May 4, 2016


For my line I choose is from the poem Walden by Henry David Thoreau “If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.” I thought that this quote really spoke to me cause people tell me that “I’m one of a kind” even some people have called me weird, but for me I take it as a compliment cause it’s good to be different it means that you have different thinking to other people and that you can bring new ideas to the table. I also think that this quote speaks to anybody that people call different or weird, to the people that are called weird or think that they are I say “embrace your weirdness.” If some people that were called weird or different then we wouldn’t have all the cool things we have like if Steve Jobs didn’t embrace his differentness then we wouldn’t have IPhone and iPods that we have today

Also if Abraham Lincoln changed his way of think then slavery would still be a thing today, but since Abraham thought differently he was able to end slavery and probably make U.S. the most diverse country in the world. Henry David Thoreau’s quote speaks the most to me and anyone who thinks that they seem different I support weird people and I know that these people can make the world a better world and definitely a interesting world to live in. When somebody first called me weird I felt like sad and angry that I’m different from everybody else, but I soon learned that it’s good that your different from everybody else. Now whenever somebody calls me weird now I’m think it as a compliment cause I could do awesome things in the future that no one has seen and become famous.

May 4, 2016


My favorite line from the great thinkers is from Emerson’s poem called “Self-Reliance”. It is my most favorites like of all his writings. The line that I chose says, “Whoso would be a man must be a nonconformist.” I love this line because it has a good meaning to it. A conformist is someone who believes what the whole society believes too. However, a nonconformist is someone who doesn’t care if society judges them because they think different from them and that’s what Emerson is trying to tell us. He thinks that we shouldn’t be afraid to get for what we believe. We should make the right choice to help you do something without thinking about what your family or anybody else thinks. I can relate to this line in some things like the day that I moved from Pennsylvania to Alaska without my mom. People thought that it was a bad idea to leave my mom in Pennsylvania and move to Alaska. It was the best idea because I could have been involve in so many things. After I moved here, my mom was proud of me of making that decision. When you make decisions like that, people see you different but that makes you unique and it makes you have a strong mindset and makes you feel independent and free. This line will be helpful for those of my age because they can learn how to make their own decisions and not do or believe what their other friends believe. There are different ways you can be successful instead of doing the same thing thing everybody else does.

May 4, 2016


Ralph Waldo Emerson is one of the “Great Thinkers”. These men fill their poems with little simple things that mean so much and can change your life. The line that I chose that fits the best to me and I think that would be important for everybody is from Self-Reliance. He says, “What I must do is all that concerns me, not what the people think”. The reason why I feel that this line is important to me is because I always used to be worried about what everybody else thinks. When I was younger I was so worried about being different. People my age are so caught up in trying to impress everybody else that most people are all pretty much the same. They start thinking the same, acting the same, and sometimes dressing the same. In elementary school we come out of our shell and make friends, in high school we end up making more and more friends like everybody else. If you have lots of friends then you are seen as “cool” and “popular”. As you grown up you are most likely going to lose friends because you can’t do what everybody wants you to do. You realize that this is okay because you have become yourself and you did what you wanted to do, not what they wanted. Not very many people do what is different and what makes them stand out in society because they are scared to be looked at as different or unusual.Now that I have grown up and matured more I have learned to do what I want and what is best for me. I am glad we started to read poems by Emerson, Thoreau, Longfellow, Holmes, Bryant and Whitman because they have all taught me to think on my own and to stand out and be different.

May 4, 2016


“I may be as bad as the worst, but, thank God, I am as good as the best.” Walt Whitman

I’m really grateful that I was born in Cordova, there are so many benefits, but with those benefits there are a fair share of problems as well. I have always been a really loud and outgoing person. So there are consequences for that; as a kid around 6th grade I started heading in the wrong direction. I began to get in trouble from time to time, and being a kid from Cordova I started to gain a reputation. One that I did not understand I had, because as a kid I believed that I was supposed to make mistakes and learn from them, and that it was normal. But it wasn’t that simple, because as soon as I was labeled that was that; so everything I did from then on somehow was viewed as negative. I began to have identity problems I didn’t know really where I fit in because I hated being a “bad kid” and everything I did good or bad, people looked at me differently. Yet I didn’t let it stop me, It took a lot of time and I had to take things step by step but I was slowly able to change some people’s views. I mean I do a lot of things for a lot of people and in Cordova it goes unnoticed because of my reputation, but this quote really touches me because I can relate. What really pushed me through it was that I knew who I really was, even when everyone else had their own ideas. So this quote “I may be as bad as the worst, but, thank God, I am as good as the best.” really means a lot, because no matter how “bad” you may be, you can be good if you want to. So I am grateful to find this quote because it reminds me to continue to push through adversity and continue to be myself.
May 4, 2016


From Self Reliance by Ralph Waldo

“Speak what you think now in hard words, and to-morrow speak what to-morrow thinks in hard words again, though it contradict every thing you said to-day.”

This line tells me how you must stand up and speak for yourself, even if your voice may shake. It’s a reminder that everyone has a voice that matters and that no one’s opinion is greater or lesser than the other. It also draws out how you musn’t take in the judgements of others to where it will hinder your own opinions. Speak your mind out but make sure it’s coming from what you personally believe in and not what the “crowd” wants to you to believe. Being submerged in that crowd, drowns out your own identity. If you can’t trust yourself, why should others trust you? I can draw a personal connection with this, as well as students everywhere else. There is bound to be someone out there that will disprove of you, but like the saying goes, “You can’t please everyone”. This isn’t only rewarding for yourself but for others too. It can serve as inspiration and move others to break the chains of conformity. Being you is natural and that is what the Transcendentalists preached. This is a constant reminder for me to be confident in my own actions and words. There are times when I do get swept with the thoughts of everyone else, but I try not to have that change who I am. There is always room for improvement and I am always striving for confidence everyday. There is never going to be another you in the universe, which gives even more the reason to celebrate yourself.

May 4, 2016


The line that I chose is from William Cullen Bryant’s “Thanatopsis”. The line is, “So shalt thou rest — and what if thou withdraw in silence from the living, and no friend take note of thy departure? All that breathe will share thy destiny.” I think this is important to people my age because we are nearing adulthood and are starting to experiment with different things, some of which aren’t good for our health and well being. If people my age aren’t careful they will follow the path of those that have already gone. There are stories about kids my age that have died from overdosing, drinking and driving, and other things. In a messed up sort of way, he was trying to protect us from ourselves. Even though we will do somethings that are stupid, we still have to be careful or else we will follow the same path as those before us a lot sooner than we are supposed to. The other side of the argument can be argued with Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s “Mezzo Cammin”. In “Mezzo Cammin” Longfellow practically says that we need to live life to the fullest, but also don’t do something that will ultimately kill you. People my age aren’t that far along the road, which is what the title of Longfellow’s poem mean, mid journey. We are not that far up the road, but people my age are dying young from stupid things. If people just read and understood both of these poems and didn’t do things that would kill them in the end, then we wouldn’t have as many problems as we have.