Of course with Thanksgiving being less than five days away it only natural (and slightly cliche) to talk about what I am thankful for. Modern media and basically the world in general thrives on the idea that teenagers are ungrateful and selfish cretins only looking for monetary gain. As expected its almost impossible to find an absolute for either side of this statement (one defending and one refuting). But from my personal experience as a teenager, I believe that we (teenagers) are thankful for almost everything in our lives, but its kind of hard and in a way corny, to express those feelings of gratitude. Personally, I think this statement is one-hundred percent true. This is because I have problems with revealing those feelings; even though, it may seem as if I am the most pessimistic person in the multi-dimensional universe. That is why in this post, I wish to clearly state that I am thankful for everything in my life.
Basically, this post is just a long list… First thing’s first, I am thankful for my friends (thatsoreagan.wordpress.com) and family. Without them I would lack drive and support. To them it may seem that my pessimism and cynical comments are just “rude”, “mean” or “stupid”. But I really am thankful they still stick with me in spite of my less-than-admirable qualities and failure to show any “genuine” emotion. As for my family, I am thankful that I even have one. And as hostile as it may be, without them I would have nothing and be nothing. And the last thing I am thankful for are my educators and mentors. I mean without them achieving a higher education would be significantly harder.
I know this is a small and shallow list but I did not want to bore you with a list of some else’s mushy-gushy feelings.
This time I’m suppose to talk about beliefs that I’d like to reject. Off the top of my head, there are not too many significant beliefs which require my rejection. Of course there are some that might cause me to be labeled as an infidel…but a school related blog is not necessarily the appropriate place to discuss those “sensitive” topics. Moving forward, I have begun to notice some common beliefs among students in the classroom setting, AP to be specific. A major belief is that “the kid who appears the smartest is the smartest so you should listen to him.” Obviously, anyone can tell why I’d like to reject this unspoken rule. From experience, I can list people who appear of high intellectual status but are in reality just infinitesimal fraction of the being we consider them to be. In fact, I can create a list of those types of people (But I’m not going to because that would be immature, invasive, etc. etc.) I’m not trying to convince you that those people are “bad”. They are just victims of this belief that “someone who looks smart is smart”. Unfortunately, I cannot really think of any utilitarian methods of asserting my belief without offending the “victims”. And one that will not make me look like a pretentious eloha in the process.
Another belief that I’d like to reject is the commonly held idea that the smart kid is ALWAYS right. This is different from the first belief because the “kid” in question is smart. The problem is that we have to believe that he is ALWAYS right. Of course I’m not saying do not listen to him. He’s smart for a reason. The point I am trying to get across is that he is always going to be right. This belief has significance because in a lot of AP class people tend to follow the smartest person blindly. From my experience, there have been multiple times this year in which he/she has been wrong and as a result, their followers are wrong. Once again it’s kind of a daunting task to assert my beliefs and still maintain a positive image.
A few weeks ago I wrote a post about my flaws, but I never really got the chance to talks about my good points. And while talking about one’s flaws generally provokes some sort of improvement in oneself, one must also talk about their admirable qualities. Although I may not have that many traits people would consider “spectacular”, I still possess some qualities that are noteworthy.
I can hold secrets pretty well; therefore the first of my qualities that I believe is spectacular is my trustworthiness. This is unique quality in today’s society because new technology creates new mediums in which people can become “untrustworthy.” However as a citizen that only uses these modern convinces liberally, I do not have as high of a possibility of losing a person’s trust. Furthermore, obtaining this skill requires time, patience, and the ability to understand future consequences. I can vividly recall times in which people have tried to lure me under the facade of a conversation so that they can extract another person’s secrets, and I discreetly changed the subject to maintain my reputation as a trustworthy person. Overall though, the most habitual use this skill provides is keeping secrets.
The next trait that I believe is above the norm is my intellect. Although there are a multitude of people who are more intelligent than me, there are even more citizens of the world that do not possess the small level of intelligence that I display. Of course the most obvious occurrences of this trait are when I get outstanding test grades and such. Even though, One can be born intelligent, intelligence is also trait that can be developed from experience and a variety of other factors. For myself, I’d like to think that I am the type of person who was born “smart.”