Tuesday, May 24, 2011

prompt number twelve

Prompt #12: how do family and friends influence our coming of age?

Both my friends and my family influence my coming of age. Without them, I would be an absolutely different person. 

My family influences my coming of age because they always accept who I am, and if I ever start changing in a bad way, they nicely explain to me what's happening and what has to change. Another way my family influences my coming of age is the fact that they respect the choices I make in life, and will always love me.

My friends influence my coming of age just as much as my parents do, but just in different ways. The difference between my family and my friends is that my friends are going through the same thing at the same time, vs my parents, who have already gone through it. The reason it is great to have friends going through the same thing is that we can talk to each other about it.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Prompt number 14

Prompt #14: what are some questions and concerns you have about growing up and coming of age? 

As I have grown up, especially in my middle school years, a lot of questions and concerns came up in my life. Some about physical appearance, and some about the future of my life.

Physical appearance is a very important and popular aspect and or concern of everybody's life, but when one is growing up, it becomes even bigger. Some constant questions I have about this topic are; when am I going to hit my growth spurt? When are all these pimples going to go away? When will my voice get deeper. There is no accurate answer to all of these questions. The thing all of us kids have to realize is  that time will tell. We just have to wait and see.

The other questions that a lot of middle schoolers have(including me) are internal questions, such as; when am I going to get a girl/boy friend? Is high school going to be great? Or suck? Are my parents going to give me more freedom? Or less? All of these questions have one simple solution: YOU. All of the answers to all of these                     Questions depend on how you act, and how you treat others in the future.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Reading response on The Outsiders

I am in the midst of reading The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. This book fits perfectly with the topic of " growing up " and " coming of age". This book reminds me of who I really am, and has taught me a lot about myself that I didn't really know/realize yet in life. A few things that this book has shown/taught me about myself so far are my views on violence and gangs, how lucky I am to have such a great family,  and what I personally feel is fair in this world.

Before I read this book, I wasn't really sure how I felt about gangs, and violence, in fact I didn't really have feelings for them at all. This is probably because I hadn't read or even been introduced to the topics so far in my life. Now, that's not the case. I believe that being in a gang isn't a good thing to do in the long run, but if you don't have a family, it sure can give you one. My views on violence are simple; if it's not self defense, it's not ok. Only fight back if you have to, or if they touched you first. If someone insults you with words, don't get physical, solve it with more words or simply walk away.

I have always had a great family. A family that loves me, and is always there for me, a family that i will always love, and will always love me back, a family that will always respect the choices i make in life. A family that takes care of me. It was not until this book that i realized something: NOT EVERY ONE HAS THAT FAMILY. Most of the characters in this book had either lost their family, or have one that doesn't even care about them. The main character, Ponyboy, had lost his parents when he was young, so besides his brothers, his real family was the greasers. His best friend Johny had a family, but they were mean to him and didn't even care about him at all. Not until this book did i realize how lucky i am to have this great of a family

This book has also changed the way I think and feel about fairness and carma in this world. In The Outsiders, Ponyboy, the MC, is getting beat up almost to death, so his best friend Johny kills the kid beating him up. Later in the book, Johny dies a hero, after saving several lives from a fire. At first, I wasn't sure if it was fair that Johny died, or unfair. After much consent, I think Johnys death was unfair. I believe this for two reasons; he only killed the kid in self defense, and not only that, but he saved five kids from a fire that would have killed them all. So overall, I don't think people deserve back what they did, it all depends on the circumstances they did it in in the first place.

The Outsiders, by S.E. Hinton, is a coming of age and growing up book, about a kid named Ponyboy going through a hard time in life, and gaining not only knowledge, but experience. This book has helped me gather how I feel about fairness and carma in this world, it has told me what a family provides for someone and how lucky I am to have such a great one,  and my thoughts on violence and gangs.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

My skateboard timeline. (growing up assignment #1)

I have a timeline hanging on my wall. It's not just any ordinary timeline. This is a timeline made out of the pieces of wood that make my life what it is. I skateboard. You can call it a hobby, but it's more of a "way-of-life". Every few months I buy a new skateboard deck, which is the piece of wood sitting on the wheels. Every time I get a new one, I have the old board to hang on my bedroom wall. I hang these skateboard decks in chronological order, so over the past years it has started to look more and more like a timeline.

One may find it funny that these old dirty pieces of chipped up wood actually mean something to me; but they do! It's not that they just hang there on my wall, these boards give me the most amazing memories from the past five years of my life. Every scratch on every board represents a different day, wether it was good, bad, or great. These boards give me hope- they show me that I can go from not knowing how to do something to being an expert at it. They show me that I don't give up. 

This timeline is perfect for this because it represents my growing up, from childhood to nearing adulthood. The two artifacts are the first board, and the most recent. They show me that I have been a child, and stuck with skateboarding until the end of middle school. And I will stick with it for years to come.