By the Amazing Kids! Staff
Want to know a little more about the Youth Staff at Amazing Kids! Magazine? Check out our Q&A with some of the staff members; their responses to the question of the month are below!
Q: Describe a moment when you learned an important lesson in your life?
Ryan Traynor, Editor-in-Chief: I learned a valuable lesson when I decided to allow someone I had not particularly liked to work with in grade school to join a club I ran in high school. In the few years since our initial working together, this person had grown in maturity and skills and ended up being an extremely valuable member of the team. I learned to give people a second chance. It is possible that they have learned something from their past mistakes or I had been quick to judge them in the past. Giving friendships another chance can yield some wonderful friends.
Allison Stein, Assistant Editor and Poetry Editor: One experience that changed my life was my decision to get to know someone I had previously known solely through others’ opinions. Once I saw beyond that bias and empathized with the stranger, I realized that his best qualities had been unstated and that, had I not silenced the stereotypes, I would never have known the kindness behind his tough exterior. He was not mean, the way everyone described him; he was merely misunderstood. When I shared this story with my grandma, she reminded me that people are not for us to judge and that sometimes these moments are meant to open our eyes. Giving strangers a chance to defy the boundary lines others place them in is not only fair; it is liberating.
Sehen Gamhewa, Comic Hub Co-Editor: A moment when I learned an important lesson in life would be the moment I first fell. When I was around 5, I think, I was running to tell my friends something and then I tripped and fell on these sharp rocks. And so, RIP Legs. Even now, after eight years, those scars are still there. Lesson learnt, life can hurt.
Avani Anil Kumar, AK Adventures and Global Village Editor: I remember visiting an old age home – a school trip. I happened to meet many people, so beaten down by life, neglected by their very own flesh and blood. I realized their pain, their wounds, their scars. It was in their tears, their longings, and their sufferings that I learnt a lesson. My beliefs on how strong a parent’s love could be, the realization that I am blessed with wonderful parents and a resolve that I would never stop caring for them, just got strengthened by that experience.
Soumya Avva, Photography Editor: Every mistake that I have made has been a teachable moment. I was anxious to apply for the position of president of Stand Up to Cancer Club because I didn’t believe in my abilities. After considering the contributions that I have made to the club and my passion for working with this organization, I decided to fill out the application. Through this experience, I learned that I should take chances even if I doubt myself.