Why was it that when we were little kids we thought that as long as we had our blankets or stuffed animals with us at all times so that we could hide under them as soon as trouble hit, the monsters couldn't get to us? We thought that if we couldn't see the monsters then there wouldn't be any possible way for them to be able to see us. Obviously that logic was ridiculous, but it made sense to us at the time. So many things made sense to us as children, but if we think back on them now, we realize that it made absolutely no sense. As a child, though, we want to feel safe so we think certain things will protect us even though there is no possible way that it could. Now we think that we know more and have experienced more, so we no longer have that childhood mentality of inanimate objects protecting us.
What we don't know is that some of us still have that logic now even though we don't realize it.We're the ones that will sit in the back of the classroom where we think nobody will notice us. When we were younger, the monsters were only in our imaginations, but now they have taken form into the people we see around us everyday. Now, I'm not saying that all people are monsters; what I'm saying is that some people see other people as monsters in the sense that they are afraid to socialize, they've been ridiculed throughout most of their lives, they've always been left out of groups, or maybe they just like to be alone. Whatever the reason is, we tend to try and hide from these people because we figure it's much easier to hide from the "monsters" than to just deal with them and ignore them.
Since this logic is parallel with our childhood thought that out blankets or stuffed animals could protect us from anything, how would secluded yourself from others help protect you from the "monsters" of life? Eventually, we are all going to have to accept this and just deal with the fact that people are going to make fun of you, put you down, leave you out, and do a bunch of other horrible things to you.
On top of this, we need to realize that not everybody is going to be like this. If you just keep your head high, keep a positive attitude, and learn how to not care what others think of you, then someday your real protectors from these monsters will be yourself.
-Post by Kathleen
Do you guys remember when we were kids and random, creative ideas came out of our imaginations like fountains? Why can't it still be like that? I know, for me at least, writer's block comes nearly every time I have to write something. Playing pretend as a child is pretty much the same thing as creating a whole different life. When we were younger, ideas came more freely to us than they do now because of a very simple reason. As we grow older, we think more rationally.
School, parents, and anything else that influenced us in any way has stuffed reason into our brains, and that reason has taken over our imagination. Some people have reason that only takes over a small part of their imagination while others have lost their creativity completely. We think that just because it isn't something rational or something that can even be considered possible, we can't let our brains wander there. Thinking rationally is most definately not a bad thing at all, but every once in a while, you need to also use your imagination and not just let it rot in a corner in the back of your brain. Excercising your creativity can also be healthy for you. It relaxes you and lets you escape from the harsh realities of the real world for even just a little bit. You have the opportunity to get a break from everything that you have to deal with daily; it's just up to you whether you want to take it or not.
What if we could go back to our childhood minds and just let our imaginations soar to wherever and think about whatever? Would that make our lives much more simpler, or would the exact opposite happen and it turns out to complicate our lives even more? I'm not sure, but thinking back on my childhood, my life was so much easier then. There was barely any drama, I didn't have to worry about so many things, and I was able to just go through life happy practically living inside of my mind. As I grew older, though, I started to neglect my creativity and let my imagination crawl into the corner of depression in my mind. So, as of now, I am going to try and use my imagination and just let my mind soar to a world where I can just relax.
-Post by Kathleen
Hey guys! So, Valentine's Day is coming up pretty soon. I, for one, always get excited about this day. Why shouldn't I? This is the day that is dedicated to showing the people around you that you actually care about them. It doesn't have to be for a significant other; it can be for a friend, family member, or anyone really. I think this is why people don't really look forward to this day. Just because you are not in a relationship does not mean you have to spend Valentine's Day alone. You can always spend it with your friends and just come together to hang out. Do something for your mom, or even better yet, your dad! (He'll never see that one coming). My point is, though, don't spend all of Valentine's Day, or the days close to it, complaining about how you'll be "forever alone," and instead make it so that you're NOT alone.
Today (night) I felt like making a poem. Mostly, because it's hard to create a coherent stream of thought. The biggest thing on my mind, though, is this post itself. What makes a post a throwaway? How do I make this post more than some requirement for a grade? Am I just using a different creative device as an excuse for not making a long intricate post? I guess its good that I'm actively posing these questions. Questions are good. I could leave some positive message on life, like how you shouldn't be afraid of trying something different or something like that. But really, that would just be cheapening this post. A post talking about the post itself. I'll end up doing that more in these upcoming weeks, depending on the outcome of the poem.
The Post that Wasn't
It's late. There's a storm of thoughts, but I can't think.
Staring at a bright screen. It seems like forever.
I have to focus. Walk against the wind.
Does anyone care about that?
Typing comes drizzling.
My chair's creaking.
It's so quiet.
So, we are doing an innovation project, and what we had decided on doing was to basically improve the family/community feeling at our parish.
What we have done so far is we have created a few posters that we hope will help improve anyone's spirit if they are having a bad day and just dragging themselves through it, we created a Facebook page that let's people see our progress/goals and to suggest their own ideas on how we can accomplish said goals (I will post the link to the page at the end), we created rough drafts of possible blog posts that we would use for a blog that relates Catholic views to everyday life (especially for teenagers) as soon as we get approval from the youth minister, and we have created a poll that we posted in the Youth Ministry group that our parish has on Facebook asking people what they think of CYF (a gathering for high school students where they can comfortably act in their faith).
We are planning on most likely creating a few more posters and are working out a few things before we start on doing more.
These are the posters we have created so far.
-Post by Kathleen