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!

Moisha’s Last Hurrah

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For this week I decided to do one of my best friends Maddy Rotman. I have known Maddy for only two years, but before that I only knew who she was from a far at our dance studio. She was so intimidating to me before I knew her because of the way she carries herself and how everybody loves her so much. But once I really got to know Maddy I understood why everyone loved her. She is one of the most caring, funny, talented, intelligent, beautiful (inside and out) people I know. She is so easy to talk to and is willing to give her help and opinion on anything. She is one of my mentors not only in life but in dance. I thought that she would be a good person to be apart of my blog because I want to share some of her humor and intelligence with all of you.

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disclaimer: this plan is assuming travel time is dismissive

If eye had one day to live ideally, it would be Sunday. I would wake up and watch the sunrise on this lone boulder in the middle of the Mountain Drive meadow. Then, I would go to Torah Study with Rabbi Cohen and my dad. Next, I would spend the entirety of my savings to purchase every gown from Valentino’s S/S 2007 collection so I could switch outfits throughout the day. Next stop – brunch at the Palace of Versailles (close homiez only!!)

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The majority of the afternoon would be spent tracking down and kissing the following people goodbye (not necessarily in this order:) Jemima Kirke, Kelby Pintard, Leonard Cohen, Rihanna, Christo and Jeanne Claude, Woody Allen, Josh Enobakhare, Cassandra Hughes, my dog, *outfit change* Brian Wilson, Lucia Dallett, my English teacher, Bjork, Josh Kass, Bella Hadid, Bill Murray, Josh Tillman, Josh Tillman’s wife, Cameron Crowe, Bernie Sanders, Claire Boucher, *outfit change* and Bella Hadid and Jemima Kirke again.

At sunset, I would dance for at least 2 hours because nothing makes me happier, then I would try my first ever taste of alcohol, shave my head just to see what it looks like, *outfit change* reread my favorite passage from The Brothers Karamazov, recite the sonnet, Remember, by Christina Rossetti to my closest friends and family, and blissfully peace out the world.”

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I hope you enjoyed this weeks blog post and let me know down below what people you would want to meet for the first time if you only had one day to live?