Because I’m 21 and Feel Like I’ve Learned A Lot

October 8, 2012 § Leave a comment

So there comes a time in everyone’s life when they turn 21. Trust me, it happens. And at this time we feel as though we know things about life. Or maybe it’s that we know and have experienced so little it tricks us into thinking we know things. I swear, you can find about 60 blogs titled “20 things I learned by time I was 20”. Google it. Either way, I’m 21, a senior in college and feel as though I have a few things I need to share with ya’ll. Maybe it’s perspective. Perspective for the high schoolers who think they know everything about life (it’s cool I knew nothing everything too at your age), for the early twentiers who feel like the only ones who are lost, for the post twentiers who think we don’t know anything (I promise, we have had some life experience worth listening to). And we’re off.

1. Nobody knows what they’re doing. This is so important to remember. Heading into the “real world” I feel as though everyone has their life together. They know what they want, where they want to go, who they want to be. Truth is, nobody knows anything. 74% of college graduates don’t choose a career related to their degree. Seventy four percent! I’m kidding, I made that statistic up. But really, a ton of people do that. So if you don’t know what you’re doing, join the club. We’re getting t-shirts.

2. It’s ok to be poor. It’s actually kind of fun. And by fun I mean it’s terrifying and liberating and worryful (not a word) and adventurous. Being poor, especially when you’re young, gives you a chance to learn the difference between want and need. One of the most important things to learn. It also teaches you how to save. Yes, it means you can’t go get that frozen yogurt with your friends. It means you may have to eat soup a few times a week. But let’s be serious, soup is amazing. Understanding and appreciating the hard work you put in to making that money you have is rewarding. Be proud of living paycheck to paycheck. It makes grocery shopping so much more creative!

3. Suck up to your superiors. This sounds shallow. But it’s life. You will never understand how important it is to be nice and professional to those who decide your future until you understand. Be friends with your professors. They know everyone and that will help you get a job. Be polite and professional to your boss. She will make your job easier to go to and will give you a killer recommendation when you need to leave. Be a schmoozer but that doesn’t mean you bring in cupcakes to your professor’s office hours. Be nice, be polite, be professional.

4. Don’t let others’ happiness make you feel less about yours. This is tricky. A lot of your friends will get really opportunities and it will seem like they didn’t even try, when you’ve sent your resume to 20 different people without any positive response. Just because something great happened to them, does not mean your opportunities and accomplishments are any less great. Congratulate them (without resentment and sarcasm) and keep your eyes ahead. Move forward and work even harder. Let it motivate you, not destroy you.

5. Take education seriously, and don’t take life too seriously. Best advise I have ever been given. You will never get another opportunity like high school or college ever again. You get 4 years to learn in an environment where the sole purpose is for you to learn. You have absolutely no other responsibilities but to understand and soak up as much knowledge as you can. Don’t take advantage of that. Take classes that interest you and challenge you. Quench your thirst for knowledge. (That was cheesy). On the other hand, don’t take life too seriously. The real world is important and inevitable. You need a job, you need responsibilities. But that doesn’t mean it needs to be boring. Do something you love, go places you’ve never been. Don’t consume yourself with work. Don’t let The Man get you down!

6. Don’t settle. This is applicable to every single aspect of your life. If there’s something you’re not happy about in your life change it. It’s pretty incredible that you have the power to do that. My dad always asks me “Are you happy with your life?” he then follows that up with “Because if you’re not I want to make sure it’s not permanent.” It’s ok not to be happy all the time. No one can be. But if that unhappiness continues for awhile, you need to fix it. Don’t settle for that boyfriend who only calls you when he feels like. Don’t settle for living near home when you wanted to live 8+ states away. Don’t settle for that job you dread going to when you wake up in the morning. Life is too short and important to settle for “it’s fine”.

And to wrap it up, a few short words from the kind of wise:
– Be afraid of your dreams
– Friendships/relationships are more important than anything else in your life
– Have hobbies
– Read a lot
– Journal
– Meet people anytime you go somewhere new
– Take naps
– Get dressed up when you have the chance
– Spend money on traveling
– Keep an open mind and listen more than you speak
– Daydream

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If I could do it over…

November 17, 2011 § Leave a comment

I have always had some sort of passion for art – whether it’s painting, singing, dancing, playing an instrument, etc. My dear mother is an artist and she definitely had a large influence on that. About half way through my college career I began to have a true, deep passion for art, specifically modern art history. I’m not about to go change my major and become an art curator (well not yet, maybe in a few years) because I do love athletic training. But if I were to have this kind of passion when I was in high school, I might be going down a different path right now.

I haven’t had the opportunity to really indulge in my passion for the arts in awhile, with the exception of the last few weeks. I have been listening to classical music, researching artists, and exploring new pieces to play on the piano (gotta wait till I’m home to play them though!) I began to think of my absolute favorite pieces of art – which is an absolutely impossible task. So instead I will show you a few pieces of work that have, at one point, changed my life.

 

1. Joseph Martin’s “The Awakening”

First, it took me forever to find a version that was at least adequate. I wanted to find The Sounds of America performance, but it’s no where to be found and I can’t post it from my computer. This version is fine, but just isn’t what I really wanted.

I had the privilege of singing this song my sophomore year of high school with the greatest group of people imaginable. It was a great year for our choir and when our spectacular director told us we were doing this piece hearts broke across the room. We worked so hard that semester on every piece and the final performance left a lasting legacy. This will forever make me miss my high school choir and everything that came with it. Thank you to every person in SWHS 2007 Concert Choir and Mrs. Erika Mckee for making it so memorable.

 

2. Beethoven’s Sonata no. 8 in C Minor Op. 13 1st Movement “Sonata Pathetique”

My senior year of high school I had an independent study in piano and focused on this piece. I wish I was more driven during my senior year (I just wanted to get out of there!) because I am still, 3 years later, still working on it. Beethoven is an utter genius; hearing anyone play this song melts my heart and throws me into a fit of jealousy because my fingers can’t keep up. The changes from minor to major keys are stunning and take my breath away.

 

3. Bach’s Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major

This piece makes me speechless. I will be close to tears every single time I hear this song. And no one plays it quite like Yo-Yo Ma does.

 

4. Jackson Pollock’s “Number 13A: Arabesque”

I saw this in the Yale University Art Gallery and I cried. I’m not kidding. This man can paint and it moves me. I’ve spoken about him before so I won’t go into too much detail. The mere fact that he can evoke such emotion with splatters of paint on a canvas is astounding.

 

5. Picasso’s “Blue Nude”

My parents had purchased a copy of this painting to hang in our house and ever since they showed it to me I fell in love. It’s so simple and beautiful and understated. Yes, Picasso, you are awesome.

 

6. Degas’ “Little Dancer”

I have also had the privilege of seeing this masterpiece in person. As a dancer, I am so drawn to Degas’ work. His paintings are just as beautiful but this piece of work just resonates with me. I love how he takes such a dainty subject and gives it a rugged edge and yet it’s still so graceful. Bravo.

Give me two more weeks and I could come up with a more adequate list, but this is what I’ve got.

Brief thoughts on a not-so-ideal Monday

September 19, 2011 § Leave a comment

– coffee is instant happiness

– the serials department in the library is pretty unorganized (good thing I work for them)

– high school boys act like 6 year olds

– i love my major

– college is the best 4 (or 5 or 6) years of your life, don’t forget that

– i was less than impressed with the Emmy’s last night. but will be posting a more extensive opinion on them later this week when i get a chance to catch my breath

– i don’t pay attention to crosswalks which makes today a “made bad decisions” day (no worries, i didn’t hurt anyone)

– i really love my major

Meghan is one of the funniest people i know and brings out the funny in me (i thank God every day for friends like her)

– i’m great  absolutely stupendous at putting off schoolwork

There’s hope for/the hopeless

August 15, 2011 § Leave a comment

The annual “I’m moving back to school-can’t get anything done-won’t have enough money-won’t have enough time” falling feel.
Fear not, for there is hope.

“For he wounds, but he also binds up;
he injures, but his hands also heal.
From six calamities he will rescue you;
in seven no harm will touch you”

– Job 5:18-19

“Do not be afraid […],
for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the LORD.”

– Jeremiah 1:8

 “But now, this is what the LORD says […]
‘Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
I have summoned you by name; you are mine.'”

– Isaiah 43:1

Since May…

August 13, 2011 § 1 Comment

I lost my job. Got a new job. Jumped out of an airplane. Got a flat tire. Changed my tire. Lived with my aunt and uncle. Kayaked. Practiced yoga. Took a bus to Brooklyn. Fell in love with Brooklyn. Saw Death Cab for Cutie. Was an extra in a movie. Grew my hair out. Dressed up every day. Put over 3,000 miles on my car. Compared myself to other people too much. Went to the beach. Got very burnt at the beach.  Got a new apartment. Built a closet. Made big decisions. Lost confidence in myself. Almost changed my major. Became a hipster. Followed blogs. Worked for very important people. Read more in one week than I did all summer. Regained confidence in myself. Went to the movies more often than usual. Blogged much less than I’d have liked to.

 

This summer has been life-changing to say the least…

It is my birthday.

July 23, 2011 § Leave a comment

Indeed. Today is my birthday. Instead of the obligatory “thanks for the bday wishes guys!” Facebook status or the individual thanks on each. and every. Facebook comment – I’m going to blog about you. Feels pretty awesome to have a blog dedicated to you doesn’t it? I mean this is on the internet. Who knows who’s gonna read this. People in Sweden read this! I truly do appreciate all of the comments and birthday wishes. Makes me feel really special. But I must say, my favorite part about all the hoopla on Facebook? It combines every single comment into one. notification. Just one. Hallelujah. No more signing onto Facebook to get 6 million notifications every time you check it. It’s incredibly convenient.

Since it’s my birthday and I know you’re all thinking about me on this great day (ok, probably not) you should watch a movie in honor of my birth. Great idea right? I mean, I never need an excuse to watch a movie but if you need one I give full permission to use my birthday. You should probably watch this one because it’s seriously the greatest and it’s on instant Netflix. Or you could watch this one (even though you won’t) because it’s my favorite movie ever. And there’s always this one because let’s be real, you’ve never actually seen it and it’s about time you watch it so you can stop lying to everyone.

That’s all I’ve got for today. Lots of birthday things to get done around here (if I don’t call Justin Timberlake back he’ll never forgive me.)

Super Clip Sunday tomorrow, it’ll be a doozy.

Thanks again, kids. You guys rock.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’ve decided…

July 8, 2011 § 3 Comments

– Men shouldn’t use the word “giggle” or the phrase “teehee”

– Coffee is great: black, cream, sugar, flavored, iced. I don’t care – it’s perfect

– I want to wear red lipstick every single day of my life

– Goofy guys are better than super sexy composed guys

– I’m kind of a basketcase and that’s totally fine

– I need to make more time to watch movies

– I need to stop going to bed so early

– I need to stop using the word “I”

– Men should stop rolling their jeans up to make manpris

– Saying “yes” to everything isn’t good for anybody

– Gasoline is too expensive

– Having an accent is totally awesome

– Comparing yourself to people will dig you into a very deep hole

– I’m determined to be a surfer. It’s going to happen

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