Week two. On Thursday I can’t lie I was actually nervous about this class. We had our quiz and I did TERRIBLE. That kind of made me nervous. Then I saw my grade for this class and cried. One thing my mom always says about me is that I’m too hard on myself, but I feel like I’m the only person that can make me be the best I can. Knowing that I wasn’t at my full potential actually drove me crazy. I realized that I really had to get my stuff together when it came to this class. I spent time asking myself what went wrong and that’s when I realized that I really had to take my time and read. When I read Herodutus’ Histories for the first time I read it just to get it over with. I didn’t take my time and throughly read like I should have. I also came to terms with that with this class if I wanted to get everything I needed to get out of it that I had to put more time aside to focus on this class. On Friday, I began to reread Herodutus’ Histories. I don’t have classes on Friday’s, so I spent about three hours just rereading the story.When I read the portion of the book that we were supposed to read I still couldn’t get into the book. I don’t know what it was, but I just thought it was boring. I read through it once but realized i had to read it one more time to fully understand what was going on, so on Saturday I decided to spend another three hours reading the story again. That’s when I finally started to like Herodotus’ Histories. at first there were just so many names and it just got overwhelming for me. As I read the story it kind of reminded me of a reality television show. That’s what made me enjoy it more. The drama in the story became more intriguing. I know that kind of sounds bad, but it worked. When I thought about this hapThe pieces of the puzzle were all coming together. Comparing Herodotus’ Histories to reality tv actually made the book more fun for me. On Sunday I took a break, and spent the day on other classes. On Monday, I decided to skim it one more time just to make sure I remembered every part and would be prepared for class on Tuesday. That took me about an hour an a half. Despite class being at 8 am I truly enjoy going. Last semester I did not like my 8 am class at all. I just felt like waking up for a class that early for a class that I had no interest in was the worst. On Thursday when I left class I swore that’s how I was going to feel. Since I’m being honest I really thought I was going to hate this class. I felt like this class was going to be too much for me. I even called my mom and told her I couldn’t handle this class. When I finally got into the story it gave me a little bit more faith and confidence in this class. When I actually got into the story and was excited to go to class. I’m really shy. This means I was excited to go to class, but I most likely wasn’t going to speak. That’s something I really want to work on. I feel like that may be another thing that will hold me back no only in this class, but in life. A lot of times I want to participate, but then I raise my hand and get nervous when everyone starts to stare. On Tuesday I spoke once in class, but I can’t lie I was actually nervous. This is something I would really like to work on. I feel like if I can conquer this now it will make things a lot better for me when it comes to all areas in my life. Last class I was actually able to appreciate it more than the week because I could understand what was going on. In Journal 1 I spoke about how lost I was. I actually felt better because I knew what was going on and who all the characters were. My first week I just felt bombarded with all this information. Now that I was adjusted to how class went and what there was to expect I actually able to focus. I liked the talk we had about complacancy. I was able to compare this to my real life. I realized that in life we should never get comfortable. When we get comfortable we lose out on other opportunites. In the Herodotus’ Histories the person with power tends to get complacent and loses their power. In life, we get complacent and we lose out on some great opportunites. As humans we tend to get comfortable with how our lives are once it’s going decent. I feel like when we get comfortable with our lives we lose out on being the best we can be and growing. Tuesdays class helped me realize that i need to stay on my feet. To make this even more personal I can actually relate this back to how I felt about this class. This course is nothing like what I’m used to. I’ve become comfortable with my work and this class is something new and it’s helping me think in ways that I’ve never thought before. Tuesdays class also helped me put everything together. I also liked how you explained why we were reading this book. It helped me try and connect the book to pieces of my life and just society today. Now it’s Wednesday and I just finished reading Xenophon’s Hieron. I really enjoyed this story. I think what I liked most about it was how it was written as a dialouge. To me this made reading the story a lot more intresting. I also enjoyed the topic of the story. I like how the story speaks about power. I feel like at one point everybody wants fame and riches. They want to be the person in control. It’s kind of like today how we look up to celeberties. I like how in the conversation Hiero explains to Simonides that he experiences everything an average person does and maybe even worst. I kind of feel that way about celeberties. Due to the fact that we all look up to them their lives are under a spotlight making it harder for them to live. It’s like not only do they have to deal with their own lives, but they have to deal with people sitting and watching them. I find it funny how a lot of the things we’re reading about can still relate to what’s going on today. It’s like time changes, but people don’t. We still argue over the same things and we still idolize people. It may not be in the same terms, but it still happens. Thinking back on the discussion that we had on class last week it made me think about the way men have viewed women over time as well. Thinking about how we think times have drastically changed, yet in all actuality it’s still the same. Going back to Herodotus’ Histories, Candaules lets Gyges see his wife’s body. He just loved her so much that he wanted him to see. A women’s body is powerful. Obviously it’s had power all throughout history, so why don’t men value women like they value their bodies? As we see throughout history the role of women have changed. At one point all women were meant to was cook and have children. This is why women protest. This is the reason we have women marches. Men fail to see the power women have. I know I sound like a feminist but this really went through my head as I was reading the story and then going about my everyday. I see how on social media and just from the people around me that men don’t actually understand how important women are. I realized many men today still don’t see the value and power that a women has. When you think about it women are just as important maybe even more important when it comes to society. Without women there is no man. If the world works like this, why is that men still don’t value us? We make less then men, and now the man “in charge” is trying to control what we do with our bodies. The crazy part is men do all this, but still need us. They want us to stand by their sides and be there “until death do us part”, but don’t even value us. Reading these Herodotus’ Histories and Xenophon Hieron have just show that times haven’t really changed. Before I end my Journal I have to say I actually spent my time writing this journal. It took me over an hour to actually get my thoughts together and make sure everything made sense. I also would like to add that I find these journals very helpful. The journals help me reflect on myself and my work in this class. I also find that not only do these journals hep me reflect on myself but this class as a whole does. I rarely do this. These journals do take some time, but I feel like it’s worth it.