by Noah D., 17

It’s crazy how someone can be so negative about something that they will eventually love. It’s like the brain is trying to make you avoid something it knows you will end up obsessing over. Your brain is trying to pull your stupid body away from it before you’re hooked. It tries to avoid this connection, but it fails, and suddenly it feels connected to something that it didn’t even want to see. 

Last night when I went to see Avatar: The Way of Water, that happened in my brain. I thought that I wasn’t going to get it at all, but the blue aliens swimming with whales was one of the most captivating experiences I’ve ever had. Life is beautiful and this movie reinstated that idea in my mind. It’s hard to not be brutally bitter. 

I like to pretend that I hate people, but I don’t. I can’t. Sure we can be stupid, but we are also beautiful. We are flawed creatures trying to make sense of this world and find meaning and art is our way of showing that beauty. I want a part in that beauty no matter what it takes. I want to be a part of that beauty or I won’t value what I am doing with my life.

Glenmoore, Pennsylvania