Category Archives: Personal Writing

PW: May 7 (The Ballad of Inquisitorb)

From mortal man to divine god,

His journey was one long.

He fought for freedom’s followers,

Against those wroth and wrong.

 

For countless days he stayed enslaved

And waited for his time.

He met while there an elven wretch,

Sullied with sin and grime,

 

And side by side they dueled with fate,

Their swords and bows in hand.

The bloody clash was scarcely won,

That, you must understand–

 

He worked and fought for what he had,

His land, his fame, his gold.

Not once was e’er he granted ease,

Not by the gods of old.

 

For they, you see, resented he,

Who sought to take their throne.

Thus mighty sir Inquisitorb

Was forced to hie alone.

 

From Fort Joy all to Lucian’s tomb,

He practiced, trained, prepared.

Bearing his stalwart dwarven blade,

He never poorly fared.

 

Inquisitorb’s Inquisisword

Through men and beasts did cleave.

With every grand and deadly strike,

A tale its blade did weave.

 

His foes always their ends did greet,

Thus was it Braccus fell.

Out from the hand of our new God

Was cast the gallant spell:

 

A tentacle lashed forth from he,

and struck it Braccus true.

Out of the mouth of our hero,

A “Brac no mag!” quick flew.

 

To Lord Inquisitorb’s great shock,

Concurrent with his words,

Another voice did cry out twin:

A “Brac no mag!” to gird.

 

Thus Braccus was encircled by

A call from every side,

As down he went, he screamed with rage,

Then promptly coughed and died.

 

So goes the tale of our lord’s rise,

From slave to mighty god.

For bravery we worship he

Who blazed the path we trod.

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India

India is a wonderful country, all of my international friends have always wished to visit it for the food, the culture, and the monuments. Although I was born and raised in Dubai and it will always be my home, India is somewhere I will visit often for the food.

There are many factors that I like and hate about India. The street foods are extremely spicy and finger-licking delicious. We eat bread glazed with butter and enormous amounts of spices with friend cutlets, hand made swirled ice cream on cones, round fried crisps dipped in sweet and spicy flavoured waters and a lot more. I love the culture, the way in which we celebrate festivals such as Diwali, Holi, Janmashtami, Navratri, Ganesh Chaturthi, etc. We gather in large family groups, about 200 people and more, to worship our Gods and our beliefs. Although I am an atheist, I do enjoy celebrating these festivals with my cousins and having fun.

Besides the food and culture, the factors that I hate about India are the people, the pollution and the environment. India is one of the most unsafe countries for women to live in, over thirty-thousand women are raped every year. The amount of pollution in the air is extremely unsafe to breathe in, most of the people leave trash on the sides of roads. I do not like the uncleanliness, and the thinking of our society is horrendous. There is a gradual change happening, but it will take a lot of time.

Besides all these factors, I am proud of my country. Coming from a nation of culture and tradition is amazing. I will stand up for my land’s national anthem with pride and hope in my eyes for what we as a country have been through.

 

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PW: May 7th

Wuhan is my home.

I love all of Wuhan; of its colourful buildings bursting through the ever-gray sky, its heavy mist floating above the river, and most of all, the charming ladies. (Wuhan women are very pretty!)

At the same time, I hate all of Wuhan. I hate how people are so far apart, how things come and go, and how one could feel so alone in a crowded subway on a Sunday night.

There’s nothing waiting for me there, not anymore. I love and hate Wuhan, but it no longer matters. It’s an ever-changing, and never-changing city. I haven’t changed either, I am still the person who loves riding the subway on Sunday nights. I still admire the pretty girls from afar. I still watch three movies at the theatre in a row, alone. But Wuhan is just a pile of blurry memories, the more I think about it, the more it fades away. I’ll need to leave before it leaves me.

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PW MAY 7th

What will the world be like in 50 years? 

Little has been done to combat climate change, and the seas have risen considerably. Numerous cities are either submerged or transformed into a flooded land. Not forgetting that among these casualties, there are other big and powerful disasters occurring.

However, things aren’t completely bad. There have been significant advances in technology that have led to wide innovations in robotics, cloning, AI, 3D printing, and genetics. This will continue to improve as the years go by.  I don’t know why, but I have a feeling that by 2050 we’ll be able to send memories, emotions, and feelings across the internet. Brain science will have exploded, and it will have revolutionized in great communication.

Going back to climate change, bodies of water will be contaminated, wildlife will have suffered, and the polar ice caps melted. The thing is we’re already in it. Global warming has already caused irreversible changes. The only more significant change will be anything large-scale we, as the inhabitants of the Earth, do to slow its onset. I think once something devastating occurs, then we will finally be engaged in a much-needed global strategy to fix the worst side we brought from the climate. This is really sad because we should’ve done something about it years ago.

 

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Personal Writing May 7th

If you were invisible for a day, where would you go and what would you do?

 

In movies, we always see that some people have the ability to make themselves invisible and do whatever they like, have you thought of having such ability as well? I have always dreamt of having such ability. If I could become invisible for a day, I would do the following things:

First, I would go to find the person whom I dislike most and play tricks on him. I would sneak into his room and turn his room into a mess. I would drag all his clothes out of the wardrobe and throw them everywhere in the room.  Next, I would hide his mobile phone and laptop in a secret place in his room. Maybe putting them under the bed is a good option. When I leave that room, I would close the door and apply glue to the keyhole so that the door can’t be opened easily.

After that, I think I would be pretty hungry. So I would go to a hotel and have a buffet lunch. As you know, the bill for having a buffet meal is very expensive. So I could only go to have buffet meals with my parents. Now, I am invisible, of cause I would take this chance to go into the restaurant and eat all sorts of nice food. Another good thing is that there would not be a time limit, so I could eat as long as I like. 

At night, I would go home and stay inside my room. I would get my computer and mobile phone with me. When I was at home, my parents always stop me from watching youtube videos and playing online games. Now, I could take this chance to watch youtube videos and play online games for a long time. In that case, my mum won’t shout at me and I could finally do these things in peace.

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April 21 Pw

For a long time, I’ve always wanted a dog as a pet. I’ve pestered my parents about getting a dog ever since I could talk. I would get rejected over and over again because they don’t think I’m mature enough to take care of a dog yet. One day, my parents surprised me and told me they thought I was old enough to get a dog as a pet. I was jumping up and down because of how happy I am.  A few days later, my family and I went on our way to the pet store to pick out a dog. After debating for a while, we settled on a brown pomeranian to join our family. We waited for the staff to fill in the information for the pet, and soon we were on our way home. We made sure our new dog had everything it needs and left it alone for the day (pets need some time to get used to a new environment). Things were going great with our pomeranian, but little did we know something horrible was going to happen. A few days later, she started acting ill. We took it to the vet, and we were told it was because she wasn’t used to the environment. We got some medicine from the vet and went home. We thought she was going to get better soon, but her health started to decrease until she was seriously ill. We took her to the vet again, and the vet told us to leave her at the animal hospital. We left her at the hospital, hoping the IV drip would help her. Sometime later, we received the sad news that she passed away. Even though I only had her for a few days, I’m glad I got a chance to have a pet.

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PW April 21st

Though life’s end is inevitable, it is sad when anyone dies, especially a child. When someone young dies, they are frozen in time. They leave unscathed. Their mistakes remain learning experiences, and their future still waiting to exist.

Alistair was the type of person everyone just knew.  His relaxed ways made him easy to talk too, and for that reason, he was a friend for most. His love for others was boundless. He was easy to understand, honest and open. Intuitive to others, he had a great ability to bring people together, creating joy. Alistair died September 24th, 2017, at just 16 years old. To this day it is hard to believe he’s gone. Alistair was shot and killed late one Sunday night. Not of malicious intent did he die, but at the hands of a friend.

After a house party one night a few of the Salt Spring grade 11 soccer team headed to one of the players’ houses. It was the first week of the season, and the afterparty hang put turned into a team get to know each other. While hanging out, a few of the boys found a gun. The parents who owned the house had left it lying around. Alistair and a few of the other boys started joking around with it. At some point during playing games and joking around the gun was dropped, and a bullet hit Alistair in the head. He died the same day. Alistair’s life will never be forgotten, and he will be deeply mourned by all those who knew him. Though that was the last night Alistair lived another boy’s life changed in a way no child’s should ever have too. A night that started out fun had turned into something no one would have ever thought. Shane, the boy who dropped the gun,  that night was sentenced to 15 years in 2019.

I will never understand how what was supposed to be a night of team bonding went so wrong. The lives of these two boys and their families were shattered. Broken emotionally, and incarcerated while mourning the loss of his friend, Shanes’ life was lost the moment Alastair’s was. Of the two,  Alistair’s,  memory will be preserved in time and resonates with the memories of loss and tragedy. While Shane lives each day having to bear the thought of his friends’ blood on his hands.

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Choices

Within life, we are often faced with making choices. Our choices control what happens throughout our day. They are continually there to keep us thinking. Sometimes even a simple choice can make us overthink things.

People often struggle with making the right choices in life. We frequently try to do what’s best for ourselves and not for others. Choices can show what kind of person we are. My cousins sometimes invite me to parties. However, choosing if I should go or not is always difficult. Whether or not I choose to go, the outcome of my choice can show the type of person I am inside. Either insecure or outgoing.

I have learned that the choices we make can easily change our lives. We have to understand that even the smallest choices we make can change the way we think, feel, and view what happens throughout our day. Our friends play an important role in our lives. Friends can influence you to make the right or wrong choice. You must understand that the choice is always yours to make. Surrounding yourself with individuals who care about you and are reliable are real friends. Real friends care about your feelings. They will always be there for you when times are rough because they know you will do the same. In life, we will be faced with making difficult choices. Strive to always make the right choice, for not only yourself but for those you care about.

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Friends

It really hurts me how people these days don’t care about someone’s feelings. I met someone at Brookes two years ago. We never spoke, once, but in a way when we saw each other, we could tell how the other was feeling. We’d try making each other laugh by cracking stupid jokes with our friends, so the other could overhear and laugh, and this always made my day.

When we started talking a year ago, it was very uncomfortable, because we didn’t know each other that well and were socially awkward. I said something embarrassing once, and every time this thought flashed past my mind, I laughed at myself. We did not converse for months after this. Although we did try to talk sometimes, it was not as fun and relaxing as it used to be.

A few months ago we started talking again. In one week, we spoke about everything we could think of. This ranged from our likes and dislikes, clothing, shoes, food, favourite holiday destinations, universities, sports, family and friends, etc. We made so many memories and our talks were really entertaining. I always think that if someone overheard our conversations, they’d think we were crazy and belonged in an asylum. We told each other our problems, and acted like therapists, our advice and ideas went through the roof, they were either extremely helpful and knowledgeable or extremely funny and foolish.

I wrote about this because this is one of the best friendships I have ever seen in my life. This is a reminder that everyone deserves a friend who will understand them and stick with them through thick and thin. So find yourself a friend who will be there for you no matter the circumstance, and someone who can be the most mature yet the most childish person you’ll ever meet.

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Writing to me

 Writing and I have a love-hate relationship. Half of the time I find I enjoy writing, and then the other half of the time I always end up finding myself stuck or, out of ideas. Now it’s not like I have just run out of things I could technically write about, it’s just whether or not who I’m writing to or about will care about what I’m saying. I don’t think that it’s me being worried about how people think or judge me when they read something I write but if I write about something very specific. Such as a certain car motor, which I have. Then I’m almost hoping that someone reading it actually cares or knows about what I’m talking about to be able to understand it better. This is one of the reasons I always find very little motivation to write for long or even short periods of time. Being lazy also definitely plays into that issue as well.

I do notice that once I do start writing I find it entertaining if it’s about something Relevant and meaningful. Another thing I enjoy about writing is trying to make it sound like yourself. Sometimes when I’m reading someone’s writing who I know personally, I’m able to relate what they’re saying to real life since it sounds just like something they would say in person. This makes the writing so much easier to understand and relate too. 

If I’m honest about my initial reaction to a writing assignment it’s usually followed by a sigh. Once I start I enjoy writing, but most other times I just feel like I’m producing garbage with zero meaning. I hope that my writing improves and I become more gravitated toward the idea of doing it. I do feel some progress this year in the feeling of looking forward to writing. 

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April 21st – PW. My passion for sport cars.

Since I was a kid I had the opportunity to get in some sports cars my dad owned. When I first went into the car I was loving the amount of buttons the car had. I loved the sound that the cars did when they turned on, it was so loud! My dad has always loved cars, so when he was 21 he decided to buy his first sports car, a Ferrari Testarossa. It was astonishing! It had a street red paint that made it look perfect.

By the time I was wrowing up my dad kept taking me into rides with him in the cars. I just loved the adrenaline that you develop when you pass +190 km/h. When I was 10, I started karting a lot, it was my favorite hobby. This stopped until I had 13, it was my first time that I could drive a true sports car for the first time, a Porsche Carrera 911s.

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PW – April 21 – Overthinking

If you don’t overthink situations, you’re lucky. Here’s why. 

I was in the middle of getting dressed, when I remembered it. A moment that happened months ago, that still makes my entire body recoil. I squeezed my eyes shut, and tried to forget. I tried to think of anything else. But no matter how  hard I tried, I couldn’t get that unpleasant thought out of my head. 

I try to use distractions to keep my mind occupied, but in isolation that’s challenging. When I was younger, this occured most at night. Right as I would try to fall asleep, my mind would go haywire. Bouncing from one thought to another, whether that be negative or simply distracting. I would try to clear my mind, but as seconds turned into minutes, and minutes turned into hours, my thoughts were still racing. I developed a strategy. I would think of positive thoughts and people, and I would repeat them to myself. I would say my dogs’ names in a loop. Or recite the lyrics to my favorite song. But as I got older, my thoughts got stronger, and this technique stopped being effective. 

At times, this trait can  be beneficial. I believe it adds attention to detail in my schoolwork, because I genuinely care about how hard I try and how well I do. On top of that, I focus more on how the people around me are feeling, and I try to be considerate based on that. I think this quality makes me more attentive  and aware, which I’m thankful for. Furthermore, I often think about really positive experiences, which boosts my mood. Despite the positives, overthinking can be truly negative. I end up dwelling on a bad grade, a negative interaction, and how I appear to others (physically and personally). I tend to assume others’ opinions, even though I know that what someone thinks about me isn’t my business. I’m working on accepting that.

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You are a jack of all trades (PW April 21)

You are a jack of all trades. If we lived together, you can cook, clean and manage better than me. Unlike me, you are witty, and I like your fast reflexes, though you say it gives you headaches. You are superior, and you know it. You know enough to scold me for my mistakes, but you don’t know enough to spare me and let me learn. You influence me, but not enough for me to realize the pain to be you. You are mature, but not enough to be responsible. You are cruel, but not enough for me to heal. 

I am the complete opposite. I never shed layers, I am just a clump of something, which you have so commonly shamed me for. In comparison, you really are a jack of all trades, but more like a treasure box, though you scowl when I call you that. 

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PW: Apr. 21 (Arlynne– Region Overview[pt. 2])

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Lere, located in Northern Arlynne, is a dark, mist-enveloped land that serves as a centre for the highest of noble politicking and lowest of bastardy thieving. The Leren court is renowned for its lavish masquerade balls and sprawling illegal underground. A tradition among many nobles it to send their newly matured children on an expedition to the Leren court, giving them a chance to prove themselves. If the noble fledgling has the cunning to avoid being taken for ransom by the Illicits (the colloquial term for members of the Leren underground) and the etiquette to successfully maneuver through a Leren masquerade without causing great disgrace to their family, they are permitted to return home and claim a title. The thick fog that crawls across each city street and forest trail in Lere gives the entire region an air of depression.

Cylik is a mountainous region with little political presence, yet enormous resource significance. This contradiction can only be attributed to the nature of those who inhabit the peaks. More specifically, the nature of dwarves. With an absence of any interest whatsoever in courtly politics, the Cylikians devote themselves purely to the mastery of their work. They take pride in their craftsmanship and clan loyalty. Visitors to Cylik are always welcome, provided they bring with them ale to share, coin to spend, and a jovial attitude. Many halflings choose to reside alongside the dwarves in the mountain settlements of Cylik, making a traveler as likely to be greeted by tiny hands and cheery smiles as sturdy dwarven clansmen, though the region is still recognized as a dwarf-owned territory.

Temur’rin is the capital of Arlynne, located directly at its centre. The sprawling city is made up of five tiers, the innermost being the Mydel court, surrounded by the aristocratic residential and commercial district, then the commoner’s residential and commercial district (including the merchant square), the shanties (a heap of tiny shacks stacked one atop another, painted in sewage and poverty), and lastly, on the outskirts, the farms. Temur’rin is one of the largest and most densely populated cities, and few Arlysh citizens live their entire lives without visiting it at least once.  There are barely any services or goods that you can’t find there.

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PW April 21st

What do you see as the biggest problem facing people your age today?

Teenagers face real problems on a daily basis. They are exposed to some overwhelming external and internal struggles. Teens go through and are expected to have hormonal changes, puberty, social and parental forces, work and school pressures, as well as encountering many conditions and problems. Many teens feel misunderstood. It is vital that their feelings and thoughts are validated and that the validation comes from their parents.

I would say these are some common problems that teenagers face today:
Self-Esteem and Body Image
Stress
Bullying
Depression
Drinking and Smoking
Teen Pregnancy
Eating Disorders

I would like to focus on one issue that unfortunately is the one I’ve seen the most among my friends and some people I know.

Self-Esteem and Body Image
Teenagers face with numerous body changes. Some teenagers feel too fat, too skinny, too tall, too short, etc. This feeling leads them to spend time wishing they were not too skinny, too short, their hair was not too curly or vice versa. The problem with this feeling is that it affects their self-image. When they do not like something in themselves, they have self-esteem and body image problems. They also perceive others, particularly schoolmates, to view them as they view themselves. Puberty changes tempt teenagers to compare themselves with people around them and when they find they do not match their standards, they feel low. They also compare themselves with those seen on TV, in movies, and in magazines. Teenagers who experience negative comments about their appearances, the way they talk, etc stuff also develop poor self-esteem and body image.

I always try to help everyone (they don’t have to be my friends necessarily) to love and accept their images just as it is. Everyone is different and unique in their own way.

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April 7 PW

I went back to Taiwan a few days after I left Brookes for spring break. It’s been over a year since I’ve set foot on Taiwan, and it surprised me how much the country changed in such a small time. At first, I didn’t even realize how close I was to my house until I got there. Many of the shops were replaced by other shops, so I couldn’t navigate around my neighborhood as easily as before. After a few days, I met up with my friends to catch up. We went to different restaurants and the mall to eat and purchase different things. Even though I haven’t seen my friends in such a long time, not much has changed. I still got along great with them. It feels like I never left the country. I was afraid to leave my whole life to go to a country I’ve never studied at. It was hard to get used to life in Canada at first, but I gradually got used to it. I’m glad I left my home country to experience the culture here in Canada.

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April 7th, PW. Summer

Summer is one of my favorite seasons of the year, and here is why.

In summer I always follow a family tradition that is going to Spain, arriving in Spain we always take a train that takes us to the city and then some of my father’s friends will be waiting for us. When I arrive I’m really happy because I see al my “Summer Friends” that live in the same place as I do.  Usually, the next day, we all meet up in a bar, in total, we are about 15. Summer in Spain is really fun because is a really safe place and you can do whatever you want. One of my favorite activities to do is mountain cycling and driving. When summer is finishing is the time to say bye to everyone and wait until December or the next Summer arrives.

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My Average Day

Everyone has a morning routine that they repeat every day and usually rarely changes. Now if I’m being honest I’m running out of things to write about for personal writing,  if this seems random that’s why. So I’m going to tell you guys I do when I wake up each and every morning. 

I set my alarm for 7:45 every night. When I wake up at that time I usually just lay in bed for ten minutes debating the meaning of life, or something to do with food. Then at around eight o clock I’ll get out of bed and go have a shower for about 7 minutes. After I get out of the shower, I go and use some skin care products for my face. I use skincare products every morning, and it very important. If I don’t use it my acne flares right up within a couple of hours. I’ll walk downstairs around 8:15 for breakfast. I always have the same cereal but I put fruit in it every time such as Strawberry’s, Mango’s and banana’s. I always eat a banana after the cereal to keep it healthy. 

I then run to the bathroom once again, to dunk my head in the water and put the tiniest bit of gel in the front of my hair. I just started doing this at the beginning of spring break to keep my hair curly. I noticed that when I grew my hair out it would start to get curly, I just didn’t like my hair in front of my face, due to the fact of it being so long. Now its no surprise my hair gets curly. If you have ever met mom you would know. But when I just put I little gel in the front it stays curly all day, and it doesn’t get all crusty like some gels. 

Once done getting ready I go upstairs to my desk. School starts at 8:30 and ends at 12:30. School nowadays is weird since its all online and never in person.some classes don’t work through Microsoft teams and we just do the work that’s posted on manage bac. So we have to teach ourselves almost in the way sometimes. Now we can get in contact with teachers for help but still, it’s not the same. Although overall I’m surprised at how smooth it is going for most people, I mean it’s not ideal but it could be a lot worse. So we just gotta keep our heads up. 

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Longing – April 7th Personal Writing

The Maldives- The country of blues. I have always wanted to go deep-sea diving, so I thought, which place could be better than the Maldives. It is a chain of 1192 islands, located south-west of Sri Lanka and India, in the Indian Ocean. The Maldives is known for its environmental beauty, water sports, and laid back beaches. The deep-sea diving sessions include watching the vibrant coral reefs, swimming between sea turtles and reef fishes. The Maldivian culture is incredible, its eye-catching folk dancing is often held on the beach.  I wish to go to the Maldives for a relaxing vacation. Waking up and having a refreshing breakfast, going for a swim, or doing some watersports, and enjoying sleeping on the beaches with seaside dining, it would be the most delightful vacation.

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PW: Apr. 7 (Arlynne– Region Overview[pt. 1])

Ranging from vast empty deserts to mountainous peaks, Arlynne is a continent known for diversity in not only terrain, but also inhabitants. Visitors of any race can find kinsmen in Arlynne, whether they be one-off individuals living in the richly populated trading hubs, or entire clans of relatives inhabiting traditional territories.

The Mydel monarchy presides over the High-Lords and High-Ladies who rule different Arlysh regions. Some of the most well known regions in Arlynne are the Ascer Flats, the Faerwyven Woods, Lere, Cylik, and most importantly, the capital, Temur’rin.

*What follows is an account of regions as they are perceived in mass, not necessarily as they are in reality. 

The Ascer flats are an expansive desert wasteland on the southern-most border of Arlynne. The Vaeden sea lays just beyond them, though few venture far enough into the desert to reach it. If solely the perpetual blaze of the sun doesn’t sufficiently deter would-be travelers, the frequent sandstorms and lack of any reason whatsoever to visit the flats provide more than abundant disincentive. Only one settlement can be found in the barren expanse: a village inhabited by the Asceri. The Asceri are a bedouin people who devote their lives to the study of the mind. They generally fall outside of the usual hierarchical workings, and are left alone by the monarchy. Not much further is known to the general public, as few ever voyage into or out of their village.

The Faerwyven Woods are a forested region roughly in the centre of Western Arlynne. Inhabited in majority by elves, the forest is said to be unusually close to the Feywild. Countless stories have been told of fey creatures emerging from the foliage to play tricks on, assist, or terrorize travelers in Faerwyven. Most of the settlements in the woods are elven hunting villages. The aspects most notable in the region are the Silvenrre River and the Castle of Dawn. The Silvenrre River is a wide waterway which gleams during the night with a silver light often compared to that of the moon, acting as a beacon of hope for lost adventurers. The Castle of Dawn is a small yet exceptionally imperious and elegant fortress which houses the High-Lord and High-Lady of the Faerwyven Woods.

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PW: April 7

I like E-learning. The truth is, I never felt more comfortable learning from home. I don’t mind people; I love seeing teachers and classmates around. It’s the classroom that gets me. I’ve been finding the best position to sit still in class for all of my life, and I always end up being uncomfortable. Nothing ever works; my body parts just can’t seem to find their place. The tablet-chairs at the school aren’t helping either. They require extra attention to balance when sitting on them. But those are just my own complaints. Now I am slowly becoming nostalgic for school. I have no problem staying at home forever, I deal with quarantine just fine. But school is a completely different experience that nothing can compare to. It’s not necessarily a good experience, and definitely not a bad one; it’s just extremely special.

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April 7th – PW

If you could go back in time, to when you were 10 years old what would you tell yourself?

If I was able to go back in time to when I was the age of 10, there would be many things I would tell myself, to prepare me for the future. However, to be honest, I’m not sure my 10-year-old self would listen to me.

The first thing I would tell myself would be to focus on school. When I was 10 years old, I went to a school called Selkirk Montessori. At the time I was in grade 4. I remember myself as being kind, active and talkative back then. But I didn’t take school so seriously. Which is why I didn’t do so well in school. That is why I would tell myself to work harder in class because hard work does pay off. In my belief, you can do anything if you work hard to achieve it. Telling myself this in Grade 4 would have probably helped me to develop my skills as a learner and get better grades in the process. Making both my parents and my teachers proud of me. Nowaday’s, I feel joy when I make my parents proud of me for doing good in school. I just feel that if I was to have taken school more seriously when I was younger, then I would have felt more joy often…

The second thing I would tell myself would be to read more often. In my old school, we would get chances to go to the library with the class and have silent reading time. I enjoyed going to the library when I was younger because it was a quiet and comfortable place outside of the classroom. Where I could relax and read whatever I wanted. I liked reading comic books, books about dinosaurs and short storybooks. Every moment I spent in my old school’s library I enjoyed. Within the last five minutes we had inside the library, we were allowed to pick out a book we wanted to read at home. Of course, I would pick a book that seemed easy enough to read that had lots of pictures. While some of my other friends were picking out chapter books like Harry Potter. I don’t know why, but I never challenged myself when I was younger to read chapter books. Reading is important for helping you to develop your skills in writing, creative thinking and so much more! This is what I would tell myself in grade 4 to get me to read more often. Nowadays, I don’t have so much free time compared to my earlier years as a student. In the free time I had when I was younger, instead of talking with my friends, I could have been reading a book and improving my English skills in the process. The thing is, I still like reading books that have pictures, but I now prefer chapter books over other types of books.

The third and final thing I would tell myself would be to spend more time with the people I care about. Thinking about people I care about I would say, my friends, my teachers and my family. A lot of my friends from my old school I have not seen in a while. Time sure does go by fast. This is why spending as much time with those you love is important for you to build life long connections with them. I would tell my 10-year-old self that life isn’t just fun and games. It’s more than that. I have only started to understand that now, and I wish I could have grasped that in the earlier stages of my life. Now, I may not get the chance to see people I genuinely care about for a long time. I will only regret this mistake in my life. A mistake that may or may not ever be satisfied. 

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PW – April 7th – Dreams

Nearly every night, right as my head hits my pillow, I remember my dreams from the previous night. As if something’s clicking in my brain, or that the association is exactly what I needed. Even if I couldn’t remember in the morning or throughout the day, that familiarity sparks something within my memory.

This stimulated my curiosity. Is everyone like this? Can everyone remember their dreams? I asked my friends and family, and I was surprised to find out that many of them couldn’t ever remember their dreams.

Dreams are a place where I can escape. I can be somebody I’m not, do things I’m too scared to do, and experience something I couldn’t even imagine in real life. I can fly above the Swiss alps, wander a foreign city at midnight, and jump off a mountain without any of the inconvenient consequences. Even though the possibilities are limitless, I often find myself dreaming about much smaller experiences. In a way, I actually prefer doing so. I can revisit and correct a conversation that had a negative outcome, experience new memories with people I don’t get the chance to see on a regular basis, and meet people I haven’t actually met. This allows me to learn more about myself, in a way that wouldn’t be possible in a conscious state.

My mind deals with problems in ways that I find fascinating. During this pandemic, I dreamt that our city had a flood. These correlations that our subconsciouses are able to make are incredible. Although they can be so odd and obscure at times, I love my dreams, nightmares and all.

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PW: Mar. 21 (Yagen- The Yaughrrinn Peaks [Brief History])

A history written for my newest DnD character, and thus also, for a change, written in the first person. It is also heavily biased, and not an accurate portrayal of Enlyan history.


Long ago, the dwarven society in the Yaughrrinn peaks thrived upon the earnings of metal working. Located in the mountains just without the borders of a major Enlyan trading hub, we made more than a tidy profit off of selling plate mail and iron swords to unversed eager adventurers. This, though, was only the very base of our work. What we truly prided ourselves on, what we cared for and loved, were the metallic artworks we created. Each blade, helm, and breastplate we crafted shone with the vibrancy of our hearty dwarven forge. The metal works that came down from the Yaughrrinn peaks were more than tools– they were entire histories inscribed into steel. We embodied the ideal dwarven society, and our kinsmen looked up to us as much as dwarven kinsmen can.

I was born far after this time though. Good things never last long. Enlyera’s worldly king renounced the throne, leaving a brash elven nobleman to succeed him. The elves have always thought themselves superior to us– to everyone. They believe their fey blood gives them the right to act as if they are gods. They aren’t though. No, they aren’t anything damned near to gods. The elf boy, Reluin, forced us into our mountains, imprisoning those who ventured down into the cities to trade.  We lost dozens of our clan to the tyrant, and never will we forget it. Even ensuing the end of his reign, our people were too afraid to face the outside world. Too long had we been locked away for even our dwarven resilience to preserve our pride and determination. For a society that values the bonds of kinship so highly, the losses we suffered became a wound in us that may never heal.

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PW APRIL 7th

Which scientific discovery or invention has changed the world the most, in your opinion? Explain why.

Humans discovered technology. Everyone imagined its purpose was to change the way of life at its best. Some people won’t realize this, but technology is changing our’s lives every second.

I believe these are some examples of technology “devices” that have been a great global impact.

  • Digital media
  • Personal devices ( phones, tablets, computers, video games)
  • Robots and artificial intelligence

Technology plays an important role in society today. It has positive and negative effects on the world and it impacts daily lives.

It has made impacts by making life easier for lots of people.  It has facilitated the resources of education and tools needed to live a better life. Such impacts have greatly affected agriculture, transportation, communication, within societies globally.

The negative side of technology is that it can be addicting and it can hurt communication skills. Extended screen time can result in health issues like insomnia. In severe cases, it can increase anxiety and depression.

No one knows what to expect from technology anymore. It is gaining lots of power every day and it is advancing so much in every aspect.

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