Thursday, September 25, 2008

Just a Quick Post

School is keeping me incredibly busy, so that's why I haven't posted in awhile.

One of my classes is very small, only seven people total. It's very interesting to watch how people change week to week. When I first came into the class only two people offered to help. As the weeks have passed, a person who always brushed me off is starting to come around. On the other hand, some people still haven't changed, but oh well. I live my life for me, not to please anyone else.

I've been stressed over this one class for awhile now. Needless to say, last week's class was the best it had ever been! And to top it off, I actually did better on the assignment than I thought I would. Ninety percent of the time the things that we worry about, never happen.

Life can be so hectic, but thankfully I have at least two (that I see regularly) people who will kindly remind me of the importance of breathing. It's good to have people in your life that keep you grounded, and remind you to take a step back and look and what is really important.



Sunday, September 07, 2008

Searching for Gems

Things are moving steadily along. My professor did show up for the next class, and so far, it's been great.

I've made some new friends, too. One in particular is a true gem. Every year, on the first day of class, I try to find at least one person to help me in each class. I observe how they approach me, their attitude, etc. So far, I've always been able to find those people, not many, but a few. This girl told me to let her know, whatever I needed, just let her know. She even offered to help me when I leave, without me even asking her! Now that's the kind of person that I want to be associated with. Sure, I have those people who offer to help for the wrong reasons, but it's not hard for me to weed those people out rather quickly. I can read people pretty well. Having a disability, you learn to size people up within the first few minutes, (some even seconds) because you can't take the chance of having the wrong people around you.

I even had a guy ask me if I needed help, and I said, "Yes, I need to go to Room (the number). What class are you going to?" He wasn't going to the same class, so we went our separate ways. Well, much to my surprise, when he go out of the door and realized where I had to go, he changed his mind. He said,"I can take you." By this time I was really impressed. Most people are too busy to even give something like that a second thought. The classroom that I had to go has to be rearranged just a little so that I can be comfortable. Several students were already in the classroom, but no one offered to help. I told him what had to be moved, and he did it without complaining. I was so grateful for someone who wanted to help, he didn't do it because someone told him to or because someone would pat him on the back because none of the students said anything. Little did they know that they witnessed a rare occurance, a genuine act of kindness. It's sad that an act of kindness is such a rare occurance in today's society. People have forgotten to treat others as they would like to be treated.

Well, that's all for now!