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edu180atl: hollis schmidt 10.29.12

“I feel infinite” as the character, Charlie, from the new film, Perks of Being a Wallflower, says. But what does it mean to feel infinite? Charlie describes infinite to be driving through a tunnel with the wind at your face, listening to the perfect song blasting from the stereo, not caring where you are headed as long as your friends are there.
This feeling of infinite exists in music, in writing, and in traveling. There will always be someone smarter, prettier, and more talented than you in whatever you choose to pursue, but the art of feeling infinite lies in the happiness of doing what you love and forgetting about how others measure success. Why should it matter that what makes you happy is different than that of what makes your peers happy? Feeling “infinite” for me can be eating pizza at 12 a.m. with my best friend, or lying in the grass looking up at the stars, or holding the hand of a child in Ghana promising them their life will get better.

Arguably, this feeling is deeper than happiness, for it is doing something that you will always remember. This moment has been tabbed forever and no matter how old, or where life may take you, you can always look back and remember what you were doing, whom you were with, and how happy it made you feel.

I challenge you to embrace this feeling of “infinite,” of not caring what others think and diving into happiness.

My Bio:

Hollis is a junior at Holy Innocents’. She is an athlete who enjoys learning and traveling around the world. Her favorite place to be is watching the sunrise at camp in the mountains of North Carolina.

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  1. Stephen G. Kennedy #

    This is absolutely beautiful: genuine, heartfelt, reflective, full of depth and feeling. Thank you!

    October 29, 2012
  2. Gérard Gatoux #

    ¡Gracias por haber compartido estos pensamientos con nosotros! ¡Tienes razón!

    October 29, 2012
  3. Love, love, love your post, Mary Hollis. It reminds me of my favorite children’s book, The Three Questions. A little boy asks his animal friends, “When is the best time to do things? Who is the most important one? What is the right thing to do?” Through the course of the story, the animals help him come to this conclusion: “There is only one important time, and that time is now. The most important one is always the one you are with. And the most important thing is to do good for the one who is standing at your side.”

    October 29, 2012
    • Mary Hollis #

      Mrs. Chesser, thank you so much for reading! Those questions seem to come up all of the time even with young adults, like me! The important time is now and the person to help is always around the corner. Essentially it all comes back to making decisions to ensure others happiness and finding a way to make yourself happy as well. I love it!

      October 29, 2012
  4. Awesome post! Beautifully written. I love the message and the notion of feeling infinite!

    October 29, 2012
  5. Natalie Sterrett #

    One of my favorite novels and now one of my favorite movies. I love that you’ve written about something we all can relate to.

    October 29, 2012
  6. Love this post. What an elegant way to describe something so vast. And your favorite place sounds a lot like my own–nothing like dawn in the Blue Ridge. Thanks so much.

    October 30, 2012
  7. Rachel #

    love this mary hollis!!!

    October 30, 2012
  8. Maryellen Berry #

    WOW! I absolutely love this post and would love to share it with my faculty and our older students. Not only are you wise, but you also have captured the joy that comes from pouring oneself into a passion.

    October 30, 2012

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