Part One: Past Writing
This past semester I really enjoyed writing our second essay where we focused on a talent, quality or skill we have gained. I decided to write about how through the years I have acquired the skill of being patient. I jotted some pretty personal experiences on my paper, and even though it felt foreign at times, I enjoyed writing out my emotions. The essay focused on how my father has had a rough time finding a steady job, and how it has actually forced me to become a patient person. I told of a couple stories that created this skill, each personal, and concluded with how everything now affects me today. I actually wrote my conclusion first, it came easy and I was pleased with how the words flowed. I think this was the best part of my essay because it was honest and meaningful. It showed a lot of who I am, and how I handle things and think.
"But time is evil. There are nights when I lay in bed and my insides twist and tense up and I'm in pain and I have to remind myself, patience is a virtue. But I then listen to my clock tick by and I can't help but think we're out of time. The amount of patience that has been tested in out family is annoyingly amazing. Yet I know, these patiences will be carried for the rest of my life, because of events like these. I am frightened to enter the real world. I have to take a deep breath, charge forward and let time be my chariot as I ride into the future of unknown. All while being patient."
Part Two: My Own Design
About a year or so ago I read a very interesting, informational and humorous book titled, "How Fish Fart - And Other Useless or Gross Information About The World" by Francesca Gould. It is a novel consisting of hundreds of facts about the history of the world, different cultural ways and weird creatures and food.
Some of the 'what-the-heck' topics are; "What Is Urine Therapy Massage" or "Who Was The Woman Who Died Three Times?" and "What Is Maggot Cheese?" I also love how Gould does not just state why the fact is a fact. He goes in depth and describes when, where, why and how this fun fact happens or occurred. Gould keeps the novel a fast read though, and jumps from topic to topic, never dragging on, all while being informative. You will react to each topic in a different manner and get a good laugh and/or spine tingle out of a lot of them.
I believe an easy-read novel is important every now and then. Why not brush up on your random knowledge of things most people do not know about. This novel can/could even help your memory, since there is so much information to absorb. It is always a great way to discover some interesting conversation starters.