Hi everyone! It has always been so interesting to me how people are able to convey their emotions and lifestyle tips through blogs and social media. Eventually, I was pushed to the point of wanting to create my own. So here I am, not necessarily a new, inexperienced writer, but definitely a new blogger. In my blog I hope to help anyone reading it achieve a positive state of mind. I will be posting frequently about mental health, makeup, skin care, feeling comfortable in your own body, reviews of interesting TED Talks and other informative talks, as well as my personal lifestyle and fitness routines. My goal is to inspire others to overcome their restraints and to maintain a healthy, well-informed lifestyle. If you’d like to know more about me, let me know and I will write a blog post about it! I’m looking forward to talking with you all soon 🙂
It is difficult sometimes when I don’t have a lot of bravery left. When something truly courage shaking happens to me, it is difficult to keep going. By relying and believing in myself, I remind myself of the times I succeeded on my own. I slowly but surely build my confidence back up. To really rely on myself, the first thing I need to do is believe. I believe in depending on myself.
Depending on myself is about finding myself and recognizing what I want to accomplish. I try to learn something new every day. In order to learn something new, I look into topics that interest me because I never know if I will find something that truly speaks to me. Also, I try to stay in shape in order to stay confident about my appearance. I do this because it make me feel good about myself and my body. I usually ride my bike everyday. If I can’t do this, I make time to go on a short walk or run after school before I have to sit down and complete my homework.
Working hard in school is very important for me because I am the one who will get me to where I want to go to in life. I am the only person in the world who can hold the knowledge of what I am capable of. This can be seen in the fact that I enjoy competing because it showcases my capabilities or knowledge, like in a dance routine or in a science competition. I get good grades in school because I care about my future. For example, if someone asks me to go hang out but I haven’t completed my schoolwork yet, I don’t go. I ask them if we can get together later and stay and finish my homework or project.
If I depend on myself, I can accomplish more. With no one to distract me or waver my train of thought, I am able to think freely and create more. I can complete the task at hand more quickly and effectively rather than slowly with confusion. It makes me more hardworking and helps me create something breathtaking, like when I sketch a face from nothing I have ever seen before. I just let my hand move across the paper and create something that intrigues even me. I almost never know exactly what I’m sketching until it is finished. I taught myself to draw realistically because it is something that intrigued me back then and continues to make me happy and calm.
I depend on myself because no one else is going to get me to where I want to go. I believe depending on myself takes me further in life and gives me a sense of confidence. I work hard in school. I create something that no one else can, because I am unique to this world. I exercise to stay in shape because it makes me feel more confident. I depend on myself because I believe in me.
Rhetorical Analysis of “Why Do We Sleep?” TED Talk by Russell Foster
Sleep is something many people around the world look forward to, but to others, it wastes time that could have been spent doing something of higher importance. According to Russell Foster in his TED Talk “Why Do We Sleep?”, sleep is the most important behavioral experience humans have and it should not be pushed away. Russell Foster’s most prominent strategy in his “Why Do We Sleep?” TED Talk was to use logos throughout his argument to relay statistical information to the audience, but with attempts at each Aristotelian appeal, no appeal was undeniably weaker than another.
Russell Foster first uses logos to support his claim that sleep is the single most important behavioral experience humans have. Foster informs the audience that on average “36 percent of your life will be spent asleep, which means that if you live to 90, then 32 years will have been spent entirely asleep,”(Foster). This is a strong logical appeal because it draws the audience in, making them curious about these statistics. The audience begins to connects this statistic to Foster’s claim and starts to question why if sleep was not so important, why such a great amount of time is spent sleeping. Foster confirms their internal questioning by stating what the “32 years is telling us is that sleep at some level is important,” and proceeds to say, “yet, for most of us, we don’t give sleep a second thought. We throw it away,”(Foster).
Foster never uses his own ethos to support his statements. Though it was not blatantly apparent he never used ethos, the audience would have to look Russell Foster up to find out he is a neuroscientist. However, Foster uses Thomas Edison’s ethical appeal as a counter-argument to his claim. Edison thought “sleep is a criminal waste of time and a heritage from our cave days,”(Foster). In present day, Edison’s light bulb is still in use. Foster gives more examples from a variety of well-known people then says of these examples, sleep seems like it is “a complete waste of time, right? Wrong. Actually, sleep is an incredibly important part of our biology, and neuroscientists are beginning to explain why it’s so very important,”(Foster). Foster’s use of this Aristotelian appeal is unethical and hard to follow, however, the fact that he then used neuroscientists today to prove this point did offer some appeal to make up for the strong counter argument.
Foster did not seem to use pathos at any time in his argument. His humor and joking around that his prop brain was “donated by a social scientist, and they said they didn’t know what it was or indeed, how to use it,” could have been viewed as pathos, but it was rather a good natured but obviously offensive comment that the audience did not fail to understand (Foster). Foster’s attempts to use pathos ultimately failed in this TED Talk, but were not completely lost on the audience.
Although Foster begins the TED Talk by effectively persuading his audience of why it is important to sleep, he loses audience’s attention in the end, where he most needs to grasp it. To ensure he completes his argument with evidence and sends the audience home with a message to think about, he instead jokes around with sarcasm and pokes at other scientists’ work. Foster had the capability to have seriously driven home his point if he had not joked around so many times. Though it was entertaining, his point that sleep was the most important behavioral experience that humans have was lost in the midst of his humor.