Quite the Character

     I feel like a character.

     I began reading a new book yesterday. Ten Miles Past Normal isn’t a very interesting or even a very well-written book (how it got on the ‘best teen reads’ list, I have no clue). However, the aspect that made me read it so intently was the parallels between the life of the main character Janie and my own life. Like me on A days, she had B lunch, while all of her friends were in A lunch. We both spend that time in the library. She was learning to play the bass, kind of like I’m learning to play the guitar (main difference- she was good at it, I am not). She, too, is quiet and socially awkward. So, Janie is a typical book character. I am like Janie. Conclusion- I am a character.

     This is far from the first time I have compared myself or my life to a character. Maybe it comes from an unaverage amount of reading, or maybe it comes from contemplating the idea of being like a character too much, but, still I could compile an entire list of the characters I feel I resemble. And so I will.

     First up, in English class, I am (though I try with all my might not to be!) Harry Potter‘s Hermione Granger. Like Hermione, I know most of the answers in my English class. Granted, I don’t bounce up and down when I raise my hand like she did, but I still feel like that irritating know-it-all at times! Seriously, I’m the kid who when the teacher says, “You all did terribly on this test, except we had one perfect score,” is that one perfect score (really, there was a Twizzler stapled to my test and everything!). But I wouldn’t mind mirroring Hermione’s finer qualities, though. Her intelligence, mixed with courage, carried her far in life and helped win the battles against the evil Voldemort. I hope that I can use intelligence and bravery to one day help the world.  We have that messy hair thing in common, though, too.

     Next is Brick from the ABC sitcom The Middle. He’s a little boy with a big appetite for reading. While I was reading today, I laughed to myself, picturing Brick holding up his “just a second” finger when someone bothers his reading time. Maybe I’ll have to pull that trick next time I’m bothered in the library 🙂

     Finally, I am Quinn from Nickelodeon’s Zoey 101. She had little nerdy glasses, much like my own. I see her sometimes when I look into the mirror. Also like Quinn, I’m just a little off-beat. But thankfully, I’m not running around all the time trying to “invent” banana-apple trees or “Loganator” robots. Hey, maybe I should try!

     So, yes, basically, in my life that plays out like a movie, I am quite a character. I have my quirks, I have my flaws, but I’ll also have my happy ending. I can’t wait to see how the entire story plays out, because it will end up sweet than fiction, right?  🙂

Stay strong and fearless,

Kristen

     

Like A Movie

     Have you ever ridden the Jungle Safari Bus at Disney World’s Animal Kingdom? I did this summer, and that is what I would compare the bus ride home to. There are lots of sharp turns and dirt roads. And mud! All that’s missing is a few elephants 🙂

     This whole experience of going to a new school and everything kind of feels like a movie to me. Maybe it’s because being in a big school with a bunch of people is something I’ve only seen in movies before. I know it’s normal to most people, and by the end of the year, it will feel like old hat. But for now, it’s hard to believe this is my life. It’s so different that it’s crazy.

     I almost feel like I’m playing a character, too. I sure think I must look like one, always carrying around my colorful coded map and looking freaked out by the bell. You see, I wear my glasses to school (just got them last year), and so it doesn’t feel like myself because I’m not used to them. The guitar, too, doesn’t quite feel like me yet. Actually, it feels like carrying around another me!

     Maybe it also feels like a movie to me because I expected it to play out like one. Or even to be like a television show. I’ve been told I should try to make the most of high school and go for the whole “Saved By the Bell” experience. I want that, but  I’ve had to realize movies about this sort of thing are pretty far-fetched from reality. But hopefully, I’ll find “happily ever after” soon enough 🙂

     Today was probably the best day I’ve had so far at school. I have started to kind of make friends with some girls in my Spanish class first period. Then, I got to be with my sister for geometry, lunch, and chemistry. And then last period was “interning,” which is basically like TA for any other school. I was assigned to a fifth grade class at the elementary school across the street. It was a kid’s birthday and so…

I GOT A CUPCAKE!

     Totally made my day! 🙂 That, and I carried my RED Taylor Swift bag as a backpack. It’s a lot less heavy than my other backpack was! It’s good to keep it light, because we don’t get lockers “for security reasons.” I’ll let you fill in the blanks there…

     So, all in all, pretty good day. Things are looking up in KristenWorld, and surely it can only get better from here. And, best of all, tomorrow is Friday!!

THE END!

 

Stay strong and fearless,

Kristen