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Senior Tries Living by Wisdom of Fortune Cookies

I’m not the biggest fan of Chinese food. I hate half of the traditional Chinese meals, and one time Panda Express gave me extreme food poisoning – but we’re not going to go into that.  My favorite part of the whole experience is opening the fortune cookie at the end that is supposed to tell what the future has in store for the reader. After hearing about a guy from Kansas City named Matt Kelsey who has made it his goal to open a fortune cookie each day of 2011 and do what it says, I decided I was going to do my own miniature version of just that: I would open a fortune cookie for five days this week and see how it would affect my life.

Day 1: A stranger around you will soon become a friend.
When I opened this fortune this morning, I was very hesitant. I knew I would have to get out of my comfort zone to meet someone new if I was going to actually make a new friend today. I had a feeling random stranger on the street wouldn’t just walk up to me and become my friend. If that did happen, that would be weird…and creepy because not very often, or ever, do people just start casual conversation with a stranger with hope of becoming friends. So tonight, when I went to work out at the YMCA, I was determined to make a friend. The girl next to me on the elliptical looked nice. She looked about 20, was watching E! News (a show I watch religiously) and had a smile on her face. I started up casual conversation. I said, “Hi!” and she responded awkwardly with a hesitant “Hey…” I mentioned the Charlie Sheen debacle, which was the current story on her personal TV, and her one word responses consisting of “Yeah” and a quick giggle made me realize she didn’t want to talk to me. I was about to get off the machine and move due to the awkward tension, but she beat me to it. My attempt to turn a stranger into a friend actually just made me a creep.

Day 2: Others take notice of your radiance. Share your happiness.
There is nothing I hate more then pessimistic people. Not that I never complain, but when people are consistently saying negative phrases like “This sucks,” it makes me furious. After I opened this, I decided I was going to be optimistic all day to spread happiness. It wasn’t hard during the school day, since everyone was so ecstatic about for the Rockhurst vs. East basketball game, and the Chick-fil-a competition had everyone filled with excitement, so I didn’t have to act too different. Then, that night at the game, we found out we lost to the Rockhurst in the Chick-fil-a challenge. Then, we lost the varsity game by one point. Normally after such a close loss, I would’ve been really upset.  When the football season ended in the first round of the playoffs, I ended up in tears as my friend and I drove home in silence. This time, it was different. I looked at the whole situation positively by thinking about how Coaches vs. Cancer still raised over $750 and East students contributed almost half of the money raised. And even though we lost, the game was still a blast and we didn’t get killed–it was just a one point loss. I’m not sure if being happy all day affected anyone besides myself, but I’m glad I opened this fortune on this day.

Day 3: This year, your highest priority will be your family.
Opening this the morning of day three was very coincidental. I planned on spending the afternoon with all of the girls in my extended family to celebrate my birthday and my cousin’s birthday, and random family gatherings like this never happen. With everyone in my family being busy with work, sports and friends, major holidays are usually the only time we get to see each other. The fact that I opened this fortune on this day freaked me out. It was definitely a wake-up call. The day we spent together was much needed, and a blast. We ate lunch at the Cheesecake Factory and talked for a couple hours. I was able to spend time with people I only get to see three times a year. It made me realize that spending time with my family should be a higher priority than it has been and that I need to take the time to plan days like this more often. This fortune was dead-on.

Day 4: A project you have in mind will soon gain momentum.
Due to extreme laziness and a huge case of senior-itis, my senior paper has somewhat been put on the back burner since the start of this semester. I copped out by choosing two books that I had already read. Doing this made me even more behind, because my mindset was, “Aubrey you don’t have to start your research today because you have already read your books,” which ultimately made me start almost a month later then I should have.  When I opened this fortune cookie this morning, I knew it was a sign that I needed to get a huge chunk of research for this paper done today. I spent all of the late morning and early afternoon annotating, finding sources and writing my note cards. This fortune couldn’t have come at a better time because I know that if I hadn’t opened it, I would’ve found some excuse to put off doing work for this paper even more. The project definitely gained momentum; this fortune worked in a mysterious way because I probably wouldn’t have gained any at all if the tiny piece of paper hadn’t reminded me.

Day 5: Today is a lucky day for those who remain cheerful and optimistic.
When I opened this fortune on day five it made me laugh. How much more luck can you get then having a snow day? So yes, I would consider this a lucky day. Yesterday, everyone was questioning if we would have the day off or not and saying things like, “I bet the storm goes north of us and we get two inches.” But I remained positive. Remaining cheerful and optimistic has definitely paid off. Even though there was two feet of snow surrounding my slug-bug, which makes it virtually impossible for me to leave my house, I had the opportunity to catch up on a few things, including the pressing amount of DVR I had to watch. Any day where I can be lazy and watch TV all day is a lucky day for me.

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