Medeiros' "Neon Signs" by yours truly. Hope you all like it, and stay tuned for the P. SUS collaboration "52 Hertz," as that's next on my to-do list! SC does not send mails in the case of responses to comments ; damn! I prefer hara-kiri rather than say one offensive word to you. Anywhere You Go. B Bad Computer Walking on the Moon. C Calvertron Rain.
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You can't throw away the parts that are uncomfortably or messy. Instead, I hope you embrace them. I hope you don't run away. Future you will be thankful that you didn't. I promise. Realize that little victories are worth celebrating, too. I get so much joy when someone messages me telling me that my work helped them. I've realized that meaning isn't always tied to numbers. The same is true in life. I hope that you don't invalidate your growth or success because you think it's too small or not important enough.
I hope that you don't hide your story because you don't think anyone can learn from it. I'm here to tell you that someone will learn from your story, even if the first person who learns from it is you. I'm here to tell you that your story is enough because you are enough. The little victories are what keep us going. I hope you celebrate your huge successes.
I really, truly do. However, I hope you realize that there's a lot more to life than huge successes. I hope you realize that people see your growth. More importantly, I hope you see your growth. I hope you see that your story doesn't stop just because one guy couldn't choose you or one employer decided to go a different direction. I hope you see that your story doesn't stop at one setback or discouragement. Every day, I challenge myself to pick at least one little victory of the day.
It's what keeps me looking forward instead of backwards. It's what makes me hold on to hope. It makes every day a celebration, no matter how small. Know that your story has power, but only if you let it have power. I hope that you don't let your current chapter stop you from pursuing the rest of your story. I hope that you don't let one person or one situation or even one bad day stop you from looking up and moving on to greater things.
Your life has a purpose, and your story has power. Embrace it, even and especially when it's hard. It will be worth it, but you have to keep moving forward.
Chase after the good, and allow yourself to reflect when it gets tough. Give in to community, and know that you are capable. Most of all, keep the pen in your hand. Get to it, friend, and keep writing your story. You'll be glad that you did. Politics and Activism How Young Feminists Can Understand And Subvert The Internalized Male Gaze Women's self-commodification, applied through oppression and permission, is an elusive yet sexist characteristic of a laissez-faire society, where women solely exist to be consumed.
Performing for imaginary cameras, you hum and sway. The sensation is absurd. It's in those moments that Margaret Atwood's poetry appears true. Up on a pedestal or down on your knees, it's all a male fantasy: that you're strong enough to take what they dish out, or else too weak to do anything about it.
Even pretending you aren't catering to male fantasies is a male fantasy: pretending you're unseen, pretending you have a life of your own, that you can wash your feet and comb your hair unconscious of the ever-present watcher peering through the keyhole, peering through the keyhole in your own head, if nowhere else. You are a woman with a man inside watching a woman. You are your own voyeur. From what context did the male gaze emerge?
Obviously, heterosexual male desire is the ever-present subject. A woman's complex feelings, interesting thoughts, and own sexual ambitions are less important than her male framing. Examples of the male gaze abound in tropes like the "Manic Pixie Dream Girl" or female superheroes who always must be sensual. You can just think of the internalized male gaze as a facet and an outcome of the patriarchy. This concept is problematic, of course, because women may end up placing greater value on how they look than how they feel.
In fact, this misguided step towards sexual equality has colonized and exploited feminism. We should look somewhere else besides mainstream corporations for such intimate solutions in gender equity. We are better off practicing critical reasoning, introspection, and grace. Due to the immersive nature of the U. American social systems, women are victims of and participants in this sort of sexism.
Instead of feeling shame, I vow to unlearn what I've been spoon-fed. If the actions are only benefiting men, my little show must be reassessed.
But, if the actions benefit me - or other women - the spectatorship is decidedly less harmful. It is in this way that women can function with the most benefit. If a woman's existence hinges upon the masculine gaze, she then has the ability to manipulate the system in which she is seen, becoming the one who commands this visual economy.
And, obviously, people who identify as women should be in the literal director's seat and metaphorical driver's seat more often. That indisputable fact is what you have in your control. Photo by Eleonora Patricola on Unsplash. I have found myself thinking this in the past; however, this is simply not true.
We can always expand our knowledge, our arena of thought, with more information and experiences. Putting yourself into the easy positions in life may be secure, but it is much harder to grow as a person this way. Instead, they just settle. Instead, I'd like to find myself at an in-between level. I would like to be someone who tries new things and is open to new experiences, just by simply reminding myself to be more open-minded.
If we seek out our own adventures in life, it will help us grow stronger and firmer as people. With our different values and beliefs, I hope and pray that one day we can bring our differences to the table for the betterment of society. For this wave of "betterment" to begin, we must start with open-mindedness.
Will Love If they love you, they're not going to care if you didn't get them some expensive diamond necklace or Rolex watch; they just want you. Miami University. Photo by Priscilla Du Preez on Unsplash. Let me preface this by saying I am not a bad girlfriend. I am simply a forgetful one. So now here I am, with a little over a week until Valentine's Day with absolutely no idea what to give my boyfriend. Unfortunately, I am a very forgetful person, so this has happened every Valentine's Day in which I had someone to give a gift to.
Even on days when you don't have to go anywhere or you don't feel like going anywhere, you should still put in effort and wake up at your usual time, get dressed, eat, and do things with your day. This is important for maintaining your mentality. It will keep you from feeling lazy or even hopeless.
Too many days of not taking life seriously and you'll definitely stop taking life seriously! Part 3 of Read and listen to inspiring works. If you're feeling lost, try taking in the wisdom of others. Many people find inspiration and new life direction in the works of people like Joseph Campbell and Alan Watts. Both of these men wrote lots of great books, but you can also find their inspiring words online in interviews try searching YouTube.
While they might not be up your ally, you're sure to find someone that inspires you if you book. Try the inspirational or self-help section at your local library! Travel to places old and new. Traveling is one of the most powerful transformative experiences you can undergo. In traveling to distant places where you're outside your comfort zone, you'll be forced to take on challenges and actively be alive often proving to yourself that you can in fact do those things still!
Traveling doesn't have to be as expensive as you think, either. If you travel on your own instead of with a touring company, buy early usually months ahead of time , and go places in the off-season, you'll find that it doesn't take too much saving to get away for a little while. If this is very scary for you, start by traveling to local areas before moving on to distant lands. Listen to inspiring music.
Music can be incredibly inspiring for many people. It is one of the most powerful tools for reaching directly into the soul and making you feel a deep and powerful connection with the singer or composer. For some people the most transformative music is classical music we recommend Beethoven's Piano Concerto 5, 2nd and 3rd movements.
For other people, more modern music is helpful. Some people find traditional folk music, like Celtic music, to really wake them up. Experiment and find something that works for you. Create and embrace a feeling of connection. There's an often intangible feeling of connection to the greater human spirit that you can tap in to and harness.
For everyone, the medium that creates this feeling is different. Some people read poetry. Some people volunteer. Some people raise children. Find something that makes you feel connected to the greater experience of being human and then take your own approach to capturing that feeling. Take inspiration and create something, a painting, a song, a dance, that lets you express that you too are human and are a part of the great beating heart that is this planet and universe.
Find your purpose. When we're living a life that gives us purpose and lets that purpose be realized, that is when we will feel most inspired and awake to possibilities this world has to offer. Everyone has something to offer: either something to offer the planet, something to offer others, or some other purpose to serve.
Find what you're good at, find what makes you happy, and do it. If you keep living for the sake of living, rather than living for the sake of making your existence mean something to the universe, then you will always find yourself feeling lost and without inspiration.
Embrace what you can offer and stop thinking only of the hurdles! Part 4 of Give people the benefit of the doubt. Start to feel connected by giving others the benefit of the doubt. When people invite you to things, don't just assume it's because they want to be nice. They might really want your friendship.
They might really want to see what you have to offer the world! Assume the best in them and let them pleasantly surprise you. If you don't try, after all, you'll never even have the chance to find out if something could have been wonderful and fun! Humans naturally gain the greatest sense of satisfaction from helping each other. Not just the surface help of carrying someone's groceries. Instead, give someone deep, meaningful help that becomes one of the most positive forces of good in their lives.
This will leave you feeling deeply connected to the greater human experience and get you ready to embrace life and all that you have in yours to be grateful for.
Try working with Big Brothers Big Sisters, which provides mentorship to at risk youth, or building homes with Habitat for Humanity, which works to build permanent residences for people who drew the short straw in life. Volunteering is also a great chance to make new friends and meet people who share similar values and interests to you.
Find communities online. If you're not great with meeting people in real life or if your schedule or lifestyle is just not good for being with people, then try meeting people and joining communities online. There are lots of different ways to do this! WikiHow, for example, has a great community and we're always happy for another friendly face and helping hand. Another option would be, for example, playing an MMO. This is a special type of video game that lets you take on a new life and make friends in a completely different world.
Guild Wars is known for having one of the friendliest communities. Part 5 of
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