This is a phrase that is commonly used in Korea. Would you rather be the tail of a dragon or the head of a snake? A dragon is a grand creature and a snake is a lesser, smaller one. This question implies whether you would rather be the one of the normal or lesser people of a high, esteemed community or the top person of a small, less popular community.
I’m human. I’ve made plenty of mistakes in my life. There have been simple ones, like calling a classmate the name of another (they looked quite similar to me), and more serious ones, like following choices people made for me instead of making independent decisions. However, mistakes aren’t horrible, although it might feel like the end of the world at that moment. They are the fertilizer for a better me.
Many experiences bombard our lives. Not all of them are going to be successes; failures and mistakes are going to constantly pepper your path. They’re unavoidable, since we’re human. But we shouldn’t be depressed by the downward points of the roller coaster of life. We should accept them with open arms and grow from them.
The mistakes I’ve made in the past have instilled courage into me to grow. They have spoke of places I should detour from in the future and taught me the ways to do something better. I can say that I have nurtured the strength not to let mistakes rob my happiness and can keep living with my head held high.
Sometimes when we see those mistakes that seem to stain our lives, we have the urge to erase them away. However, I let them be on my page of life. They are a collection I’m not necessarily proud of, but they are part of my past that were just as important as my achievements, for I learned from them.
What better way to experience the utmost corners of Earth or dive into a fascinating world called imagination than to turn a page? But books don’t just show us new places and unique people. Inside those pages hides magic that transforms our views, colors our lifestyles, and expands our thinking.
We all have heard of the titles of famous pieces of literature, including “The Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man” by James Joyce, although we all can’t say the same about having read it. Why do schools and literary critics recommend people to read these acclaimed books? They give us insight into different views and lives. They are filled with morals that guide us in every day life and wondrous prose that broadens our range of phrases.
The world of books is not only made up of literature. There is also nonfiction. Of course, it may not be as preferable to read as their counterpart, but it boasts numerous worlds made up of expertise minds in science, social studies, philosophy, and etc. No matter what subject you choose to read in, it is full of wonderful information that can come handy later in life.
Warren Buffett, the renowned American business magnate, claims that he spends 80% of his day reading. He says that it’s the key of becoming more knowledgeable.
Remember, it’s not wise to keep strictly on a diet of fantasy and sensational stories, which seems to be the fad now. Just like gorging yourself on only sweets is not healthy for you, you should have a diverse diet of all kinds of books, including biographies, science journals, and history books. You can learn a lot from them and broaden your horizons.
Now go sink your teeth into a good book!
A bowl of liquid silver against a background of pitch black
Emitting a soft, pale glow onto the world encased in night below
“I want to be like the moon,” a small child says as he looks outside
“I want to illuminate the lives of those who see darkness.”
So he makes a wish upon the glowing sphere of hope in the sky
And falls asleep into his wonderland of bright dreams.
Close your eyes and open your ears
Listen to the whisper passing by in the air.
Can you hear the soft rolling of unshed tears
By those living in grim darkness they cannot bear
Or the twinkling laughter of children like bells
Pealing forth and filled with youthful joy and hope
Or the prayer to the stars the earnest dreamer tells
Despite the dream being on top of a steep slope.
Because the wind carries all these different sounds
And channels them into our hearts in bounds.
There are many things I don’t understand in this world: why we dream when we sleep, why the sky is blue, and why black holes exist. However, the one thing that stumps me from time to time is the complicated human mind. Mysterious and confusing, the human mind constantly surprises and confuses many. Maybe that’s why there isn’t a single person in the world who fully understands the wonders of it, though some try using psychology and philosophy. However, those who study the above can only hope to graze the surface of a huge, untold mystery.
Throughout my life, I’ve moved around quite a bit. I’ve lived in over four states in the US and also in South Korea. Every time I lived in a new community, I naturally made several acquaintances and friends. The people I met were diverse, and each ended up dominating part of my bank of memories, especially my friends. Implanted inside my heart, I carried them around the world.
Thanks to the rise of social media, I was able to contact them through email, Facebook, and Kakao Talk. Sometimes I sent them a “how are you” or a quick message wishing them a happy birthday. However, it seemed like the longer apart I was with a friend, the less contact I would have with him or her. For some friends, we naturally grew apart and “lost each other in the tides of life.”
What I’m wondering now is that does that friend still see me as a friend? If someone asks me the same thing, I would say definitely. However, though that is how I feel, is that true? They say the heart grows fonder when apart, but I realized that after quite a long time, the emotions fade into noting but memories. And as more time passes, our lives become busier and we tend to forget, like all humans. Yes, the fondness still lingers, and when I chance upon thinking of that friend I feel affectionate. Yet that friend is no longer part of the present and future I see in front of me. And if I desperately refuse to face reality and grab on to the past, I am left with nothing but the fear that one day that person would leave my life forever by cutting off all contact.
So I beg of you to please not leave me. Contact me from time to time so the memories will relive every time instead of fading into a frozen wall. You don’t know how much a little “how are you” touches my heart.
Can you hear the Haitians struggling to rescue themselves from the bleak depths of poverty?
If you can’t hear it with your ears, open up your heart.
Listen with your heart. Reach out a caring hand.
Then you may be able to hear the sound of hope.
I have recently started to volunteer for Haiti College Fund, a non-profit organization that provides promising young Haitian students the opportunity to work their way out of poverty by scholarships to universities in Haiti.
Did you know?
Haiti’s per capita income ($250) is considerably less than one-tenth the Latin American average. About 80 percent of the rural Haitian population lives in poverty.
But with university-level education, young Haitians are able to enter professional positions and after returning to their communities, start creating a better society. Because it is the children who grow up to become the leaders of the future. Because it is the children who grow up to start building changes and shaping a better community with their own two hands. The key to ending poverty is education. According to US Representative Nita Lowey, it “increases their economic potential, improves their health outcomes, and helps them provide for their families and participate in their communities.” HCF offers the cornerstone. HCF helps the Haitians stand so they can run and create miracles.
All I ask of you now is to Like the page on Facebook. Then invite all your friends to Like it also. The most important first step is to spread awareness. A simple but powerful step. Haiti College Fund can’t do it alone – we need you. We need everyone.
For more information, visit http://www.haiticollegefund.org/.
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