I have never been a good reader, and I have lacked skills in reading comprehension all my life; so you can imagine how awful it sounded to me when you picked random people to summarize readings, because whether or not I had read them once, twice, three times, or more, I never felt confident to summarize them at the beginning. That changed though. Prior coming to this class, I had almost a phobia of reading, because I would always feel dumb if I couldn't comprehend something. Because of that, I usually never tried to read anything in depth, because I often gave up before I even gave myself a chance to try, so why read it at all?
As I go through my journey logs and different assignments to see how much I have done, I take pride in the initiative I took to be open at the start of all this. I was open to try and get better at reading, I was open to annotate more if needed, and I was open to take more notes in class, ask questions, and speak up. I have read on several occasions that I took part in speaking in class, because I was open and accepting to the reality that I may be wrong sometimes. I have NEVER been like that. I asked questions within my table, and I would even re read some pdfs until I actually understood.
I was also open within the game of Minecraft. I despised the game to begin with, but I have found that it isn't all that bad as long as you take some open steps in getting better. I have a girl on the golf team with me that loves the game, so having her help me with some things was huge. My assistant coach's nieces and nephews also FaceTimed me one weekend to teach me to build certain things (they're six and seven by the way). As I reflect on this aspect of thinking and approach different aspects of life with openness, I realize that I could've easily given up on everything in the first place. Sure, my grade would've suffered early on, but if I had been close-minded about doing these things just because they pushed me out of my comfort zone, I would've gotten nothing out of it. Since being so open with assignments in this class pushed me to my limits, I feel way better about English and my abilities for my future to come.
I now know some things that work and don't work for me when I read, annotate and even play Minecraft if I have to play it again. But most importantly, I didn't succeed at anywhere close to everything in this habit of mind. I learned to fail, why I failed, and how to come back from the failure, and I couldn't of asked anything more of myself besides what I did: which was being open to new things, and new experiences.