Welcome to my blog!

Hey, everyone! Welcome to my blog!

I figured that for my first post, it might be fun to explain the meaning behind my blog’sΒ title and share a little information about myself. The title of my blog, “Excelsior”, is a Latin word meaning, “ever-upward” or “ever-higher.” It’s also the title ofΒ a poem written by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, who has been my favorite poet ever since I was a child, that tells the story of a young man climbing up a mountain in less than ideal conditions in hopes of reaching the mountain’s peak. As he climbs up the mountain, facing many obstacles and temptations to abandon his goal of reaching the top of the mountain, the young man carries a banner that bears the word “Excelsior.” Although the young man faced others who attempted to call him away from his goal, he stayed strong, always replying to their pleas by saying, “Excelsior!” The young man ultimately died at the end of the poem, but he never gave up, even when faced with circumstances and challenges that could have caused him to quit. He lived out the word “Excelsior” and I want to do the same as this fictional, but inspiring, young man. I want to always aim to move farther in life, or, to put it a different way, to move ever upward and ever higher. I want to live the best life I can, and to never give up even when faced with challenges and temptations.

There you have it. Now, hopefully at least, you’ve been enlightened about the meaning behind the title of this blog and about how I want to live my life. Thanks for taking the time to read this, and I hope you’ll stick around! If you want to know more about me, you can check out the “About” tab at the top of the page or you can ask me questions about myself in the comments!

I hope to get back into blogging before school starts up in August, so stick around for more blogs and to hear more about my life!

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