How was your holiday and what did you do?
My holiday was pretty memorable, I made some new friends which I'm excited about and I was able to spend a lot of time with family. The first weekend of the break, I went to a party with about 20 people that I've never met who I've gotten pretty close to. Christmas morning my mom, dad, sister, and I all drove down to my grandmas house to eat dinner and exchange presents. Then a few days later for New Years, my family drove to our friends house where we played pool and watch fireworks by the river.
What is the most trouble you have given your parents? What is the most enjoyment you have given them?
The most trouble I've given my parents is probably having to pay for dance. Dance is my first passion and I couldn't imagine my life without it. Although I'm only an immature 14 year old, I know this is something I love. But, sadly dance is not a cheap activity, having to pay for contests, practice clothes, costumes, trips, it adds up quickly. I have seen this stress my mom out many times and my dad doesn't even realize that all his money is going towards this. Thankfully, my parents have always supported my decisions and would be happy with anything I love no matter the cost. They enjoy watching me dance and believe it has taught me some of the best life lessons I can learn, I've learned how to be responsible, I'v become a very understanding person, I have created a family with the people I've met and they are definetly my best friends. I'm so thankful for my parents being able to ignore that what I do is so expensive and it doesn't matter if it's something I'm truly passionate about.
Does writing help you express your feelings?
I think writing is a great way to express your feelings, just like this high school kid, I often write down things to reflect on as well. Not many people know this, but I love to write and it helps me a lot while dealing with things, especially my sister graduating and moving out at the end of this school year. Writing for me at least, has made things easier and just a better way of realizing how you really feel. Now a days we are too caught up in everyday life and never take time to step back and look at the whole picture. Writing allows us to see the things we never focused on before.
What dream can you conceive? Can you believe it? Can you achieve it?
Being a teenager now a days means that there are many other people our age having to wake up and do the same things I do. We all have to go to school for the most part so, a common answer of what is your number one goal that reoccurs is to get better grades and of course, yes I can believe I can get better grades and yes I can achieve it. We all have the power to, but the ones who actually get there are the ones who tried and believed they could. You're never going to get anywhere if you don't believe in that goal.
What are you doing this weekend?
For the three day weekend, I'm going to DL saturday practice to prepare for contest which I will probably come out of with numerous bruises and no energy to do anything else. But as for the more fun part, I'm getting to see my best friend Sage for 2 days. I haven't seen her since November 22nd so I'm pretty excited to give her her christmas present and spend time with her. Then on monday i have to go to work yay!
How do you decide if you like someone? How do you show interest?
Deciding if you like someone in my opinion comes from the first impression, although not all first impressions determine how I feel towards them, it is always something you remember if you grow a relationship with them. Usually people dislike people because of their beliefs or their opinions, I try not to do that because I like to be an open person and I enjoy hearing what other people think. When showing interest, a great way to show that is to be respectful and kind towards them. Also to be willing to listen to what they have to say.
Have you ever passed kindness?
My situation of passing on kindness was much like these teenagers, I was in the drive through at starbucks and when we pulled up to the window to pay the employee told us "There's no need to pay, the customer in front of you paid for you." It caught me so off guard and I thought it was such a kind deed and decided to do it for the next customer. What made my day was not that I had my drinks paid for, but that the person behind us in line appretiated what we did for them.
Who is you biggest fan?
My biggest fan would probably be my older sister Kylie. She has been at everything that means something to me and when i am awarded with something, I probably wouldn't have achieved that if she wasn't there. She has guided me through everything and has shaped me into the person I am today. Not only is she my biggest fan, I am hers as well. She inspires me and seeing her succeed at so much pushes me to want to do the same.
What do you love most about yourself? What do others love about you?
The thing I love most about myself would probably my my willingness to listen, when ever anyone needs someone to listen I'm there no matter who it is and how close they are to me. Other people have told me their favorite thing about me is that I put everyone before me and I am very understanding. I've noticed that putting others before myself sometimes causes issues but I do agree that I am an understanding person because I always try my hardest to put myself in their shoes and give them wise feedback of what I would do.
How do you see yourself? How do others see you?
I've never been one to believe everything I hear, usually I'm blessed to receive the complement of someone telling me how beautiful I am. But not that I don't appreciate it, I just don't believe that being pretty or beautiful determines your success. Of course I do think I am beautiful but if I was any less affectionate I would feel the exact same way.
Do you treat others as they do, or as they ought to be?
If someone were to treat me with disrespect, I'd tact overly nice to them to one, make them annoyed and two, show them I am the bigger person. I think if you are treated in a way that you dislike, it only makes sense to do the opposite. But, if someone were to act extremely nice to you and that annoyed you for some reason, it would be dumb to act rudely towards them.
How were you taught to tell the truth?
As I grew up, whenever I lied about something, it wasn't very difficult to tell. I was so bad at lying that two words into anything I said that was anywhere near incorrect, my family would ask me "what really happened?" So there really wasn't a big problem with me lying, after awhile of trying to get better at it, I decided it would be best if I just told the truth from then on. Of course my parents told me telling the truth is the right thing to do, but I think I learned that more by myself.
Have your parents practiced "long division" on you and your friends?
No, my parents have never separated me from one of my friends or anyone they feel I shouldn't be around. I think their reasoning of this is for me to realize on my own who is a good influence and a bad influence. It should be my decision who I want to be around and learn what's best for me. I agree with this because it makes me a lot more independent and smart.
When has a friend opened up a whole new world for you?
When I met my best friend Sage, it felt like I was reborn and ever since then I've found myself and now I know who I really am. Sadly she moved away but whenever I get to see her it's like getting to see myself again. Its crazy how comfortable you can be in front of someone. It's even crazier how I've already found that person so early in my life.
What is the most important advice you've ever received?
Of course I was taught growing up how I should act and what I should remember but it all changed when my sister told me "The one thing you should learn from High School is realizing that you should put yourself first" this really hit me because I've been known to put everyone first and yes, that is a great thing until it gets to that point where I need to think about myself. Many times I've put myself in those situations and I think my sister telling me that I'll remember it forever and know that it's okay to put myself first.
What's the stupidest thing you've ever done? Were you persuaded to do it?
The stupidest thing I've ever done would probably be the time my friend Elise and I prank called a bunch of people we barely knew. It was about 11 at night and we had been running around her neighborhood doing who know what, then she suggested calling people. I was all for it because that's just a fun thing to do and why not? We called about 20 people and they were all hilarious and only a few realized it was us. A few days later my Aunt called my mom saying that her son, my cousin Garrett had prank called their neighbor the night before and they weren't aware it was him, so they assumed it was a threat and called the police. I've learned it's probably not the best thing to do.
What do you wish you knew then what you know now?
There's never been a situation where I look back and say "I wish I knew what I was getting myself into before I did" because, I believe mistakes are meant to be made and I'll never learn if I never make mistakes. I don't think I'll ever want to go back and fix something because maybe what happened, happened for a reason.