It has now been three weeks since I began my DS106 class, and things have only gotten crazier by the day. Don’t get me wrong: I am feeling more comfortable with my weblog, and all of the accessories that come with it, and I still don’t feel like any questions have to be asked at the moment. Thankfully, I managed to get everything done on time, and with the greatest of efforts to date, as the evidence will prove shortly.
Over the course of this week, I asked myself what storytelling was, used the Vonnegut method on 1984’s The Karate Kid, walked 3,000 miles to fall down at my new door, did my best impression of Nash Bozard, provided constructive criticism for my fellow students, retold the legend of Miss Baltimore Crabs, cheered up another of my classmates with nothing but the truth, spoke of how the human condition provokes a war of attrition, and brought up more childhood memories for you to enjoy. Also, this happened.
My favorite assignment of the week was figuring out how The Karate Kid fit into the “Shape of Stories.” It was interesting to see how much of a “Cinderella story” the movie was, especially when I stopped and thought about all the similarities between the two tales. Daniel’s infamous leg injury could easily be the “missing glass slipper” moment of the film, to say nothing of Johnny, his sensei, and the other students of Cobra Kai resembling the evil stepsisters and stepmother. If anything, The Karate Kid is a modern, more realistic version of Cinderella, because “Daniel-san” had to earn his right to stop the bullying at his school from continuing, not just wish upon a star for it to happen.
The takeaway from all of this is short, but sweet: As long as I don’t lose focus of the important things in life, I won’t feel like I’ve let anybody, much less myself, down. Given my on-again, off-again confidence issues, there are times that I do things with my heart in the right place, but in the eyes of others, they couldn’t be more wrong. To make a long story short, what’s good for the goose may not always be good for the gander. While it’s okay to speak out if there are flaws in someone else’s plans, it also isn’t right to act like you’re the only one who knows what they’re doing. I’ll make sure to keep that in mind with future tasks, provided that I don’t end up too stressed out, with my own scheduling conflicts, to stay in check.
This week may have felt like it gave me more tasks than usual, but before you stands the fruit of my labor for Week Three. Thank you for reading my latest summary, and I sincerely hope to see you all again, with future installments in tow.