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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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!

Ordinary Days

For this week’s blog post I decided to do two people that are always inspiring me, two of my dance teachers, Kyleigh Carlson and Morgan Marsoobian. They are not only pushing me to be a better dancer but most of all constantly pushing me to be a better person. They are some of my biggest mentors not only in dance but in life and luckily I get to see them almost everyday. I have created relationships with both of them where I feel like I can talk to them about anything. I chose them to be apart of my blog because I wanted to know how they would spend their last day.

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If eye had one day left to live, I wouldn’t do anything outrageous but instead would do all of my favorite ordinary activities to create an extraordinary day.  I love children, I love dance, I love God, I love my family and friends and I’ll say it, I love coffee, so my day would be filled with all of these things. I know I don’t get to choose what day it is BUT if I could, it would be a Sunday. I would start my day by going to church and worshiping with a body of believers. Then, because I would want to feel inspired on this day,  I would go to the dance studio and TEACH a class that really allowed my students to move and explore the space around them. Overflowing with inspiration, I would then want to TAKE a class where I had the opportunity to express myself to the fullest potential in a room surrounded by friends, love and free of judgement. The rest of my day would be spent with family and friends in conversation. All of my family would come together along with my childhood friends, high school friends and college friends we would all come together for a huge gathering. Laughter would fill the room, memories would be shared and love would be felt by all. I would want to spend a great amount of time reminding everyone around me what I appreciated and loved about them specifically and would make sure to share the beauty of God’s amazing grace and unconditional love with everyone around me. My last day would be an ordinary day filled with all the simple things that I think makes life extraordinary.”- Morgan Marsoobian

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To be honest, my initial reaction was “well that’s morbid.” And then my next reaction was to chase time, and go to different parts of the world so the day would never end, but the more I think about it the more I realize how ridiculous that sounds and that I actually wouldn’t want to do that. If eye only had one day to live I don’t think that I would do anything drastic. I would probably first go into a dance studio and just be. As silly as it sounds, dance is and always has been my therapy. After the studio I would write letters to my loved ones with my hopes and wishes for them and memories that I am sure I would never forget. For the rest of the day, I would really just want to be around family. That is the scary part- knowing that you would never be able to touch them, hold them, hug them and kiss them again. If I only had one day to live, I would ask my three very best friends to be by my side in the dance studio, I would ask my dad to tell me stories of when he was my age, I would ask my mom to sing me You Are My Sunshine, I would ask my sister to go on a drive and get frozen yogurt, I would ask my sisters’ boyfriend to be his silly self because he never fails to have me in tears from laughter, and I would ask my boyfriend to hold me until it was time because in his arms is where I feel the safest.”- Kyleigh Carlson

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Thank you for reading this week’s blog post! Comment down below what your “ordinary day” is?