Chapter Four: What are your talents/passions?
For me, my passions are singing, and the topics of morals and ethics. Ever since I was little, I have loved to sing. It’s a part of who I am. Singing has brought me to where I am today! I write songs, I cover songs, I write poems and stories, I play piano, and I love music in general. Without music, I wouldn’t be the person I am today. When I get to SI, I’m going to join the choir! In terms of morals and ethics, I have recently discovered that I love these topics! I’ve always known the importance of making good decisions, but this year I have realized not only do my decisions affect me, but they also affect others, and they also reflect who I am as a person.
Chapter Five: What does it all mean for your family?
I decided to speak with my mom. She said the following:
“To me, success means giving my kids opportunities, and getting to a place where I don’t have to worry about money. Not only that but enjoying my life, and having time to enjoy the simple things.
Success looks like less stress, and more time. It looks like someone who doesn’t have a lot of stress, and who gets time to relax and do the things they enjoy. Someone can be rich and not feel successful because they’re so stressed that they don’t have time to enjoy it, they don’t see their own success, or maybe they don’t enjoy it because they’re always wanting more.”
After talking to my mom, I reflected on my own ideas about success. To me, success means that you have enough resources that you’re able to give to others. It means that you’ve changed the world. It means that you feel happy, or that at least you’re okay with not being happy every single second of your life. Success means that you’re mentally mature, and that you’re always seeking more knowledge. It’s being set with where you are and seeking your future, but not being put off or discouraged by your past. Success is taking the higher road, and always thinking of choices and decisions morally. Success looks like someone being happy with where they are in life. A person being okay with being sad at times, but not feeling like it’s taking over too much of their life. Someone who is poor from helping others, but fulfilled within from doing so. They can’t be phased by their past any longer, and it neither affects their current or future relationships nor negatively impacts their life. Honestly, it’s too much to even explain, but that’s what being successful looks like to me.
Success encompasses so much and I know SI will help me on my journey towards it.
Chapter Six: Who do you want to be?
I want to grow in all ways possible. Some examples are that I want to hear other opinions on different topics even if I disagree with them, discover facts about interesting things, and enhance my understanding of ethics and morals. I want to learn about the human brain, animals’ brains, and ways to improve our world. I want to know how to console people, where to start in making a change in the world, and how to help others in need. There’s so many areas I would love to grow in, I can’t name them all. In terms of academics, I would like to improve in math. Practice makes perfect! With enough practice, I know I will be able to grow. Saint Ignatius will help me improve my vocal skills, my ideologies and knowledge on morals, and my content knowledge of academic subjects as well! I saw my sister come back from the Kairos retreat and have her view on the world be so different. I want that to happen to me as well so I can heal from my past traumas, and so I can help others to the best of my abilities! I want to be a force for good in the world.