Editor’s Note: This is a collection of Wheeling Park High School senior voices about art and beauty and how social perceptions affect young people in the 21st Century.



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Walking through life, I know I wouldn’t be where I am today without the people I’ve met. I’ve been granted the opportunity to take away some sort of lesson from each person, whether I realized it upon my meeting them or not. My soul has formed from the music I listen to, the novels I read, and the friends I make. From renowned artists to ordinary passerbys on the street, people have influenced my life and transformed my soul into what it is today.

Like film developing from a camera, my life has been a process performed by many functions, or rather, people. Film is delicate and can be easily altered, destroyed, or transformed into a lovely piece of art. I believe each person I’ve met in my life has the same capabilities. A person can easily leave a lasting impact on the formation of my soul. Artists, such as Van Gogh, have guided me through my fear of the dark by showing me how wonderful the stars can be. Fleetwood Mac showed me how to reflect upon my life without building it around just one person. My mother taught me that the right people will understand. My friends have ignited a smile in my eyes, even when I thought I was on the brink of tears.

People are meant to come and go in our lives because that is what makes us who we are. Each person I’ve met or learned of has become an everlasting piece of my soul. Whether a musical icon, a remarkable painter, or a thoughtful friend, I know they’re a part of my life for a reason.



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