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Archive for March, 2015

My Prized Possession

One of my biggest thrills as a child was transferring from a gravel driveway to a paved one. This meant finally learning to bike, being able to walk barefoot outside without fear of stubbing my toes on rocks, and getting to use my favorite art supplies- chalk.

I had buckets and buckets of the stuff, from dusty pastels to darker blues and greys. I hoarded them like they were chocolate bars. My sister and I would spend hours drawing in our free time, letting our imaginations run wild with pictures of dragons, monsters, and princesses. We used each one to the point where it was a tiny sliver chalky color, too minuscule to draw with anymore.

On more than one occasion, Annika and I got in trouble for taking a stick of the stuff to our dog, Loki. We colored him blue, pink, purple… All on the glossy white coat that my mom tried hard to keep clean.

Chalk allowed me to transform my driveway into a huge, black canvas ready for me to spread my ideas across. Our driveway was very long- about a fifth of a mile. This allowed for the most intense hop-scotch tournaments! We would draw and draw and hop and hop until it was dark outside.

It’s funny to think that some of my favorite memories are associated with tiny sticks of dust. Who knows? Maybe if I had never been exposed to art at that young age, I wouldn’t be as creative as I like to think I am today!

Why Bethany Hamilton Inspires Me

Bethany Hamilton is a worldwide surfing champion, a dedicated donor to multiple organizations, a hardcore Christian, and an author. She also happens to have no left arm! She is one of my biggest role models and she inspires me every day.

Bethany was 13 when she was surfing in Hawaii and a huge tiger shark came and tore off her entire left arm. However, as soon as her shoulder was stitched up and healed, she got right back in the water and kept going. It took her awhile, but eventually she was just as good and ultimately better than she had been before the bite. She didn’t let the fear of another shark attack get in the way of doing what she loved most. I admire her so much because she persevered through it all and kept trying!

Another reason I love her is because her beliefs are so strong. For one thing, she has an incredible relationship with God. I’m a Christian, like her, and she inspires me so much to do good in the world. She went on tons of work trips to help those who are less fortunate, and finds small ways to incorporate her faith into everyday situations.

Bethany Hamilton in my mind is an incredible role model in so many ways. From her ability to constantly persevere despite her handicap to her admirable relationship with her Heavenly Father, she is someone whom I think has influenced many people around the world.

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