Books I Want to Read

I love reading and, as someone who loves books, I have two lists of them: Books I Want to Read, and Books I Have Read. Neither list is complete and they aren’t even up to date, they just have some of the main ones.

Here is a list of 10 books I want to read.

  • Little Women by Louisa May Allcott
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  •  The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R Tolkien
  • The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
  • Eye of Minds by James Dashner
  • Shatter City by Scott Westerfeld
  • Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
  • Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
  • Ready Player One by Ernest

Here is a list of 10 books or series I have read

  • Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling
  • Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan (and most other books written by Rick Riordan)
  • Fablehaven by Brandon Mull
  • Uglies by Scott Westerfeld (and Imposters)
  • The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins
  • Divergent series Veronica Roth
  • The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
  • The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
  • The Sandcastle Empire
  • The Maze Runner series by James Dashner

As I said before, these lists are not complete, there are many more books I want to read and have read. For this, I thought it would be better if I shortened the list so we aren’t here for hours.

Humans from the Perspective of a Tortoise

There was nothing in the world like sitting outside enjoying the weather, no matter what it is. As I sat outside, I tried to slow the thoughts in my head. Humans are always rushing around everywhere. They have places to go people to see. They never seemed to just take a moment to stop and think. Or even just enjoy the world around them and the people they meet. That’s the great thing about being a tortoise. I love that I don’t have to be anywhere. I am not made to be rushing around. Maybe tortoises are here to show humans that one doesn’t have to rush to be happy. And one doesn’t have to do everything they can. Not that they shouldn’t do what they can do, and if you have an opportunity to do something you’ve never done before, then take that opportunity if you want to and can. But the problem comes when everyone tries to do everything. If everyone is trying to do everything, no one is stopping to see what else is happening. It might even be the smallest or the most insignificant thing, the sky (not that the sky is small or insignificant, but people tend not to look up at it). I love the sky. The sky is a beautiful thing that a lot of people just don’t notice. It’s a huge thing that is very important, but I don’t think people realize how beautiful it is. Most of the time is it blue, and though it is blue, it isn’t always the same shade of blue. Sometimes it is light and has little wisps of clouds in it. Sometimes it is clear and a little darker blue. When the sky isn’t completely blue, it is streaked with reds, pinks, and yellows. Sunsets and sunrises are amazing. And nobody realizes this because they are all rushing about, always needing to be somewhere, always needing to do something. Even though I’m a tortoise who doesn’t know much about the human brain, I will say that from what I’ve seen, humans are going too fast. They are always looking at the end goal, what will happen at the end, and what they are aiming for. This can be good, but what about all the things that happen along the way? Humans can be so focused on what they are trying to do that they might not stop and look around. They might not see what they have already done, and how much they have accomplished. Maybe we all just need to stop and take a breath and look around once in a while.

The Hero’s Journey in Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief

One of my favorite book series is Percy Jackson and the OlympiansThe first book in that series is Percy Jackson and the Lightning ThiefI recently realized that it follows “The Hero’s Journey” writing formula. This formula is used across many types of stories and may be used without the storyteller even realizing it. The formula follows the pattern of the Ordinary World, the Call to Adventure, the Refusal of the Call, Crossing the Threshold, Facing Tests, Allies, and Enemies,  the Ordeal, The Supreme Ordeal, and the Reward and Journey Home.

The ‘Ordinary World’ for Percy Jackson is going to the Boarding school called Yancy Academy. Percy has Dyslexia and ADHD, and he has only been able to stay in the same school for about a year for the last few years. Percy’s only friend is Grover Underwood, who was a satyr but Percy didn’t know that yet. He doesn’t know he is a demigod yet (a half-human half-god). The ‘Call to Adventure’ happens on a field trip to a museum. He accidentally uses his powers when a classmate makes fun of him. His math teacher, Mrs. Dodds, called him inside to talk to him. Then she turned into a fury (a creature of the underworld) and tried to kill Percy. Percy’s other teacher, Mr. Brunner (who was actually Chiron but Percy didn’t know that yet) came in and threw him a pen that turned into a sword. Percy used the sword to kill Mrs. Dodds.

The ‘Refusal of the Call’ was right before he went to Camp Half-Blood. After he made Mrs. Dodds go back to Tartarus, he didn’t really believe what had happened. He didn’t think it was real. Mr. Brunner didn’t say anything about it and no one remembered a teacher named Mrs. Dodds. A few days later, Grover, Percy’s mother, and Percy were in the car driving to the camp while being chased by a minotaur. The car flipped and Grover got knocked out. Percy tried to help him get past the camp boundaries, but the minotaur had found his mom. Percy fought, and (since monsters don’t die) he managed to make it go back to Tartarus. When Percy killed the minotaur, it took his mom with it. This made Percy realize he had to accept what had happened. 

‘Crossing the Threshold’ could be when Percy crossed into Camp Half-Blood. He quite literally crossed the threshold. As he was crossing into the camp, he was also crossing into a new life. He would never be able to go back to the way things were. He found out he was a demigod, his father was Poseiden, the god of the sea, and there were many other kids like him. Having ADHD was normal, because he was hardwired for battle, and because of having dyslexia, he could read ancient Greek. Percy’s mentor was actually someone he knew before. His teacher Mr. Brunner was really a centaur named Chiron. He was an immortal centaur who had trained Heracles and many other Greek heroes.

The ‘Ordeal’ was when Percy, Annabeth, and Grover went to the underworld to try to get Zeus’s Master Bolt back (it had been stolen and Percy was blamed). It was a very dangerous thing, for three living people to be in the underworld. The ‘Supreme Ordeal’ happened after the trio got out of the underworld. The god Ares was there, and they had just realized that he had given Zeus’s lightning bolt to them earlier in the book. Percy actually fought the god sword to sword. This was even more dangerous than going into the underworld.

These are only a few of the examples of how Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief follows ‘The Hero’s Journey’. I love this book, but the movie wasn’t very good at all. Though they both would correspond with ‘The Hero’s Journey’, the stories aren’t very similar.

My Dream House

My dream house would be amazing. Is wouldn’t be too big, but it would be the perfect place to be. I wouldn’t want to live alone, and my family would obviously live with me. My dream house would be wonderful for me to live in, but I hope it would also be good for the other people in my family. My house would definitely have a library and a good kitchen, among other things.

The first thing I think of when I picture my dream house is a wonderful library. This library wouldn’t be an ordinary library, it would be the best library ever. If magic was real, I’d say that my library would change the genre and type of books based on what I’m interested in at the time, but that’s impossible. In reality, my library would have a variety of books, and it would keep growing as I buy more books. It would have a high ceiling and a sliding ladder to get to the highest books. One wall would be almost all windows, so I’d have plenty of natural light for reading. The walls would be a dark red color, either maroon or burgundy. There would be comfortable chairs and couches, with warm blankets all around the room. I would have an open space by the door, with a table and some chairs, but there would also be chairs in between the bookshelves and scattered about the room. As you can probably tell, I have thought about this quite a bit, and my dream house would have to include this.

The perfect house would also have a fully functioning kitchen with all the tools and supplies I might need. I love baking and decorating cakes, but we don’t have many fancy tools. I have made a gravity-defying cake and a drip cake, both of which I had to improvise in some parts. If I had a kitchen like this, I would make so many cool cakes and have so much fun. I want to make a tiered cake, but I don’t have the right size of cake pans. I also like making other kinds of food. I like to experiment with different flavors. Once I was making chicken, and I decided to put dried mint leaves on it, just to see what it would taste like. I couldn’t really taste it though, so I don’t know if it would have been good. Sometimes when I start making something, I realize we don’t have all the ingredients we need. I have gotten pretty good at substituting ingredients if we don’t have any on hand. Having a good kitchen would fuel my creative side and I would make beautiful cakes and experiment with new flavours.

The location of my dream house would be hard to decide. I don’t think I’d want it right in a city, but it would be nice to love not far away from one. I like forests and nature but I wouldn’t want to live in a secluded corner of the world by myself. There would probably be quite a few windows because I’d rather have natural light than artificial light. I wouldn’t want to live by myself in a big house. I’d either want to have a smaller house (but that might not be possible because of the library) or I’d invite my friends to live with me.

Unlike the perfect car, I have thought about what the perfect house would have in it. Among other features, it would have a great library with all different genres of books. It would have comfortable chairs and maybe a fireplace. The perfect house would also have a fully equipped kitchen where I can experiment with mixing different food and make wonderful and delicious cakes.  I wouldn’t live right in the city, but close enough to get there easily.

The Car of My Dreams

I haven’t really considered what kind of car I would want. I don’t know much about cars and I don’t have a particular type in mind. I don’t think I would want a super fancy car. The impact on the environment would be a big thing for me, and if it serves the purpose I need it to.

When I get my own car, I think I’d want to get one on the smaller side for a few reasons. Firstly, it would be more fuel-efficient than bigger vehicles. This would make the price I pay to fuel my car cheaper than the cost to fuel a larger car or vehicle.  Smaller cars are generally better for the environment too. They emit less carbon dioxide into the air. A smaller car would be better for me because I don’t think I would need anything bigger. If I end up having a family when I’m older, a larger car or vehicle might be better, but before then, I think a small car would be the right choice.

The environment is really important to me, so I wouldn’t want a car that has a huge impact on it. I would consider getting a hybrid car, but that still wouldn’t be a great solution. With I hybrid car, I would sometimes have to plug it in instead of filling it up with fuel. The problem with this is that the energy still has to come from somewhere, so if the building or place to plug in the car used energy from fossil fuels or something like that, having a hybrid car really wouldn’t help at all. If there was an energy source that was available and practical, I would also be more willing to get a hybrid car. If not a hybrid, I would still try to get a car that was fuel-efficient and had less of an impact on the environment.

Of course, I can’t forget about the design of the car I choose. One thing I noticed when driving, or in a place with many cars, was that most people either get darker colored vehicles or white. The top three car colors are silver, black, and white. These three colors make up about half of the cars people drive. I’m guessing there are a few reasons for this, one being that no one really wants to get something out of the ordinary. I don’t know for sure if this is right, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it was. My family has a Toyota Corolla that is a really cool shade of blue. It is called ‘Galactic Aqua Mica’ and it sometimes looks blue and sometimes looks black. I would like to have a car with a color like that.

Cars aren’t one of my interests, but there would be a few things I would like my dream car to have. I would want a smaller car, for a few reasons. They are easier to maneuver, more fuel-efficient, and I wouldn’t have the need for a bigger vehicle. I might get a hybrid, but they wouldn’t be much better than a normal car right now. Most people have silver, black, or white cars, and I’m not sure I would want to get one of those colors. The specific type of car isn’t very important to me, as long as it is useful and serves it’s purpose.

Rosiness or Gloomy Gray:On Viewing the World #5

A famous quote by Helen Keller is “Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadow. ” Helen Keller was a blind and deaf person who advocated for more assistance to the blind in the US. She could have given up hope and lived in darkness and silence, but she decided she couldn’t live like that. She stood up for what she thought should happen, and she was successful. Helen Keller advocated for deaf and blind people and helped make braille the standard system for the blind.

When she was 19 months old, Helen Keller contracted Scarlet Fever, which left her deaf and blind. In 1886, Helen’s mother read about a woman who was also deaf and blind but still had a successful education. They contacted Perkin’s Institute for the Blind, where the school’s director asked Anne Sullivan (an alumnus of the school) to be Helen’s instructor. She agreed and thus started a nearly 50 year-long relationship. Sullivan began teaching Helen how to sign words for specific things. When she started, Helen didn’t know that she was spelling out words, or that words even existed. Helen Keller even managed to write both manually and with raised print. She couldn’t see, but she still learned to write legibly. When Helen was 10, she decided she wanted to learn how to speak. She took a few lessons from someone at a school for the deaf and hard of hearing. She partially learned but was never happy with how her spoken voice was because it was hard to understand. Hellen Keller and Anne Sullivan caught the attention of Alexander Graham Bell and Mark Twain, who were very popular in America. Twain said, “The two most interesting characters of the 19th century are Napolean and Helen Keller.”

Helen Keller knew she wanted to go to university. Helen first went to Cambridge School for Young Ladies to prepare to go to the Radcliffe Institute, which is a part of Harvard University. Helen graduated in 1904, with a Bachelor of Arts. This was as much of an accomplishment for Anne as it was for Helen. Anne had to read everything and then sign it into Helen’s hand. Anne was partially blind and only had a bit of her sight left. Even though it was hard, she kept helping Helen until her death in 1936. After she died, Polly Thomson took over helping Helen. Helen wrote a biography about herself called The Story of My Life.  There are over 475 speeches and essays Helen Keller wrote about various topics, such as faith, blindness prevention, and atomic energy. to write all these, Helen used a braille typewriter first, then copied it with a regular typewriter.

Helen Keller saw herself as a writer and communicated with the world through her written works. She was a pacifist and protested the U.S. involvement in World War I. She advocated for women’s rights and for services for the blind. Helen joined the American Foundation for the Blind in 1924 and worked for them for 40 years. This gave her a way to advocate to the world about the needs of people with vision loss. Because of her, rehabilitation centers were built and education was made more accessible to people with vision loss.

Helen Keller was an optimistic person. In the face of shadow, she rose above and advocated for the rights of the blind. She could have just given up and lives in darkness and silence, but she learned how to communicate with others. She helped make education for the blind more available and told the world what she thought. She spoke the truth and she was successful in gaining rights and services for the blind and visually impaired.

Identifying a Good Read (On Flooding: Drowning the Culture in Sameness)

I knew, before I even read half of this story, that I was going to write about it. I read the title, “On Flooding: Drowning the Culture in Sameness” and I thought it would be interesting. I had already looked at a few stories, but none of them really stood out to me, except this one, by Soraya Roberts.  Before I was done the story I knew I was going to write about this one. I found that I agree with most of what the author wrote about. I liked the topic and wanted to share what I thought about it.

Soraya Roberts wrote about the internet, and what it’s like. She said that, even though the internet was supposed to give everyone a voice to share with the world, it didn’t happen that way. The first thing she brought up was the fact that in 1995, 1996, and 1997, the nominees for ‘Best Drama’ at the Emmy’s were all the same. As Roberts put it, there were ” Two cop shows set in New York, two medical shows set in Chicago, and some aliens, spread across four networks, represented the height and breadth of the art form for three years running.”(Paragraph 1) For three years, the very best shows were all the same. Nothing else competed against it. I see a slight problem with that. I’m sure they were all good shows but was there really nothing else that could have competed with them? Everyone was supposed to be able to have their own voice, but the same 5 TV shows were nominated for three years running.

Even if there are more diverse voices in the world, only the same few are noticed. Only the same few rise to the top. As the title of the story says, we are drowning in sameness. The majority of the population decides that something is now interesting, and suddenly that is what everyone is talking about. The media realizes this and starts to show content that is similar to what the majority is interested in.  All different platforms of the media are trying to appeal to the population. The problem is, they are all saying and doing the samething. There is very little variation. There may now be more websites and more diversity, but they won’t  be as successful as the mainstream websites. According to The Most Popular US Industries and Traffic Shares, “Over 80% of all US online surfers are divided among five industries.” The top three listed are Internet Telecom, Arts and Entertainment, and News and Media.

“On Flooding: Drowning the Culture in Sameness” was written in 2019, soon before Disney came out with their new streaming service. A quote from an article written by Sean T. Collins, called Netflix’s Bright Future Looks A Lot Like Television’s Dim Past, in the piece by Roberts said, “you could choose from six different street-level Marvel superhero shows set in New York City.” This means that no matter how many new shows are out there, they are all just a “reconfiguration of the same things over and over” as Roberts put it. In Collins’s article, he wrote, “Television was the art form of the future, and Netflix was the future of television, and the future was here at last.” Television used to be a great thing, and there were so many different kinds of TV shows and movies. Now that we have had Netflix for about 22 years, the future is now. Collins said the future of television was Netflix and now we have Netflix, bu all the shows are just reconfigurations of shows before them.

The world needs to notice that we don’t need more of the same differences, we need more that is different. There may be more diversity, but there is more of the exacp same diversity. When the movie “Black Panther” came out, there was hope for more diversity in movies and more diversity in storytelling. Instead there is just more movies with the actor for the character Black Panther. In TV shows and movies, they are all just the same stories in a different shape or format. The media should show the differences and diversity in the world, and not let the same few websites, people, or organizations get all the credit. Most people get news and information form the media, so they see what the media is providing and sometimes only that.

Time Travel

Unlike teleportation, I wouldn’t use time travel that much. I wouldn’t want to go back in time. I like the present time we are living in now. In the past women didn’t have very many rights and I would have a hard time being there and not telling them about the present. If time travel was available right now, the first thing I would do is go forward in time to when scientists came up with a way for safe, accurate human teleportation. Time travel wouldn’t make one move locations. The time traveler would stay in the same spot and either turn time forward or backward. If I did travel time, I wouldn’t go alone. I would go with someone who also wanted to do what I was planning on doing.

If time travel is ever invented in my lifetime, it will surely be after I graduate from university. I will probably go into a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) field, and this would help me while trying to gain knowledge from the future. Firstly, when I got to the future Vermilion, I would ask around and see who invented safe teleportation. Then I would find out where they were. Since the future will surely have better and more efficient methods of transportation, I would go to the city where the scientist worked. In this scenario, teleportation is real, so theoretically, I could just teleport to the scientist’s lab but since I would be from the past in this world, I would have no idea how to teleport therefore I would use another method of travel to get there. After all, they would have to have other methods of transport. Not everyone would be able to use teleportation all the time. There would have to be rules and regulations for something this drastic. All along my trip to the future, I would take pictures and notes of all the new inventions I saw.

Once I got to the city, I would find the scientists and ask them about teleportation. My companion and I would ask how it works and how long it took them to figure it out. As long as they weren’t treating us like little kids who didn’t know anything, we would tell them about my situation. Hopefully, they wouldn’t think I was crazy. Since time travel would also be real in the future, one of my arguments as to why they shouldn’t think I was crazy would be that we just traveled from the past. That would be a more convincing story then than it would be now. Hopefully, the scientists would tell us how they did it. Since my traveling partner and I would already be somewhat knowledgeable about this topic, I think we could understand the basics of it. Once the scientists told us the basic formula and perhaps gave us something to prove what we had heard, we would thank them and leave. 

Even if the scientists didn’t give us what we asked for my friend and I wouldn’t be ready to go back to the present just yet. I would want to see if my theories about teleportation were true. If teleportation was accessible to the general public, there must be some form of anti-teleportation security systems. One couldn’t go teleporting in and out of buildings unchecked(especially private buildings and prisons). Another one of my theories is that there also must be a training course to teleport. One wouldn’t be born with the knowledge of how to teleport. Would there be an age restriction on teleporting? Would one have to get a license to teleport? Would there be specific teleportation zones or could one simply teleport anywhere they wanted? As you can tell, I have put quite a bit of thought into teleportation. If I was able to time travel to a time when teleportation was available, I would see if my theories were true or not. I would also want to see what kind of efficient, environment-friendly, energy source the people of the future thought up.

Overall, I wouldn’t use time travel a whole lot, but if I did, I would go to the future. I would go see how the brilliant scientists of the future figured out how to make teleportation possible. I would document all the new inventions I saw on my trip to share with the people in the present. I would convince these scientists that I wasn’t some crazy person who had no clue what she was talking about. Hopefully, I would get what I went for, but even if I didn’t, the trip would still have value. I would see all the rules of teleporting and which of my personal theories about it are true. Lastly, I would see what source of energy people of the future used. If time travel was real and teleportation wasn’t yet, I would use time travel to figure out how to make teleportation real as well.

Teleportation

I have always wanted to travel. The farthest I have been is the United States of America. If teleportation is ever possible, I would use it so much. I want to travel around Europe. There are so many places I want to see in Europe, like Germany, Italy, France, Spain, and so many more. If teleportation is possible, I would go to Italy, or more specifically Rome.

The first thing I would do when I got to Rome is wander around the streets. I would buy a map and walk around and look and the buildings and the differences in Rome than Alberta. There are some places in Rome that might be ordinary to people who live there, but you wouldn’t see something like that in Alberta, and I find it amazing. Just walking the narrow streets lined with shops. I love going to places like that. It has a different atmosphere than places around Vermilion. The closest place I can think of like this is Canmore, AB. If I was in Italy and I had all the time in the world, I probably wouldn’t look at my map a lot, only if there was somewhere specific I wanted to go, but if I was just wandering I might not use it that much. All the pictures I see of Rome are very cool. Even the residential areas look cool.

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(Street in Rome)

After wandering around the streets of Rome, I would go see the Colosseum. In this scenario, teleportation is real, so going to the Colosseum would be really easy. You could skip all the frustration of trying to figure out how to get there, the traffic, or public transportation. Even though I could just teleport from wherever I was in Rome to the Colosseum, I wouldn’t. I think it getting to it would be part of the whole experience of visiting a place like the Colosseum. It was built in 70 AD, which is almost 2000 years ago. Something that has stood mostly intact for the better part of 2000 years would be amazing to see. A place like that would hold so much history. I would really enjoy seeing the Colosseum and would definitely include it on my trip to Rome.

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(The Colosseum)

Once I got my energy back (it would be drained by visiting the Colosseum and walking around all day), I would go to see the museums at the Vatican. I would really like to see the Sistine Chapel, but you can’t visit just that. You have to buy a ticket for the whole group of museums. Since the other museums would be included in the cost to see the Sistine Chapel, I would enjoy seeing those too. The Sistine Chapel is famous because of the inside, not the outside. While the outside isn’t that interesting, the inside is filled with wonderful paintings painted by Michelangelo in the Rennaissance. Even though the Sistine Chapel is in Vatican City (which is technically a different country), I would include it on my trip to Rome, Italy because it is right inside Rome.

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(The Sistine Chapel)

I have always dreamed of traveling. If teleportation was real, the first place I would go would be the city of Rome, Italy. I would wander the streets and go to many different shops and markets. I would go see the 1950 year-old Colosseum, and I would visit the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City. These are just a few of the things I would do if I ever got the chance to go to Rome. I would want to have the whole experience. Teleportation would make traveling anywhere so much easier.

Three Songs I Never Get Sick of Hearing

I love music and listening to songs. I love so many different types of music and so many songs that is is hard for me to pick only three. Days In The Sun, You Raise Me Up, and I Have A Dream are among many loved songs I have. Whether it’s the music or the lyrics, these songs would take a very long time for me to get tired of.

Days In The Sun is one of the songs from the live-action Beauty and the Beast movie. It is about the spell that the castle was put under at the beginning of the movie. The different verses in this song are sung by different characters. In the 5th verse, the first two lines are, “How in the midst of all this sorrow / Can so much hope and love endure?” sung by the character Belle. I really like this line, because even though the people who once worked in the castle are now trapped in normally inanimate objects, they still have hope. They still hope that the castle and the people will one day be restored to how it once was. They had hope that Belle could break the spell. In the first verse of the song,  it says, “Days in the sun / When my life has barely began/ Not until my whole life is done / Will I ever leave you”(lines 1-4). This is sung by the young prince, from before the spell. These lines are quite sad to me because the prince is saying how his life was drastically changed when he was still young. I’m not sure who the last two lines are directed to, but then the prince was saying that he would never leave the person. He was going to stay with them as long as he could. The last stanza is as follows; “Days in the sun will return / We must believe as lovers do / That days in the sun / Will come shining through”. These lines are also about hope. Hope for the future, that the days in the sun will be back again. They are saying that they can’t lose hope.

You Raise Me Up is a song by Josh Groban. I really enjoy this song and I don’t know if I’ll ever get tired listening to it. The first verse is “When I am down, and, oh, my soul, so weary / When troubles come, and my heart burdened be / Then, I am still and wait here in the silence / Until you come and sit awhile with me.” It is about a person who is having a bad day or struggling with something. Then, when we pray, God comes to comfort us. He will always be there for us, to help us deal with whatever comes our way. The next verse starts with “You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains / You raise me up to walk on stormy seas” It is like no matter how down we are or how bad the day was, God can turn it around and make it good, or he can help you see the good in what happened. He can make do things that we can’t even imagine.  The lyrics right after this is “I am strong when I am on your shoulders / You raise me up to more than I can be.” The first line of this seems to be saying that through God we are strong. We could never be as strong without him and are made stronger by him. The second line ties into this by repeating again that God raises us up to be stronger and more than we are without him. Even though this song repeats itself a lot, the music changed enough that it doesn’t get annoying. The melody and the way this song flows are so beautiful. I feel like I can feel the music in my heart.

I Have A Dream by ABBA has lyrics that I think have an excellent meaning. I love all the lyrics in this song and they have great meaning in them. The first few lines are “I have a dream, a song to sing / To help me cope with anything” would be about having something to motivate you and something to look forward to. If you have something to work towards and look forward to, it could help you through the hard parts of life. A few lines later, the song says “I believe in angels / Something good in everything I see.” I don’t think it means literal angels. I think the angels symbolize the good in the world. It is good to try to see the good in things. If you look at life in a pessimistic way, you won’t be satisfied with how it turns out. If you always look for the good, you can see it in everything even if it may seem absent is some things.  In the second verse, the song says “And my destination makes it worth the while / Pushing through the darkness still another mile.” When you accomplish your goal or dream, you would see that all the effort you put into it is worth it. You would see that what you were working towards was worth it after all. Along the way, it might seem like you are in the darkness, and you can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel, but when you get there, you see how great it is.

These three songs are among the many that I love. I love the lyrics and the music, and together they make wonderful songs that would take a lot for me to get tired of. I love the meaning of the lyrics in I Have A Dream and the way the different verses are sung by different characters in Days In The Sun. The whole song, music and lyrics together, really makes You Raise Me Up a wonderful song.