I am a total scaredy cat when it comes to a lot of things in life. Sometimes I will see someone do something completely extreme and think, “Wow! It’s so cool how they can do that! Too bad fear would have me go into shock if I ever tried that.” So, today I will be talking about some people who are ridiculously good at what extreme things they do. In fact, they’re daredevils and in my eyes they are too legit to quit.
There was a video on kottke.org that gives audiences at idea of what 462 mph looks like from a race car. If you drive more than 100 mph with me in a car, I am guaranteed to cry.
That not extreme enough for you? How about downhill skateboarding in Brazil at 70 mph?!
Finally, things cannot get anymore extreme than ice swimmer Wim Hof. Someone who can swim in sub-zero cool water must obviously have some sort of superpowers.
After looking at so many extreme videos and photos, I realize I am just the average girl who wants a fairly average life. No extreme sports for me, just kicking back and enjoying life, boredom and all.
The word LOVE has such a powerful meaning. You can love so many people so many different ways. You can love someone so much that it hurts to breathe when imagining your life without them. We spend all our lives yearning to be wanted and loved. No matter who you are, you can’t escape the range of emotions that loving someone will put you through.
I’m still trying to figure out what love is. It’s one of those things that no one has a right answer for describing. I do know that when I think of someone that I know is a major part of my life, it hurts to see my life without them. I feel that lump that you get in your throat when you can’t control your emotions. My face begins to turn warm. I can feel a bit of sadness rush through my body and for a brief moment, I’ll feel a pain in my chest and my heart will flutter. I may not have a definition for love, but I know that’s how I know I love someone. Through my busy days and restless nights, moments like that make me stop and realize the power of human emotion.
If you’ve ever seen the movie The Notebook, then you know sweet the ending is. Noah and Allie loved each other into their old age, passing away into the afterlife holding each other’s hand. Although I thought the movie had a beautiful ending, I thought it could never happen in real life. I was proved wrong when recently I read about an Iowa couple that passed away an hour apart as they held hands. After 72 years of marriage, they truly believed in til death do them part.
Love is what little girls dream of, why little boys run from little girls, what we feel for our relatives and what we feel when we know we want to spend a lifetime with someone. Love can make you feel all kinds of ways and although we wish there was a way to control it, you can’t live without it. Long live love and don’t be afraid to love as long as you live.
Jersey Shore, The Real World, Teen Mom- these are all popular shows that dominate our culture. But is there any way reality TV can be avoided? Will it ever fade out of popularity and will our younger generations start to have more appreciation for more educational programming? Current research shows reality TV is here to stay for awhile. Cable networks TNT, AMC and USA have finally caved into reality TV pressure as they plan to launch their own reality shows.
Furthermore, The Girl Scout Research Institute (yes, that is a real organization) has found that reality TV has a highly negative impact on teen girls. Reality TV has been linked to the “Mean Girl” epidemic. Girls who watch reality TV accept more aggression, drama and bullying in their own lives. I can not think of anything worse than mean, aggressive, bullying Girl Scouts.
Reality TV is expected for cable networks like MTV, VH1 and E!, but where is out society headed when networks like AMC add reality TV to their programming? I am not trying to say that reality TV should not exist, but that we should also have an emphasis and a push for educational TV as well. Setting the example begins with pop culture and somewhere down the line we have to stop promoting unruly behavior. Reality TV is a good thing as long as it honestly depicts both life’s ups and downs without all the unrealistic glamour and glitz.
So, are you a complete idiot or what?
At the beginning of this semester, I had to sit down for a three hour orientation. One of the activities we had to do was take one of those silly “Are You Left Brained or Right Brained?” quizzes. I thought to myself, “Gosh, I know this is going to be easy. I’m definitely creative, so I will score as right brained all the way.” However, as I was taking this quiz, how I decided on the questions became a little blurry. Not all my answers to the questions were on the creative side. Behold, my quiz results were split 50/50. I’m both creative and analytic. At first I thought, “Okay, that’s pretty cool, but why am I so bad a math if I’m analytic?” Then I started thinking, “How am I going to find a job?!? I’m like a jack of all trades, master of none!”
I caught myself feeling trapped in the middle. I looked back and realized all these years that I really have had a ridiculous amount of interests and hobbies. A lot of them completely unrelated. As I prepare to enter the workforce soon, I began to wonder that if I could offer the world anything with so much interests in so many things. Could I be content at one job? Behold, a lot of my wonder and anxiety about my future was put to rest when I found out just how restless Generation Y is.
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Generation Y is the freelance generation, the consistently wired millennials that know what they want from the world and how to change it. I thought that maybe being both left and right brained left me to stick out like a sore thumb, the idiot with no absolute love for one career. Now I know that I was meant to stick out like a sore thumb because Generation Y is here to change the workplace for the first time in100 years.
So, I’m not a lost idiot with no passion in life, just a freelance Generation Y young adult taking in my passion for just about everything the world has to offer. A little FYI–I would like to work as a communicator in the visual or performing industry. Nothing makes me happier than combining my love for writing and the arts like being a promotions person for a motion picture or ballet company 🙂
Okay, I totally just used a cheesy Britney Spears chorus as a blog title. It’s the first and ONLY Britney song that I can actually relate to. For the first time in my life, I truly feel as though the consequences of almost every decision I make from now will effect me for the rest of my life.
Things are no longer black and white at this age anymore. “Would you like fries with that?” turns into “Would you like to indulge in trans fat now and have heart disease at 50?”. Picking out a little black dress means thinking, “Could I pair this with another piece to make it more business attire?”. Social networking becomes a little less social, and more so about business. They say teenage years are tough, but I feel as though the life I live now is way more complicated. If I don’t take my life one day at a time, I feel a bit overwhelmed sometimes.
All in all, I know the things I accomplish now will make for a better tomorrow. It’s crazy to think how drastically my life has changed in two years. I entered college in fall 2009 a naive girl. I will leave Oklahoma State University in 2013 an educated, worldly, motivated, sophisticated woman ready to take on the challenges life brings me.
“This business of womanhood is a heavy burden.”