I have changed so much since COVID-19 hit. When school shut down everything felt real and part of me was freaking out. I made sure that my grades were maintained even after the switch to online school. I was determined to pass the grade with a great report card to make my parents happy. After I got over COVID-19 and realized it wasn’t the end of the world, another event happened: the killing of George Floyd. I thought America was beginning to change but I guess that is not the case. I was shocked to see a man killed like that. I was as mad as everybody, but things got out of control. Minnesota was going up in flames. There were dangerous riots, break-ins; I then thought that was the end of the world. I saw many things and these are events that can change a person forever and for me, it impacted my mindset. I used to be very sensitive but I’ve grown thick skin. I’m not afraid of people or things anymore. My mentality has shifted as well.
I hope that when school starts everything can go back to normal and I can walk into T’ Anthony’s, my favorite diner, every morning before school to eat. COVID-19 has ruined my freshman year, and the world itself has had an impact on me, but I will not let that stop me from doing good in the world. I hope that I can change even more and become less shy as time goes on. I hope to come out of quarantine a better person and with an even stronger mentality.
I had a dream where I was drowning and felt like giving up. I fell down and a shark came rushing at me but something made me feel as if I were able to fight, then BAM! I woke up. This made me realize something. I want to take a second to think about 2020. I did terrible in life during 2018 and 2019 and I knew 2020 was a year where I could redeem myself and I did. What I mean by doing terrible is that I never really had great grades in school. I felt as if everything during these years was hard for me. Sometimes life will just kick you hard, you’ll have to go through many problems, and that’s when you wake up and realize you are able to defeat all obstacles. I wasn’t an “A” student before, but after working hard in my first year of high school I managed to maintain good grades and even obtain an AP class. But even after all this, it’s still not good enough.
I dream of going to a great college. I dream of being rich and famous. I dream of my name giving people hope or determination to keep working. The only thing that will help me achieve these dreams is me; I control myself. What I’m doing in high school can change everything in my dreams. What I do today can shift tomorrow. What I do this year can change next year. That’s the mentality I keep. Sure, 2020 has been difficult for everybody but that’s no excuse for anyone doing terrible this year to give up. Things happen and we have to move forward. Nothing can stop a human that is longing, yearning for a better future; right now I am that human.
I am now opening my company. I want it to be better than Amazon and eBay combined. I also want to create the first-ever robot. I will succeed. People shall kneel before me for I will be known and seen as a god. I am not yet satisfied with what I am doing and so I must work harder to achieve what I want. I promise you that one year from now I won’t even have time for any childish antics… I’ll be the richest man in the entire world. I will be the one to bury treasure before my death and have everyone in the world on a great hunt.
50 years pass by.
I have remembered you, I accomplished everything. I have become everything I dreamt of. I have a family now as well. I am dying… I want to do one last thing before I die. I will bury a treasure and have every living human on a manhunt to find it. It will be the age of pirates all over again. I will be known as the greatest man to ever walk the earth. I will leave a legacy behind for my family.