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‘Scooter’

6 Nov

My entire life, Scooter (as he wishes to be anonymous, but did not provide a name, this is what he ended up with.) has been a personal confident yet also a antagonizing presence in my day-to-day life. He’s been with me through quite a bit, and always seems to make me laugh, or at the very least, get ready to throw something at him. He has been through a lot of changes in his life, and I interviewed him on the subject… for the most part.

Harlow: Have you ever been to a school you didn’t like?
Scooter: Yes, I’ve definitely been to a school that I didn’t like. There were tons of bullies, and the teachers were all biased towards Americans. Bullying is a huge problem in a lot of schools, and this one was no exception. Bullying can have a really lasting effect. The person doing the bullying becomes the alpha and the victim develops the mindset that they will never be the alpha. This type of thinking can last a lifetime.

H: What types of things helped you get through this time of trouble?
S: My dogs and my friends really helped me through this time, but it also helped that I faced problems and trials head-on. When I got harassed I fought back, and got to know the principal really well.

H: You went to 8 different schools in 4 different, and you graduated from and international high school. What advice would you have for someone who changes schools frequently?
S: Maintain your confidence. If you get hassled for being new, hassle right back. Don’t be afraid to be friends with anyone who seems friendly. Don’t be afraid to sit at the nerdy table at lunch.

H: You seem to make friends easily. What’s the secret?
S: Find things in common with someone else and be ready to point it out. But don’t be something you aren’t. Be confident in who you are.

H: Going from high school to college must have been world-flipping. What would you say is the best way to maintain your confidence when faced with a new thing?
S: Be sure to always hold onto the things that make you, you. Hold onto the things that you like to do: Personal distraction tools. For me this is video games, and my artwork. Another thing is you shouldn’t be too cautious. People may play tricks on you and whatnot, but afterwords, those people are going to seem like bullies and people are going to take your side. Maybe you’ll have gained a few friends from the whole experience.

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“Maximillion”

23 Jul

Again on the subject of change, I interviewed one of my best friends and boyfriend, known fondly here as “Maximillion” (Because he couldn’t think of anything else at the time.) He is currently on a trip (Everybody is taking a trip!) so the interview was conducted via the very user-friendly and convenient method of Facebook chat.

The Interview:

Harlow: Would you say that moving around so much as a developing person has affected you greatly?
Maximillion: Yes, it has exposed me to many different cultures and lifestyles. It changes the way to react to certain things and is helpful in dealing with things if you have to move around again.

H: Can you give me a specific example of how things like that have changed you as a person?
M:  It made me a much more tolerant person of different cultures and the different ways people live.  Growing up where I grew up there were always different cultures in the community, and I never fully accepted the way some other people live until I moved to a new place, a different country.

H: How do you deal with big changes in your life?
M: I try to take a good look at the situation, and see what good I can take from it. When a big change takes place in my life I always try to make the most of it, even if the situation is bad, I always see what good I can make out of it.

H: You don’t freak out or anything?
M: Not much freaks me out. When you’ve been through as much as I had, you just learn to accept it, and go with the flow. It’s as simple as that.

H: So what advice would you give to people who have to deal with big changes in their lives?
M:  I think its pointless to try and change what has already happened. No matter what the situation it is best to just stay positive and try to make the most of it. Stay strong and don’t give up.

So he sends the same sort of message to all you guys out there going through changes. There are always positives, and it’s best not to get too worked up over things that may have already happened. Go with the flow, stay strong, and you will make it through. It’ll all be okay in the end. If it’s not okay then it’s not the end. ~ Harlow xoxo

“The Lone Traveler”

23 Jul

My best friend in the whole world, known fondly here as “The Lone Traveler”, is just about to leave on a trip. This trip will bring about another change in her life. She travels as much as I do, if not more, so together we should be able to tell you all about change.

The Interview:

Harlow: Would you say that moving around so much as a developing person, has affected you greatly?
The Lone Traveler: So, traveling, moving around, by yourself or with others, can greatly affect you because it changes your views of yourself and other people. Traveling helps you find that there is beauty, not just where you live but around the world as well.

H: So can you give a specific example of how this has changed your viewpoint?
TLT: When I moved to Colombia, the country, transition from a first world country to (is Colombia a third world country? I think it is…) Anyways, that was a very hard transition to make. Not only was the language different, but the culture and landscape of this new country was different as well. I learned to love the country how it was, and it’s simple beauty always seemed to amaze me every day.

H: How do you deal with big changes, such as moving, in your life?
TLT: I actually take it pretty hard. On the outside I may seem like I’m calm about it, but on the inside there are little Lone Travelers running around screaming that I don’t like it. An example would be: “Oh no, oh no!! The world is coming to an end!!”  After a while, when I realize that I can’t do anything about the change, I come to terms with myself and accept it. And then I can happily move on, knowing that I am handling the change the best I can.

H: What advice would you give to somebody going through a large change in their life? To avoid the running and screaming.
TLT: Really, you just have to look for the better things that come out of the change, rather than the negative ones.  In a TV show I saw once, they made a chart listing all the positive and negative things, comparing them. And when they were done, they found that the positive things overruled the negative ones, and decided to move on. And so that’s what I try to do.

So basically the advice we have to give is that you should always look on the bright side of life, because there are always more positives than negatives.  ~Harlow xoxo