Innovating the Innovative

There was a project we had to do in English. (You may have come to realize we do some strange but admittedly cool things in English.)

The theme of the project and overall concept was innovation. Getting out there and doing something, changing something, making it memorable and helping out, making a difference in a way that was unique and wonderful to you and everyone else. When you first hear of the project, it sounds absolutely amazing. This is honestly a great idea, and it helps shape our fellow students to think outside the box. Instead of making a powerpoint talking about how Romeo and Juliet contributes to the real world or totally winging a book presentation, this project was supposed to be something we could look back on and even put into our resumees one day. It was supposed to be something awesome.

But when I sat there and thought about the project, I realized I had absolutely no idea what I wanted to do.

Nothing.

The project was simple grinning at me and I was staring back at it.

I sat there and thought, ‘How on earth am I supposed to do something amazing?’ A lot of my friends raised money for various programs, started petitions, helped others out, all sorts of things. And honestly, they were all great, wonderful ideas, things that would actually make a difference and help.

And what was I supposed to do?

I had no idea.

My saving grace though was when I was doodling with some classmates for ideas and I glanced at the clock and thought about time.

Time. Time + project =….

Time capsule.

That’s it. I’d do a class time capsule.

At first, the idea sounded wicked cool. I could get together a few video interviews with classmates, pile it all onto a DVD, stuff it in a container with several other items students wanted to leave behind for future people to find. It wouldn’t be hard, I could do it. It honestly sounded great.

But as the project progressed, I felt myself grow more and more doubtful towards it. I wasn’t sure how long I wanted the time capsule to be, how I’d leave it so that people would know where it was buried, I couldn’t figure out all these little kinks and I figured I’d just have to go and push it through anyway.

And then my sister brought up one day about how we should go exploring, and she mentioned something I’d been familiar with before, but hadn’t thought about.

Geocaching.

Geocaching is a worldwide treasure hunt in the barest of terms. It is literally worldwide, all across the globe people are pariticpating in this massive everyday event. Geocaching involves going out and searching for containers filled with items people have left behind when they found the container, and its a massive hunt through the strangest to most beautiful places to find them.

And I realized this is what I wanted to do.

Geocaching involves moving, getting up on your feet and throwing your mind into the riddles given to solve the location of the geocache. It takes you to places you could have never imagined, beautiful locations and breathtaking views, it gets people involved in this unspoken, global movement.

So I went innovative and made my time capsule into a geocache.

Let’s BRAWL

There’s a lot of questions in life.

And by a lot, I mean a lot. Like a crazy, unneccasary amount of questions out there waiting to be answered, explained, and it seems sometimes that none of them ever will.

But at the same time, there are a lot of questions that do get answered, sometimes in the craziest, wildest ways, or the smallest, simplest little actions. Through books, movies, ideals, school, we make all sorts of connections that help lead us to an answer, or at least something close to a solution.

At my school, my English teacher introduced to us something he’d often do with his classes called a BRAWL. We were assigned to read a book, devise questions that expanded outside of a simple war novel and related to the world, and come up with answers to boot.

And honestly, it was awesome.

It was in a simple little classroom at a simple high school that I learned and discovered things deeper than my mind could have imagined.

It was different, amazing, crazy different to see all these ideals and beliefs come into play when my fellow students stood up and answered questions in the ways they thought made sense. There were times when I disagreed and completely agreed, and it was fun to explore this deeper, more intense side of thought in school. I learned that everyone can see this world, our problems so differently. But it was this amazing experience and chance to say and speak about what it was that I believed. What my group and I felt towards these very relevant and very real topics we see all over the place.

I learned how deep these connections go. How far we can trace everything back and relate it to all sorts of problem. Whether its mistakes of the past or choices done now. They all matter.

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Plus, I got to stand on my teacher’s desk.

And it was awesome.

Writing For A Better World

Take a moment and just love writing for the love of it! The differences between writers and authors is that authors write to live, writers live to write. 🙂

Explore the World

Most people write to make money but I don’t. I write mainly for school because we have an assignment to write. Probably when i’m done with all the assignments I wouldn’t write every week anymore but i’ll always try to make time for writing in this busy world. Before my experience in writing for my English class I would have never thought about creating a blog and writing every week. Now I really like the experience and I think that it is extremely important to write!

Writing doesn’t just benefit others with the information you are going to share but more importantly it benefits the writer who learns from the experience, which is improving writing, communicating more with other people, researching new ideas and cultures, trying to find interesting topics, choice of words, staying on topic and a lot more. I believe that writers learn more than readers as they…

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Same Difference

FRIENDLY HEADS UP: The topic covered today can be a touchy one, if the idea/on going argument and debate about same-sex marriages and the topic overall are not up your alley, feel free to move along. 🙂

“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.”

-Genesis 1:27

There’s something I’ve come to notice that the world has constantly fought upon, spent wars over, riots and debates. It’s torn families apart, it’s started bloody wars, it’s ripped friend from friend, turned brother on brother, and it slips around like a shadow, it’s there, people see it, people comment on it, people step over it, but no matter how we look at it, it seems it is always there.

Equality.

“e·qual·i·ty

əˈkwälədē/

noun; the state of being equal, especially in status, rights, and opportunities.”
But the kind of equality I’m going over today isn’t the difference between colors, it’s more about rights, about beliefs, lifestyles, the way we are.
In worlds before and in lifetimes beyond, being different was both good and bad. When you look back to times like the Renaissance, people wanted to be different, they wanted change. When you look to periods like the Religious Wars or even now, where people are constantly at odds and ends over being different or fitting in, we’re always looking at it in different ways, because the thing is, no matter what you do, people will never see eye to eye, they will always look upon things in a different perspective.
But that doesn’t mean we can’t understand each other now, does it?
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What is different? What is normal? Who decides? History? Tradition? We don’t know, we simply follow what we’ve been told all our lives. But the great thing is that nowadays, people are okay with being different, people see it as something new and they accept it with willing arms.
Perhaps before, and even still, people weren’t okay with the idea of liking someone the same as you. But why not? You fall in love or become friends with people because you have things in common, because you can relate, you get along, so why does it matter that the thing you have in common is gender? Why is the fact that someone likes someone of the same sex matter?
“It’s wrong,” they say, “It’s weird” they mutter.
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You know what, it is different. But no one ever said different was bad.

I think it is perfectly okay to have same sex marriages.

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Latin Quotes for the Soul

I love Latin, I really do. Even though I’m not at all fluent with the language, I’d really like to be.

But the best thing about Latin is that it is the root of so many of our words. It was spoken before we spoke, and the history and culture behind it is amazing.

But in the meantime, these quotes will have to suffice.

So here are some quotes that I’ve found to be inspirational or simply cool out of the fondness for the language, and feel free to use them to even sound a little cool.

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1. “Dimidium facti qui coepit habet.”

“He who has begun has the work half done.”

2. “Bis vincit qui se vincit in victoria.”

“He conquers twice who conquers himself in victory.”

3. “Aut viam inveniam aut faciam.” 

“I’ll either find a way or make one.”

4. “Aut vincere aut mori.”

“Either to conquer or to die.”

5. “Ipsa scientia potestas est.” 

“Knowledge itself is power.”

6. “Nil desperandum.” 

“Never despair.”

7. “Amicitiae nostrae memoriam spero sempiternam fore.”

“I hope that the memory of our friendship will be everlasting.”

8. Vestis virum reddit.”

“The clothes make the man.”

9. “Aequam memento rebus in arduis servare mentem.” 
“Remember when life’s path is steep to keep your mind even.”

10. Vir sapit qui pauca loquitur.”
“That man is wise who talks little.”

11. Alea iacta est.”
“The dice has been cast.”

12. Semper inops quicumque cupit.”

“Whoever desires is always poor.”

13.“Serva me, servabo te.”

“Save me and I will save you.”

14. A fronte praceipitium a tergo lupi.”

“A precipice in front, wolves behind” basically “between a rock and a hard place”

15.Si vis pacem, para bellum.” 

“If you want peace, prepare for the war.”

16. Dulce bellum inexpertis.”

“War is sweet for those who haven’t experienced it.”

17.Si vis amari, ama.” 

“If you wish to be loved, love.”

18. Semper idem.”

“Always the same thing.”

19. Dum viviumus, vivamus.” 

“When we live, let us live.”

20. Ubi concordia, ibi victoria – Publius Syrus
“Where there is unity, there is the victory.”

21. “Veni, vidi, vici.”

“I came, I saw, I conquered.”

22. “Quid pro quo.”

“Something for something else.” or “A favor for a favor.”

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23. Temet nosce.”

“Know thyself.”

24. “Audax at fidelis.”

“Bold but faithful.”

25. Non ducor duco.”

“I am not led, I lead.”

26. Semper ad meliora.”

“Always towards better things.”

27. “Sic itur ad astra.”

“Thus you shall go to the stars.”

28.  “Forest fortuna adiuvat.”

“Fortune favors the brave.”

29. “Carpe noctem.”

“Sieze the night.”

30. “Carpe diem.”

“Sieze the day.”

Hopefully you too can take these quotes and put them to good use. Whether it’s for a trendy, cool looking bio, a life lesson or motto, or even something just to dish out every now in then in a conversation jsut to show off your stuff.

Celebrate Latin everyone.

Dear Future

“The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time.”

                                    -Abraham Lincoln

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It’s kind of scary, isn’t it? The future.

It’s this massive, looming thing that hangs over our heads, wanders around in the back of our minds, slips through our thoughts and conversations, and leaves behind this sense of wonder, a sense of fear and awe for what we don’t know.

“It is not in the stars to hold our destinies, but ourselves.”

– Shakespeare

Some people look towards the future with bright, sparkling eyes. Dream and ideas, visions and thoughts waiting to be created, to be done, experienced. There are others who know exactly where they’re going, they can see the future ahead of them, they know where they are, who they are, and what they want to do. Some people fear the future, they’re afraid of what’s to come, what will happen. They dread the days looming before them.

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And then, there are people like me, I suppose, who look towards the future with an air of curiosity.

To be honest, I don’t know what to expect of the future, I doubt anyone does. There’s so much that could happen, so much that could change, and the thing is, we’ll never know when or how they happen, or what will happen. And I’m okay with that.

“There is nothing like a dream to create the future.”

– Victor Hugo

Because the thing is, the future is something meant to be looked towards. We look back at the past, we look toward the future, but sometimes we forget that we’re standing here in the now. Sometimes we get distracted and we don’t know where we’re going or where we came from, we forget.

But that’s okay.

“The past is a ghost, the future a dream, and all we ever have is now.”

– Bill Cosby

I think the future is meant to be feared, to be adored, it’s the future. We’ll never know what’s going to happen, and that’s fine. Because what we forget really matters is living here in the now. Enjoying your life as it is and taking it in stride and never forgetting what it means to just be alive right now.

We don’t live to die, we die because we live.

“Yesterday’s the past, tomorrow’s the future. But today is a gift, that’s why it’s called the present.”

– Bil Keane

And yes, while that does mean we should always live life to the fullest, it doesn’t mean that we should be stupid. After all, there’s so much to live for. The future is scary, it hangs over us like a cloud, but not all clouds are bad, some bring rain, some bring shade, some bring dreams. It’s okay not to know what you want to do or where you want to go.

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The future isn’t meant to be stressed over or worried about. It’s something to look towards and expect, because it comes to us everyday, one step at a time, and I think we can handle that.

“Dear Future,

I am looking forward to what you bring.”

– Past

Looks towards the future, remember the past, love the now, and I think you’ll be just fine.