The Similarities And Differences Of Martin Luther King Jr. And Malcolm X

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I can write about anything else. I can write about the similarities and differences between Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X. I can write about the use of Anglo-Saxon language in my favorite folk epic Beowulf. I can even write a haiku, you name it, the subject could range from Donald Trump’s hair to the hopeful return of Michael Phelps in Tokyo 2020. Anything at all. Yet, to ask me define myself is a daunting task because I am still trying to figure out who I am.
I am envious of people that know what it is exactly they want to pursue and the means in how they will accomplish their dreams. As college approaches, questions about what major, occupation, and field I want to pursue are no longer unwarranted and have suddenly become appropriate.
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The definition of charisma can vary. Oxford Dictionaries defines charisma as the “compelling attractiveness or charm that can inspire devotion in others.” My older sister defines someone charismatic as the “first person you can think of that you wouldn’t mind being stuck in an elevator with for hours.” My own outlook on charisma differs, and it starts with a sparkling New Year’s Eve. At the end of every year, people’s eyes are always illuminated with hope and promise; however, their resolutions for a better year vanish when they face adversities in their lives. I have found that the times of great hardship rely on an attitude of aura and optimism. Trials are encountered every day; whether it is my track team struggling as our coach screams to run faster or it is my best friend calling on the phone crying because her parents are getting a divorce, the theme never ceases to repeat itself. People depend on other people. People underestimate the power of a smile or a joke, but in truth, their powers are immeasurable. For as long as I can remember, I have constantly strived to be the go-to person for my peers because if I could make someone’s day just a little bit better, then it genuinely makes life gratifying, and as American actor and charity worker Misha Collins once said, “We are going to conquer this world. One random act …show more content…
The crowd generously cheers as I exit, and with a smile on my face, I gently place my guitar in its case and go home to rest because the next day awaits another performance. Ultimately, my life is a series of different performances. Each song that I play possesses its own unique rhythms and strumming patterns, but the chord progression remains the same. Each task that I take on includes its own circumstances and barriers, but the attributes remain the same. Although I continue to grow and strive to determine my identity, I recognize that these three reliable chords represent the three qualities I possess: determination, charm, and versatility. As I have grown, these three characteristics have grown and delineated within me, and for years, I have depended on and succeeded with these qualities. However, it is imperative to not settle for these three traits alone. Therefore, to this day, I continue to escape my comfort zone in order to attain and learn new admirable qualities that would make me a better person. I remain curious on the road ahead; it is still not clear what kind of person I will become or what kind of career I will pursue. However, I can guarantee that with what the qualities I possess now, I am prepared to embark upon any unfamiliar plight and face adversity in order to attain the unprecedented reward of acquiring knowledge that would allow me to become the best version of myself that can help

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