Not to sound like a goody two shoes or anything, but I usually do this kind of thing naturally. Every night before I go to bed I go over every good thing I’ve done for someone else throughout the day and things that I did that I wish I wouldn’t have done or could’ve done better. I usually strive for at least three things of each every day. Finding things I wish I would’ve changed helps me stay humble and things that I did for other people helps me to stay on track to preparing for college. My thought is that throughout high school you should spend most of your time figuring out who the best and most genuine version of yourself is so that you can present that side of you to your college friends and fall in place with the right group. Some days I have more tallies in the good column than the bad and visa versa but ya know that is what the point of it is: to reflect on how the day was and how to make the next day better. Compared to the 15 Virtues, my self reflection was beginner level.

Throughout the week I have noticed that the one I struggled with the most was healthy body, healthy life because in the middle of the week I had a lot of stress on myself due to AP Bio so I tended to not eat lunch in order to use that time for studying/homework and of course I didn’t eat breakfast. We all know that isn’t very healthy. I also failed with order a couple times because I would receive random homework and then I was so brain dead by the end that going to the Purple Palace (planet fitness) was no longer an option even though I was planning on going. This also didn’t help make Healthy body, healthy life any more achievable. I also did not do too hot with patience over the weekend because I was very hangry and was throwing up a lot (probs stress and a mix of too much sugar in a short time span) so everything my parents said made me upset so I would just continue to give them attitude until they eventually stopped talking to me and then complain because they stopped talking to me. Ya know, normal girl mentality.

I was pretty average at all the other ones because I’m very go with the flow about life and it seems like Franklin was too. I mean don’t get me wrong I’m going to stand up for myself, but in a respectful way.

No, you’re a Dodo

My first impression of “The Dodo’s Conundrum” was simply one word and a bunch of angry questions. Why? I thought we were done with poetry. I was over it. My brain was already fried. We checked that off the required list. We were good. And then suddenly we weren’t good. At all.

The poem really wasn’t as confusing as before, but I do believe it is because of all the other poems we read leading up to it. If that was the first poem we were given, we would have lost our minds. I think realizing all the metaphors was pretty easy because most of them came from your own views of the work. You could examine every stanza in that poem and easily make it mean something more than the author probably wanted to. It might eventually get a little stretched out, but it would have either way been easy to back up. Without the help of the footnotes, it would have been a lot worse. Thankfully I didn’t really look back at those much. Once you read what the reference was once you pretty much understood and didn’t really have to think too much about it.

The sound and sense questions did not really get easier, but I also think that is just my brain not letting me be good at poetry analysis. I do think I got better at thinking in the way you really need to in order to analyze it correctly and I think that is all because of the poetry we had to write. In regards to figuring out the theme, it has gotten a little bit easier. Instead of just reading the poem I automatically just jump right into “hmmm this definitely has a dark and deep twist somewhere.” I really don’t know if I learned that poetry is always a metaphor or if I really just learned how much I dislike poetry. Yet another question to never be answered.

I think writing poetry has been very beneficial to how I view poetry. Not just from the #thestruggleisreal way but also in the #deep way. Without writing poetry, I wouldn’t understand how an author must think and how carefully words and references are chosen. I hit the word limit. #imdone #thispichaswatermark #idontreallycare

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