It’s been a while since I’ve last posted on my blog & I have a feeling every one of my intros from here on out will start that way. Life gets busy, what can I say?
Winter break was fun! I got to reconnect with my closest friends as well as make some new ones. I’m one week into Spring semester & I’m happy with all my classes. I signed up for ADV3008: Intro to Advertising and I am beyond excited for it. While in class, I had the realization that this class and subject felt right to be in. It’s something I can see myself doing and that’s a nice feeling. I hope I don’t change my mind and I hope things do work out but I’m taking it day by day.
Some of my New Year resolutions include:
Gym 5 out 7 days, let’s get it.
Straight A’s this semester, dale.
Apply to an internship or get involved with an organization.
Learn to code. This will be a gateway to my life long dream of becoming a hacker.
Spend more time practicing my graphic design skills.
Learn more about philosophy/philosophers & read poetry.
We’re half way through the first month of 2017 and I hope it’s treating you well. I have a good feeling about this one.
With the start of the new year, I decided that I would create a set of resolutions that would help me better myself while exploring different things that would allow me to grow. Throughout this month (and perhaps year), I plan on sharing my resolutions and how I am slowly accomplishing them.
For starters, I took a trip to Goodwill & believe to have made the best decision in doing so. I bought five books. Before that, I was reading other books for my AP Literature class as well as some for pleasure. Since the school year started (August 2015), I have read about 5 novels.
These are all the books I’ve read so far. (Except “The Hours” – I bought this book at Goodwill especially because it won a Pulitzer. I started reading it but I couldn’t get to it so I just didn’t.)
I’d like to say that my favorite has been The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes. At first, I enjoyed the character (Tony Webster) and the way he spoke about time and life and just how he analyzed things. But as I keep reading, I felt as though the plot wasn’t moving forward. I finished the book confused. I go online to look up an analysis and the very first line of it leads to an automatic drop of my jaw. Everything made sense from that single sentence and now I can say that I am fully satisfied with the book after reading it.
In class, I read The Stranger by Albert Camus and The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Both of the books were amazing and I genuinely enjoyed analyzing them in class with my friends and teacher. One of the main things that stuck with me from reading and learning about The Stranger was existentialism. I wrote about it not too long ago and I’m still letting it marinate. It’s crazy to think that at the end of the day (and by day, I mean life–which can end on any day) none of it matters. It almost frightens me to say it because I don’t want people thinking that it’s a depressing matter or that it’s affecting me negatively because it’s not. It’s a simple thing to say but a complex idea for me to grasp so I guess I’m just taking things one day at a time. And it’s because of all this– the thinking, the analysis, the contemplating about life and it’s meaning– that inspired me to indulge in more literature. It has something– some sort of affect– that I don’t think anyone can get from scrolling through their Twitter feed or watching hours of BuzzFeed videos… (Which I am guilty of.) It’s something that I’ve just recently come to appreciate.
I have a shelf full of books I am excited to get to and up next is The Yiddish Policemen’s Union by Michael Chabon.
Here’s to the New Year! I hope you are able to fulfill all your resolutions and that you grow happier with each passing day in 2016.