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Cleo Abram

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We can learn by exchanging and discussing our own lists of "10 Things I Know to be True."

After listening to Sarah Kay's beautiful speech and poetry, I tried to write my own list of "10 Things I know to be True." I learned one thing immediately: I don't know much. I learned a second thing more slowly: that's okay! I tried to distill my limited understanding of the world into this list, without being overly philosophical nor literal.

One thing I know to be true, but that is not on my list, was that Sarah Kay was right when she said that if you share your list with a group of people you will find that someone has one thing very similar, someone else has something totally contrary, another person has something you've never heard of, and still another has something that makes you think further about something you thought you knew.

So let's share ours, and find out! What do your lists have on them?

Here's mine:
1. Fiction can, at times, feel more real than fact.
2. One person, with a good idea, can change our world.
3. There are things about our universe that we will never understand.
4. #3 is not an excuse to stop trying.
5. Everyone has a story worth hearing.
6. There is always another side to the story they tell.
7. Questions can sometimes teach more than their answers.
8. Children can sometimes teach more than their parents.
9. Everyone should travel.
10. No one's truth is universal.

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    Nov 20 2011: Well, my list is kinda more personal:

    1. Done is better than perfect

    2. Everybody goes through an identity crisis

    3. I'm a left-handed, a hardcore left-handed

    4. There's nothing wrong with secretly dreaming of moving to New York

    5. How to overcome writer's block: the ass-applied-to-chair method

    6. All nighters are overrated

    7. The media is portraying women as sex objects

    8. Airports are spacious and welcoming. Twenty-something girls feel cosmopolitan missing them.

    9. There ARE particles faster than light.

    10. The world is about to change.
    • Nov 21 2011: Thach
      A great list. I like #4, not because of NY, but because of the dream, mine lies somewhere else. I love #5 and have been practicing on it and have finished a story I have had percolating for years! I love #10 and do hope and pray and work for it.

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