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If you were to look around my room, you’d be amazed at the amount of words pasted, taped, propped, pinned, and hung up all around it. My bulletin board is covered in quotes, lines of poems, song lyrics, lists, and scripture verses. Anything that strikes my fancy goes up in my room, so that I can see it everyday and be inspired by it.

Last night, I found three quotes I had scribbled onto my Algebra 2 homework that I heard while doing my homework.

The first comes from a TV show, called Legend of the Seeker, kind of a Lord of the Rings-ish type of story. The show itself isn’t that great, but there are some wonderful lines and I love the fact that it’s an allegory for the story of Jesus. There is an old wizard named Zeddicus who is training a young man, Richard, in what it means to be a hero. In one episode, Richard is giving a little boy lessons on tracking animals, while Kahlan, their companion, teaches the boy history. The boy is learning rapidly and reciting everything they teach him. After a little while, though, Zeddicus interjects, saying, “Don’t give him too many lessons, Richard and Kahlan, because he might not have any time for learning.” I love that. It reminds me of Mark Twain’s words, “I’ve never let my school interfere with my education.” and Albert Einstein’s “The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education.” All of these quotes explain why I’ve taken a year off from high school. I’ve edited the quote a bit so that it’s in second person and reads smoother, but I want you to know it’s based off of Legend of the Seeker.

The next quote is inspired from an episode of Chuck. I’ve forgotten who said it, but I know it came from Chuck. “Can I give you a little piece of advice? Just remember to not confuse your job with your life.” This also struck me, but I changed it a bit so that it is more relevant to me: “And a little piece of advice: remember to not confuse your schooling with your life.” Maybe it’s just me, but ever since I’ve entered high school, I’ve felt like keeping my GPA up, scoring well on the SAT, participating in lots of extracurriculars, taking the right classes, and volunteering for community service hours is all that matters. “Preparing for college is what your teenage years are for,” books and articles tell me. Sure, I think it’s important to do all that, but that is not what our teenage years are for. I think we should spend time with our families, make friends, read good books, listen to good music, take walks, write, play sports, play instruments, draw, make things, travel, and cook. Yes, when we get to college, we’ll need to know good study skills, we’ll need to know the history of the United States, and we’ll need to know moderate mathematics, but we’ll also need to know what it means to be independent, deep, and creative human beings. Also, this quote can help me when I get a bad grade, get in trouble, or get hurt in someway at school. I constantly remind myself that I can become so much more than what classmates, teachers, or report cards think of me. It’s a comforting thought! 🙂

The final addition to my collection of quotes comes from a really fun documentary, 180˚ South, which shows the journey of a man whose dream is reaching and climbing patagonia with the founder of Patagonia outdoor apparel, Yvon Chouinard. The movie explores the themes of adventure, travel, and destination. Chouinard said this about adventure: “The word adventure has gotten overused. For me, when everything goes wrong, that’s when adventure starts.” I have this hanging on my door so that when I feel like everything is going all wrong, I’ll be reminded that it could just be the start of a great adventure and later a good story. Again, I’ve paraphrased it:

Hope you’ve enjoyed these quotes!

Listening to: Love isn’t Made: Jon Foreman

Reading: Robinson Crusoe

Learning: the Presidents of the United States