Kathleen Conrath - Grade 9, Oakwood High School
How to Build a Home
The start of any foundation for a home is the excavation- what must be created before anything else can be built upon it. My parents and siblings are my excavation. My parents always taught me to know my worth and my siblings always drove me to put my full effort into everything I do. I couldn’t live without them, just like you can’t build a house without an excavation to keep it from collapsing.
The following part of a foundation is the concrete to provide stability. The concrete represents my friends, school, and faith- the parts of my life that keep me secure and optimistic. . If I ever have a complication, I trust that I can confide in one of my friends to give me advice on how to resolve it. School allows me to continue to learn about myself and what I desire to accomplish throughout my life. It acts as a stepping stone on the path to where I’m heading. Finally, my faith. My faith gives me a purpose. It keeps me calm when I want to snap, it keeps me silent when I want to scream, and it gives me hope when I want to give up. Important aspects of my life like friends, school, and faith contribute to the goal of my life- happiness.
The endmost part is the blockwork- the final touches onto a house. My final touches are sports and fun. I wouldn’t consider these the roots of who I am, but they are needed to pursue an active, engaging life. It’s crucial to have fun while we are young and don’t have a care in the world. Sports bring out my competitive nature and are guaranteed stress relievers. Just as the blocks are the key to securing a home, sports and fun are needed to promise happiness within me.
When I finish building the foundation, I’ll be ready to build the home. The home represents happiness. When I am at home, I know I can be myself comfortably without a fear of judgement. It’s just like that freeing feeling I get on those days when I come home after a brutally long day, anxiously waiting to get in my house so that I can feel like I am safe from all of the demons banging on the windows, trying to attain the slightest bit of satisfaction that I have found. I hop in the shower and rinse off the day. Once I finally fall asleep peacefully in the same bed I dreaded getting out of that morning, I feel free from all the evils of the world because the happiness has engulfed me.The same is true for when I achieve full happiness. When I am truly carefree, I will no longer lose sleep over the opinions of others on any aspect of myself. I will be what I’ve restlessly strived to be. I will be happy with myself, and then, I will be at home.