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Shaking it Off

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Shaking it Off     
抛开无谓的烦恼

By Wang Yifei (王怡菲), a 7th grader at Zhengzhou Middle School 

People always like to make friends with someone who have the same hobby as themselves. After becoming a middle school student, I made friends with some people and the good thing is, we all like English songs, we are all fans of Tylor Swift, and we are all crushing on Justin Bieber. It seems harmless to have a little liking for one subject. We sometimes sit together humming Blank Space or What Makes You Beautiful.

     I’m one of those dorks who only like the singers and the song, and I don’t really have the money and the time to see a concert or just mainly buy some posters of them to hung over the plain walls of my bedroom. Some friend of mine has a huge collection of posters of all the singers and songs she like. And she actually gave me a few. Man they were good.

     I never thought that songs might have some bad affections to us. To me, life is like what Miley Cyrus sings in her song Climb. Our life only means something when we are working hard for our goal. Life is not about reaching one destiny after another. What matters the most is the way to your destiny. And I think that’s brilliant. But I really sensed something was wrong about one of my friends, Maria, when she started becoming really quiet.

     Maria was the kind of person who won’t shut up even if you wished she would. She was always joking, and laughing. Nothing would annoy her. Even if she was indeed angry, she would shake it off pretty quickly. None of us really put Maria’s change on our mind. After all, everyone gets a little down when you only scored 78 on a math test.

     But things got a little worse when Maria was silent even on the class. One day, I caught her with tears shinning in her eyes. “What’s wrong with you?” I asked in mild surprise. Even if the math test might came as a blow on the head, it was not like the end of the world. Maria shook her head and sighed. She actually SIGHED! Like an eighty year old person crying over her miserable life. “Geez, you sure do have a lot of stuff on your mind.” I said, patting her back.

Then I suddenly got it, it was not about the math test but about Jackson. A few days ago Maria told everyone who would listen about this brilliant guy in her class and she had been trying to get his attention ever since. Now it looks like it isn’t working so well. “It’s about Jackson, right?” I asked gently.

Maria nodded, choking on every word, “I… made…sure that I’ve got re…red lips about rosy ch…ch…cheeks. But he never noticed me! I was thinking about him al…all the time, and I messed up on my ma…math test, and he would annoy me even more because I can’t even get a decent grade!”

I had to fight down the urge of laughing and say “Yeah right” to her. “Are you sure this really happened, because it sounded like a Wildest Dreams settings to me.” I joked. Apparently, I said the wrong thing at the wrong time, for Maria once again burst into floods of tears.

After Maria had stopped crying, I was lost in one’s thought. Surely, the songs we like are nice and catchy. But they might be a little too grown up for us. The songs are always about love, jealousy and so on. The melody is awesome, but the lyrics really could have some bad influence on one’s mind. For example, I couldn’t stop thinking about teenage love when I finished hearing Love Story, wishing that it would be as romantic as Romeo and Juliet. But I like those encouraging songs better, so I’m not really into those stuff as Maria had.

Nowadays, lots of people are mad into songs of Tylor and other singers. Their songs are always a hit, but for teenage groups, studying is the most important thing on our minds. We don’t have any extra time and energy to think about who our prince charming would be. Love, is like a chocolate with wine inside it. The chocolate is nice, but the wine could get people drunk easily.

We should have our own sense of deciding which kind of stuff suits us. We shouldn’t just hear what other people think and do what they like. For all I know, that could end up very bad.

I said to Maria, “It doesn’t really matter if Jackson noticed you or not. Anyway, what do you say if we do the math test again and see how much we had improved?”

The sunlight was warm and bright. After all, life for us is busy enough without those stupid worries about the boy you like doesn’t like you. As long as we work hard, we would always receive an unexpected surprise.

(848 words)

Note: This composition was originally written on Oct. 23, 2016,and published in my dad's QQ space with his introduction going as the follows:

这个周末的作业菲儿昨天晚上完成了,今天上午心情轻松地写了篇英文作文,用时40分钟左右。这篇作文提到了流行歌曲的负面影响,并且认识到Love is like a chocolate with wine inside it. The chocolate is nice, but the wine could get people drunk easily.,实为难得。虽然bugs还不少,但整体而言还是非常不错的一篇作文。

(Opinions of the writer in this blog don't represent those of China Daily.)


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Reply Report voice_cd 2017-2-13 11:20
thanks for sharing your story here, we would like to highlight it on the homepage.
Reply Report saver 2017-2-13 16:59
hi,see you again.happy new year.i want to know which training school you studied in .i want to let my daughter attend.when did you start to learn english
Reply Report SunnyWang2004 2017-2-13 17:22
saver: hi,see you again.happy new year.i want to know which training school you studied in .i want to let my daughter attend.when did you start to learn engl ...
You mean my English learning, don't you? I haven't enrolled any training class. My dad teaches me. I learnt it from the 2nd semester of my primary school.
Reply Report SunnyWang2004 2017-2-13 17:23
voice_cd: thanks for sharing your story here, we would like to highlight it on the homepage.
thanks
Reply Report HailChina! 2017-2-14 03:51
My favourite Taylor Swift song is called Both of Us. Every other Taylor Swift song that I have heard seems to be mean spirited or not age appropriate for children. I think the most inappropriate Taylor Swift song is called Say You'll Remember Me. It is a very terrible song and not a good thing for young girls to be hearing if they want to be strong and have dignity.

The song Shake it Off annoys me greatly because if I asked Taylor Swift to please be a better role model for young girls I think she would call me a hater and then sing Shake it Off at me.
Reply Report HailChina! 2017-2-14 03:55
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Dkg2qidDrJc
Reply Report saver 2017-2-14 13:14
a great father
Reply Report Gayle 2017-2-24 08:05
Once again I am amazed by you.  You are very perceptive in noticing how media can affect us and not always in a healthy way.  Most adults I know don't have any insight about that, much less do I see children have any awareness of it.
Reply Report SunnyWang2004 2017-2-24 17:54
HailChina!: My favourite Taylor Swift song is called Both of Us. Every other Taylor Swift song that I have heard seems to be mean spirited or not age appropriate  ...
I agree with you. Some of the lyrics are to grown up for kids. I actually liked Wildest dreams, because I think the melody is beautiful. But yeah, I guess I will have a better understanding about it when I'm like twenty or something.
Reply Report SunnyWang2004 2017-2-24 17:58
Gayle: Once again I am amazed by you.  You are very perceptive in noticing how media can affect us and not always in a healthy way.  Most adults I know don't ...
I like singing a lot and I have attened a chorus. Our teacher played the "Shake it Off" to us and I was crazy about it once. We thought it showed freedom and it tells us not to care too much about how other people's opion of you.

But the lyrics are alwasy a little strange for students at my age and my friend happened to be affected from it. And that's when I began to be aware of the bad effects from an inappropriate song....
Reply Report HailChina! 2017-2-24 21:28
SunnyWang2004: I agree with you. Some of the lyrics are to grown up for kids. I actually liked Wildest dreams, because I think the melody is beautiful. But yeah, I g ...
I guess songs mean different things to different people hey. I probably got this one wrong. It does have a nice melody. Taylor Swift music is very fun and yeah I dont think the words matter much at all, as long as it is good to dance to and fun.  Another Taylor Swift song that I like is Love Story. It has a good melody too. And yeah Shake it Off is cool, it is impossible not to like it.
Reply Report Gayle 2017-2-26 01:35
"And that's when I began to be aware of the bad effects from an inappropriate song...."

That is why I am impressed, because most children (even most adults) would not even think to question what they are being taught by a song.  The world needs people who think and question!
Reply Report SunnyWang2004 2017-2-26 11:30
HailChina!: I guess songs mean different things to different people hey. I probably got this one wrong. It does have a nice melody. Taylor Swift music is very fun ...
Yeah, guess so.
Reply Report SunnyWang2004 2017-2-26 11:33
Gayle: "And that's when I began to be aware of the bad effects from an inappropriate song...."

That is why I am impressed, because most children ( ...
Questioning is very important, this world could not move forward if it weren't for those who are brave enough to ask questions and try to answer them...
Reply Report HailChina! 2017-2-26 11:59
SunnyWang2004: Yeah, guess so.
There are better things to worry about than Taylor Swift lyrics probably hey. I can't tell if I am agreeing or disagreeing with your blog now. I agree that Taylor Swift songs can be a bad influence on young people but I also agree that if the lyrics are not age appropriate then there is not much to worry about because most young people will not understand anyway. So I guess we agree. I think that you should give yourself more credit though -  Taylor Swift songs are not exactly Shakespeare are they? You obviously understand Taylor Swifts lyrics well enough to suggest that they could have a negative influence on some young people and a lot of so-called adults don't even notice that. You are obviously very smart for your age. Anyway, good blog.

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