1.) "Memory is the scribe of the soul." - Aristotle
Biking in the summer
Home coming Football game
Meeting my girlfriend
Getting better at basketball Maple Grove with girlfriend Bike hunting Drills at the gym Road trip to Florida Feeling like im Tony at the gym Summer School Chilling playing 2k BC park balling My favorite memory was, biking all over town playing basketball. Going place to place with my basically brother. Summer school, then hooping after it all the time.
" When I was young, my understanding of events and people was simple: things were good or bad. This made it easier for me to deal with the world around me. Then, when I became a young man, things seemed far more complicated, and instead of black and white I saw grays everywhere I looked. This made life dense with motive and decision, and more challenging to navigate. Now, as a man in middle age, and a new father, I find that my view of the world is reducing itself to the simple again.
I think this is because I’m trying to be a good parent and teach my daughter what she needs to know about life. I naturally break complex things down into small pieces so I can explain them. And far from oversimplifying, I find this brings me back to the handful of important basics of being alive.
One of those basics is respect: respect for yourself, and respect for others. Whether it’s spelling, cartwheels, piano, I teach my daughter to try. To fail feels bad, certainly, but not to have tried feels worse, because you can’t respect yourself for it. And as the saying goes, if you don’t respect yourself, no one else is going to do it for you.
I remember once—I must have been seven or eight—I was playing at my cousin’s house with his toys. His family was better off than mine, and he had many more toys than I did. There was one in particular that I’d always wanted, and I slipped it into my pocket when he wasn't looking.
I dimly sensed, even at that age, that I would never be able to enjoy playing with the toy, nor would I ever again be able to look my cousin in the eye. I would always know I had stolen, and my opinion of myself would suffer.
His mother drove me home later, and when she dropped me off I shamefacedly pulled out the toy and gave it back. She knew, I’m sure, what had happened, but she thanked me and never spoke of it again.
I hope to help my daughter avoid similar mistakes, because I know she first has to gain self-respect before she can start truly respecting others. Then she’ll be able to see and accept in them the strengths and weaknesses she already sees and accepts in herself. This, I think, is a bonding mechanism almost as powerful as love.
So I believe in respect. Because without respect there’s no caring; and without caring, life is a harsh wasteland. Without respect we’re all enemies, with just the occasional bridge to a friend.
I’m not perfect in this regard, far from it. But I try my best, and I respect others for trying their best in this changing world. I respect people for trying, in whatever way they can, to live according to some internal standard—to raise their children to hope, to try, and to respect.
David Westwood worked extensively in advertising agencies and design studios in Britain before emigrating to the U.S., and he now works as an illustrator in Southern California. He is also an author, with eleven novels to date published under the name David Andrew Westwood. "
I believe this essay means that you should look at the world different. You
should not only respect yourself but the people around you. Respect is a
big thing and more people should have it. You should show respect where its
deserved. It doesn't come easy though, you have to earn it. "Treat people how
you want to be treated." Peoples respect change as things change around.
(Author said). Also, he was saying respect basically evolves as you get older.
When your younger, its not much to you. Like how he stole the toy from his
I Believe that this means alot because, respect is a huge thing many people
deserve. Not everyone exact but the ones who never did anything, or never
were fake deserve respect. The people that don't show it to you don't deserve it.
I chose this because, respect means alot to who you are and how people give
you your respect. You don't have to like someone, just respect them. Thats how
i think of it. It was interesting because, you run into respect and disrespect all
the time. The story the author told was a good example and i just like things