After reflecting on the lessons I’ve learned through my experiences in trying to attain goals but not succeeding, I’ve decided to write a poem on it. Took me a while, but here it is! Hope you guys like it.
“A Line in the Sand
My toes sink beneath the sand
Each step leading me on
Across the golden strip of land
Which waves collapse upon
They crash and twist with the surf
Then settle with the tide
And reach out towards the open turf
Then retreat once cast aside
Like travelers out to seek
Their hopes and sought-desires
Driven back by the sandy peak
Yet do not hinder, do not tire
As in my present life
My dreams, I cannot gain
Though, not lessening my strife
But resulting in my pain
The line in the sand
Bears ever lasting step
In the midst of where I stand
These scars are left unkept
But troubles are forgotten, lost
In the beauty of the sea
With skies so blue and clouds of cotton
My past is just a memory
As I cast one last glance behind me
On that cool summer day
I can see the waves already
Washing my lines away
You may not achieve all your goals and dreams, but that’s okay- life is a long journey and with it comes new goals, new mountains to be climbed, and more adventures. Sooner then you know it, as you’ll be enjoying this new stage of the journey, when you find that your former ones are merely a distant memory.
In English right now, we’re reading a Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens. It’s a story about the French Revolution, and takes place in France and England, and the story compares life between the two countries during that time period. Now with Thanksgiving coming up around the corner, I realized how we celebrate the holiday from the 1600s compares to the comparisons between England and France in a Tale of Two Cities! Back in the pilgrim’s time, the Thanksgiving feast didn’t have apple or pumpkin pie or mashed potatoes like we do today! In fact, many of the items on the menu ranged from eel to lobster since they were camped right out by the sea. So here’s two video clips comparing today’s Thanksgiving and the pilgrims’s! Enjoy!
After watching the Charlie Brown Christmas, here’s a history on the holiday that explains how the Pilgrims had created the first Thanksgiving.
The quote above is the name of the blog of my English teacher, Mr. T. I didn’t understand what it meant at first, but now I think I do. Last week, we watched Mr. T’s favorite movie in class. I forgot the name of it, but it was about a basketball coach who directed his players with his own “plan.” Why do I put quotes around ‘plan’? Because it was only somewhat of a plan- players worked together by driving the other team to their breaking point. There wasn’t any specific steps to it, it was loosely organized, and it was completely crazy. Yet it was their key to winning every game. Along the road however, one of the teammates, Hank, dies from an enlarged heart problem, and the rest of the team mourns his loss. However, rather then quit, they use his memory as motivation to win game after game until they reach Nationals. During this time, the coach discloses his favorite Shakespeare quoe; “The Readiness is All.” It’s short, yet so incredibly powerful and true.
Life has its challenges and its setbacks, but you must be prepared for them. This preparation, this “readiness,” is the key to surviving through tough times and achieving your goals. Last week, my Varsity cross-country team and I competed in the league finals. We had trained extremely hard all summer, logging over 700 miles with killer speed workouts and 16-mile LSDs. However, we crash-landed at the race, and scored only 5th place, nowhere good for moving on to CIF. We felt ready, we were ready, yet we were not. We trained so hard over the summer, but we weren’t ready to run as a team instead of individuals during the season, and that is what killed us. Nevertheless, like the team in the movie, we are looking forward to moving on from this together, and dominating the upcoming track season as a team. All we know now is that have to be ready. -Heather