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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.

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Before or After?

Posted: August 14, 2013 in Uncategorized
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(Prepare for one of my random ramblings. Starting… now!) Today, a random thought hit me as I was thinking. What’s better? Before or after? 

Were things better ten years ago? How about a year ago? Five minutes ago? Or are things better now? How about five years from now? Twenty? Who’s to say, right?

Well, I thought about all the good and bad things from before and the same for after. It all ultimately depends on the individual to judge for themselves. For instance, five years ago, I wasn’t as good at drawing as I am now. And I am glad I don’t draw the way I did five years ago. Time and practice have allowed me to improve. But three years ago, I wasn’t fifteen pounds heavier than I am now, which sucks. See the pros and cons? 

But I ultimately summed it up this way: The outcome of before is always after. 

No brainer, huh?

Because I kept drawing and practicing, I got better. I was able to use the past as fuel for the future so that I can be a better artist than I am now. Regarding the weight gain, I’m working on losing those pounds by exercising and eating healthy. Those factors will definitely change what my after will look like. (I hope.)

Many times I regret saying things that I said or not saying things that I said. The immediate aftermath remains the same because it’s in the past. But you can always look forward to fix what happened before. Before remains unchangeable unless we have a time machine. Which, unfortunately, we don’t. I’d have a totally different post if that were the case. 

You can never change the before, but you can change the after. Before is a constant. After is a variable. 

At the end of the day, before and after don’t matter so much. It’s the way we react to the before and after that matters. Because we cannot change the past, doesn’t mean we can’t change the future. We can strive to pursue a different outcome. That bad season in soccer will never go away, but if your team keeps going for it and wins the next three championships, will the bad season matter as much? Maybe a little, but the three championships will make up for it. People will overlook that bad season because it’s the past. Three great seasons against one bad one. 

So I think I’ve answered my question while typing this out. It’s not “Before or after?” I believe it’s “What will you do to change your after?” 

I know it’s been far too long since I have posted this. Have no fear! I haven’t forgotten about you. I’ve just been horribly busy with school and other things. I will try to post more than once a week this summer so keep on the lookout for that!

I’ve already gone on vacation last week. My family visited my aunt and uncle in Jay, OK. During our stay there, I had my first experience with a jet-ski. I have to say, it was exhilarating! At first I freaked out at the idea of possibly falling off in the middle of the lake. But once I got over it, I was going 40 mph on that thing which is pretty fast for me considering that my dad only went to 30 and my mom 27. But yes. The excitement was awesome! I’m looking forward for more awesome things to come this summer!

Don’t worry, on top of talking about my life, I’ll post book reviews and stuff of such. Happy summer, everyone!!

Launch of My New Blog!

Posted: March 7, 2013 in Uncategorized
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     I am glad to announce that my new blog has now officially begun. I posted my very first topic on it. I hope you will take a look at it! I’ll still be posting on this blog, but that blog will be more formal. Oh, and thank you for the birthday greetings!

The blog is AgainstRagingCurrents.wordpress.com

Thank you, everyone!

Well, yes, it’s my birthday today! Woohoo! Sweet sixteen, as the adults say. Now I can get my permit and a job… muahahaha. I’m really happy, as you can all tell!

Okay, now that we have that aside, the exciting news! Sometime this week, I will be launching a new blog that focuses more on issues of life and the Bible. I feel that if I put my life and those subjects with this blog, it’ll get too formal and tight. You guys can suggest some topics, and I might be able to write something about it. That aside, have a great day!

ATTENTION: Popularity Disorder!

Posted: February 27, 2013 in Uncategorized

Seriously, can’t we all just lay off trying to push each other down so that we can put our sorry selves on top of the social ladder? Do we really have to go to the extents of making ourselves look as amazing as possible, buying the most expensive clothes, or doing the craziest things to get others to like us?  Is it necessary for us to ruin our tight friendships so that we can gain the highest level of accolades from our peers and become the ultimate public figure?

It is simply pathetic.

I believe that trying to gain popularity is a horrible crime that we commit, not only against other people but more importantly, ourselves.

However, having the natural tendency of human nature, we all want to be the best. We want to be on the cover of that popular magazine. We want to see ourselves in lights and have people applaud us for the amazing things that we’ve done, when in reality, we’re not even that good. Yes, I said it. We’re not that good.

No, I will not go into the we-all-make-mistakes speech, but rather I will tell you why being popular isn’t all what it’s cracked up to be and how we can change it.

First of all, our definition of popularity has become so empty. For girls, popularity is being the fashion guru around other girls and being the hottest girl that all the guys are mooning over. For guys, popularity is usually being the best athlete, having the largest muscles, and dating the hottest girls. Culture has messed up the definition for popularity so much so that I think it could be paralleled to the word good. Popularity is good. But is it worth it?

Culture is wrong.

We are hurting ourselves just trying to be popular. We strive for people’s words. Words that will become empty when one realizes that those were only a result of jealousy or blasphemy. We strive to have the best physique and starve ourselves or work ourselves to a pulp just to get the most beautiful body possible. We spend hours fixing our hair, putting make up on (for the girls), and choosing the right outfit. Sometimes, it hurts our pockets. For adults, they end up with too much on their credit cards. I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with these things, but we all do these things. Why? So that people can notice us. We all want to feel loved and respected. We like getting compliments. Who doesn’t, right?

In the long run, we end up as tired beings. We end up drained and regretful.

I’m not saying popularity is wrong, but why don’t we all just try to change the definition of popularity into something meaningful? How about we try to be popular in a different way? Do something nice. Smile at people you pass by. Try not to be involved in drama that does not include you. Talk to those without friends. You will definitely see a difference in how people look at you. I’ve seen this happen various times, and it is more effective than dressing up or doing something crazy. See for yourself, and watch the change.

How about we all try to be a better person to help change what culture has twisted and broken?

We can do it. You can do it.

Smiley Tattoo

Posted: February 13, 2013 in Uncategorized
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Smiley Tattoo

So I have decided to show everyone my amazing tattoo. Enjoy. Take this as my Valentine’s Day present to you, my lovely readers! ❤