the air outside
trying to fight its way in
the bed I take shelter in
protection from the cold
the footsteps down the stairs
legs moving as fast as they can
the snowpants and boots fly on
as I head out the door
the footsteps left in my trail
as I trudge through the mountains of snow
my beaming smile
as the picture perfect snowman is completed
looking out the window at my handiwork
sipping hot chocolate until the comfortable warmth fills my whole body
as I wake up to see a frozen barren wasteland
not the winter wonderland of my dreams
that one day this freezing season
my snowy dream
The Fenn Squad Blue Basketball team went out against Fessenden and we played our best game yet. Right from the get-go we gave our full effort and surged to an early lead. We kept maintaining both our effort and our lead right up until half-time, but by the time we went back onto the court Fesse was fired up and quickly chopped our once comfortable 7 point lead to a close 3 point lead. They sensed the blood in the water and struck going on a strong run to put them up by 3 with 45 seconds left. We missed an open lay-up and then a well contested buzzer-beater for the hard 3 point loss.
I am doing "Dream-Land" by Edgar Allan Poe. It is an interesting piece that captures the essence of everything that happens in dreams; all of the random magic of dreams perfectly encapsulated in writing.
By a route obscure and lonely,
Haunted by ill angels only,
Where an Eidolon, named NIGHT,
On a black throne reigns upright,
I have reached these lands but newly
From an ultimate dim Thule --
From a wild weird clime that lieth, sublime,
Out of SPACE -- out of TIME.
The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown
We all have many fears. Most fears are because of a bad experience, but there is one fear in particular that doesn’t follow that rule. The unknown can be a scary thought and worrying too much about can really feed one’s fear of it. Despite being afraid of it, leaping into the unknown can turn out well.
There are so many great experiences that can come out of taking a chance with the unknown. Some people miss things that could’ve been the highlight of their lives because they spent too much time worrying about doing something instead of just doing it.
When at a summer camp a few years ago I saw a couple kids playing a pickup game of basketball. Back then, I had never played in a pickup game of basketball, I had only played knockout. I decided to join and see how it went. It took me a while to really understand all of the rules and how the game works, but even once I understood I wasn’t getting passed to. During that camp every free time we had, I kept coming back and playing and getting better. Eventually I had developed a decent jump shot and lay-up. Once I got back home from that camp I realized I loved that game and if I never took that risk of
Next time you are not sure whether or not to do something you have never tried before, take a chance and see how it turns out. Jump into the unknown.
One thing I did not want to do, but I did was shovel my driveway. We have a very long driveway and the snow was getting higher and higher last night until I went out to shovel. My dad was coming home from a dinner meeting last night and he needed to be able to get to our house. I went out, bundled up in my three layers to combat the freezing, white plane. The steady torrent of flurries impaired my vision, but I was determined to clear a path. After thirty minutes I had fully uncovered a treacherous sheet of ice that was formerly hidden by the snow. I used my shovel as a pickaxe, swinging it to shatter the ice and then I threw it to the side to reveal the asphalt underneath. It was a joyous moment for me to see all of my hard work come to fruition. I thought back to English class earlier that day and remembered how all of those heroes who completed the heroic cycle worked really hard and kept going and I felt like my completion of that task was almost a smaller version of that heroic cycle. Even though that was such a small task, it does have its own rewards.