End of Year Blog

Hello! My name is Gayoung Park. I am currently in grade 8. I love playing musical instruments, reading, and playing sports. I’m from South Korea but I was born in Boston, United States which makes me have dual citizenship (until I’m 18. Officially, South Korea does not allow dual citizenship for adults).  I moved to Canada on August 13th, 2018. I moved to where I live now on January 31st, 2019. I have one older sister and two wonderful parents.

A challenge I faced this year would be just being a teenager in COVID world. I think most people can probably imagine how awkward it is to be a teenager in a normal world but it’s worse when there’s the whole COVID thing. Though, I kind of liked the feeling of being alone and was able to do more personal projects.

I am a little nervous about starting high school next year but I think I’ll adjust better than I imagine since I’ve already done similar but harder change before. I am excited to be able to learn more and have different experiences. I hope I’ll be able to play flute better, be more open, and stay positive.

Reading The Little Prince in class was great. I’ve learned many things from that book and it reminded me that I should be welcoming of new perspectives and ideas. I really liked learning new stuff in science and social studies classes. The ancient societies were very interesting and I hope I would learn more of these topics in high school! Mr. Ewert is a wonderful teacher and I am so thankful that I was able to be in this class.

I hope everyone remembers that this is a present and will be a precious memory someday so spend it like you want to and be yourself!
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Inspiring Person in My Life (6th Writer’s Workshop)

*Note: The name in this writing is not real. * 

I think we all have those people in our lives who inspire us. It’s good to have those inspiring people around you because you can learn from them and get to know more about yourself by looking at others. 

Allyssa is selfless; and she is always caring for others. When someone has a problem, she is there to help them in any way she can. Not only is she easy to talk to, but she is also thoughtful and often gives the best advice. She’s a great counselor.  

I think it’s incredible how Allyssa can understand a situation she’s not in. Yes, there are times that are otherwise, but even then, she listens to you intently. She knows the importance of understanding and respecting. “The strongest people make time to help others, even if they’re struggling with their own personal problems” (Unknown). There’re not many people who remember this, so I am so thankful that I have someone who does. 

A really great thing about Allyssa is that her inner self is very strong. I find that it’s very helpful to have someone like that close because many people nowadays are just too self-conscious. Of course, I am not saying that she doesn’t care about what people think of her at all because that would be too one-sided. She has that perfect balance of the two. I really admire how much unaffected she is of other people’s judgements. 

Another thing about Allyssa that amuses me is how she is always seeking the truth. She always listens to both sides and doesn’t make any decision or assumption before that. She doesn’t gossip about other people to get attention. She knows it’s like making a lie about someone, or worse, getting into a drama. She never does anything to get people’s attention. 

Allyssa never pushes something to happen, big or small. She likes to go with the flow and see what happens. It’s cool to watch how things work out like that. 

I think Allyssa impacts my life greatly. She shows me new points of view and how I can see things differently. She shows how to be inviting and welcoming towards others. She helps me figure out what to do when I am lost. She is always there, showing support and remind me of positive things that are in my life. 

I admire her way of acting towards things. Being calm, asking herself if she’s doing the right thing, and always watching her actions to be a better person. 

Perspectives

Perspectives are very unique and something everyone has. From the way I see it, perspectives are formed from experiences we had, thoughts we have, things we heard, what we believe in, culture, childhood, assumptions, expectation, character traits, and where we are. It changes as we experience different situations in our lives. You affect others by telling your perspective and same goes for you too.

Because we are all different, it is natural that we have different perspectives and we should respect each of them. You will never be able to see the world in every possible way therefore if you want to be more understanding towards others, you should listen to people around you.

One thing you should always remember is to have your view point as well. Let others talk about their view points without losing your thoughts. You should have your perspective, you can change it but never lose it from outside influences.

I think having perspective for yourself is very important because that is the way you see the world. Having that firm perspective would really help when you are with bunch of people, discussing about something. You would be able to stand your ground about what you believe in.

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Some Quotes

Hello! Today, I’ll be sharing some quotes and what I think of them.

  • “If you want to succeed you should strike out on new paths, rather than travel the worn paths of accepted success.”(John D. Rockefeller) I like how this shows risking for new change is not a bad thing just because someone else haven’t done it before. We never know if we are doing the best when we don’t see other choices and possible outcomes.
  • “Turn your wounds into wisdom.”(Oprah Winfrey) Yes, I agree that life is not always fair and being happy about everything is impossible, but those hurtful feelings bring a lot of wisdom. As you experience the bitterness of life, you learn to appreciate the bright parts of life better.
  • “The first principle is that you must not fool yourself – and you are the easiest person to fool.”(Richard Feynman) This is kind of hard to believe because, well, we think we know ourselves but sometimes, it’s the opposite. I think the biggest lie we tell is to ourselves.
  • “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”(Dr. Seuss) For me, this quote reminds me of farewells and memories. Though it is sad, I think this is one of the most precious treasures you can have in your life, to have something you feel comfortable with.
  • “The reason we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind-the-scenes with everyone else’s highlight reel.”(Steven Furtick) I think everyone nowadays need to remember this because social media really makes us think otherwise. Not that it’s bad to go on social media, it’s just that if that affects your mental health and confidence, it’s not good. All perspective of how you see it.
  • “Life is short, break the rules. Forgive quickly, kiss slowly, love truly, laugh uncontrollably, and never regret anything that makes you smile.”(Mark Twain) I think this is a great quote to remind ourselves. Too often, we look at the future and decide that what we are going to do right now might risk the future happiness. We are always worrying about what will happen that we don’t risk doing big things, making new changes.

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Butterflies in Your Stomach

I think everyone would’ve had this feeling at least couple of times. Maybe before a big unit test or when you are about to do something you fear. Or you just caught your crush looking at you. Whatever it was, that situation probably included feeling of nervousness and that weird “fluttering” feeling in your stomach. To scientifically explain this, I did some research (look at the links below to see where I got my information).

Apparently, our body is so clever that it regulates things like heart rate, where the nutrients go, and blood pumping without much of our consciousness. This is called “autonomic nervous system“(ANS). This system is divided into two parts which are sympathetic (fight-or-flight) and parasympathetic (rest-and-digest). As you can imagine, the sympathetic makes the heart beat faster, whereas the parasympathetic makes the heart beat slower.

In what way does these autonomic nervous system and the butterflies feelings connect? Well, this feeling can help you for the situation that might happen in the near future. Imagine that you had a predator near you and you need to get away from it as quick as you can. I think everyone would like to run away as fast as they can. This is where the ANS comes in handy. It makes your heart beat faster, making your legs to get ready to run away faster, helping you to save your life.

To make this short, basically, when you are nervous, the adrenaline to release and makes the bloods to go to your legs and arms to make them move faster. As that happens, your stomach would feel the shortage of blood and that causes the weird butterflies in your stomach.

Here are some sites I used… (link)

Butterfly Valley, Black & White – The Pattern Collective

Canon of Sherlock Holmes

“My name is Sherlock Holmes. It is my business to know that other people do not know.” (Arthur Conan Doyle, The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle)

Canon of Sherlock Holmes includes 56 short stories and four novels, written by Arthur Conan Doyle. Sherlock Holmes is a private detective who is very intelligent and figures out the mysteries in unique ways. 

I love how Sherlock Holmes is always looking at small details that other people miss. Throughout the novels and stories, it constantly shows how Sherlock is looking at odd details that doesn’t seem to matter much to the mystery but at the end, you see how it was big clue to him. The way he think and approach the world is very unique and weird in some ways but in my opinion, there are a lot to learn from this character. “Never trust to general impressions, my boy, but concentrate yourself upon details.”

My personal favourite is A Study in Scarlet which is published in 1887 and this is the novel that first introduce Sherlock Holmes. If you want to read it, click here! (It’s free!) It’s a great start and I love how he’s introduced by meeting with Dr. Watson.

The twists and turns really makes me wonder what would happen next and keep me wanting more! I really hope you would try them out! If you want to learn more, click here! Thanks for visiting my blog today!

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INFJs

Hello! Today, I decided to I would blog about INFJ personality. This is my personality type and also the most rarest type in the world so I thought it would be interesting to research about it. Keep in mind that even though peoples’ personality might be the same type, each and everyone is different in some ways.

The INFJs are also called ‘Advocate’. Each letter means introverted, intuitive, feeling, and judging. According to 16personalities, INFJs tend to approach life with deep thoughtfulness and imagination. Their inner vision, personal values, and a quiet, principled version of humanism guide them in all things.

Strengths

  • Most Advocates like to stand up for what is right, and help others. They like to help others and be able to be there for people.
  • Maybe this is just my opinion but I think INFJs are full of thoughts. We tend to be in our ‘own world’ when we are alone. We like to be in our thoughts and relax. Most of the times, a lot of things happen in our head on daily basis but I find that when I’m alone, I’m more creative.
  • INFJs are passionate about things they love and their beliefs. I think we like to go one more step than other people especially when it’s something of our passion.

Weakness

  • I think this might not apply to every INFJs but I find that some of us like to be perfectionist. Yes, this can be a strength but if it goes too far, it’s not really good.
  •  As everyone can expect, INFJs are very introverted and private about their thoughts and feelings. We don’t open up to people easily and need more time than other people. We like to help others but feel vulnerable to ask for it.
  • Advocates tend to avoid ordinary. We like to analyze every little detail which is sometimes strength but it’s not necessary most of the time.

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Honouring Blog

Hello! I want to honour Susan’s blog post on Harry Potter characters. I love this series and I agree with many of what she said about her favourite characters. Personally, I like how she included Molly Weasley because I think she is an amazing witch and a mother to seven awesome children!  Click here for the post!

The Great Gatsby

Hello! For this week, I decided to write about something I don’t really understand so if you don’t agree with it, that’s fine. If you ever read The Great Gatsby, you probably have the same question as I do. What is the meaning behind it?

I found so much lies in this book. Gatsby lied about his origin and past. He lied about how he got wealthy. He wanted to look like a great person, but in truth, he’s just like everyone else. He wanted to have everything in his life. To have a perfect life, but this dishonesty makes him depressed and eventually kills him.

Gatsby believed that by faking himself and buying everything with money would make him happy. He chased for the happiness in a way that lead him into despair and sadness. Gatsby didn’t understand the concept of happiness. He only thought that you can do anything by being wealthy when in truth, money doesn’t get you to anywhere. Daisy was the only person that could make him happy but from all those years chasing the “happiness”, Gatsby lost his only happiness in the world.

I don’t understand this book wholly yet but I hope to read it again someday and see if I can understand it than. I feel like it has little lessons and how we should be truthful and honest. Being obsessed with money is not how we should live our life. Lying about their past to look better than who they are is just terrible. You should accept you for who you are, not denying the fact because all of us have flaws. Click here for more information. Thanks for visiting my blog today!

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