Painting Life


“Are humans born as a complete blank slate?”

Our journey in life starts when we arrive into the world as a baby. We begin as a very helpless being, unable to make our own choices. I believe that at that time, our life is like a blank piece of paper. We do not know the good from the bad. But as we grow up, we start to learn. We learn the lessons and knowledge in life through our family and community. Right at that moment, we are slowly filling in the blank piece of paper.

The answer to whether or not we are born as a complete blank slate does not matter. What matters is gathering the courage to become the master painters of our own lives. Just like a painting, what is on the paper in the beginning is not the most important. What matters is the work of art hung on the wall. A masterpiece that makes the painter proud.

What is Life

As life goes on, things get more complicated. We are no longer a child, but a grown-up who faces reality. Real life is nothing like fairy tales. Problems are not easily solved and confusions are everywhere. There is never a long period of rest and peace. We should always be aware of everything preventing us to live an easy life. Moments of sadness and misery are much more than those of happiness. Life is not only black and white, but is different shades of gray. No one is really right or wrong. Every person you trust may suddenly be gone. Every choice we make in life is a bet. What we can only do is to trust your instincts and prepare for the worst.

We often face the dark side of life, but life can also be full of excitement and surprises. As long as it is interesting and fulfilling, this world is no longer cruel and cold. Warmth and smiles still exist. Although there can be bad times, never give up until your last breath. As there is a saying that every cloud has a silver lining, hope is always there for us.

What is Hope

Hope is an abstract thing that means expectation and belief in something over which one has little or no control at all. Hope is priceless to me. I find hope priceless because it leads to other feelings. If someone enters a contest, the hope of winning will turn into excitement. Competitiveness is another emotion brought by hope. If someone enters a race and hopes to win, they will feel competitiveness mixing with hope.

Hope can bring surprise, too. If someone is almost sure there is no way to succeed at something, and they manage to succeed, their hope will burst into surprise. Hope helps people live.

Hope is a lifeline to me. If I am in an inescapable hole, I hope for the best. This hope is like a light in my mind hiding the dark so I can look on better things. Then when I make it through, and wonder how I did it, one word comes to my mind, hope.


How could one live without hope? In the darkness of life’s hole, you are trapped in your own fear and worries unless you have hope. It is a protection from fear and terror, a shield that blocks your fear as though it was a ray of light coming from darkness.

Without hope, life would be miserable. Without hope you would live a boring, miserable life. Hope is what leads you to interact with the world.

Hope helps us to live happy lives. We may not notice it, but hope is very important and truly matters.

Life Lesson

Alone in the dark, there’s a girl who sat alone crying endlessly. Nobody was there to comfort her and whenever someone walked by, they just looked at her with cold eyes. One little boy walked towards the girl. He had brown hair and he walked with a sense of pride and self confidence. His eyes looked like a deep blue ocean and his face was shaped in the most handsome way. He approached the crying girl and asked her what was wrong. The girl did not replied, she just kept crying so the boy decided to walk the girl home. After the girl got home, the little boy left.

The next day, the little girl tried to find the boy again. Nobody knew who the little boy was. It was as if the boy was never real, as if he was only real in the little girl’s imagination. Several days, weeks, and months passed and the girl never forgot the boy. The girl truly believed that she would someday find the boy and when she did, they would get marry and live happily ever after. Because of her belief, the girl never gets a boyfriend and she rarely talks to a boy. She kept herself for this one boy who she hardly knew. Soon, life started passing. Years kept going by and the girl still did not find the boy. Now the girl lived all alone, in her own apartment, but she never lost hope. The girl kept wasting time, thinking about this one boy who she fell for. She didn’t even realize the years going by. One day, she sat down at a coffee shop. She sat there alone and she thought about her life and what she’s been doing. She finally realized that she was throwing her own precious life away because of a boy that might not even be real. It was then that the girl looked across the street and saw a man. The man was alone, but he walked with confidence that made him look unreachable. When the girl got a clear view of the man’s face, the man turned to look at the girl as well. They both stared at each other for a moment. The guy had brown hair and deep ocean blue eyes. Then the guy began to cross the street, and walk towards the girl. As he took his steps closer to where the girl sat, the girl’s heart started beating faster and faster.

“Is this seat taken?” asked the man, with a smile on his face.

“Um no, go ahead,” the girl replied, sounding nervous.

Suddenly, a woman came up behind the man. The woman held a child’s hand.

“Sweetie, who’s this?” asked the woman.

“Oh just someone I used to know,” replied the man with a slight smile on his face while getting up out if his seat and then wrapping his arm around the woman’s waist.