This week was totally focused on the This I Believe project, which I find I really really awesome. I struggled A LOT writing my essay, and I’m not sure why. I found myself unwilling and unwanting to share parts of my story, and I think that’s odd. It’s a bit out of character for me to not want to tell a story. My speculations are that it’s a very personal story, it’s a very large part of who I am, and I’m generally a pretty private person. Add on top of that the fact that I am a perfectionist, and I guess it’s really not all that surprising after all. A lot of my work time in class was spent looking through other This I Believe essays and videos and such, and I found one by Colin Powell that I particularly like. It has nothing to do with my topic, but it’s very well written and I have similar views on what he talked about.
At the beginning of the week we all chose a TED Talk to watch. I chose the one by JJ Abrams called “The Mystery Box.” I originally chose it only because it was by JJ Abrams, but I ended up really enjoying it. His concept of the whole ‘mystery box’ thing was very interesting. The idea that as an author you should keep things hidden is something that I do and I notice now that he pointed it out that lots of other authors do it too. Consciously allowing the reader to wonder what happens gives a sense of suspense and intrigue. There are some things in my essay that I left open to interpretation and will allow the reader to create their own version of my story. I think it’s pretty awesome that an author can leave things open ended, but still convey the same lessons and messages to the majority of their audience.