When I was in kindergarten, there was this girl I had a crush on. I knew she liked me because she used to chase me around the playground with all of the other girls. We used to play kickball (whatever happened to this sport anyways) and of course, as you could imagine, kindergarten romance involved koodies and lots of teasing the other side. Well, I remember one day we were sitting down outside of class against the wall for our parents to come and all of the sudden…she kissed me on the cheek. WOah! Well, two days later, she pushed me into a rose bush that was the king of all rose bushes. I actually fell completely into this thing and was sitting in it in pure pain. After pulling myself out, I had to go home because my cuts and scrapes were so bad. Now this is not a story about romance…(although I found out at a very young age how confusing girls can be sometimes haha) it is a story about the good coming with the bad. Yesterday I wrote about leading a life that is absent of arrogance, but I realized I learned the lesson of not gloating for too long at a young age. There are things in life that are going to make you incredibly happy, but if you try to hold onto them too tight, eventually you will get pushed into a rosebush.

This is a great story not because I got pushed into a rosebush (which is pretty funny actually), but because of the lesson I learned in that. I believe that our memories are there because there is a strong personal connection with the event. Anyways, I thought you might enjoy that. If there is something I have truly learned over the past year…it has been accountability. Accountability for the things I said I was going to do, for the way I want to act, and for my dreams. It is one of the greatest gifts you can give to yourself; the ability to follow through and act upon what you said you would. Believe me, there are plenty of examples of false promises in the world, just take a look at politicians. They make their livelihood on false promises and them blame it on the other party. That is probably the most you will ever hear my talk about politics ever. There are some moments when I hear politicians talk and just go…are you kidding me right now? Anyways, in a world full of silver linings and golden parachutes in which we award people for poor performance and give trophies to everyone even if they lost, I stand as a pretty firm Social Darwinist. I do believe that everyone has a chance to do something great with their life. I also do believe that people can turn things around (there are special circumstances). I also believe that willpower is the only thing you need to change. Once you want it enough, you can do it. That is where the magic is…inside of you…not from anyone else.

I know I started a page about favorite quotes, but I am starting another one about best pieces of advice people have ever been given. I am really excited to hear what you have to say, so please head on over there and take a couple minutes to write down the best piece of advice you have for everyone. Thanks everyone for participating, you guys rock.