As a teenager progressing his way through high school and developing as a person, words and actions are the two ways I express myself. As I’m reading, “Catcher in the Rye,” I realize that Holden and I have a lot more in common than I initially thought. We both have a feeling of anxiety and uncertainty about the future and our current situations. A lot of times I don’t have any words to explain how I’m feeling and I don’t know how to take action to relieve the feelings I have.
Words are more powerful than actions when creating music. As I was reading, “The Catcher in the Rye,” I was writing a song called, “Let Me Do My Thing.” When I don’t know what to do to relieve my feelings of uncertainty or unhappiness with my current situation, writing a song about how I feel relieves my worries. After I stopped playing basketball in February, I haven’t been proactive in my search for new activities and hobbies. I’ve spent a lot of nights just in my room and when I would go out with my friends I would feel like I was wasting my time. I didn’t make an effort to surround myself with people who make me feel great and as a result, I feel like I don’t have peers who support me and care about what I’m doing. Words were more powerful than actions in this case because I was unable to do anything to improve how I was feeling. I needed immediate relief from my stressful emotions and I wouldn’t have been able to find my peace through any actions.
Looking back through history, many people will be remembered for their words and not what they did.
Martin Luther King Jr. and his speech during the March on Washington will forever be remembered in history. The actions he arranged were also very important in the fight for civil rights, but he preached the values of non-violence. His words, “I have a dream,” were more powerful than any riot or revolt. He led a revolution with his voice and guidance, not through violent action. In this case, words were more powerful than actions.
First of all innovation, you are one of the reasons that I am so blessed to be living in America. I believe that the Revolutionary War was fought for freedom, but won through you. Patriot innovators such as Paul Revere (one if by land, two if by sea), George Washington (crossing the Delaware River), Francis Marion & Nathaniel Greene (using Guerrilla Warfare in the South) and the authors who wrote the Declaration of Independence, were all innovators. Innovation, you did not wear off after America gained independence either. The the airplane, the automobile, the telephone, the computer, the first men on the moon; these are just a fraction of your greatness that allowed America to become the largest market in the world.
With regards to you innovation, a teacher once told me, “Innovation either comes from a need that is in existence, or a need that you have created.”
Some people might call you Earth, or the third planet from the Sun, but I like to refer to you as everything I experience in my life, everything I know, everything I don’t know, and everything I don’t know I don’t know. World, you are so vast and deep that sometimes I feel I get lost in the midst of all that is happening in everyday life. It’s easy to dwell on the struggle and despair that is present within you from war, famine, injustice, lies, hatred, poverty, and evil, but for every negative characteristic about you there’s a corresponding part filled with peace, health, equality, truth, love, wealth, and benevolence that is unfortunately often left unnoticed. I’ve been with you for sixteen years now, yet I’m still learning more about you each day and the moment that I cease to learn from you will be the day I cease to live. I would like to know why I can’t seem to fully appreciate everything you offer me while I have it because I tend to forget that each day I breathe your air is a gift. I guess you could say I haven’t been writing enough thank you letters for the present you are constantly giving to me. But let this be my first letter to you and with that, I just want to thank you for all the blessings you have bestowed to me from my health, my family, my companions, my dreams, and your love for me.