“He wasn’t as happy in his life, as maybe he could have been”

This week, I visited some seniors and we talked for a while back and I really realized how hard seniors have been hit with this pandemic. Maybe they’ve even been hit the hardest, haven’t been able to visit family and their families haven’t been able to visit with them. They’ve also lost some friends and family at the senior home, which was definitely hard for them. And we talked and asked them for advice that I was going into high school. And first and foremost, they made me feel very grateful for my family, my friends, my health, my education, and they also made me feel very happy and grateful that I was happy and I didn’t have many regrets in my life. One of the things they said when I asked for advice, was to live in the moment and to appreciate what you have, right that second. One of the seniors said that he chased his life, trying to find perfection. And when you think he- when he thought he found it. He realized that he wasn’t anywhere close because every time he thought something was perfect, he or someone else would tell him something he could improve upon. And so he wasn’t as happy in his life, as maybe he could have been. Another senior told me to not have many regrets. not stress out a lot and just live pretty carefree and fun living, fun-loving. Because in reality life is too short and that we don’t have time to worry about little things and small details. We should start looking at the big picture. Some seniors, told me, you know, about always looking on the bright side. So they taught me a lot of things and made me feel very very grateful for what I had.

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“I don’t think it’s something people should be scared to admit”

Have you ever felt jealous of someone? What about? Jealousy is an incredibly strong emotion that I feel is wise to avoid, if possible. I think jealousy can lead to people making poor decisions and it can like kind of blind you in a sense. It can just like mess with your vision, kind of give you tunnel vision, you could say. But to be honest, yeah, of course, I felt jealous in the past. Whether that be comparing myself to siblings — not me doing it but like if family members are comparing me with my sibling. I am so jealous if I didn’t like reach to the standards they wanted, or if they’re like, oh, they can do this better than you. I’d be be like, “Wow, why can’t someone say that about me? Like, why can’t I get those same compliments?” It seems shallow, but I feel like and everyone has vulnerable moments like that where they’re just kind of fueled by jealousy because they don’t receive the appreciation that they desire, you could say. Other instances where I’ve been jealous. I don’t know, school. Schools have become kind of slightly toxic environments. Not that it’s the school itself, or the students itself. It’s just how the culture of education has kind of become, especially in high school. I attend, like a very, a highly competitive — I attend school in a highly competitive school district. So, a lot of times students in their minds pit themselves against each other, and there’s a lot of jealousy surrounding GPAs, grades, standardized testing scores, you feel as though you’re putting in a certain amount of effort and not seeing the same results, but you see someone that you know very well get those results and you’re like, wow, I wish I could be there. I wish I had that, like, I’m super jealous. So it’s, it’s an emotion that pops up often. I try to avoid it as much as possible because it doesn’t always have the best results or can lead to the best results. But I think it’s a very common emotion. I don’t think it’s something people should be scared to admit to, we all feel it. There’s nothing to hide. But maybe if we like talk these things through, have conversations about stuff like this. They might not be such a big deal. They might…

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“We got some good blueberries and I got some good skipping stones”

Well, there’s been a couple good blueberry picking times. When we were on Isle Royal, we went up to like one of the high peaks and we ended up getting up to like the high peak and there was like a watchtower type situation up there and we were picking these blueberries, and it’s like the higher altitude you go like, just the better — Well, one, not as many people walk up there so not as many people have picked them, and two, just I dunno if it’s like better sunlight or something or breeze, but like, they’re just bigger and juicier up there. And so we’re like picking them as fast as we can, and we’re watching this storm just like come over the lake, getting closer to us and we’re like, “oh s, s s***.” So we’re literally like picking as fast as we can trying to like fill our buckets and like um — So that was pretty fun. And it was just like, I don’t know. And that storm, it was the craziest thing. It’s like we’ve never seen this before or afterwards, but it — so it’s coming across Superior, and so we’re like scrambling and eventually, you know, we like start basically like speed walking back down cause it was a good half hour walk or so up to there. And so we’re like speed walking back down, and by the time we get to our little shelter, that’s right along the shore, we see the clouds and it’s just like a wall. And you know, it’s like thunder, lightning, all that jazz, and it like makes it like right to the shore and then all of a sudden, just out of nowhere, the wind just changes direction completely and the whole thing just like backs off, and then goes back the way it came. It was very bizarre, but we got some good blueberries and I got some good skipping stones.

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“That would probably be the one piece of wisdom that I found most helpful.”

Well, a piece of wisdom I found helpful. You know, the — I guess — what I would think is that would be most helpful is when you think things are really bad and something has happened and you’re having a horrible day and, and you think that the worst is here and is yet to come and you don’t want to face it and it’s just, you know, your whole world is crashing upon you. I have found that — and amazingly, it sounds trite, but a good night’s sleep. Helps work wonders the next day. Sometimes things are so clarified that you know, I think when we’re just having one of quote, unquote, “those days” where things are just, you know, it just seems to be unfixable. The best thing to do sometimes is to just back away. Take a — get a rest, revisit it in the morning, you know, it’s always darkest before the dawn, all that sort of thing. And that actually is true. Some of those things are true. So that would probably be the one piece of wisdom that I found most helpful for me.

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