A Big End to a Short Life

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This week I wanted to do someone very close to me. Adriana Stickles. She is a Junior at Santa Barbara High School and is also in the MAD academy. We dance together, meaning we spend almost every single day together. By spending so much time together we have gotten to know each other very well. I have learned that she is one if the sweetest, caring and funny people I know. We always laugh when we are together and usually it is about the weirdest things! I love her so much and I hope you enjoy reading!!

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At first I would want to sleep in until noon but I’d remember it was my last day and I could sleep when i’m dead. Once I managed to wake myself up at 6 am, I would grab my closest friends and we would drive to Big Sur. As we drove we would blast my favorite childhood songs and sing at the top of our lungs. Just as the sun was rising we would have a morning picnic on the cliffs overlooking the ocean and just talk and enjoy each other’s presence. I would then take my dog for a walk along Santa Barbara’s beaches with my mom, dad, and brother.  We would laugh a lot.  After, I would go to the closest animal shelter and buy a bunny. I would take my bunny and my friends and my family and we would fly a helicopter to a few key places.  I’m not sure where we found this helicopter but it happened to be there so we just hopped on. Also not sure who is flying it but hey if we crash i was going to die anyways. While it was still late morning we would fly to Lake Luise in Banff Canada. We wouldn’t spend a long time there but probably paddle out on the lake for a little while.  We would then stop in Paris, France and eat lunch at a small cafe. Then I would go try on french designer gowns and spend some time painting or sketching Paris. Following we would fly to Phuket, Thailand and spend the afternoon on the beach in the warm tropical water. We would would eat a second lunch, and then head to South America. I would find a small village in need and spend the remainder of my day volunteering and donating my time to them, as I would want to leave this world with a lasting impact on the people in it. Since I’m dying at 16, I will not need my college funds and I would donate all of my money to the local people. I would find the sweetest kid in the village and give them my bunny I bought that morning to keep and take care of. Finally, I would fly back to San Francisco where I was born, and spend the night with everyone on a hill overlooking the golden gate bridge. We would talk until it was pitch black and just watch the stars. Last, I would hand out long letters I wrote personally to everyone expressing how much I love them and the impact they had on my life and me as a person. I’m not sure how to end this, so peace out and enjoy life while you still have it.”

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Family Beach Day

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This week I decided to interview my neighbor Travis. I wanted to interview him because he is always such a happy and positive person. Him and his family have lived across the street from me for 10 years. Travis and his wife Tara have three kids Emma, who is my age, Jack who is 15 and Kate who is 13. They can always make me laugh and always make my day a little brighter. I hope you enjoy!

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You got me thinking and this is tougher than I thought.  I am going to make several assumptions which are pretty basic like I am healthy, active and pretty much feel the same as I do today and for the most part knew ahead of time that this was my last day.  With that I know I would not want to be traveling, in traffic or some other place.  All of the other things I wanted to get done before my last day I would have done so, like taking Emma skydiving and some travel as a family.

 
For my last day:
 
  • I am sure I would wake up early as always and start the day with my normal routine of feeding dogs, coffee and then start thinking how I could cheat death and not die in 24.  That would be my first thing I would do, probably Google it and such but lets assume it is what it is and I have accepted the fact that I have 24 hours and can’t change that.
  • With that my day would be doing what I love to do with those I love, so my family and friends.  Specifically my friends that will support my family once I am gone and provide the friendship, love and support that we need in life.  So I am sure I would start thinking over coffee to make sure the day is planned, everyone I want invited and probably do a mental check of making sure everything is in order for my family the next day regarding my will, finances, etc.. so they are taken care of (a little bit late but I am sure I will have those thoughts on my last day even though).  Probably do some stupid stuff like make sure my subscriptions cancel or whatever, try not trip over the petty stuff is what I am really thinking and get on with enjoying the time I have left.
  • Next I would make a big breakfast for everyone as I really enjoy cooking breakfast and make them all the things they love and not worry one bit about how many strips of bacon I had and probably not worry about doing the dishes so much as let’s be serious that is never the fun part of cooking. I am sure Tara, Emma, Jack and Kate would help out and that is fun part of eating at home and being in our own place.
  • I would want to spend the first part of the day with just my family so ease into it with them, focus on the quality time and conversations of what next but at the same point do all of things we normally do at home like volleyball in the back yard, basketball on the court and just being together.  One on one time with everyone would be very important to explain that the future is going to change but still be bright.  I am assuming they know that I have one day and it is no secret.
  • Next I would have my family start to join us so we can all hang out and from there the rest of the family which includes nieces, nephews, in-laws and everyone.  More or less a family reunion and party but focus on the positive and not the negative, it should be fun time not a sad time.  The next part of the day I would want to basically turn it into a private beach party. Select and important friends who I consider life long friends that will still be in the picture to support my family after I am gone. Ideally it would be a warm day with some waves, volleyball, surfing and a lot of quality active beach time. Strangely I would still wear sunscreen and probably re-apply a bunch like I do out of habit. My goal for this part of the day would be have great beach day with all of these people that are really important to my life today and the day after I am gone and would want to do all of things we enjoy together. Not a sit around and get tan beach day but the kind I enjoy being active playing volleyball, surfing and some very special beach walks with my family and one on one’s. Throw some good beach toys in there as well so everyone is having fun, that could include all kinds of cool toys that we can think of.  It’s my last day so I would want it to be fun, happy, active day. We would have plenty of food and drink and probably throw it as a Luau but the more I think about it I am not really interested in Hulu Shrimp on my last day so it would have to be more of a Mexican theme with some serious tacos, chips, guacamole and the rest that comes with it. I would really want to make sure I got one really good wave and I got the feeling Jack would be extra nice and let me have it.
  • This would take us through sunset which would really important and fun to watch together as group.  From that it would be goodbyes to all but my immediate family and I would want to go home and hangout.  Cards, chill time, lots of good conversations and hanging with the people I love the most. Nothing really exciting and it may even sound boring but to me being home with family is how I would want to spend my last evening.  Sure there would be great food and we wouldn’t have to cook and clean but it really is the environment I would want to be in and around. To me it’s more important who I am with than where I am.  For that reason home with the people I care about the most is how I would spend my last evening after a really great day. I would definitely not sleep as I would want to make the most out of the 24 hours awake…”

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Taking a Step Back

For this weeks blog I decided to look back on all of my posts so far and realize what I have learned from this experience as a “blogger”. Going into this process I didn’t really have any ideas of what I wanted this to be I kind of just wanted my blog to evolve naturally. I knew I wanted to interview my friends, family and people who inspire me to learn a little bit more about them.

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Something that I was most surprised about was people’s initial reaction to the question, “If you had one day to live what would you do?”. Personally I thought this question sparked a thought that most people have never thought of before, because it is kind of a sad thing to think about. Almost every single person I interviewed was very taken back by this question, more than I was initially expecting. All of the responses I got seemed to have an underlying theme, stick to the ordinary days yet focusing on the things that make the person especially happy. That could either be doing their passion all day long or spending extra time with their friends and family going places they have never been before.

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Throughout this experience personally I have learned many things about myself and my closest friends. It was a great way to connect many different people in my life through a single question. One of the most difficult parts about this blogging process is actually finding people to interview believe it or not. Mostly due to the lack of time in my week. During lunch is always a hard time because that is people’s time to relax and not really have to think and after school i go straight to dance. I could always have people email me but I like to talk to the person I am interviewing in person so I can really understand what they are saying and look at how they view their life.

Let me know down below in the comments how you are liking my blog so far if I should make any changes or you like where this is going so far!

From the Mountain to the Beach

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For my blog this week I decided to do Megan Tighe. I have known Megan for only two years but since we have two classes together this year we have gotten a lot closer. She is so funny, beautiful and not to mention an amazing artist. She is apart of the Visual Arts and Design Academy (VADA) at Santa Barbara High School. She always makes me laugh and brightens my day. I wanted to add her to my blog because I knew that she would have a last day worth sharing. So this is what Megan Tighe would do if she only had one day to live:

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If eye had one day to live I would first wake up in the morning and hang out with my family. It would be a nice sunny morning, not too hot, and eat some breakfast outside and play with my dogs. After breakfast I would have all of my good friends come over and we would just hang out in my room. We would then get in a car and drive somewhere like up to the mountains and sit there for a little while. After some time spent up there we would drive back down and we would go on a huge boat. We would jump off the boat and go swimming. On the boat I would want a really good band, like my brothers and his friends, playing some music and all of us in the back just relaxing and listening to the music. Maybe we would go the islands and run around. Then we would come on home and if I had a pool we would jump in that. We would then eat some dinner, something fresh and everyone’s favorite meal. After dinner we would go outside to this jumper that has a waterslide. Play on that and then we would go into my room where there is a whole bunch of big pillows and we would just get on the pillows under some blankets and fall asleep with my dogs.”

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Luckily living in beautiful Santa Barbara we have both the mountains and the beaches, let me know down below if you live near with the beach, mountains, or both!

Dancing Queen

This week I decided to someone who inspires me everyday. Her name is Francesca Harman, but she goes by Frankie. She is an 8th grader at Providence and not to mention one of the best dancers I have ever seen. She is full of so much beauty and grace. She treats everyone with so much respect. I am so lucky and honored to have Frankie apart of my everyday life because if you get to meet Frankie you are one lucky person. Not only is she one of my very close friends I also get to share the stage with her. I thought she would be a great addition to my blog because she is such a positive person and inspiration at such a young age.

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If I only had one day to live eye would first start off the day and go take a dance class. I would want to take a class that is really about enjoying dance rather than it be about the training and really appreciating dance for what it is. I think I would go to all the people I know and inspire me, like my mom, my teachers, my family and anyone specific. I would want to go to them and tell them how much the blessed me and tell them to continue what their doing. And maybe if there is someone that I want to bless or I wanna help I would go talk to them. I just wanna leave my last mark on the world. I think I would go to my church and talk to my pastor about where I am going and how wonderful it is going to be and be excited for it. I would want to be with all of my friends and go over all of our memories. I would want to end the day happy and I don’t know how but end it with all of my family when I would go. Since I talked to my pastor and got all of my questions answered I would spend the night talking with god and talking with my family as well, going over everything that happened, dancing and being with my loved ones. I would go about my day pretty normally and have it be a special day not be overly packed and really enjoy the day. Maybe eat some great food too.”

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Comment down below who inspires you and why?

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Animals

For this week I decided to do one of my good friends Wilson Sherman. He is someone that I can talk to about almost anything and everything. We met this year and instantly became friends and just from knowing him for this short amount of time I know that Wilson is a very compassionate person. Another thing that I learned, and what you will soon find out from his response, is that he loves animals. He owns a total of 36 animals. He volunteers at a zoo, parrot rescue, aquarium and wildlife rehab center. He also has a blog but his is entirely about animals. I thought that Wilson would be a very interesting person to interview for my blog because of his strong views and love for animals.

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If eye only had one day to live I would pet as many animals as possible. To do this I would just go to the Zoo, the Sea Center and pet like everyone’s dog. I would also probably go and pick up a bunch of trash and tell everyone to not eat meat. After that I would go pick up more plastic. I would also want to light Donald Trump and Ted Cruz on fire. I would want to give a lot of hugs. Lastly I would go outside swim in the ocean try to fight a shark.”

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I really love how Wilson is incorporating animals into his entire day. That displays clearly  his love and compassion for animals. I also think that it is amazing that Wilson wants to try to save the earth even though he is only living for the rest of that day. You can tell that Wilson wants really wants to make an impact on the people around him, the world and for the future lives of animals. Everyone should learn from Wilson to make a difference on the world and everyone around you even if you only have one day to live.

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Let me know down below how many pets you have or what your favorite kind of animal is? Also everyone go check out Wilson’s Blog!!!

 

 

 

Do Something That Scares You

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For this week’s blog post I decided to do a friend of mine who has been through so much with me. Her name is Victoria but most people call her Tori. She is such a beautiful person inside and out. She is such an inspiring person and always seems to know what to say. When I asked her the question her initial response was “wow one day isn’t a lot of time”. That is the response I figured I would get when I asked people the question. She then went on to say “I would probably do the things that scare me the most, I would try to cram it into one day.” That is something that inspires me about tori is the fact that she would do things that challenge her with only one day to live instead of doing things that are comfortable.

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I would start my day at midnight and I would stay up for those 24 hours. I would start with a night hike and probably really look at the things around me and take in and appreciate my last day.  I would want to go on the hike with the people that I love, or anyone who would want to go. I would want to have a big breakfast, like a big huge feast breakfast. It would be like a 3 am breakfast. I would then go skydiving and bungee jumping. I would probably go to the beach and go swimming and swim out to the bouy, because that is a really big fear of mine. Following the beach I would go have a nice lunch made by mom, maybe some tacos. I wouldn’t be vegan that day. I would eat everything. Then I would probably go to church. At night time I would have a dinner, a big farewell. I would want it like the “Fault in our Stars” where the people say their eulogy to the main character while he was still alive before he died. I would want it like this because I want to hear what people have to say about me. I would want to have an open mic where anyone can come and say the best stories so I can relive the best moments of my life and think about the worst. I want to feel like i’ll be missed, everyone does. The very last thing I would do is I would probably try to do something inspiring to people.”

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Everyone has fears but comment below what scares you the most and why? Try to do at least one thing a day that scares you and as tori said “live everyday like it is your last!”

 

Good Food and Family Beach Days

For the next blog post I decided to do my family, the people in my life that constantly support, love and inspire me. As I have mentioned before, I will be asking everyone the same question, “If you only had one day to live, what would you do?” so these are the responses from my family.
If eye only had one day to live I would have my wife, all my children and their spouses, their children (my grandchildren), my brother my in-laws and a few close friends all gather at a beautiful beach in Santa Barbara for a wonderful day consisting of surfing, swimming, playing ball and taking walks. During the day I would slide off and call some people that had a positive impact on my life and thank them for taking the time to help make me a better person. That evening we would enjoy a wonderful BBQ and then we would sit around a fire, tell stories of our youth and the impactful moments of our lives. Then I would tell everyone how much I loved each and every one of them and how THEY made my life so fulfilled and WONDERFUL!”- Bill Pintard (my dad)
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my dad, Bill
If eye only had one day left to live I would want to spend it with my family trying to do as many things as possible. We would travel west to New Zealand to be greeted by a helicopter and taken to a bridge. At that bridge we would go bungee jumping into a river to be greeted by a river raft. That river raft would take us down the river to get back on the plane and fly to Switzerland to go to the Alps for a delicious lunch with Swiss chocolate for dessert and a cappuccino. Then we would travel to Provence France and smell the lavender on a walk through the quaint town and have a quick pastry snack. Then we would travel to the Bahamas for lobster dinner at a restaurant and a spectacular sunset.”- Kris Pintard (my mom)
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my mom, Kris
If eye only had one day to live I would try to do as much as I can in one day! I would eat all my favorite foods at my favorite restaurants and I would spend as much time with my parents, sister, Ryan and Brooklyn as
I could. We would go to the beach or lake to go wake boarding or surfing. I would watch the sunset at the beach or lake.” -Brittney Pintard (my sister)
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my sister, Brittney
 As you can tell my family loves food, what food would you eat if you only had one day to live? let me know down below!!

Traveling the world and Changing lives

image4If eye only had one day to live I would travel the world and change lives. That was the first thought that came to my head when I asked myself the question, “If I only had one day to live what would eye do?”. Luckily I have had the opportunity to travel to Europe and some places and the United States and I loved it. I loved the aspect of submersing myself in other cultures and living my everyday life in a completely different way. There are so many places that I want to travel to but my top choices is to Greece, Croatia and Milan. During the traveling excursion I would want my closest friends and family with me so I can surround myself with people who love me and I know I will have a good time with them. Another reason I would want to travel is because I would want the day to last as long as possible to achieve many things.

image7Making an impact on people’s lives is something that is very special to me. I love seeing people happy and I love creating opportunities for people that they may not have had before. My dad is the one who inspires me to do this because that is what he does and I get to see some of the outcomes of this rewarding process. He gives children battling cancer many different experiences that they would not be able to have had without him. He created an organization, Hugs for Cubs, because his son, my brother, battled cancer but unfortunately lost his life to that battle. But while he was fighting he continued to be positive, inspiring, and supportive to those who were also dealing with cancer. Seeing people, especially children, not be able to achieve their maximum potential because of something holding them back that they can’t control is absolutely heartbreaking to me so I want to at least change that for one person and make such a big impact on their lives that they will remember me forever in the most positive way ever.

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Let me know down below where you would travel to if you only had one day to live or what places you have traveled to? Till next time, live everyday to the fullest!!!