What’s Your Story?

I believe whoever you are no matter how small or how big even if you are black, brown, or white your words always matter. I got this idea when the video said that he should have told someone that cops searched through his car and it wasn’t okay for someone to make you feel like a criminal when you didn’t do anything wrong. Also, it is important to tell people about your story because no matter how small it is, you never know how big of an impact it can make in someone’s life. I think this means to always share your story and what’s important to you. Don’t think it’s dumb and forget about it, tell people because it might be very important. You never know what lives it could change. What’s your story?

Dr. Seuss

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” – Dr. Seuss. I think this quote means that if something happens that affects people but no one really cares and doesn’t want to fix it because they’re hurting nothing is going to change. It’s not going to get better. But if you want to make it better and never give up then it will change and it will get better.

Grit and Motivation

I learned that if I want to achieve something it is going to take a while. I have to be motivated to do it and push hard to get it done. Angela Duckworth learns that Grit is going to take a while. It’s not just going to be a week or a month but years. When she went to graduate school to become a psychologist she went to different areas to try to predict things. While she was doing that she learned about Grit. This tells me that if I work hard enough I can discover and learn about something I didn’t know about before.

Will Smith’s video was talking about motivation. He also said if you want to achieve something it’s going to take a while. This video talked more about changing yourself. You have to put your mind to it and not give up. It also said if you do the easy things life will be hard, but if you do the hard things life will be easy. Also, it said you don’t have to do something else or move, you just have to change yourself. These two videos were similar but also different. They both said that you can’t give up. Also, it said if you want something bad enough it’s going to take a while. Third, you have to be motivated to do it. Somethings that were different is Angela Duckworth talked about how you can’t make someone Grit. But Will Smith said that you have to change yourself. Also, it took Angela Duckworth a while to discover Grit. Will Smith said you just have to find it in yourself.

You can use Grit and be motivated in life. For example, if you want something done in school you have to work hard and get it done. Also, if you want your kitchen redone it might take a year to get it done. There are a lot of different ways to use Grit and motivation in your life. This is what is the same and different about these two articles.            

Actions… your reflection

I think this quote means even when a person is being super rude still show grace to them. This is because after they are rude to you it’s your turn to show what you’re going to do back to them. If you do the same thing they did to you it reflects and makes you look bad. I think you need to apply this quote everywhere you go. No matter what’s happening. Everybody is watching you actions and is paying attention to what you’re going to do.





My Weekend

This past weekend on Friday and Saturday I was at a swim meet. On Friday I swam the 400 IM. I dropped 27 seconds and made the Junior Olympic cut! It was a great swim. On Saturday I swam the 200 back and the 100 free. I dropped a second in the 2 back but, gained less than half a second in my 100 free. The rest of the weekend I just rested. Overall, this was a pretty good weekend.

Darkness and Light

I think this quote means that bad actions cannot turn out to be better when you respond with another bad action. You have to respond with an act of kindness and not hatred. I think darkness represents bad and unequal rights. I think the light represents to stand up for what you believe in but do it in a respectful manner. In our school I think when someone is being mean to us or is being unfair, you can show kindness to them. The Bible says to do to them what you want them to do to you. This is what I think this quote means.

Rob… changes and lessons he’s learned

From the beginning of the book to the end Rob changed a lot. For example, in the beginning of  the book Rob held everything back and didn’t talk to anyone, especially his dad. Then at the end of the book after the tiger died he started yelling at his dad and was super mad. Then, Rob finally calmed down and eventually talked to his dad and everybody else a lot more. 

Lessons I think Rob learned from this emotional rollercoaster is to not hold things back. Also to talk to people because they might want to help you. Another lesson is maybe to hold on to the good things you have because you never know what’s going to happen to them/you. That is how Rob changes and the lessons he’s learned.


After his mom’s funeral Rob’s dad slapped him because he was crying. I think he felt very bad for slapping Rob. Also I think Rob’s dad knew that he should not have slapped Rob because Rob didn’t talk to his dad that much or show any emotion. I think Rob’s dad wanted to apologize for slapping him but couldn’t bring himself to do it because he might have started crying or didn’t know what was going to happen to Rob and his relationship. But after Rob’s dad shot the tiger all his emotions started flowing out of him and he couldn’t stop them. I think this is because when Rob found the tiger he had it sit on his suitcase so he wouldn’t think about his emotions. But when the tiger died his suitcase was opened and Rob and his dad finally started showing their emotions and accepted Rob’s mothers death.  


The word that I chose was work. I chose work because I want to work hard to get a 5:45 in my 500 free. I also want to work hard to stay healthy. Staying healthy also has to do with swimming because I can’t eat a lot of sugar before meets or else I won’t do very well. That is why I chose the word work.


One accomplishment I achieved last year in 2019 was going to the fastest swim meet I could go to while I was 10. It’s called Zones. It’s where the fastest swimmers from mid-atlantic come together and race each other. I was so happy that I made it to the swim meet and did very well. That is one accomplishment I achieved last year in 2019.