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FC: I AM | drake zielske | period 4 | december 16th 2013

1: collage of self

2: who am I poem | Who Am I? My face, it looks wide form the side and looks wide from the front, or wherever you stay Drake, a voice that cannot be controlled by what other people say My parents say I'm a good boy that gets his stuff done My teachers say the same, that he certainly is not dumb But I, I think much differently, I think I'm a lazy-ass cold hearted fool that doesn't know what to do And when it comes to being in people's lives, if you only knew I stay away from other people like my family And only talk with friends if they're nice to me My enemies probably don't know that I dislike them And with strangers, I wont talk to them unless I know them My words come out like an adult, but my actions don't. Hope is given to me by other people that can gain my trust But my heart gets broken by those same people every single month People say that I'm smart in school, and nowhere else, but that's not true, they don't know that I'm "street smart", because only I know myself. I pray for those who have it worse than I do, the sick, the cold, the hungry, and the people who are down and blue. My mind acts in reverse, remembering the small things Remembering things like my ninth birthday, or somebody's middle name But I forget the important, like a civilization's kings But I memorized all the rules of a card game

3: People don't understand that I think more than I talk And that I am judging them as I walk Not something I'm very proud of, but it's an act of love I'm proud in my ability to get things done, whether it be at 3 pm, or 2 am. I'm afraid of bugs and exams But I'm most afraid of ending up alone, Unless there is nobody else in the room. I’m my best self when I can focus on one thing at a time But I generally I am busier than the Streets of Beijing I like to be witty, but not mean I am funny, but it’s normally not clean And, underneath my layer of hatred, I am a warm, cuddly, hugging machine.

4: autobiographies

5: Drake Zielske Ms. McArcle Intro to Christian LIfe 3 October 2013 Living For the Next Day Thoughtfully answer the question: “What gets you out of bed in the morning?” In other words, what, truly, do you live for? Waking up is the most difficult part of the day. Everyday, when my alarm goes off, I have to think for a while about whether or not to get up. Nothing like starting the day off with a little procrastination. But, after all is considered, I decide to get up every single day. After many years of decisions, I have realized that what gets me out of bed in the morning is the prospect of going to sleep the next night. In other words, pushing through the day. When sleeping, humans are at complete peace. Sleeping results in the happiest times that a person can experience. Sleeping relieves stress and clears the mind of worries, and it does this better than most stress relieving techniques. The struggle of daytime can be immediately resolved by sleeping. Many accomplishments cannot compare to the feeling of falling asleep knowing that nothing was left behind during that day. That being said, sleeping can also remove our regrets that happened throughout the day. If I said something I should have not said, the only way to forget about it and move on is by clearing the brain, and that is what happens during sleep. I truly live for getting one day closer to the next thing that will make me happy, whether it be one day closer to finding love, or one day closer to my next plate of nachos. When I get up in the morning, I do not think about what happened before, I think about what I can do to make this day better than the last.

6: Drake Zielske Ms. McArdle Intro to Christian Life 24 October 2013 What are three things you would rid the world of and why? Many people think that the world we live in is atrocious, and I somewhat agree with that. The only problem to that statement is that we do not know a non-atrocious world. Since the beginning of time, no civilization or region has had a government or a social system that people were not complaining about. However, there are still things that can be changed in order to make the world a better place. Three things I would rid the world of would be poverty, close-mindedness, and sports. I do not understand how poverty could be rid of, but I will assume that it will happen. Saying that, the world would undoubtedly be better if all countries and people in those counties were the same social class, or at least having no people at lower social classes. From my experience, the first stages of bullying come from a person being picked on based on their wealth. This also applies to people in countries where poverty is common. I think the world would become more Utopian if nobody had to struggle with money. I also think that a Utopian world could be reached if the world was rid of close-mindedness. This world holds an abundance of people that do not understand that there is more than one way to complete a task, or that there is more than one way to wear clothes. The population becomes influenced by others, and then quickly shut the doors of respect. For instance, people born into conservative viewpoints will quickly disregard any reasoning towards liberal viewpoints. If the public of the world could understand that more than one answer can be correct, or that he/she can change the way he/she thinks, then the world would be rid of more than just close-mindedness.

7: Sports do more than just entertain; sports create a caste system. I do not think that sports are bad, and I enjoy the concept of competition, but the world would be a better place if the social hierarchy of sport players was abolished. I find it ridiculous that football players are more respected than I am, simply because they put on a jersey once a week. I realize that hey do more than just play in a game, but why can I not be appreciated for my devotion to education?

8: Drake Zielske Ms. McArdle Intro to Christian Life 14 November 2013 Write a letter to your future child offering advice you wish you’d have followed when you were his/her age. Dear Son, No matter what, you will face times of regret throughout your life. There will also be times of gratitude in your life, but those come more naturally than the times of regret. If you take me as an example, you would see that I regret a large amount of my decisions I made in life. I have also found the reasons why I regret my decisions, which is why I am writing this letter to you. I want you to use my mistakes in life for your benefit. One major decision, or rather, group of decisions, that I seem to make much too often is the choice of starting unnecessary things, such as watching a television show, playing a video game, or watching YouTube videos. I struggled with starting things of importance, such as work. I tend to wait or procrastinate on things of importance, and I hope you choose to procrastinate on things that are not important. I also hope you learn to listen to other people before yourself. Throughout my childhood, I found I was trusting myself more than anyone else. The problem with trusting yourself is that you are biased. You can convince yourself to do something, such as watch television, more than anyone else can, and I hope that you can break away from yourself and listen to what other people have to say. You will find that they are correct more than you think. I want you to be successful, and success requires grit. Grit is something you have to teach yourself, and it was something I failed to teach myself in the earlier years of my life. I will love you no matter what happens in your life, but you and I will be happier if you become a successful, hard-working boy.

9: personal creed | 1. I believe that God exists and that there is an afterlife. 2. I believe that the traditions of some religions are dumb, and as long as I believe and love God, I do not need to follow them. 3. I believe that ignorant people are better when alone in a community. 4. I believe that a community full of ignorant people is the worst type of community. 5. I believe that "hate" cannot be achieved in life. 6. I believe that "love" is a word that is overused, and people that love a lot of things are greedy people. 7. I believe in other people and will have faith in them until they break my trust. 8. I believe that people who know how to spell floccinaucinihilipilification are generally better people to be around 9. I believe that a zombie apocalypse could happen, and I would be somewhat excited if it did. 10. I believe that comedy is something that is needed for a person to be sane.

10: options

11: 3 original prayers | Lord God, I do not know what to do. i feel like every way that i turn brings new problems. I make decisions that seem good at the time, but end up poor in the long run. Everyday I wake up and am motivated to do the things that I need to do, but when it comes to doing them, I decide to not. I just hope that at the end of what I do, something good will happen. I trust that You will bring me happiness, even if the path I chose did not seem to bring happiness at first. I hope that what comes will not only end in happiness, but also motivate me to be better. Even though I think I know what I am choosing, I hope that You tell me whether what I choose was right or wrong. Maybe there is no such thing as a right or wrong path, tell me that too. Tell me the answer, because I do not know it.

12: DEAR LORD, | Thank You for my blessed life. Thank You for giving me my friends and family Thank You for the good times Thank You for the bad times Thank You for letting me be open-minded Thank You for letting me see You in all things

13: DEAR MARY, | Please help me forgive those who make me doubt my spirit. Help me feel pity for those in struggle. Help better the lives of the ones that need it. Help me to be more encouraged, while I still remain vigilant.

14: Write a poem about your experiences with your faith and how others perceive your religion or spirituality. Please note that others may include family, friends, coworkers and so on. My spirituality would not be considered normal Religion does not affect my morals, in some circumstances Although I feel that Jesus is a role model that influences me and the masses My friends find my religious stance weird because they follow religion so little that they are almost visually impaired As in, their view on religion is totally blurred I do not know why they choose to be that way It may just be that they want to stand out from the gray But I don’t think its bad to be in the fray | poems :

15: fdsd | Write a poem that encompasses your feelings about religion and spirituality. One thing I hate about religion is it’s followers But only the ones that follow mindlessly I hate the ones that are just another copier Not having a idea, and not thinking critically I once heard somebody say, “I don’t agree with it, but the bible says its true, so it just has to be that way.” The thing she was talking about is how its a sin to be gay I disagree with that, because people are just born that way Homosexuality is not something religion can sway It is like thinking is a sin to be black Or blue or brown or green or white Just because somebody said it a very long time ago, doesn't mean it’s right

16: motivational soundtrack

17: I’ll be Alright - Passion Pit Songwriter: Michael Angelakos Year: 2012 This song is very upbeat and happy. Whenever I am in a bad mood or having a bad day, I listen to this song to cheer me up. This song, however, is more than a catchy tune and a good chorus. This song has meaning in the lyrics, about the writers struggle with bipolar syndrome and drug abuse, and how he will be “alright.” This lyric shows this theme: “Why do I keep housing all this suffering? Heads go on now where’s my thoughts are stumbling. This party's over, no, it isn’t happening. No wind in the sails until I'm only recovering” On Top of the World - Imagine Dragons Songwriter: Dan Reynolds Year: 2013 Everytime I hear this song, I feel like I have to go do something. If motivation is a struggle in life, I think that this song it really the kick that is needed. The lyrics “I’ve tried to cut these corners. Try to take the easy way out. I kept on falling short of something. I coulda gave up then but then again I couldn’t have ’cause I’ve traveled all this way for something.” really show that taking the easy route will ultimately lead to less accomplishment than the more difficult path, which is something I take in consideration everyday. Ten-Thousand Hours - Macklemore and Ryan Lewis Songwriter: Ben Haggerty Year: 2013 This song deals with the theory that in order to be truly great at something, you have to work at it for 10,000 hours. This is normally shown with people such as Mozart and Beethoven. I am involved with music and arts, and somethings that impacted me from this song were the lyrics: “This is dedication. A life lived for art is never a life wasted . . . The greats weren't great because at birth they could paint. The greats were great cause they paint a lot.” This tells me that I have to work to be good, greatness isn’t just going to be gifted to me.

18: Ten-Thousand Hours - Macklemore and Ryan Lewis Songwriter: Ben Haggerty Year: 2013 This song deals with the theory that in order to be truly great at something, you have to work at it for 10,000 hours. This is normally shown with people such as Mozart and Beethoven. I am involved with music and arts, and somethings that impacted me from this song were the lyrics: “This is dedication. A life lived for art is never a life wasted . . . The greats weren't great because at birth they could paint. The greats were great cause they paint a lot.” This tells me that I have to work to be good, greatness isn’t just going to be gifted to me. Stand By Me - Ben E. King Year: 1960 This song is dear to me because it’s meaning, and it’s inspiration by the biblical connection in this lines “Lord stand by me.” This line was also said in Psalms. This song tells me that somebody will be there for me, even when the sky falls down. I know that someone somewhere will stand by me, but I don’t know if I have found that person yet. If the sky that we look upon Should tumble and fall All the mountains should crumble to the sea I won't cry, I won't cry No, I won't shed a tear Just as long as you stand, stand by me

19: Two Weeks - Grizzly Bear Year: 2009 I first heard this song on an episode of How I Met Your Mother. I used to stay up very late at night watching TV shows on netflix, but this episode had the song play at the end of it, and I instantly felt like I was in this state of sleepiness and happiness. I started to hear this song come up on my Pandora, but they always seemed to play late at night. When I hear this song late at night, I almost immediately fall asleep, for some weird reason. I don’t really know the lyrics of the song, but it motivates me to stop stressing and get a good nights sleep. Would you always Maybe sometimes Make it easy? Take your time Think of all the ways Momentary phase Just like yesterday I told you I would stay

20: The High Road - Broken Bells Songwriter: James Mercer Year: 2009 I, more frequently than I want to, say I can easily take the high road, or choose a good path. However, whenever I am given an opportunity to take the better path, I end up taking the weaker one, the low road. This song shows the struggle of finding and taking the high road. This is mainly shown in the chorus, which states: Cause they know and so do I The high road is hard to find A detour to your new life Tell all of your friends goodbye What Sarah Said - Death Cab For Cutie Songwriter: Ben Gibbard Year: 2005 This song sounds more like a short story than a song. It discusses the fear of, not oneself’s death, but how people react to loved ones dying. It says, “'Cause there's no comfort in the waiting room just nervous pacers bracing for bad news and then the nurse comes round and everyone will lift their heads.” I think, however, the most powerful part of the song is what sarah said. She said, “Love is watching someone die.” The song end with the repetitive singing of “So who’s gonna watch you die?” After I listened to this song, I thought about that. Who is going to watch me die?

21: It’s Only Life - The Shins Songwriter: James Mercer Year: 2012 Not too long ago, I went through a phase of my life where I thought I would never be truly happy. One line in this song really changed my life. The line was, “We all spend a little while going down the rabbit hole”. I most definitely went down the rabbit hole for a while, and the rest of the song describes how I felt, and how I feel afterwards. Dyed in the wool, you've been cornered by a natural desire You want to hop along with the giddy throng through life But how will you learn to steer when you're grinding all your gears? I've been down the very road you're walking now It doesn't have to be so dark and lonesome It takes a while but we can figure this thing out And turn it back around

22: Rocket Man - Elton John Year: 1972 I first heard this song on a video game called SingStar. My dad and I used to sing the duet version of this song together on a nightly basis, but back then i didn’t really think of the lyrics of the song. Now, I realize that the song has much more meaning than just being a catchy song to sing I can connect to the chorus, because I feel that the chorus says that he is different from how people think he actually is. I do not think that enough people really know who I am on the inside, they just think of me as my first impression. Really, however, I’m a rocket man. I'm not the man they think I am at home Oh no, no, no, I'm a rocket man Rocket man, burning out his fuse up here alone Love Shack - The B-52’s Songwriters: Kate Pierson, Fred Schneider, Keith Strickland, Cindy Wilson Year: 1989 The B-52’s have always been special to my family and me. We used to hop into our car and blast The B-52’s album Cosmic Thing. Love Shack was always the favorite of all of us. Something about the song seems to make everybody happy, no matter what. Maybe it’s the funny and happy lyrics used throughout the song, my favorite being: I got me a car, it's as big as a whale and we're headin' on down To the Love Shack I got me a Chrysler, it seats about 20 So come on and bring your jukebox money

23: perfect pictures

24: I find God in grass, because it is the perfect spot to lay down. Only God could make something that is so comfortable and needed in nature.

25: I find God in music and musical instruments because they can express more than words. Music gives people feelings and messages, which is what I want to do to spread God.

26: I find God in the ocean because the ocean is a wonderful place that has not been fully explored, just as some people don’t fully explore themselves before they choose to follow God.

27: I find God in sleeping because I believe that God shuts off all of our stress and invades our minds with happy and irrational thoughts.

28: I find God in technology, because He made us with such intricacy, and we were able to make things like this with such meticulous detail.

29: I find perfection in chess because it is one of the most skill-intensive and balanced games ever made.

30: I find perfection in hockey because of its simplicity; put the puck in the net. In this simplicity however, there are so many intricate details when looked at again.

31: I find perfection with the solar system, and especially the placing of Earth, because if it were any further or closer to the sun, life might not be sustainable, but the Earth is in the perfect spot for life.

32: Aha! Moment

33: Drake Zielske Ms. McArdle Intro to Christian Life 14 November 2013 Impatience: A Hindrance to Friendship We are granted moments of inspirations and moments of doubt. Being able to interpret and understand these moments is what allows us to make changes to our lives. A moment of sadness and pain can swiftly change someone's opinion. For instance, a painful spider bite can change how a person thinks about spiders. This idea applies to all moments we are given in life, and we are given copious amounts of moments. One moment that has really influenced my through my life was a time in the third grade. I learned from this moment that patience is a virtue, and that friendship is a treasure. The moment has a bit of a prelude. From the start of the third grade year, I had a chimerical relationship with my best friend, Riley. He and I would go to his house one day and my house the next, continually playing and constantly having fun. One day, he became friends with another person in our third grade class. I was fine with this, I knew that people could have other friends; after all, I had other friends. This one time was different, however. I was about to find out that Riley would no longer be my best friend. Riley was about to turn, Riley was about to join the force of Anson.

34: At first it was harmless, but I soon found out that Anson was out to get me. Anson and I were acquaintances at that point, but we were definitely not best friends. Every day I would ask Riley if he wanted to come over to my house, but every day he would respond with, "Sorry, I'm hanging out with Anson." This continued for about two weeks until one day, I had enough. I walked up to Riley after school. The brisk air filled my lungs as I took the first breath to say, "Riley, I'm done with you.” That was the moment I lost a friend. I became too hasty with my accusations, I became too harsh with my words, and I became too impatient with myself. Impatience leads to disaster. Impatience can only make positive situations negative. Impatience is an abhorrent thread in a beautiful dress. In that moment, I found the friendship is something that takes sacrifice from both people. If I cannot let my friend “hang out” with another person, then I cannot have a friend. If I realized that patience keeps friendships alive, I would have ended that time in my life with another friend, and a fantastic friend at that.

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