When I was making my personal geography, I though it was very singular to me, that I was the only person who thought these sarcastic, self-deprecating things, but while presenting, I realized that most of the other students related to me and my stress over school, college, and the future. My knowledge, which I thought was very personal, turned out to be shared between every other person in my class. We have all struggled with that spiral when you drive by West Georgia, the promise you continually make to yourself that "I will never go there". As high school students, our community is based around the fact we are all just struggling till college, something I had never realized before.
One personal geography that stood out to me was Nykia's. She, instead of taking that path of "this is a map of my brain", decided to map her life, including the paths that she has not yet taken. I loved this visualization of her life because it represents some of the same things mine does, but does so in a way that provides an answer to her problems instead of just jokingly complaining about them. Her map represented her successes and failures as paths to be taken, a map to follow, a kind of representation of fate. No matter what, the map of her life will always lead her the same way. That representation of faith was calming to me because it resolved all of the stresses that are shown in my map. We both showed the things that made us on our maps, me with my family and books, and Nykia with the path of her life, but the positive spin that she placed on her map made me comforted and happy.
All of our maps, in the end, were a very accurate representation of who we are as humans. I tend to ignore my problems and make fun of them until they come to a head and I have a tiny mental breakdown. Nykia's showed an acceptance of fate and an optimistic point of view, something that I need to learn how to do. The personal geography forced me to notice my failings in dealing with my problems, but but it also accurately taught me how to solve them.