heteronormative robots and aliens: why
Snowflakes are actually the perfect metaphor for people. Each one IS unique, but we all have the same structure and are pretty similar in spite of our differences. And really, with as many around as there is, aint no one gonna notice your differences unless they care enough to look closely.
People are also similar to snowflakes in that it is difficult to drive when there are too many of them piled up on the road.
Well that took a turn I didn’t expect
weird things I have learned about being an adult thus far:
- everyone has stress. talking on and on about your stress is not a conversation topic, and it offers nothing and no way of response for the person you’re talking to. because literally everyone is dealing with it in some way or form. don’t make it your only identifier.
- there are days when you will eat only salad and run for miles. and there are days where you eat peanut butter and nutella straight out of the jar and don’t get out of bed. learn to neither punish nor reward yourself for either. both have equal merit in terms of well being.
- getting out of your typical habitat for a day or so is like a mental exfoliation. go to the beach. go to the farmer’s market. meander around downtown. don’t define the worth of your weekends in how much studying you got done. not all who wander are lost.
- instead of beating yourself up for the ways in which you fucked up, stop, take a twenty minute nap and allow for a moping period of exactly two hours, and then go beat back at whatever stopped you the first time.
- despite what hollywood films allow us to believe, it is incredibly difficult to speak up for what you believe in. don’t degrade people who don’t fight back simply because you think you would have said or done the right thing. courage truly is an extremely rare human trait. consider, rather, compassion towards those people, rather than cruelty for the cowardice.
- there is no greater balm for the soul than forming a tight knit group of girlfriends who all mutually support each other without judgement. boys? they’re cool. but have you considered fierce lady friends?
- use people’s names aloud. learn people’s names. write them down if you’re forgetful. there’s nothing more pleasant than watching someone’s face light up when they realize you recognize and know them.
- cynical and logical viewpoints do not always equal intelligence. have hope. be romantic. see the world for what it could be instead of what it is.
- plan what you’re going to have for breakfast the night before. cook it, if necessary. nothing will make your morning routine easier.
- don’t be afraid to log off tumblr for a while every now and then. it may be one of the most productive and cathartic things you will ever do.
- acting is easy. it’s living that’s hard.
- humans are full of foibles and flaws. but the worst and truly terrible of those is cruelty, which manifests from a lack of respect for the truth of another’s humanity. respect the truth of other people’s humanity and right to that humanity, and you’re already 3 steps ahead of the game.
- we are made up more of infinitesimal, subtle moments (rather than big and grandiose and overwrought with emotion), than we will ever be able to admit.
Support 8th graders test prep!
Hi folks! I got this email from my friend Lucy this morning. She writes :I’m working as an AmeriCorps Teaching Fellow through Citizen Schools at the Orchard Gardens School in Roxbury (Boston) and learning a lot! I work with teachers, the guidance counselor, other teaching fellows, outside volunteers, and, most importantly, I work with 8th graders, many of whom are English language learners. They are full of energy and have been working on improving their writing skills with individual writing coaches and other 21st century skills through various apprenticeships, taught by professionals who volunteer to teach, called Citizen Teachers. Citizen Schools is committed to closing the opportunity gap in a myriad of ways — and this is where you can help.All of my 8th grade students are getting help with the high school application process (quick complicated here in Boston). Some of the students I work with are competitive applicants for independent schools and we want to help level the playing field by giving them the opportunity to receive test prep for the SSAT, an exam they have to take to apply to these schools. Nine students will receive test prep this fall and will have the cost of their exams covered through this campaign. Please help students have access to opportunities by contributing using this link: http://www.gofundme.com/SSATforOG.We are aiming to raise $3,996 total for this project, which covers a course taught by professional tutors, materials for each session, and nine exams. Any amount you can contribute (even $5) will help out! I’m on that stipend life so I get it — if you can’t contribute, consider passing along the message to those who can. Any extra money will go towards a similar program this spring for 7th graders at the school.I donated and so should you! Or if you can’t, please signal boost and let’s see how quickly we can get them to their $3996.Thanks!
listening to recordings of myself playing some Bach (probs going to upload the video the second Friday in October!) and like, damn. i am really happy with my tone. like, sure, there are nicked notes here and there, and some of the phrasing is unclear, but THAT IS A BASSOON. sometimes it’s reassuring to find out that your intentions actually translate to real-life success