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How To Be the Real You.

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It’s funny that I happened to stumble upon this video today because I was just thinking about this topic. Social Media. It is something that everyone has and everyone craves. The immediate satisfaction and understanding between two people, or more if you choose.

For me, social media is an important aspect to my life. I have learned through social media different tools that help me throughout my daily life. If any of you follow me on Instagram or twitter you know that I do not really care what anyone thinks about me and generally I do not follow many social “rules”.

Sometimes, however, I get so obsessed with seeing how many likes my picture has received or how many people followed me today that I forget to live my life. I came to the realization just over a year ago about how much of my life revolves around technology. To be honest, it is scary!

Being a teenager is hard. You are constantly being judged in every aspect of your life. We forget to just be ourselves. In a world where everything is so immediate, we loose the intimate feel. The most important piece of advice someone gave me when I was struggling with self-image is that no one is really judging you. No one cares how many people text you or how many followers you have- thats irrelevant. Just be yourself and enjoy your life- that is when people really start to look into you. If you are sitting on your phone then people will walk right past you without a second glance.

Be interesting. Be authentic. Be unique. Be you.

G xx

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Like the Movies

As I was driving in my car tonight, the song “Not Like the Movies” by Katy Perry came on. In this song she is stating about how her love is not like the movies, but that is how it should be. I beg to differ. As I looked back on my day, and compared it to the lives of average girls in movies, there were not many similarities.

First of all, I was not attending some big party. Granted it is a Wednesday on the first day of Easter break, but still I think its pretty fun. I went to a pizzeria, sat with friends, laughed, and ate a salad. Now, I am sitting at my desk eating some raw chocolate and blogging. I don’t really see the problem with that.

You see, today girls think that they always have something to prove. Like there is someone constantly watching over them deciding what is cool and what isn’t. Why aren’t we staying true to ourselves and just doing what we want to? At the end of the day, nothing you experience is going to be like a fictional movie because this is real life: it is going to be better. Who needs Lloyd Dobler raising a radio over his head in order to show his love? I don’t!

We as humans strive to be different, so accept that. Don’t think that just because your life isn’t depicted in a show or movie means it is not interesting, because it is. The human experience is bizarre, it has no true definition. So who said being healthy isn’t cool? Because I know first hand that it is :) Life isn’t like the movies, nor will it ever be. Be true to yourself because in your heart you know what makes you different then those girls you see on tv.

G xx

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Thoughts

Right now, I am at that stage in life where I don’t have to make any decisions right now as of what I want to do but I have to start thinking about them.

My theory is not too look to far down the road because we don’t know where that road is going to take us. We don’t know the obstacles that may appear or the re-routing that we have no control over. If you think too far you can’t comprehend changing your goal, and if you don’t think at all you are not ready for the possibilities. We just have to embrace it, whatever “it” may be.

I read this passage in a book for class the other day and I thought it was worth sharing: “We are, basically, programmed to believe in something that doesn’t exist, because we are living creatures: we don’t want to suffer. So we spend all our energy persuading ourselves that there are things that are worthwhile and that that is why life has meaning.”

Young Adults are often known for giving their parents a hard time because they are confused with themselves. Although I know those allegations may be true, I have a different outlook. Whatever your body feels at that moment, don’t hide it. If you want to feel happy: be happy. If you want to be sad: be sad. Don’t take it too far and bring your whole day down, but allow yourself to feel those feelings and move on with your life. This will allow you to find meaning in not only others, but yourself.

Life means more then the pictures on Facebook and fake smiles in front of friends. When we spend years pondering the meaning of life, we forget to listen to others opinions and theories, we just want to find it ourselves. There have been many  quotes passed around for centuries. We listen to the Dalai Lama, Aristotle, Gandhi, Benjamin Franklin, even Dr. Suess yet we still don’t comprehend the meaning.

Nikki Reed once said: “Giving meaning to things leads us straight into our peaks of happiness, and our valleys of sorrow. We can’t survive without meaning, simply because it gives us a purpose.”

Everyday we should strive to be our best selves. We should forgive and let go. If you stop and embrace the 60 degree weather, you found meaning. If you watch the ones you love talk about something their passionate about, you found meaning. Even if you are watching tv and watch someone win a gold medal, you found meaning.

Find meaning in the small rather than the big. We often are so caught up in life to appreciate how far we have come. Look forward to the future, remember the past, and above all be yourself, because everyone else is taken.

G xx

A Day to Play.

Today is MLK day. To those naive students, it is a day where everyone in the United States does not have to go to school. Public and Private schools. To other citizens it is a day to remember the man who changed the social views of western culture. Without him, there would still be discrimination in our world.

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy”

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that”

“It is no longer a choice between violence and nonviolence in this world; it’s nonviolence or nonexistence. That is where we are today.”

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

All these quotes are ones that I have read today: on twitter, instagram, and pintrest.

Martin Luther King Jr. has lead so many people in this country to not only stand up for themselves, but  to create change for something they believe in. Without MLK, would this gay right movement be going on? Would those people have the COURAGE and STRENGTH to stand up for themselves?

It’s a day of honor. A day of rest. A day to reflect, but above all: a day to act our best. Treat everyone you encounter with respect, not only today but always.

G xx