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edu180atl: rebekah wheadon 8.13.12

Today I learned about beginnings.

What do you think of when someone says beginnings?

I think of the beginning of the school year. Today was my first day back. The new school year is different every year, but I always enjoy the new experience. I am learning that a beginning gives you a fresh start. They encourage you to do better than last school year. Ever write something wrong? The backspace key is your best friend right? Yes, but can you backspace your life? No, you just have to do better the next day.

And I think about the Olympics. Every athlete there had to start somewhere. It’s not like they join a sport and are amazing at it. No, they had to go through the process of learning. Then, if they really like it, they keep going. Until one day, they are so good at it that they go to the Olympic finals. Then, the teams are chosen. They compete and give their very best, and maybe even win gold. I learned that they couldn’t have gotten there without a beginning.

I learned almost anything you can think of has a beginning. A book, a movie, and even life! Beginnings are everywhere, all around us. Seeing new life everywhere is really inspiring.

Rebekah Wheadon is called Bekah for short. She is a very energetic seventh grader who loves to draw, travel, climb trees, and cook.

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  1. Bekah, what an inspiring thing for us all to think about: how beginnings are everywhere and even if you’re in the middle of something, you can find a way to make it better, which in itself is another sort of beginning.

    I just went back and read your post from last year. Today you wrote about the process of learning. You deserve a lot of credit for the way your writing style has grown over the past year. Last year’s post was awesome in its sense of joy and affirmation, but today’s post was elegant, profound, and just as affirming. Just like the Olympians that finished another season of perfecting their craft, by making your learning (that is, your posts) public, you have shown the world that you continue perfecting your craft–of writing, thinking, and sharing.


    August 13, 2012
  2. Natalie Sterrett #

    Bekah, your post today was so insightful, especially for your age. Your insight and your excitement for the new school year will help you make the best of this new beginning. As I prepare for my first year in college, I will try to remind myself of your positive attitude– this is a new beginning for me, and I now have another chance to make the best of my experience.

    August 13, 2012
  3. Jodi Wheadon #

    Great blog Bekah, we’re so proud of you! To consider new beginnings and the opportunity they bring is so encouraging. Oh, the possibilities! When we ‘give it all we’ve got’ like the Olympians have obviously done, there’s no limit to what we can accomplish. Always remember, whether it be sports, schoolwork, or in serving others do everything as if working for the Lord. Because we are! May the feeling of your new beginning this school year remain fresh and continue on…inspiring, challenging, encouraging, and rewarding you all through the year. You have the power to make a difference every new day!

    August 14, 2012
  4. Bekah – We sometimes get so involved in the day to day we don’t stop to truly see the things around us. You have reminded us that there are new beginnings everywhere and we need to stop to truly see them! Your post reminds me of another beginning which started something like this, “In the beginning, God . . . .” May God bless you as you go through this new year and in the years to come. Thanks for sharing with us!

    August 14, 2012
  5. Bekah – nicely done. The way I see it, if you stop seeing and experiencing the magic of new beginnings day by day then you have stopped learning and stopped growing. I appreciate your insights and the way you see open doors everywhere. Keep it up!

    August 14, 2012
  6. Mrs. Walker #

    Bekah! You are on your way to great things – this proves that you recognize how important new beginnings are, what they mean, and how to enjoy them. My guess is that you understand and appreciate beginnings because you are open minded to the cycle of life. Wow – it shows me how age has little to do with the depth of intrigue about life! Keep searching, but more importantly, simply stay interested – then write about it!

    August 14, 2012
  7. Main #

    That was wonderful, Bekah. I like what you said about the Olympics and how at one point they were just beginning a sport. You really made me think.

    August 15, 2012
  8. Mrs. Walton #

    What a great writer and observer. Looking forward to watching you grow.

    Love and blessings!

    August 15, 2012
  9. Jessica #

    So lovely! How refreshing, that we get to begin again–with every new school year, and every new day. This blog is a breath of fresh air. Thank you for sharing!

    August 15, 2012
    • Jessica #

      woops–this is Ms. Merrill, by the way!

      August 15, 2012

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