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#1 (permalink) Sun Aug 22, 2010 16:51 pm   Essay:Our past experiences shape the way we look at people and the world aroundus 

Our past experiences shape the way we look at people and the world around us. What are some of the experiences that have shaped your outlook and the way you live now.

As far as I am concerned , going to a different country and being betrayed by a friend ,although these two does not have anything in common, can really change your view, your understanding of the surrounding world,the people around you and the way you live now. Let's take, for example, my country - Bulgaria. You can see the various differences between my culture and that of, for instance, the Italians. People in Italy are honest, friendly, supportive, while here you can see only people who are envious and want to harm you and I really hate to stoop to that. Italians have changed my view toward people. Since I last visited Italy, I always try to be a better person, I always set goals and achieve them.

And being betrayed by a friend, I do not really want to talk about that. The past experiences can teach you more. I am glad I can turn back and see what I did wrong and what I can improve now.

And one more thing. Having gained a better success with girls I have become a better person. What I mean is that now I know how to create an emotional connection with them , since they are very emotional human beings. I know how to treat a girl, what to do to make her happy and all that because of my past experiences. I always learn. No one is born with inherited intelligence. And now I bemoan the fact that I suffer from a very rare disease called "romanticism".

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#2 (permalink) Sun Aug 22, 2010 18:41 pm   Essay:Our past experiences shape the way we look at people and the world arou 

Our past experiences shape the way we look at people and the world around us. What are some of the experiences that have shaped your outlook and the way you live now.

As far as I am concerned , going to a different country and being betrayed by a friend(.) Although these two DO not have anything in common, IT can really change your view, your understanding of the surrounding world,the people around you and the way you live now. Let's take, for example, my country - Bulgaria. You can see the various differences between my culture and that of, for instance, the Italians. People in Italy are honest, friendly, supportive, while here you can see only people who are envious and want to harm you and I WOULD really hate to stoop to that. Italians have changed my view toward people. Since I last visited Italy, I always try to be a better person, I always set goals and achieve them.

Being betrayed by a friend; I do not really want to talk about that. The past experiences can teach you more. I am glad I can turn back and see what I did wrong and what I can improve now.

And one more thing. Having gained a better success with girls I have become a better person. What I mean is that now I know how to create an emotional connection with them , since they are very emotional human beings. I know how to treat a girl, what to do to make her happy and all that because of my past experiences. I always learn. No one is born with inherited intelligence. And now I bemoan the fact that I suffer from a very rare disease called "romanticism".
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Very good Tedo, although your punctuation at the beginning was all wrong.

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#3 (permalink) Mon Aug 23, 2010 8:29 am   Essay:Our past experiences shape the way we look at people and the world aroundus 

Thank you Kitosdad.
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Past Experiences Shape Identity Essay

“Past Experiences Shape Identity”

Many believe that whatever situations have happened in the past should be left in the past. To others, the past holds a special place in their hearts because it has helped in shaping the person they have become today. One should always appreciate his or her ancestors and the struggles they have gone through throughout history such as slavery in order to bring us to where we are today. Though negativity can affect past experiences one should not dwell on it, but learn to move forward and look for the positive aspects of life. Without the past there wouldn’t be any great myths, any personal memories, and nothing for our future generations to learn from. Past experiences also helps people to learn from their mistakes in the past so they will know not to repeat them. One should also remember the good memories that the past has brought forth and should learn to appreciate them and the people who helped us to gain them. (Maya Angelou, author of the excerpt “Mary”, Zora Neal Hurston, author of the essay “How it feels to be colored me”, Gwendolyn Brooks, author of the poems “Sadie and Maud” along with “We Real Cool”, and Annie Proloux, author of the essay “The half Skinned Steer”, proves that through past experiences, whether negative or positive, the memories or struggles that people have encountered influences the way that people live their lives in the future and helps in shaping the individuals identity.)
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