A younger cousin of mine has just come out of surgery. She has a disability that stops her from walking. If this surgery goes perfectly, she will one day be able to walk with a stick. At the moment she is in the ward at the hospital, and in a great deal of pain.
About a year ago, one of my dearest friends went through a different form of surgery for the same mobility impairment. I went to visit her in hospital. I could see how much pain she was in. She got through it.
My cousin and my friends are two of the bravest people in the world, and I will always look up to them.
After reading ‘lessons to be learned 462’s’ post about words, I decided that I needed to do something like that too. So I thought, what could be better than a poll? Polls are a quick, easy, way of expressing my opinions, and I love expressing my opinions. So I am going to put a poll on this blog every weekend.
I haven’t posted for a while. Why? I have been on school camp. It was pretty awesome. Here are some photos of the cool stuff I did (except with my face fuzzed up for privacy purposes. My face isn’t actually like that.).
Me in front of the waterfall at camp
Me on the lowropes (I was grinning)
This is a greebly caterpillar that we saw. Can you tell which end is it's head? I can't.
Me on the Flying Kiwi (about 10 m up in the air)
Me on top of the highropes (8m high)
Me on top of the higher part of the highropes (9m high)
The highropes course
The Camp was heaps of fun! There were two major high activities, the highropes and the Flying Kiwi. The flying Kiwi was rather like a giant swing, if you’ve ever been on one. You are hoisted into the air and swing around for a while before coming down. On the highropes you climb various climbs, like swinging rock walls, and ladders. There was also a huge climbing wall, that you climbed 10m high, then abseiled back down. I have absolutely no fear of heights, so I was up and down in a flash.
There were heaps of other parts to the camp like a burma trail, orienteering, a water slide, and archery.
Now to the not-so-great parts of camp. Sleeping. I got barely any, because there was someone snoring in my cabin. And the bus rides were incredibly boring. Two hours. The food was actually ok, apart from the macaroni cheese.
Just in case you haven’t heard, Christchurch in New Zealand has just experienced another earthquake (last one was in September 2010, 7.1 magnitude). This one has had a 6.3 magnitude, but the damage was far worse than the 2010 quake, because it was much shallower.
At the time I am writing this, the confirmed death toll is 65. There are so many trapped in buildings that have partly collapsed. All those people… I have been crying a bit. It’s just shocking.
My families predictions:
Death toll: About 200 (!)
Call for donations: Will happen soon (If it does, we are going to donate).
My personal predictions:
Death toll: About 250 (sob)
Call for donations: Will happen soon (I am going to donate pocket money).
If you are in Christchurch, my heart goes out to you. I urge everyone to give donations if the call comes, and to donate blood.
For more information, look on other websites like the NZ news sites.
There are some things that really bug me about being a teenager (or close enough anyway). I’m going to write them down.
1. Everybody thinks you are smart enough to be assigned three hours of homework a night. Do you want us to be zombies? Believe it or not, our whole lives aren’t just our education. Jeesh!
2. Everybody goes on and on about “you are/going to be a teenager.” Like we haven’t heard it all before. Get a life adults! Do you have nothing better to do than tell us what we already know!
3. People go on about the above, yet never give you any exceptions. Nobody ever seems to think “Maybe the reason she is angry about what seems to be nothing because she has raging hormones”, all they do is go “DON’T SLAM THE DOOR!”. This one really really really annoys me.
4. The stereotypes! Everybody seems to think that either teenagers are drunk idiots rolling around in their own pee, or that they are lurking in the shadows in hoodies ready to jump out and attack at any moment. We are still human beings you know!
I think that my rant is finished now. That was fun. But take it to heart adults, read it and remember…