S: Erick Blong
FC: My Life
1: We never give any thought to who we are or how we act, some of us may not even know exactly who we are. People have a variety of different characteristics and personalities which makes each of us unique. We are born with certain characteristics but events in our lives also affect who we are. My name is Erick Blong and I'm seventeen years old. I've lived in plenty of different places during my life which has affected me because I try to move on from things quickly. Now I live in PLano, Texas, and I have a normal life. I go to Liberty High School and I work as a lifeguard at the Frisco Athletic Center. People see me as reserved and laid back but the people who have known me longer know I can be outgoing and crazy. I'm very pacifistic and I let most things slide by me mainly because there's no point in holding on to a grudge if you can't change what happened. I'm optimistic about most things because it's just better to look at the good side of things. | About Me
2: 1. Relaxation is a warm bed. My bed is the only place where I'm cut off from the world and I can just sleep and forget about everything. 2. Grief is a thorn in your side. You'll always carry grief with you unless you "pull it out" if not then it's a constant bother. 3.Childhood is a ice cream cone. Ice cream is simple and brings happiness, I can't remember a time that I wasn't happy or life wasn't simple when I was a kid. 4.Forgiveness is a hug. A hug shows someone that you care about them. 5.Loyalty is a faithful dog. A dog is always there for it's owner. 6.Power is money. Money can get you anywhere in life because everyone is greedy. 7. Tolerance is a public place. You should try to be polite to people even if they make you crazy. 8. Warmth is a fudge brownie. Brownies give a warm feeling of happiness. 9. Happiness is a child. I was always happy as a child because I would live in the moment. 10. Energy is a baby puppy. Puppies constantly have energy because they're young and careless. | Metaphors
3: One of the most important things to me is a picture of my brothers and I sitting next to each other in my grandma's bed. It was one of the last nights I can remember spending at my grandma's before my family moved to Colorado. It symbolizes happiness for me because it was one of the happiest periods in my life when I didn't have any worries or responsibilities. | Symbol
4: Getting my license It gave me new responsibility and freedom from my parents. Getting my job I could finally support myself and manage my own money. Giving blood I knew that by donating blood I would be helping someone else. Getting my first paycheck One of the first times I had been rewarded for all of my work. Volunteering for a charity bike race My work put into helping with the bike race also helped people with MS. Learning how to read I could finally understand things in books or other things. Learning how to ride a bike One of the first rewarding experiences which gave me some freedom and fun. Saving a girl from drowning I felt proud of myself for saving some else's life. Being able to save my money I was afraid that I would have trouble saving it for college but so far I barely spend anything. Passing the first semester of Physics I spent weeks in tutorials to try to learn everything and when I got the report card I was so relieved that I passed. | Rewarding Experience
5: Brother I spend a lot of time with my brothers and I value my relationship with them. We're very close friends and I know they'll play a huge part in my life even after we've gone separate ways. Friend I try to always be there for my friends and treat them like family. Worker I work hard at my job and in other aspects of my life whether it's school or just completing a simple task. Son I may not always respect my parents decisions but I still love them. They taught me all my beliefs and I'll always try to make them proud. Student I work hard in school because educations is the key to success now. My effort put into high school and college will determine what the rest of my life will be like. | Who Am I?
6: "To escape boredom, man works either beyond what his usual needs require, or else he invents play, that is, work that is designed to quiet no need other than that for working in general" -Friedrich Nietzsche *People find hobbies or things to do in order to keep themselves from growing bored. "Whatever you do, you must remain nimble in your thinking. Do not become so attached to any one belief that you can not see past it to another possibility." -Christopher Paolini *It's good to keep an open mind because your ideas may become wrong. "One must not try to trick misfortune, but resign oneself to it with good grace." -Aristophanes *It's noble to accept a fate rather than being a sore loser. "Competition is the spice of sports; but if you make spice the whole meal then you'll be sick." -George Leonard *Sports are meant to be fun, and a small bit of competition is what makes it fun "You only live twice. Once when you are born and once you look death in the face." -Ian Fleming *You live life to the fullest when you have nothing to lose. | In Other Words
7: "Dreams are more real than reality itself, they're closer to the self" -Gao Xingjian *Dreams are you inner-most desires or truths that you believe in. "Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes." -Oscar Wilde *People always say you gain experience from your mistakes. "I do not believe in a fate that will fall on us no matter what we do. I do believe in a fate that will fall on us if we do nothing" -Ronald Reagan *We control our own fate based on the actions we take. "The bigger the dam of patience, the worse the flood when the dam breaks" -Austin O'Malley *The more someone withstands, the worse it's going to be when they snap. "So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you," -Matthew 7:12 *You should always treat others how you would like to be treated.
8: Good Versatility Laid-back Pacifist Friendly Carefree Optimist Caring | Bad Procrastinator Cautious Timid Guarded Filtered Split-personality Lazy | The Examined Life
10: People try to make a big deal about the key events in their life but it's the small things that have the biggest impact. Just saying a simple "I love you," every day has a greater impact than a extravagant gift every other year. The knock-down drag out fights are over with in a couple of seconds but the constant, cruel, remarks are what push people to the edge. My grandma, who I called Nanny, taught me how precious the small things in life really are. Nanny was a very traditional woman. I still don't know much about her life but her core values have been with me ever since I could formulate my own opinion. She believed in a strong family bond and that's how I found myself spending time with her. She cared for me like a mother and I remember a specific day in Colorado that I spent with her when I was young. My mother had left to get some shopping and who knows what else done. Nanny happily agreed to watch me even though she was recovering from a broken back and collapsed lung. We spent the day on the couch so she wouldn't have to move around to much. She catered to me all day even though I knew it strained her back. Then one of her favorite movies, "True Lies," had come on when she sat down and I started to get tired. She had me lay my head down on her lap while she wrapped me in one of her enormous hand-sewn blankets. I began to doze off as she ran her fingers through my hair. I was out like a light in a matter of seconds. It was the simplest way for her to express affection and I was completely | The Small Things
11: relaxed. I didn't even notice the effect that day had on me until years later when she passed away. I was sobbing uncontrollably on the couch when my mom sat down next to me with the same hand-sewn blanket. She had me lay on her lap just like Nanny had me do and began running her fingers through my hair. Just like before, I was asleep and dreaming happy dreams with all my worries left behind. It was the simplest display of affection but it had a huge impact on me. It comforted me more than an expensive gift could because their actions had so much more love behind them. It was the purest way for a mother to show her love. The small things have so much more value because they have so much more meaning implied in them.