Ethan Williams BIM 1

January 5th

How was your break and what did you do?

My break was pretty fantastic. I didn't do much in the ways of celebrating the holidays, but I did enjoy some time with family. However, most of my time when towards reading up on controversial topics and persons such as free speech, safe spaces (specifically at colleges), and Milo Yiannopoulos, who is actually a pretty interesting and reasonable person despite all that is said about him. I actually eagerly await his book that is soon to come out that will be titled Dangerous.


My mother had a great deal of trouble with me, but I think she enjoyed it. --Mark Twain

What is the most trouble you have ever given your parents? What is the most enjoyment you have ever given them?

The most trouble that I've ever given my parents was in middle school as I would always get into fights which eventually led to me having to go to a different school which was costly. Now the most enjoyment I wouldn't know. I'm pretty awesome all the time so me just being here to bless them is always enjoyable.


Does writing help you express you feelings?

Writing, along with all other forms of communication, help me in expressing myself. However I have no need or desire to express myself in such an outward manner. I can find clarity within my own mind if need be.


What dream can you conceive? Can you believe it? Can you achieve it?

My dream is just to have success in my future. I can believe this because I will achieve it. I may get knocked down, stepped on, and mocked, but I'll keep getting back up. As many times as necessary, because success is determined by your ability to get back up more times than you have been knocked down and keep going against all the odds. If you work hard, if you truly strive for your goals then you will achieve them in time.


What am I doing this weekend?

This weekend I am taking the time to study the plans that Bernie Sanders wanted to enact when in office and all of the flaws of said plan. What really peaked my interest in this, especially after the race, was how many people keep supporting him and saying that he was the better choice despite his desire to bring a more socialist attitude into our country and ruin our economy. Aside from studying his plans, I will also be evaluating the plans that Trump will be enacting while in office so as to compare the two after.


How do you decide if you like someone? How do you show interest in them?

I decide if I like someone or not based on whether or not I can tolerate the person for more than a few minutes. If I can actually have an interesting conversation with them or not is everything. How I show interest is I'll either go up and tell them upfront I find them interesting and I want learn more so as to cut out some boring unnecessary drivel, or sometimes I'll just go up and try to have a fun conversation by talking about controversial topics. Depending on how the person reacts determines if I'll bother with them again, some get really feisty.


Have you ever passed on a kindness?

I have, however it's not something that I get a chance to do often. And if I do, more often than not there is no one really worthy of more than the kindness that I already give others naturally.


Who is your biggest fan?

I don't have a fan as far as I'm aware. I don't apply myself much in life so there's nothing to be a fan of. There's nothing to support me on. If I do have a fan I'd love to know why.


What do you love most about yourself? What do other people like about you?

Honestly I'm not sure what I like about myself or what other people like, I try not to think about it. In the end it doesn't matter. All that does is if I can go about my day and have a good time.


Which of your senses is the most important to you? What would you do without it?

My most important sense is that of taste. A good meal is what gives flavor to life. If I were to lose it I don't know what I'd do, but I would be filled with sorrow for a time. That I know for sure.


How do you see yourself? How do you think others see you?

I see myself as an amazing person that this world is blessed to have. And I'm pretty sure others see the exact same, but do to their jealously they become pretty hostile to me and often can only be around me a few moments at a time. I'm just too overwhelming.


Do you treat people as they are, or as they ought to be?

It depends on the person. Some are already who they ought to be, but others who I feel like have potential and I care enough I will hold them to a higher standard.


How were you taught to tell the truth?

I was taught by my peers when they would lie to me and others. I saw the consequences of the lies and they just weren't worth it most of the time. Also, to lie means you have some care as to what the outcome would be of the situation your lying about however I just don't care. It's much easier to tell the truth than take the time to fabricate a lie.


Have your parents ever practiced "long division" on you and your friends?

No, my parents never practiced that. They believed it was important for me to chose and make my own friends and learn from the experience should they be good or bad. However, they would be very open out their opinion of the people I chose and would give their advice from time to time, but its ultimately my choice. Now as for the scenario depicted in the poem where the father divides the couple, I have no experience with that as I don't date.


When has a friend opened up a whole new world for you?

My friend Garrett opened up the world of weightlifting when he showed me everything and got me into it. It's been such a great thing for me and it really does give me something to direct some of my energy to.


What is the most important advise you have ever received?

The most important advice that I was ever given was from a veteran that I met during an event and he said, "Don't get shot, it hurts." This has been a very motivating statement and I believe it will keep me alive for a long time in life if I follow it.


What was the stupidest thing you have ever done? Did someone persuade you to do it?

The stupidest thing I have ever done was think that I am better than everyone and everything. That view has made my miss out on a lot life has offered so far as I thought of myself as too superior to lower myself to do certain things. It's made me make a fool of myself more times than I can count and its something that I regret. Something I know now is that despite how great I can be or have the potential to become I must never think I'm too good to perform any task. I have to tackle any challenge that comes my way.


What do you want to have most in your life either now or in the future?

What I would want most in life is a good loving family of my own in the future. I would want a wife and children to love, care for, and if need be, protect. I want people that will always stand by my side, even if I might be wrong. People who won't abandon me, or try to drag me down into despair. That is what I want most.


What do you wish you knew then that you know now?

I wish I knew everything that I know now. If I can know one thing, why not all things. Everything that I know now is a useful bit of information that will aide me in making making my life better. However once I put more thought into it, I don't want to know anything different than what I did. The decisions I made are what made me, well, me. If anything were to change in my own timeline then I would technically cease to exist. I would be replaced by the altered version of me. The version that went without experience the same failures as I, and would therefore be different by experience. I wouldn't be the same and that would be a tragedy.


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