicts a beautiful scene in which one can truly appreciate the appealing sense of nature. Sitting on the edge of a cliff is very much a moment to sit back, relax, and enjoy nature. Many people fail to take advantage of their life due to worry about the future. In all honesty, it is very futile to perpetually think about the future because the future will never stop coming. If someone lives for a long time, he or she would still be thinking about the uncertainty of the future rather than the beauty of living. I’ve learned so much as this year went on. One of the more prominent things I learned was that I have to appreciate every single moment, or in other words, trust the process, lest I focus too much on the future. Earlier in my life, especially when I was angry or upset, I used to let my emotions get the best of me rather than to appreciate each moment knowing that there is a reason for each one. Now, I appreciate the moment and give every moment the respect it deserves. For example, when I was elected Secretary of DECA, I refused to think about the future for that moment. I was obviously thinking, at least in part, ahead to the future in terms of what position I may get next year, but I knew that to have a good future, I had to appreciate my achievement for what it was. In tough situations, I would look ahead to the future for potential opportunities, but even when I succeed, I must resist the temptation of greed that always comes with a sense of achievement.