I Fear

Failure used to be my number one fear. I think it’s the same for most high schoolers. “What are you afraid of?” they say. “You have nothing to lose, right?” they say. “You can’t be perfect. Stop trying,” they tell me. Never having a B in my life, never being yelled at for a big mistake, or never failing to get recognition for something has made me vulnerable to the idea of failure. I’m sure a lot of students would agree with me. Still, I came to realize recently that without failure, people can’t improve. There’s always going to be people better than you and if you’re oblivious to this fact, you’re practically living a life full of lies. I mean, what’s the point of living 60 or 70 more years if you’re already perfect?

Between the Cake Layers

People have fears. Fears are a part of human nature.

Some people have arachnophobia, a fear of spiders.

Others have acrophobia, a fear of heights.

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Above and beyond, what can you lose?

Recently, I’ve been thinking about how important it is to go one step beyond the “minimum requirement” and differentiate yourself from others. I was surprised to notice that many people actually don’t try hard to achieve something. A goal. They’re focused on the minimum too much, that a lot of people can’t even reach the minimum. And if they are lucky, they barely just make it.

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Art of listening

Christmas is coming up really soon, and my heart gets warmer and warmer as each day counts down to the 25th. Small things make me happy and it cancels out the depressing factor of school. (Just one more week, you got this!)

In my English class, our teacher wanted us to notice the small things in our everyday life and take quick notes on them. And I did notice few things: my chemistry teacher having no makeup on Monday (and her makeup is always on point), students being exceptionally happy and joyful on Fridays, or the sky looking like a painting with the gray touch of the brush being the clouds.


Taking a morning walk and noticing that the sky is a giant painting.

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