Reflections on the First Part of My Life

Since my “Reflections on 42” article got such a good response, I thought I’d write a second article about things I accomplished in the first part of my life. But before I get into that list, a little bit about me…

I was born with a few health problems — I had a heart defect when I was born, which was corrected when I was three years old. In addition, I also have epilepsy and do occasionally have seizures because of that. Despite these problems, I’ve accomplished a lot in my life. I talked about the things I’ve accomplished since I graduated college a few days ago, in this post I wanted to talk about some of the things I accomplished in the first half of my life.

1981 — Placed third in my elementary school’s Hallowe’en poster contest

1983 (approx) — Got an award for a poem I entered in my school’s cultural arts contest.

1986 — Won my school spelling bee.

1986 — Started taking piano lessons.

1987 — Wrote a book of poems for my school Young Author’s competition which received an honorable mention.

1988 — Wrote a book for Young Authors similar to what I’m writing here, except it went into a little more detail about my health problems and the things I’d accomplished to that point, which I ended up being one of the winning books in the Young Author’s competition that year.

1988 — Won my school spelling bee (again) — this time went on to the county spelling bee, but unfortunately I didn’t even make it past the first round.

1990 — Got a 1 (highest rating) on a Class C piano solo I played for the district solo and ensemble competition.

1990- Got a superior rating on a few solos I entered in the Piano Guild Competition.

1991 — Got a 2 (second highest rating) on a class B piano solo I played for the district solo and ensemble competition.

1991 — Got a superior rating on a few solos I entered in the Piano Guild Competition.

1992 — Was elected vice president of my school’s FHA (Future Homemakers of America) chapter.

1993 — Me and another classmate received Home Economics Student of the Year awards.

That’s what I accomplished before I went to college, tomorrow’s post will be about some long-term goals I’m working on.

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