Tanya at AVG – 2017 Reflections

“I see the river as a metaphor for our own lives:  We ebb and flow, ebb and flow, and then we are carried out to merge with the sea” – Jack Poggi

We are all different but still the same. This quote is another example of that. Humans and rivers are two very different things.  A river is a large stream of flowing water while a human is an animal.  But we have more similarities than we think.  In the same way that the river ebbs and flows, humans go through many ups and downs in their lives. An example in my life is school.  One day I can be stressed out and fail a test and the next I can be getting 100s. In nature,  a flower blooms in the spring but dies in the winter.  By the time spring rolls back around, the flower begins to bloom again. After everything we go through, humans die like the river merges into the sea.  After the river goes into the sea, it evaporates and rains again at the  top of the river.  This is so inspiring because it shows that no matter how you feel at this moment, it will not be permanent.  Nothing is permanent.

“I am, I like, I believe”

Many people ask themselves “Who am I?” That is a hard question because no one can answer it but that one person.  We are working on a game called “The Battle of the Purusharthas.”  We have four categories which are Artha, Kama, Dharma and Moksha.  So far we have only focused on the first three.  I am, I like, and I believe represent Artha, Kama and Dharma.

Artha, Kama and Dharma apply to everyone’s life.  I am a student.  I work hard everyday at school hoping to get good grades.  After, I want to get into an Ivy League college.  Hopefully after putting in all of my hard work, I can have a stable living where I can support myself.  I like playing tennis.  I put all my emotions into my racket and as it hits the ball, my emotions come out in the form of energy.  I believe in having peace.  Life is too short and I don’t think there is enough time to be in the middle of drama. Simply answering “I am, I like, I believe” helps me find my place in a demanding world.

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