Category: English

The Turning Point

This essay is supposed to be all about some of the “major turning points” in my life. Now most people when they hear the phrase turning point used like this they might think of a person having a near death experience, or someones life after being addicted to something. But I think everyone has gone through a major turning point, and that’s what I’m going to be talking about today.

You might not have realized this, but this turning point in our lives begins when we turn 13. Now what I’m referring to is the process that occurs in the human body that we all know and love: Puberty. Growing up you probably relied on your parents for almost everything, your food, the changing of clothes, even just brushing your teeth. Obviously as you get older you begin to pick up on all the things your parents helped you with, and become a more independent person. So when you begin to go through your teen years the world becomes a different place, and while that might not be the case for everyone it is for most. At this point in your life you can mostly take care of yourself, and your parents barely need to lift a finger to help keep you alive now; but you still need them.

As you go through puberty many hormones rush through our bodies, these hormones effect many different areas of the body. The ones I’ll talk about are the ones in our brain. During this time many teens have something called mood swings, which is when you can feel happy at one point, but then all of a sudden can feel depressed. You also might begin to see your parents a different light now that you barely need their help. This obviously isn’t what happens to every teenager, but the phrase “moody teen” comes from this effect. This may lead to more serious things like depression or having an identity crisis if you had no assistance from your friends or family. While you may see your parents as strict and unfair dictators as a teen, as you get older and start to seek their advice, you begin to realize why they did what they did. They might not have let you listen to certain music because of the horrible lyrics, or let you go out alone for fear of kidnapping. You should try to see things thing  from their perspective, as a parent, and could even use some of their tactics for when you become a parent.

In conclusion, we’ve all had a major turning point in our lives; even if it had nothing to do with a near death experience. As we grow older, the way we see our parents changes dramatically. It can go from needing them to help tie our shoes, to needing their wisdom and advice on relationships. This might not be the case in your life, but again it probably will be for the rest of you; including myself.

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There is information I am learning in my history class that, in my opinion, will never show up in any public school  or college curriculum in a million years. But all of this information seems so obvious, so why will they not teach it to kids? Well for starters, most of this information proves biblical knowledge is true. There have been stones and inscriptions in many places in the United States that tell of things such as Jesus’ birth and the Ten Commandments. So, when schools want to teach kids about evolution and the big bang, they can not have all of this evidence around proving that the is Bible correct. Most school systems want to teach kids what they think they should learn, and this is a problem. Have you ever wondered why you can not ask questions in class? It is because they want you to believe everything they teach you “no questions asked”; even if it doesn’t make sense to you.

Besides all that, a different kind of evidence was uncovered, this evidence suggested that Christopher Columbus was not the first man to discover America. Many years ago, historians established that Columbus was the first to find America in 1492, but this information can now be easily disproved. A man named Barry Fell, a biology professor from Harvard, was able to decipher ancient writings found on many stones in the U.S., providing many historians with counter evidence against the “Columbus was First” worldview. But other discoveries, not made by Barry, also suggest that Columbus wasn’t the first to discover America. In fact, when Columbus found land in 1492 it wasn’t America, he actually landed in Cuba. Certain artifacts found there solidify this information. But why not just admit that Columbus wasn’t first and move on? Well historians do not like being wrong. Not just about Columbus, but about everything they discover, which is why when someone tries to disprove something historians set in place, then they’ll want to make sure everyone continues to believe what they discovered. They do this by mocking the subject of their anger, labeling Barry ridiculous and absurd, thus labeling any of his discoveries ridiculous and absurd. But this doesn’t erase any of his discoveries, nor does it erase the truth behind this flawed argument. Fell even found inscriptions in Eastern California that were in early Arabic languages. How do you deny that?

Schools these days want to mold kids into the kind of kids they think they should be, and not who the kids think they should be. They have a right to know these simple truths, but this guild of historians shelter them from these threatening changes in society. Why should we have to believe what those who are afraid of change believe? Feel free to share this information with your friends. As for who did discover America first it’s not said, but certain discoveries lead all the way back to the Roman Empire. But until the evidence grows too great to deny, “Columbus was First”.

My Autobiography

I’m sure we all know what an autobiography is, someone’s life story published as a book. But these books are not easy to right. The author must vividly remember his or her life as far back as possible, this helps for a longer story and better details of their earlier years. But if I were to write my own autobiography in the future, I would have to remember the life events that are happening in my life right now! So today’s topic is, “What are three life stories I would include in my future autobiography?”

1st:  When I had just began 1st grade I wanted to find my big brother in the halls of my school, but I never saw him that 1st day. I rode the bus back home only to find that he beat me home. I asked him why I didn’t see him at school that day, and he told me he had stayed at home the entire day with my mom. I had no idea what he could have possibly been doing, but he told me he had been doing school. It was called homeschooling, and to my 7 year old self that sounded awesome. So after I finished 1st grade I decided not to go back to school for 2nd grade, but to start homeschooling with my brother. One of the best life decisions I ever made.

2nd:  I grew up learning all about Jesus and the Bible ever since I can remember, but it wasn’t done in just one church. My family’s been to many different churches over the course of our lives, some better than others. One of them was a small, humble little community that we fit into rather well, but as we saw it grow and develop as a church, we felt we had to move on and find another church to help. After helping 3 or 4 more churches we wanted to find a more permanent church, and never found another community like some of the ones we had before for a long time. Until one day, one of our mom’s friends heard of our situation and told us about a small church that was meeting at a nearby high school. So we started going there, and helped them however we could. After about 3 years of helping this community, we had become a part of the family; and helped move them into a new building. Since then, we haven’t felt the need to leave, we had made so many new friends at Conduit Church, and I have a feeling we won’t leave for a long time.

3rd:  When I was one and a half my family moved from Ohio to Tennessee, and found the perfect house to live in. But as time went by our family grew, and the house felt smaller and smaller. One day my parents made the decision to move to a new house that would accommodate our needs better. This was a sad thing to hear, because I had spent 13 years of my 14 year life in that house. But I eventually understood why we had leave and moved on from our old house. But leaving our old house was a great decision, now we have room to invite our friends over, a larger backyard to play in, and most importantly our own rooms.

Moments of Glory

Are there heroes that will be remembered forever, or are all heroes doomed to be forgotten? Well, topics like these can be either obvious or tricky to put an answer to, and for this question the answer is both. Anyone would obviously say that not all heroes will be permanently forgotten, but they aren’t always remembered forever either. This is all dependent on whether the feat that made them a “hero” per say was big or small. If a man saved a cat from a tree, then obviously he would make the city paper and soon no one would really remember he did anything. But if someone had saved multiple people from a burning building, and then stopped the fire, then he would be a bit more of a star at that point. Now here is where it gets tricky, this man will not be remembered forever either; he might have the occasional person recognize him on the street but all heroes such as these eventually disappear. So the 50/50 answer is that not all heroes are doomed to be forgotten, but that doesn’t mean they’ll be remembered for eternity either. They will have their moments of glory, but those moments won’t stick around forever.

Simple Pleasures

I enjoy explaining the answers to small but complex questions, and today’s is a very interesting one. Is it possible for the simple joys we experience every day have the same meaning and value as the more complex experiences? First, we would have to establish the differences between the two. A simple joy is when you get that cup of coffee, or your son won the basketball game, things that aren’t major but still feel pretty good. A complex experience is when you witness Niagara falls or you attend your sons wedding, those experiences that leave you completely amazed in wonderment. Now that we’ve established the differences, the answer to our question is yes. The scenarios we described could all have the same meaning if we look at all of them the same way. If we thank God for the privilege to witness all these things then they can all have the same meaning no matter what it is. After all, we wouldn’t be here or do anything if it weren’t for Him. So hopefully I’ve helped you to see the world and all it’s wonders in a different light.

Very Exciting Things

If you suddenly hear about an amazing opportunity you can become a part of then chances are you become pretty enthusiastic about it. But the question we are going to answer today is can someone be to enthusiastic about something. The simple answer is yes, because you can be to excited to do something, and certain things could go wrong. For example, if you suggest going to Florida for vacation you immediately pack all your things, chances are you forgot a few important important things. Things like how will you get there? where will you stay? how much will it cost? things such as this. If you say yes too quickly you haven’t used good judgement in the instance you need it most. But, not to say you can’t be enthusiastic about things, the point is you can’t overlook the obvious and important facts just because you really want to do it. So before you get all excited to do something, stop and think it through, it could help a whole lot.

Unity

At many points in history there have been disagreements and people have been divided. Anybody can dream of a society that is perfect, agreeable, and friendly, but is such a society achievable? The answer is obvious but has not been achievable so far; yes. But the problem is, we would all have to agree on one view point and that is something that can sadly never be achieved, because of human nature. There is one way to truly be united, and that is to be united in Christ. There should be only one way to live but sadly when sin came into the world division was evident. At this very moment we are to be united as one big family in Christ, but we aren’t. Hopefully one day we will a see a world where we are united as a society, but probably not anytime soon.