In My Shoes for a Moment…

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Sometimes, I imagine what it would be like to be in someone else’s “shoes.” I wonder whether it would be comfy or constricting–sedate or full of ebullience. Either way, I always come to the same conclusion; I’m glad I live in my shoes.

I am half Korean and Puerto Rican. My parents have entirely different personalities, and I’ve inherited the best (and worst) of both. I love helping the community and working with people–I’m not just saying that to gain fans, either. I always thought the idea of having a happy community was too idealistic, but now I see that an individual can have a huge impact on many people.
My passion lies in poetry and literature. Reading takes me into an entirely different world, as nerdy as that may sound. I want to major in English and perhaps teach secondary education or college in the future. My dream college is Dickinson.
“Poetry is the rawest art form.” ~ Jewel Kilcher
This is a principle I live by–not just because it sounds intriguing, but because it’s undeniably true. I can express myself freely and with almost no limits through my own combinations of words. I used to be afraid to talk in front of people, but now I long to share my thoughts with others and spread belief in a happy community. Not a utopia, but a place where people can admit their problems and work through them.
My standpoint has changed from being a ridiculer of idealists to the ridiculed. Although I know that it is unlikely for this community to ever exist, I think it gives everyone in society something positive to work towards. It gives them a goal to reach.
I’m a Christian and try to stand by my values regardless of the situation around me. Admittedly, it’s difficult. But, “nothing in life comes easily.” This cliche phrase is worth something. If there’s one thing that I’m happy with in my life, it’s my family and my religion. I’m not content with either, but they’re both something I always want to have in my life.
On a lighter note, I also like tennis, the color turquoise, puppies, tutoring, writing poetry, reading almost any kind of written work, Yoplait strawberry yogurt, the Star Wars movie series, sitting on my roof at night, Harry Potter, star-gazing, A Walk to Remember, foreign guys with accents, looking at pictures, curly hair, outgoing and shy personalities, helping others, revising my work, and Orbit Wintermint gum.
If I could choose to be in anyone else’s shoes, I would defer and stay right where I am.

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7 Responses to In My Shoes for a Moment…

  1. Dylan says:

    I like that attitude. I wish more people were like that. I also love Jewel.

  2. Jen says:

    Very cool Lauren. Why is Dickinson your dream school? It’s right down the road from where I live.
    Anyway, do you speak Spanish? Have you visited Puerto Rico or Korea?

  3. Shantia says:

    You are soo interesting
    Even though we go to the same school. I’m soo happy we are in teen takeover together. See you’ later!

  4. Lauren says:

    Dickinson’s my dream school because a lot of the people I admire have gone there. I also fell in love with the campus and philosophy held there. :) They have an awesome writing paper too. I don’t speak Spanish fluently, but I do understand a lot of it. I haven’t ever been out of the US. :(

  5. Anonymous says:

    I meant “writing program.”

  6. Lyndsay says:

    You sound fun! Haha, that’s the only way I can describe it.

  7. Mayleen says:

    Hi Lauren!
    I’m a full Puerto Rican girl soon to marry the love of my life who is a full Korean (but raised by a white American-German family). I’m always wondering how our future kids will look like, so today I felt like googleing Korean/PuertoRican and your article came up. It’s nice to find and read about Ko-Rican kids. Good luck with everything and in a couple of years I’ll be posting pictures of my Ko-Rican babies… hehehe Good luck with everything! (^_^)

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