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My Life Map
Jessie Xueon 30 September 2013
Transcript of My Life Map
My earliest memory of my childhood was when I started to attend preschool. I remember crying on the first day, and not willing to eat lunch. However, after I made friends with the other students, I became much more outgoing.
When I was 5, my parents decided to immigrate to Canada. After spending my birthday on the airplane, I remember feeling incredibly down. Not only did I have to say goodbye to the place I call home, I also had to part with my grandparents who took care of me.
I was born on March 24th, 1998, in Shenzhen, China. According to my parents, I was a quiet baby that slept all day.
Learning how to ride a bike
My grandmother taught me how to ride a bike when I was in grade 1. At first, she had to hold to on the bike, but soon, I was able to ride independently.
A painful low point in my life was when I accidentally tripped over the stairs and fell. The incident happened at the Gateway Theatre right before I was going to perform.
I ended up not only getting 4 stitches but also missing my performance. But I learned my lesson: don't go running up the stairs when it's dark.
Moving back to China
The summer before grade 6, my family decided to move back to China. I was devastated, but things were already settled. Even though I attended a Canadian-based international school, I was still unhappy with my life. Finally, after 6 months, I was able to persuade my parents to come back to Vancouver. I realized that if you really want something, there will always be a way.
Applying to Crofton
One day afterschool, I came home and told my parents that I wanted to apply to Crofton. At first, they didn't approve because it was such a last minute decision, but once again, I persuaded them by saying that I would put in my best effort. I told myself: "this is a chance to prove to yourself what you are capable of". The following months, I studied hard, had late night classes, and tried my best at school.
Grade 9 France Trip
I remember being so excited to go on the trip with so many of my close friends. I was thankful to have the opportunity to bond with my classmates outside of the school environment. I learned that friends make everything better.
Grade 9 OE Trip
Every time before OE, I always complain about not wanting to go. Yet every time I come back, the trip always becomes a valuable memory. There were hard times where I wanted to stop in the middle of the hike, but in the end, I persevered. It was through those experiences that I learned that determination can get you through tough times. Other than an important lesson learned, camp also gave me a chance to depend on my classmates.
Grade 9 Exam week
If you know me, then you know that tests of any sort scare me. Needless to say, those 2 weeks gave me immense amounts of stress. However, I realized that if I was already in such distress for a few exams in grade 9, I can't possibly get through the rest of my life. I think that throughout grade 9, the most important thing that I learned was how to cope with my stress.
Life Map Assignment
To be honest, at first, I didn't expect much from the assignment. I thought that I would just do it, hand it in, and be done with it. I guess I didn't realize how much reflection it would require me to do. Now that I am working on it, I feel like I am discovering more about myself. This really proves one quote right: "How do I know what I think until I see what I say?" - E. M. Forster.
I have always wanted to donate blood. Although I am quite afraid of needles, the thought that my blood can possibly help someone else makes me really happy. When I turn of legal age, this will definitely be on top of my list.
Go to the Airport and Take the Next Available Flight
I think for most people, trips are often well planned, but I want to experience a trip that is completely unpredictable. Just enjoying a carefree trip and not worrying about anything else.
There is always something magical in a perfectly captured photograph. I want to be able to do that. Even though we can't go back to a specific memory, we can always look back and reminisce. A picture can simply bring forward more vivid memories.
Become a good cook
I really enjoy making food even though I am not that great at it. Therefore, I would love to learn to become a better cook. I want to be able to cook for my friends and family, and of course, myself.
Tell Everyone How I Feel About Them
Before I die, I would definitely love to tell those that I know, how I truly feel about them. Whether the person is one that I like or dislike. Just letting out everything, and revealing everything.
To be continued...