Sunday, February 14, 2010

Pale Blue Dot

After listening to the wonderful radio station NPR, I was directed to this photograph.

As soon as I saw it, I said, "WOW." The photograph is so awe-inspiring and in many ways, very humbling.

I've often criticized myself over getting so wrapped up in the daily routine of my life. Hardly, except for the times when I write a blog post, do I ever really stop, meditate, and observe. Maybe it is because of the mood I am in this weekend, but I sincerely believe that I am ignorantly forgetting about all the glorious things we have to offer in this world. Additionally, the photograph puts into perspective how minute we humans are when compared to the GRAND scale of everything universal.

Especially here in the United States, I believe that many people have such a selfish view about their lives, when in reality, I believe that we are all connected in a delicate balance. It is selfish to think that one's actions will affect only themselves. I'm pretty sure what I'm talking about is formally called The Butterfly Effect; but my interpretation is a bit more simple than the well referenced metaphor. What I am saying is that we need to stop and reflect; otherwise we forget our real position in the grand cosmos. Take time to look up at the sky, or in a cliche: STOP and SMELL the roses. Haha.

And remember to always smile and laugh. As one of my dear friends would say: " Just smile to make the day pretty."

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Happiness from the little things...

Today it snowed. Actually, I heard that 49 of the United States' 50 states had snow this week. I think that's pretty ridiculous, and nonetheless, Georgia was one of the states included in the snow shower. To say the least, I was excited. I don't know why the presence of white, crystallized water causes such excitement; but it does. As the snowflakes fell, the campus was resurrected. Myriads of students flocked outside to enjoy the interesting change of weather. And when I say interesting, I MEAN interesting. Of recent, we have had the oddest weather patterns. Honestly, in a span of four weeks, we have had temperatures that have ranged from t-shirt and jeans comfortable to below freezing. It has been RIDICULOUS. Consequently, the snow just added to our state of confusion, but it was welcomed.

Anyway, like I aforementioned, the campus came alive! All of a sudden, impromptu snow-ball fights, sledding, and snowman building started. It was so enjoyable to see and hear the laughter of so many people. I myself found myself with my face full of snow (after falling down some stairs haha), but I didn't mind. It was beautiful.

However, while all the revelries were underway, there were some close to me who detested the "white presence". Now, I'm not a fan of cold weather either, but their view points confused me. How can one not see the beauty of tree tops dusted with snow, or lampposts being danced around by glittering snowflakes? I don't know, I believe that there are somethings that are universally accepted as aesthetically pleasing or deserving of admiration. When I meet individuals who don't believe such, I immediately want ask them, "So then, what DO you consider beautiful or awe-inspiring?"

From the interesting angles of a building, to a way a tree's roots curve and twist, I find so many things beautiful that I believe are over-looked. Snow is an obvious example, but we need to take some more time to search for even little things that we consider beautiful. That way, we can find beauty in a world that is sometimes very ugly. What do you think? What are some things you find as incredibly beautiful?

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Find More Enjoyment in Being Alone

I know, I know, it sounds kind of sad, but that is something I really need to to. You see, I am naturally a person that thrives on being surrounded by other people. I feel excited and happy when I'm talking to different people, sharing stories, experiences, and laughs. That is one of the things that makes me most happy. However, I feel that because of this natural tendency, I am giving up an essential part of my personal growth. I sincerely feel that I've reached a stand still in my life. I want to see a definitive change in my behavior, appearance, or ideology, and I'm not seeing that just yet. I must admit that my desire to "change" may just be a sociological response to our media's (society's) idea that college should be a "life-changing" experience. Consequently, because I have been told so much that college will "change" me; when I do not seeing that initial change, I start to get worried.

I just want to feel less dependent of social relationships with others. I want to feel secure and strong as a singular individual. But I really don't know how to do it. I do not want to seem distant or moody, I just want to grow my intellect rather than my social circle. Additionally, I am quite a bold person, so being by myself in different settings has never really been a problem. I want to open my eyes to new people. I have become much too relaxed with my social circle. It is time for a little chaos. I think that I will attend more academic programs by myself, I want to gain a larger global understanding of things around me. Well, that is all that is on my mind right now. What do you suggest?

Sunday, February 7, 2010

It is February!

And that means a lot of things! 1. The year is ALREADY flying by. I really can't believe that we are already into the second month of 2010. If I'm not careful, I won't be able to catch all of the amazing moments this year has in store of me. 2. I have already begun my second semester of college= in a few months, I will no longer be a college freshman! = I am getting older! AAAH! 4. It is Black American History Month. WOOP! 4. Love is on a lot of people's mind. Why? Because of the ever-looming VALENTINE'S DAY. Gross.

That is what I'm going to write about today. Our dumb dependency on such holidays and our over-emphasis of a media manufactured idea of "love." First of all, Valentine's Day has no value. Sure it have a monetary value. But that's it. That is the reason it was created, for the rich to find one more holiday to suck the common people's wallets dry. More so, the historical value is shallow, and the holiday is linked to a massacre. Pretty far from the "love" it promotes eh?

Basically, I don't celebrate it. And I never will. I express my love to others on more than one day. And my need to give out chocolates, cards, and flowers to my dear ones is not limited to the day of February 14th.

Additionally, when this time nears, I hear the whines of my fellow female compatriots. Many of the whines centering on the fact that they do not have significant others: be it boyfriends, friends with benefits, love interests, etc. And you know what? I'M TIRED OF HEARING IT! Ladies, we DO NOT need boyfriends. You just WANT boyfriends. I say it is time to differentiate between the two. Additionally, to this day, women (i'm referring to heterosexual women) continue to find a sense of self-completion with the presence of men in their lives. It is as if a woman cannot really be a "woman" without a man. And I think that is stupid. So many females put males on a figurative pedestal. Something that they like and fantasize about, but spend too much time worrying about, and something they (we) are scared of. I find that the root of this stems from fear. The fear of being rejected by your love interest. But that fear is becoming much too immobilizing.

To all my sisters of all races and creeds, it is time for us to stop defining ourselves by the men in our lives. Stop being scared. Tell the cute guy he is cute. Don't be afraid of going to events by yourself. Terminate the relationship you are not comfortable in. Do not let anyone define your life for you.

I have more to say, but I believe that can wait until another day. Have a happy FEBRUARY!