Monday, December 20, 2010

I Just Wanted To See You Smile

A smile, or lack there of, is one of the first things you notice about a person. Just think about Sterling Knight or Zac Efron. Their smiles totally get you every time.

I just got done helping at a Christmas giveaway for people less fortunate than us. Yes, some people didn't truly need food or toys for Christmas, but most of the families were very down-to-earth and genuine people. To watch children smile just from getting one toy for Christmas is a very special sight. Even though I just cut tape most of the day, at the end, my mom and I got to pick two teenagers that we thought looked honestly needy (if that makes any sense). The first one got a nice stereo. The second- an iPod docking station. This was, by far, the best part of my day. They both smiled so big and were very thankful. Just to know that I helped in making their days great makes me happy.

I don't know about everybody else, but I love seeing people smile. It tells so much about their personality. I hope some of these next pictures help YOU smile.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Life Is Short

Sometimes I wonder to what extent I have affected people's lives. As of now, probably not many. How many people will be able to say, "She changed my life." when I die? How many people will be at my memorial service? How many people will cry? How many people will care? How many people will say, "Who was she? She went to our school?"? Kind of a scary thought, don't you think? This year, there have been several high school/college students that have died in freak accidents. No one was expecting them to die. But it happens. What if that person was you?

Everyone, myself included, looks forward to big events. High School graduation. Wedding day. Prom. Christmas. But why spend so much time looking forward to one day? 24 hours out of your whole life! What if tomorrow never even came?

I know you have heard this so many times before. We need to enjoy every day to the fullest. We need to try to change people's lives and impact that world. That's what "they" tell us to do. It's hard though. I know that I can't bring myself to just walk up to some complete stranger and tell them something nice or share my life story. I am too worried about how they will judge me, and if they will think I am weird.

Now is the time that I say, throw that out the window. Who cares if people think you are weird? Life is too short to care about those little things.

I, for one, know that when I die, I want everyone to be able to say, "She was a great girl." I want people to realize that it's not about how popular you were, it's about how caring, loving, compassionate, and genuine you were. THAT'S what changes people's lives for the better.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010


Today in choir, I had a lot of stuff in my hands. Today in choir, we watched Elf. Today in choir, I was contemplating where to sit as there were no chairs. Today in choir, a boy that people probably wouldn't expect to be gentlemenly offered me his chair. Today in choir, my day was made. Today in choir, that boy also put the chair back for me. Today in choir, I realized how bad guys are getting at being gentlemenly if something that simple means so much to me.

Today at Panera, an old lady walked by me and told her young granddaughter to look at my pretty shoes. Today at Panera, my day was made.

Today at home, I realized how handy card readers that are already built into computers are. Today at home, my day was made.

Today at 6:00 p.m., I realized that I should be studying for my English final tomorrow or my Spanish final the next day. Today at 6:01 p.m., I blew it off.