book, Just Listen, has inspired me and taught me important life lessons.
Lesson #1: "Don't think, or judge. Just listen."
the outside you may see a perfect, happy family, but if you look past the
surface, you see the struggles they have to cope with. Because of your book I
now think not of what I see on the outside, but think of all the struggles they
could be going through or the tough times they have to face.
this year there was a new girl at our school. She had gone to our school in
sixth grade and she was really nice; everyone loved her. But this year when she
came back, she had died her hair and got multiple piercings. As a result, she
was shunned by her peers. She often sat alone in classes, and even though I
wasn't there to sit with her, I still made an effort to talk to her in the
hallways or help her out with anything I could, because I knew that even though
she looked intimidating, she was still one of the nicest people I had ever met,
despite her recent appearance changes.
Lesson #2: Speak Up and Reach Out. "Because this is what happens when
you try to run from the past it doesn’t just catch up: it overtakes, blotting
out the future, the landscape, the very sky, until there is no path left except
that which leads through it, the only one that can ever get you home."
of this year I found out that my Grandpa had developed Alzheimer's disease, a
serious disease that slowly eats away at your brain, and mainly affects your
memory, how you think, and behavior. I wasn't allowed to see him because there
was a risk that he could become violent, and I was told there was a possibility
that I would never be able to see him again. As soon as I found this out I
called my friend and she came over to comfort me. I told her the whole story
because I trusted her, and hoped she'd understand, and she did. Turns out that
something similar had just happened to her the same day.
Lesson #3: Stay True to Yourself: "There comes a time in every life
when the world gets quiet and the only thing left is your own heart So you'd
better learn to know the sound of it. Otherwise you'll never understand what
Swimming, Track, Tennis, and Basketball, had started, all my friends, and
coaches, had been trying to persuade me to join their team. No matter how many
times I keep saying no, they keep asking. The only thing that keeps me from
exploding is my friends that actually understand and respect my decision not to
go out for the sports.
guess what I'm trying to say is, thank you. Thank you for helping me cope, for
letting me see pass the surface, and for helping me help others do the same.