Please Don’t Give Up

There are so many times in life when things get so out-of-hand and crazy that you just want to give up. Just make the pain stop. It seems like such an easy thing to do, and it is easy. Just give up. It would stop the pain and hurt that fills your heart every waking moment. But if you give up, think of the people around you who genuinely care. Think of the lives you have positively impacted. Think of all the amazing things you could accomplish if you just kept going. Push through the pain and anger. Ignore those who tell you that you can’t do something and prove them wrong. Prove to them that you can do it and that you will do it because you can. I believe in you. I know that you can make it through and become a stronger person. Don’t let anyone stop you from reaching your dreams or doing what you want to do.  Hang in there because it will be worth it in the long run, I promise.

-Kim

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Is patience even important?

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Have you ever thought, “Hey, that person is really patient!” after getting to know someone? Not really, because it’s not a trait a lot of people look to compliment. It’s something that’s really underrated as an important quality in people. Personally, I give a lot of credit to patient people because I’m not at all. It’s actually pretty hard to be patient especially because everyone nowadays is really demanding and expects everything quickly and in the best quality.

If you went to a restaurant and they forgot your order and it would take 15 minutes extra, would you get angry? I think most people would. What would happen if you waited those extra 15 minutes? I mean if you think about it, people make mistakes and yes, sometimes it affects you but is it necessary to get worked up about it?  I think people underestimate the ability to be patient.

In my own definition, being patient is the ability to accept that people will make mistakes and that life will never be perfect. I think a very few amount of the human population is willing to accept that. We respond to other people’s mistakes with anger and frustration and forget that they are like everyone else in this world, incapable of doing every single thing perfectly.

This topic has sort of wandered through my mind recently and I just felt like it needed to be brought to people’s attention. Yes, the time we have in our life is very limited because we don’t know when we are going to die and people want to rush through it. However, I think the best things in life come through patience. When a baby is born, it takes 9 months of patience but in the end, it’s worth it. You go through school your entire life so you can work doing the thing you love the most (unless you’re forced to do something you don’t appreciate then I’m really sorry but be positive!). 

Patience requires a lot of effort and good character and for the patient people out there, I salute you because I have no idea how you do it. I can honestly say that I respect people with patience so much because it’s hard to accept the mistakes of others especially when it can lead to misfortune in yours. 

So is patience important? YES. If we can’t accept our own mistakes, who will? Without even the little bit of patience, everyone would just be filled with frustration and anger with each other and there would be no sense of cooperation. We have to accept the flaws of ourselves as well as others. Don’t expect people to do everything, if you can’t. 

Practice may make perfect, but patience is knowing that’s not possible.

-Zara

Welcome to the Sea!

If you haven’t noticed yet, let me just point it out: two new members have joined out Just Keep Swimming Squad!


Our new members, Nick and Matt, are great and enthusiastic writers! Keep a look out for more posts and great ones too! Check out the “About Us” to know more about the authors 🙂
Remember to be positive and just keep swimming!

Even a little makes a difference! Donate for the Children’s Hospital of Orange County :))

Hello, everyone! My friends and I were inspired to do the CHOC walk this year at Disneyland in Anaheim since our best friend was treated for cancer over there and we’re trying to fund-raise for it.

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It would be much appreciated if you could donate. All donation go to the Children’s Hospital of Orange County which is a great hospital!
Click on this link to make a donation to TEAM B+ of any sort ! http://choc.convio.net/site/TR/Events/General?px=1061358&pg=personal&fr_id=1040

Under the picture there should be a “DONATE NOW” button

It doesn’t matter how much you donate because it is the thought that counts! Wish us luck! Thank you!

-Zara

Give Life a Chance

Recently, a member in my family had got very sick. He was my uncle and my great uncle. (inter-family marriages were popular back in the day) He practically raised my mom and he told her to come visit him. My mom left to visit him on Friday. She left with a big smile.Three hours later, we got a call that he had passed away. My mom was on a plane to see him and she couldn’t. I was his favorite kid. Whenever, we visited in summer,he would buy me anything I wanted and he’d convince me every time to stay with him and not go back to California.

In the past 4 months, I’ve experienced the death of two people who I loved very much. I feel like I should be depressed or something, but I’m not. I’m sad they’re both gone, but it just motivates me more to live and b

e happy. My uncle wanted me to go to a great college and study hard, and that’s exactly what I’ll do. There comes a point where you can’t cry anymore, and you just have to live.
I’ve been lost all this time, not knowing what I wanted to major in or what I wanted to do in life. I had no clue what I was doing, I was getting bad grades in school, I was moving to a different city and school which threw me off, and then my best friend and uncle passed away.

It’s been a horrible year for me and usually I would just sit in my room and be sad about it, but what’s the point in that? I have a chance for new beginning. I can start over and focus at my new school. I know what I’m majoring in, where I want to go, and where I want to work. I’m gonna work hard for that, and hopefully I can reach my goal.
Basically, I just told part of my life story for one purpose:

Life may look hard at one point. Everything might be going down under and it may look like you’re life is falling apart, but life gives you opportunities. You may not be willing to work hard ( I wasn’t at all) but once you find that inspiration, you’ll do anything for what you want. You just need a little patience and hope. Yes, this sounds cheesy, but life works in weird ways. I mean I decided to be computer science major based on a website and movie.

-Zara

The Little Things In Life

A video my best friend’s sister made for her English project.
This video could not have sent out the message any better.

Live life to the fullest, but appreciate what you have because you never know what life will take from you the next day.

-Zara

B+

Everyone has those friends that you grew up with and will never forget. I knew this one girl since we were 4 until now. We went to the same school for about 11 years: Pre-Kindergarten till now. She was my best friend along with two other girls who still come to school with me. In the middle of 8th grade, she was diagnosed with leukemia. No one expected anyone as perfect as her to get cancer. My teacher told me that the best of people get the hardest of challenges because they’re too great to handle normal ones. From what I have experienced; it’s true.
Recently, on April 17th she passed away. After a year of cancer, she was done. She relapsed in the beginning of this year, and now she’s passed away. To me, she’s won the battle. She’s in a better place now and no longer has to deal with this life we live in filled with hate and conflict.
I’m not just saying this because she was my best friend, but she lit up the room when she walked in. She was always smiling, never talked badly about anyone, never put down anyone, and was always laughing. She was always smiling and cracking jokes. Even with cancer and everything, she was still smiling and laughing.
She was always a positive and smiley person. She always told her friends and her family to be positive, and that’s what we did. We stayed positive for her because we believed she would make it. She always told everyone to be positive. It was her motto.

Coincidentally, her blood type was B+.

I realize that she’s gone from this world, but I know she’s in a better place and that’s me being positive. She’s now my role model, and for her, I’ll always remember to be positive for everything I go through in life.

Just remember, B+, because it’s always better to look at the bright side of everything even when things are going wrong. Wouldn’t you rather be happy then sad? Life is precious, so make the best out of it. 🙂

-Zara