Saturday, December 27, 2008

Live in full color

Color possesses me. I don’t have to pursue it. It will possess me always, I know it. Color is a basic human need…like air and water, a raw material, indispensable to life. I love how artists can get away with coloring the sky red because they know it's blue. Art is unquestionably one of the unique elements in human happiness. It trains the mind through the eye, and the eye through the mind. Art simply colors your life.

My To-Do List

I didn't really know what to title this post and I don't really know what I want to talk about. I just felt like writing. I have so many ideas and things I want to see and create and experience and I don't know where to start. So here goes the random list that is flying through my brain right now.
My Life’s To-Do List
· Go to all my meetings at church
· Read my scriptures daily
· Write in my journal
· Go to the temple on a regular basis
· Exercise everyday
· Get my Patriarchal Blessing
· Get a college degree
· Buy a car
· Be happy
· Be grateful for what I have
Marry in the temple
· Teach myself French

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Quote Of The Day

To be is to do.
To do is to be.
Do be do be do.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Spoon full of Knowledge

I wrote this paper my senior year of high school. I was applying for a scholarship and I wanted to explain how important an education is to me. Enjoy!

My father. Passionate for his love of books, knowledge, history of the world, religion, sports, and family. Optimistic, yet realistic enough to know that life is a complex matter. Winston Churchill’s “Never, never, never give up” a guiding motto. Intelligent and self-assured. My father. A drug addict. He died one week before my tenth birthday due to many years of substance abuse. But he taught me something that no one else could: He taught me that life is worth living—really living—no matter how difficult it may be. He told me to grasp hold of opportunities whenever I can. And his death reminds me that I cannot afford to merely sit back and watch life pass me by because time is precious.
In my reflection on his life, I have gained a perspective that has allowed me to filter out those experiences that I do not want to have, to avoid the mistakes that caused him and those around him so much pain. Yet at the same time, his passions have infused in me the yearning to seek knowledge and understanding with every opportunity and experience that comes my way.
I want to gain experience and knowledge, and I feel college is the best step on my educational journey. I have many interests in many different areas. A role model of mine, Walt Disney, once said: “There are fashions in reading, even in thinking. You don't have to follow them unless you want to. On the other hand, watch out. Don't stick too closely to your favorite subject. That would keep you from adventuring into other fields. It's silly to build a wall around your interests." I have tried to remember this quote as opportunities have surfaced, and I strongly believe that college will break down the walls that might otherwise limit my vision for my life.
After being out of public school for several years and bouncing from home-school to charter school, I found myself presented with an invitation to join the high school swim team as a sophomore. Needless to say, I was intimidated and lacking confidence. But through reassurance and encouragement from a caring coach that believed in me and could see potential that I could not, I “took the plunge”. My swimming experience taught me hard work, dedication, teamwork, leadership, sacrifice, self-confidence and helped me to realize that I can accomplish whatever I desire. All of these lessons were learned because I refused to let life pass me by.
My father’s life—both successes and failures—have taught me many things. But most importantly, his life taught me that the search for knowledge and growth experiences is priceless. I believe that college will provide me with experiences that I will acquire nowhere else. I cannot, and will not, pass up this opportunity.

Daydream Believer

Albert Einstein once said, "“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.”

I believe that nothing happens unless we dream. That is why Alice in Wonderland is one of my favorite stories. Without her imagination she isn't taken to a place of wonder. Imagination helps us to put our goals in perspective and it enhances our creativity. We must have the freedom to imagine because only through imagination can we bring our thoughts and dreams to fruition. Without imagination, I don’t think we shall ever come to realize our full potential, and therefore, never experience the happiness on earth we were meant to enjoy.