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So I might have some interesting news.

There was an assembly for the sophomore class at my school today, about the programs the vocational school in my town offers. The courses offered there are more hands-on, more practical, than the regular academic classes we get at school. Although most of the classes are on subjects like engineering, carpentry, etc., there are also cooking classes and -- what I'm personally interested in -- classes that enable one to become a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA).

I'd have to take Medical Science there in my junior year, because I think that's a requirement before you can take the actual course. But at the end of the nursing course in my senior year (that's one with lots of hands-on experience, going to nursing homes, etc.), you take an exam and, if you pass, you get a certificate that verifies you as a nursing assistant, and you can work in pretty much any state that accepts it.

I am thinking I'm definitely going to be taking the class.

Because I want to make a difference. I don't want to just sit on my butt all day and watch multifandom videos on YouTube, or procrastinate by watching episodes of Legend of the Seeker online. I want to get out there, make a difference in my community, and I think this is the perfect way to do that. I want to be able to help people, to talk with them, to give them someone to listen to. Although I still want to be an English teacher and (eventually) an author, I don't want that to be my only goal in life. I want to be a nursing assistant, someone who regularly interacts with people who might not be able to get that sort of love and affection in their everyday environment.

That's probably why the course appealed to me so much -- because I am a girl who wants to make a difference somehow and this seems like the perfect way to do it.

As soon as possible, I am going to talk to my friend about it, who also wants to do it, and see when we can both schedule a meeting with the guidance counselor to talk about it. Because this is an opportunity I am not going to let pass me by. I managed to let a chance to become a foreign exchange student slip through my grasp, but this time I am not going to do that. This time, I'm going to make sure I do something more with my life than just study and hang out on the Internet all day. I'm sure this is a popular course, so the sooner I get to talk to people about it, the better.

I am really excited, though. I almost can't wait until next year!
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I find it interesting that the current number of messages in my inbox is 666.

But anyway. I am going to have to get into the habit of blogging everyday or I will never be able to do the NaBloPoMo. Which I want to do in conjunction (is that the right word?) with NaNoWriMo. As well as finish a writing notebook.

Yep, you heard me.

My dad just got back... um, never mind. I was about to say that my dad just got back with a Coke and a writing notebook for me to write in, but apparently it's only the Coke. Even though I find it hard to believe, there were no notebooks at the store, even though I went to the store a couple of weeks ago and there were plenty. There were all expensive too, so he'll have to get me one tomorrow.

Blah.

I really wanted to start writing in one today.

You see, I am reading Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg. It is all about "freeing the writer within," as the subtitle says. One of the things Natalie Goldberg presses is this: Write every day. Don't go into it saying "I'm going to write a novel" or "I'm going to try to write something good." Go into every writing session with this mindset: "I give myself permission to write junk."

This is the basic premise of NaNoWriMo, obviously, but you know, if I went into every writing project with the same no-holds-barred attitude I did with NaNo, do I have any clue what I could come up? No. I would probably end up with junk, but there would be gems in that junk that might end up spouting a bigger and better story.

And there's no way to get to those "first thoughts," as Natalie Goldberg called them, if you don't let yourself just write whatever comes to mind and let go. After all, writing is supposed to be fun. Anyone can write, if they only put their minds to it and just do it. If you write, you will get better. If you write a lot, then you might learn the specific lessons necessary to excel at what you want to write (whether it is the next great American novel, a short story, a poem, or just a school essay) faster than you would otherwise.

Writing is so amazing. As Walter "Red" Smith says, "There's nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and open a vein." And if you open veins often, then... well, you let people know who you really are. And if you know who you really are, you can write emotions, feelings, and situations better than you could otherwise.

That's partly why I want to write in this notebook. I want to be able to curl up in bed with a notebook and pen and write to my heart's content. It'll be fun to write by hand for a change. Although it'll take a bit to get used to, I can't wait.

Now, if my dad would just get me my notebook, I'll be all set. And feel free to pester me if I don't finish a notebook in a month! *grin*

(Eeep. Speaking of writing, only two days, four hours, and fifteen minutes left until NaNoWriMo starts for me. And I got a friend to do it with me! *squee*

I'm excited, if you couldn't tell!)
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I just joined another community. It's called [profile] thelifelist, and so far it looks very interesting. Basically, this is a place where members of the community can exchange a list of things they want to achieve before they die. Since there are a lot of things I want to do before I die, I joined.

And I've decided to post my list here as well, so here they are, in no particular order. 


Wow. That was a long list, and I just wrote it down as they came to me. But you know what? I don't think any of these are too terribly difficult to achieve. I might not be able to achieve many of them right now, but when I get older... who knows?

I can't wait to make a dent in this list. I'll probably add more, but as soon as I achieve one of them, I'll cross them off. Hopefully I'll be able to cross off a few soon!

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