Were You Expecting Success? – Blog 11

This was probably one of the hardest endeavors I have ever undertaken. Trying to micromanage yourself throughout the week wasn’t fun at all, and once I realized that, I had a harder time focusing on following the virtues and slipped even more. Industry was by far my worst virtue, as that had the most red put down. Not wasting time on things you don’t need to do is the exact opposite of what my daily life consists of, as I most often enjoy Youtube, Netflix, or my PS4 at the end of the day when all of my work is done. Temperance was my second worst, as I love to eat food, and I usually caught myself walking to the fridge, picking out an apple or piece of chocolate and instinctivly eating it, because that’s what I do to keep myself occupied. The next three I failed go hand in hand because of one person. Moderation, Silence, and Tranquility were all hard to follow throughout the week because of Tyler Kenney. Tyler and I do this thing where I bring up a conversation starter or give my opinion on something, and he will always disagree with it, even if he may also agree with it, just to get on my nerves and start a pointless debate. We have debated on the stupidest things over the past seven days, which in turn made me angry and annoyed with him, which made us continue to yell at each other over pointless topics, completeing the trinity of Moderation, Silence, and Tranquility. I would have had many less read markings if it wasn’t for Tyler. As for the rest of the virtues, they weren’t as difficult. I hadn’t wasted money on anything, I’ve had an easy time staying motivated, and I’ve been extra grateful over the week, making sure to thank my mother extra for making dinner, or thanking my friends and family for sticking it out with me so far. I shouldn’t have to explain chastity, that virtue is easy to follow once you put your mind to it. I don’t think I can say the same for some of the other kids in my grade though. In the end, I can understand why Franklin had such a hard time with these. It is very difficult to change yourself completely instantly, and if you are just starting out, you will inevitably fail. But after going through this once, I can see myself undertaking this again.