Awesome Moments

Our “Awesome Moments” section is where teen writers share their experiences of connection with others and their world. We invite you to read some of the Awesome Moments from current and recent issues of KidSpirit Magazine, and to submit your Awesome Moment to us!

Yellow: The Feeling of Mindfulness

by Olivia Bailey

It’s Thursday, the best day of the week, no question. Thursday is the day my mindfulness group meets, which means that at 11:15 a.m. I get to leave my classes and escape the overwhelming social life of a 12-year-old. Instead, I spend 30 minutes with my amazing mindfulness teacher, Mrs. Parr, doing things that actually

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The Joy of Giving: A Meaningful Legacy

by Akanksha Kudal

In 1956, a small village named Indana, in Rajasthan, India, was suffering from severe drought. The land was parched, which left people jobless as agriculture was the main occupation. The village was home to my mother’s grandfather, a very rich man who owned a cotton business. He possessed acres of fields and lived in a

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Creating an Internal Vacation

by Vanita Sharma

I licked the last drops of stracciatella gelato, savoring my third cup of the day. Across the mesmerizing blue lake, the Alps encompassed the horizon. I looked around for my mom and saw her lingering at a little broken wooden table full of necklaces and handmade mirrors. We were in Varenna, Lake Como, Italy. A

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One Desert Night

by Lila Hazan

The hotel is a quaint place, all second-hand mattresses and sand pushed into corners. The sun-bleached peeling paint coats the walls and ceilings of the small cottages, and the half-melted tarmac road slithers through the dunes. The sky is a vast, vibrant blue that stretches from horizon to horizon, and the few clouds that bumble

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The Wonder of Magic

by Khoi Bui

Allow me to start off by asking you something: Have you ever seen a magic show? If so, I hope it was a good one, because I’d like you to remember the feeling you had while you were there — that feeling of amazement and wonder, the intrigue that built as your mind was boggled and

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On Dinner Parties and Self-Worth

by Noorjehan Asim

The moment I sat down at the dinner table, a little voice in my head began to scream. My instincts told me to run, but my body ignored them. I remained glued to the posh furniture that lined the hallway. Dining with Mr. Richard Olson, the U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan, was bound to be harrowing

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Shut Up, Legs

by Oscar Luckett

Maybe it was because I was only seven years old, but my patience level was near zero. When my dad finally came around the bend of that Montauk road, the crowd cheered. Everyone was cold and exhausted, even the spectators waiting to cheer on their own significant athlete as they whizzed past. All the built-up excitement,

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Soldier of Peace

by Nimai Agarwal

A dozen fridge-sized speakers hung from the ceiling; giant screens magnified the faces of the presenters as more than a thousand people stared expectantly at the stage. I craned my neck to see the next presenter, when a middle-aged South-African man walked up to the lectern. The event was stretching into the night, and I

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by Maria Christian

Can’t you hear the voices in the wind? That’s what I wondered while we wandered through the streets. Can’t you see their stories, the private ones they try to hide? And maybe it was an odd thing to think while gazing at tanning beach beauties, all tendon and muscle and dark patches of skin. Or

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My Island Escape

by Elizabeth Ralph

The thing about islands is that when you are on one, you are apart from the real world. It’s a way to escape from everyday life and merge into a whole different place. Bustins Island is that for me. It brings me into a world with no worries and the ability to do anything that

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