Archive for November, 2013

We all know that tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day. (Yayy! Turkey leftovers for the rest of this week!)

What is Thanksgiving Day about? You might be thinking, “Well, that’s pretty self-explanatory.” Sure, it is.

But think again. Are you really thankful? Thankful for all the things you have? Or are you already thinking about your strategy for Black Friday? Thinking about going out before 6pm to buy that “amazing, new” electronic device from Wal-Mart?

Seriously. We need to pull ourselves together. I don’t believe it when a lot of people I know say, “Oh, that’s so stupid. Who would even go there to buy that?” Like I’m going to believe that. Well, get ready for the news tomorrow or Friday, people. I’m telling you, there’s gonna be a lot of crazy stuff going on.

Have I ever gone Black Friday shopping? Yes. And whenever I do go, I go around 9 or 10 just to walk around the mall to see those people who are so done with shopping. It’s funny, actually. I don’t end up buying anything huge. I did buy one or two shirts last year, but that was just about it. Black Friday, for me, isn’t really what it’s cracked up to be. I’ve seen lower prices.) If you don’t mind big crowds, shop right before Christmas. That’s when everything goes on sale. Not to mention the fun you will have on after Christmas sales. Now that’s when prices drop.)

Businesses commercialize Black Friday too much. They make us believe that we’re paying a really good price for something, which is true in some cases, but is it really what it’s cracked up to be? Do we really want to trade the time we can spend with friends and family for something that won’t even matter a year from now? What’s a few saved dollars if we can create priceless memories with the people we love?

I’m not condemning everyone who likes Black Friday shopping. But what I’m saying is we need to put our attention on being thankful. And not about stuff, stuff, stuff.

Now go forth and stuff yourselves with food (e.g. turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, pumpkin pie, you name it.) Peace to all of you. 🙂

Oh, and don’t max out your credit cards on Friday. 

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Irony of situation.

Catching Fire, the sequel of the highly-acclaimed Hunger Games movie based off Suzanne Collins’s best-selling series, is now the top movie in America. Nearly all my friends have seen it. Have I seen it yet? No. Do I want to? Most definitely, yes. What do my parents think of it? They don’t like it. “Too violent.” “A very violent concept for teens to be watching.” “Disturbing.”

Now, check this. Ever since I was seven or eight, I’d been watching boxing. World welterweight champion, Manny Pacquiao, has been fighting for what seems like forever. His fights are on the top Pay-Per-View. My family always has parties and get-togethers with family and friends to watch Pacquiao fight his opponent. We cheer even more if it’s a KO. My parents love it. They’ve even watched classic boxers such as Muhammad Ali fight back in the day. Hundreds of dollars over the years, spent watching boxing. We eat. We scream. We have fun.

See what I’m getting to?

We crave for violence. Whether we like it or not, we are hungry, crazy people who long for bloodshed.

I’m not saying that everyone loves violence. Or that violence is good. I’m saying that we are at least curious about it. We crave it. Somehow, in the deep parts of us, there is a dark side that wants to see some action, some blood.

But is it profitable? Healthy, even?

Well… not really.

Studies show that those who listen to music with lyrics involving violence or have violent tones, tend to become violent. This, I believe, is very true because I notice it with myself too. When I listen to my favorite metal bands, I tend to snap more easily at my family members. It’s kinda scary.

The bottom line that I’m getting to here is that we can’t be blinded by violence. Is it bad to watch Catching Fire or boxing matches? No. But we shouldn’t be addicted to it or else eventually we will be building up with so much violence surrounding us that it will become difficult not to become violent ourselves.

So, I leave with this: Violence in media is not altogether evil, but the love of violence is what makes it evil.

Side note: My thoughts were all over the place writing this. I hope I got my points across.

Under Pressure

Posted: November 21, 2013 in Life
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I seriously need to stop spending time on the internet. It’s eating up my time. It’s eating me ALIVEEEE!!!

Drama aside, I really should pull myself together. I’m failing Physics. I’m way behind in my studies. I can’t finish my novel. I don’t have time to do things I’ve been planning to do.

The thing is, I can’t concentrate on anything. I only do things if I feel like it. Or if someone else is watching. Or if I’m in trouble.

It’s time for me to turn the tables and set my priorities straight. I’ve been telling myself this over and over again for the past few months.

And yet, nothing has happened. ABSOLUTELY NOTHING.

I still have no idea why I’m sharing this trivial information about my life to you all, but I have no one else to dump this burden on. I’m sick and tired of telling myself that I’ll do something. When, in reality, I can’t bring myself to do it. I can’t concentrate solely on school. It shouldn’t be that hard, but it is.

I’m tired. But at the same time, I want to do something. I want to be more than just the high schooler who spends most of her time in front of her laptop. I want to excel. I want to finish my novel. I want to get to my other hobbies. Not worry about school.

College is just around the corner for me, and I’m afraid that I’ll keep going in this cycle. The cycle of going through the motions without gaining any information. It sucks.

I’ll do my best to change this. I will.

But for now, I need to share this burden.

 I hope you can pull yourself together as I try to pull myself together. Peace to you, reader.

The F-word

Posted: November 1, 2013 in Uncategorized
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No, not the curse word. The other one that we hate the most: Failure. 

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been feeling like I’m a failure. That I can’t live up to anything. That I can’t be good enough. I was one-third of a percent from qualifying for an award for school based on my SAT score. I was three questions away from passing my permit test. 

But I’ve thought of it, and failure is actually not so bad. Failure is just a detour from success. Sure, you can fail once, twice, or even more than three times, but you are always given the chance to try to succeed. No one can take that right away from you. I’m not sure if I’m saying this for you readers or for myself, but I guess this is a good lesson for all of us. I will take the SAT test again. And I will pass that permit test. It’s not the end of the road (haha, see what I did there?). Life will go on. 

Don’t let failure get in the way of success.