Happy New Years! And happy times with family too.
It’s important to develop a routine because it makes the harder tasks in life seem easier. That is, if it’s a productive routine.
6:50 - Alarm goes off, take note that I didn’t say “I wake up” because all that happens at 6:50 is the ringing of my alarm. Anytime before seven o’clock is too early to begin my day.
7:05 - I wake up. This involves lots of stretching and regretting my decision to wake up at all. As I think about what classes I have later that day, I sigh because I thought I dropped bio but now I have to do homework at lunch.
7:35 - After showering, dressing, and eating a delicious bowl of cereal, I hop on my bike and ride a friend’s house. As I ride I think about my upcoming classes and the best way to make it to 2:30 without incident. I wake up during my ride and the fresh air and I chat with friends about jv sports, projects that are due, or whatever happens to be in the news. This ten minute stretch in the morning really sets me up for what’s ahead…
8:00 - School, as I walk through the glass doors I prepare myself for a day of notes, quizzes, and reading.
10:52 - After english I head back to palmer to meet up with a friend and play some chess. It’s a very therapeutic way to spend the time. Besides the two of us, everyone else in the club are seniors and they keep us laughing for the whole period.
2:30 - Global History ends and I hike back towards the Post side of the building. As I ride home, my earbuds playing whatever I’m into at the time, I plan out the rest of my day. I always tell myself that I can finish my homework in one productive hour but that usually doesn’t happen. I try to get my homework done immediately because the worst feeling is staying up late cramming in low quality work.
5:30 - Dinner comes early on weekdays and I eat it in a hurry as I have to leave for soccer in an hour. This is about the first time I talk to my sister all day, and my usual questions of “how was your day?” and “did you have any tests?” are met with simple one-word answers.
7:00 - Soccer, I get my daily exercise and I forget about school for a while.
9:00 - After getting home for soccer I have another bowl of cereal because why not and I promptly fall asleep. I shower too because I value hygiene.
This is 14.
Fourteen is the beginning and the end. Your days of being a care-free, completely oblivious child are over and the challenges of high school and college are just ahead of you. Nowadays, you spend less time hanging out and more time studying, learning, and cramming. You’ve come to a point where you realize that everything you do matters and heading down the wrong path could really hurt you. With this realization you feel great responsibility to stay focused and make something out of the life you find yourself in.
Fourteen is telling yourself you’ll be productive, but knowing you won’t. It’s frees spent talking in the library and playing eight-ball pool. The more friends, the less productivity. You think back and realize how much work you could've gotten done. Hindsight is one of the most painful tools.
Fourteen is when you spend more time with your teachers than your parents.
At fourteen you find ways of getting around. The seemingly faraway prospect of driving is closer than you realize. Biking ends up being a great alternative. Exercise becomes more than sports and your only barrier is weather.
Fourteen becomes a time of constant stimulation, and all of your energy is spent learning, studying, sporting, or making plans for more activity. When a quiet Sunday comes, you go through the withdrawal. Your mind and body is used to always ‘doing.’ Relaxing becomes a luxury, like an expensive present you don’t wanna use in case you break it. Before you know it, leisurely time is gone and you’re back to the ‘full steam ahead’ attitude that is required to get you through each week. You wish you had done more, or less with it.
It is trying hard not to be judged, but silently judging yourself. In the public, you watch your back and check your surroundings before speaking. You stick with your friends, the ones you trust, but also keep your eyes open for new ones. You jump with joy when your bestfriend is in your class, and deflate when there’s assigned seats. Maybe next quarter...
At fourteen, money becomes the only present you want. You know that coffee isn’t nearly worth four bucks but you get it anyway. In the back of your mind you’re thinking ‘this is the last time’ until you find yourself in line 24 hours later. The only way to not waste money is to not have any. You tell yourself that you’re gonna get a job ‘next week.’ Getting your act together is the biggest struggle you have.
With the beginnings of maturity and responsibility the shelter of youth ends. You are no longer a little kid. That being said, you’re not an adult either.
First of all, I am not the author of this writing piece. An author is somebody who writes books or articles and things like that. This assignment is too creative to be considered among novels and such. So on that note, I am the creator and this is my creator’s note.
When writing, I try hard not to force ideas. Though that sounds hypocritical, it works for me. During the drafting of the ‘This is fourteen’ piece, I was running out of ideas. Instead of sitting at my desk, trying to bust my brain for inspiration, I dropped my ipad and continued with my day. When I returned to the assignment, I found that I had so much to write about and that the break was all that I needed.
My encyclopedia of me writing was definitely my favorite piece to write because it allowed myself to express myself. The goal of the assignment, as I understood it was to describe things in our lives that were important, quirky, or… both? I wrote about relevant things in my life like biking and chess and I wrote about pastimes like poker and skiing. One great aspect of this assignment was that I could include my personality and style into my writing. Many writing projects are a step by step formula that will eventually get you across the line. More creative writing, like the encyclopedia pieces were not only interesting to write, but they were enjoyable.
Personally, the narrative was a very interesting piece to write. Every year in english we write a narrative. I always end up writing about one of the many soccer trips I’ve been on or another sports related event. This year, I finally switched it up a bit and wrote about family, one of the topics I usually veer away from. When the prompt of holidays came up on Mrs. Binney’s board, I thought back to the previous holidays. After the simple process of elimination I realized that New Year’s eve 2015 was actually perfect. Though it was more generic than the encyclopedia or fourteen piece.