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 small moment that has changed your perspective.
Allison Stein, Editor-in-Chief and Poetry Editor: For as long as I can remember, my parents have empowered me with the confidence that I can overcome challenges. However, the most powerful moment of encouragement was simply a small memory: On my first day of kindergarten, I was nervous to enter a new stage in my life and meet new friends, but my mom put those worries to rest with a locket that held her picture. Even at a young age, I knew that, by remembering the people who believed in me, I could persevere. Sometimes the subtlest gestures have the most lasting impacts.
Ryan Traynor, Editorial Advisor: I started reading to preschool children in a disadvantaged area of my city once a week. At the end of the year I was able to give them a free book. I could tell from the way these children held the books in their arms and looked at me with thankful eyes, that this was the first book they had ever owned. This small moment made me realize how valuable reading is towards self-confidence. It inspired me to make an effort to put books into the hands of every child who needs one. So far I have collected and handed out over 35,000 books.
Sarina Patel, Jr. Assistant Editor and Comic Hub Co-Editor: One day, I was biking in my neighborhood and rushed past an elderly woman, who watched me go and even smiled at me while talking on her phone. The fact that I, this nameless and faceless person (to a woman who saw me pass by), was able to stay in her thoughts and pass through her life for one moment was amazing. It made me realize that all people live their own complex lives, and sometimes, when we get the privilege of interrupting someone else’s state of existing, we shouldn’t just assume that he or she has no story to tell just because that person is watching ours unfold. I now strive to not only understand and respect the stories of others but to be an active and positive part of them as well.
Emma Kuske, Book Review Editor: I play soccer, and I am a goalie. But when I guest play for other teams, I enjoy playing different positions. When I play in the field, I understand how tired one can get and how hard it is for players to do things that look easy. Whenever I get frustrated with some of my teammates, I always remember how I felt in their positions and give them a little slack.
Ashley Lin, Nonfiction Editor and Adult Spotlight Interviewer: A small moment that has changed my perspective is when someone once told me he had all the things he needed to be happy: family, friends, and a job following his life’s passion. This person might not have been the richest, might not have be the most intellectual—but his heart was fulfilled. As a student, I often let my life dangle between the throes of homework and school obligations. So many have told me the key to a “happy” life is to get good grades, go to a good college, get a good husband. Seeing a person so at peace with a humble life has completely changed my perspective; happiness can be found in the smallest of things when we stop taking them for granted. Slow down, and enjoy it!
Salma Danuningrat, AK! Fiction Editor: Towards the beginning of middle school, I remember having this weird mindset that the key to being a great person was that everybody who knew you had to like you in any way possible. It became my personal mission to get everybody to like me, which after a while became quite tiring. It only took me a couple years and one small moment during eighth grade camp to change my perspective on the meaning of a good person and to realize that, in reality, no matter how kind or respectful you are, there will always be someone who just won’t appreciate it (and it absolutely isn’t your fault).