Wednesday, February 15, 2017

"Orwellian"

If I could define "Orwellian" I would say it means a government that has complete control of it's people. The government also knows what the people do, when, where, and at what time. I do think that word "Orwellian" can be applied to our society today. There are many part of the world where the government has complete control of what the people can know. An example could be North Korea and how they live under a government that controls what they can be influenced by and what they can see on the internet.
In the book there is a line that states, " War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery, Ignorance is Strength." This is part of an Orwellian society and this can be connected to how our society believes today. In today's society many people believe going to war will bring peace. And if someone states otherwise they don't support our troops, or they simply don't want to bring "peace" to that nation. Simply look at WWI and how eager Americans were to go to war, not acknowledging how horrific war actually is. Many Americans also believe they have freedom because America is the land of the "free." Yet they lack the realization that they are wage slaves, working over time and barely making enough to be above the poverty line. Being oppressed by their own government and having no understanding of it. We as a people are trained to not want to learn. We are given too many distractions to care about getting involved in politics, or at least reading about world issues. Things like television and celebrity gossip are a distraction the youth and is keeping them ignorant about their surroundings. Keeping the people ignorant only gives the government more strength to take away their rights without their awareness. 

Thursday, January 26, 2017

15 Minutes With Anyone

If I could spend 15 minutes with anyone I would spend time with a family friend that passed away when I was ten years old. She was a really kind and generous lady. She was really fun to be around and was always really nice to me. In those 15 minutes that I would get to spend to her we would go to Balboa Park. Since I would be able to spend that time with her, we'd talk about a lot of things. Like how she's doing or what museum she would like to go to next. I'd talk about school and how things are going for me. I'd tell her about how her pets are doing. She had 2 hamsters, a cat, and a dog. In those 15 minutes that I would get to talk to her I would make sure to tell her everything that's happened since she left. I would make sure to tell her how her daughter is doing and how her husband is. Also, how my siblings are doing and how much they've grown. Because they were both little when she passed. But most of all how much i miss her. Before the 15 minutes are over we'd go to eat at Jack in the Box. She used to eat there a lot.  At the end of those 15 minutes I'd tell her how much everyone misses her and that we all love her.  

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Goals

Image result for goals picturesMy main goal is to become a pediatrician. My school goals is to get As and Bs. I want to graduate with honors. I want to go to college right after high school and live a healthier lifestyle. In order to reach my goal of becoming a pediatrician I will do good in high school. I will go to a 4 year university right after high school and get my career started. But in order to complete my main goal I must complete my other smaller goals. I will move towards these smaller goals by turning in my homework on time, and studying for tests. I have to be serious about eating healthy, because if not I won't follow through on my goal. In the article, "8 Ways to Stay Motivated to Follow Through on your goals,"  the author states that first an individual must self compassion. One has to be compassionate about their goals. I am very passionate about what I want to do, and by being passionate I will eventually complete what I want to do. Also to break up your goals and not just set one long one. Another tip is to not be vague about what you want for yourself, but rather be very specific.  But I must start now, as some of my goals start now. If I want to complete my goals I will have to manage my time better and start doing them now. I need to follow through on my goals now, there is not later. I will manage my time enough so that I can get the grades I want and still be able to work. In another article, "3 Surefire Ways to Follow Through on Your Goals" the author states that first an individual must know what he/she wants. I know what I want for myself and I know I want to complete these goals. Using these I will complete the goals I want for myself. Anything is possible if you set your mind on it.
http://www.lifehack.org/articles/communication/3-surefire-ways-follow-through-your-goals-2.html
http://www.happify.com/hd/8-ways-to-stay-motivated/

Monday, October 10, 2016

Out Of Your Comfort Zone

I don't really get out of my comfort zone. Last year, however, I did challenge myself a lot. I started the school year off applying to places, until I got hired. That was a big step, and I really did have to get out of comfort zone. But now a year later, I am comfortable with the job I have and I'm not really challenging myself. I have gained a lot of experience from this job. I am glad I did take the step and ask for job in the first place. My social skills have gotten better and I have learned to be patient and calm with difficult people. I've also learned how to work better. But aside from just learning how to work properly to keep the job, I've learned how to manage my time. Being a student and having a job at the same time was definitely not in my comfort zone. It took a while to learn how to balance being a student and have a job while keeping my grades up. At first I wasn't sure if I wanted to keep the job. I'm a shy person and wouldn't really go out and talk to people. But at my job I'm forced to speak to people and ask questions. Speaking up is definitely not something that's in my comfort zone because I'm such a shy person. Although I decided to keep the job due to the fact I would be gaining tons of experience at such a young age. I learned to face challenges and step out of my comfort zone. 

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Does social class and economic status influence a person’s reality?

Social class does have an influence with an individual's perception of reality. The way an individual sees the world from a lower social class is different from the way an individual views the world from a higher social class. The living styles is different and so is the perception of their realities. This influences the way they see the world and how they view themselves. They way they are being influenced has a huge impact on their view of their own reality. An individual's economic status also has an influence on their reality. Someone who comes from a low income home might appreciate what they have more. On the other hand someone who's income is higher might not appreciate what they have because they don't see the same value in it. It's values are different and the gratitude towards an object is different. One who has a low income might buy the cheapest things so they could save more money. While someone who comes from a higher income will spend and not have to worry about going for the lowest price. This would have people wishing to live a different life style. Their reality is not what they want. But it's not the same for someone who already has that life style. 

My Life as a Reader

I remember as a child reading Dr. Seuss books. I used to love reading The Magic Tree House books. And as the years went by the books got more and more bigger; they continuously grew with more and more pages. One of my favorite novels that I've read is My Sister's Keeper. It's a heart breaking book. But, it's intriguing and get's more and more interesting as you read. Reading the book seemed much better than watching it. That's because as you read you create your own view of how the book is. You create your own setting according to what the book is stating. Reading to me was always amazing. It keeps you busy and entertained. And you can also make your vocabulary grow and make you a much better reader. Although what was challenging was reading the small lettered books. I never liked wearing glasses, but if I read without them I would get a headache. Currently I am reading It's Kind of a Funny Story. It's so far a great book. It's full of great details and you can really picture the scenery while reading it. 

Friday, September 16, 2016

What is real?

The dictionary definition of real is, "actually existing as a thing or occurring in fact; not imagined or supposed." However, the definition of real can vary from person to person. This is because everyone has a different perception of what reality is. Reality can be different to someone who has a mental condition from someone who doesn't. From a pet's perspective you are their reality. You are the thing their world revolves around. But to you, your pet is just another addition to the many things you have going on in your life. That's just one example on how reality differs. Anything could be real. To kids Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, Toothfairy, are all real to them. To kids they all exist; now as kids grow older their reality changes. What is real to them changes. What is real all depends on the person knowledge and mind.