Growing up I had to come up with many different ways to uplift my bad mood. Because of the way I was raised, I was not allowed to show a lot of emotion or voice my opinion so I kept a lot of things bottled up inside. I would seclude myself inside my bedroom and do not so healthy things to release my anger. So I took steps on finding hobbies that kept my mind busy if I was not in such a good mood.
Three things I can say that help the most. Reading. writing. and listening to music. When I entered my ninth grade year in high school I started to explore more variety of books that caught my eye. Which turned out to be the modern days fantasy romances. The first book that started it all was “Twilight” and the rest of its saga by: Stephanie Meyer”. I instantly fell in love and couldn’t get enough of the romantic side of the supernatural. I have a good-sized library going on and when I need an escape from the world I turn to my beloved supernatural novels.
When I’m undertaking a hard obstacle in life and I cannot seem to rid it from thought I enjoy taken the time to put it into words and write it down on paper. I love to write and any subject a person such as a teacher would like me to write about, I can do it. I’m a very deep thinker and I analyze everything, along with so many ideas to voice. My favorite way of writing is poetry. I started to write poems at 13 when I hit a depression, but what 13 year old doesn’t? As of today I have over 150 poems written and once I have my career under way I hope to publish them and show young girls that it’s good to be wise while growing up and that there is no one alone in the world. Poems are my personal frustration with the world and I put that frustration down as a release. If one cannot understand what meaning my poems have, well then at least I know and it makes me feel better in the end.
My all-time favorite way of putting myself into a better mood is turning up the music I love to listen to. I don’t care if it’s country, rap, dance, or rock… I love it all! Music is truly soul deep and helps the heart in so many ways. I appreciate all kinds of music and the musicians who put all their time, money, tears. blood, and sweat into their lyrics. What would life be like if there was no music? I would say, very dull. Not a world I would want to live in. I play the flute and piccolo and have since I was 11. My life has always been about music and the joy it brings to everyone. I’m constantly looking for new music and I always make sure to share and take joy in the old ones too. If I’m down I just crank the volume up and jam my little heart out until I have a better hold on my problems and in the end hopefully fill it back up with nothing but a cheerful spirit.
So whether it be reading, writing, or just jamming to music on the radio, there are so many peaceful and safe ways to put yourself into a better mood. All it takes is a little open-minded imagination.
Shadows that cloak my skin
The veil that barely brushes my hair
Shudders up and down my spine.
The fire that burns underneath the dark
Contained like sulfur
The silence is never broken.
Clutching my burning stone
The blue flames Ignite my soul
I channel my thoughts for the night to hear,
The night to hear alone.
Cannot escape this fate
All these shadows calling my name
Sensing the essences of death
Craving for my last breath
My nostrils burn and my throat closes up
My head throbbing, my mouth so parched
Striving to bare this enough…
Caused from the Sulfur that has overcome my heart.
|—||Paulo Coelho (via philphys)|
Concert pianist Philippa Duke Schuyler, age 14
Piano prodigy Philippa Duke Schuyler was the daughter of a politically conservative black journalist and a white former Southern beauty queen. George Schuyler and Josephine Codgell were proponents of interracial marriage and believed that biracial children had the potential to be exceptional thanks to their mixed heritage.
Josephine devoted herself to developing her daughter’s expected genius. A raw food proponent, Josephine fed Philippa a diet of raw vegetables, raw beef, and cod liver oil. Philippa was educated mainly at home and by age two her spelling ability was profiled in a New York newspaper. By four, Philippa was an established piano prodigy, often performing her own compositions. Mayor Fiorello La Guardia was among her fans. Her IQ was tested to be 185.
As a teenager Philippa was an international touring pianist, but she struggled to find tour sponsors due to her race and gender. As she matured, Philippa became disillusioned with both her parents and the discrimination she faced. Philippa gave up performing in her thirties and became a journalist.
While on assignment in Vietnam in 1967, Philippa’s helicopter crashed and unable to swim, she drown. Heartbroken, Josephine committed suicide on the second anniversary of her daughter’s death.
A middle school in Brooklyn is named in Philippa’s honor.
Ten women in Cameroon were arrested and are being detained because of suspicions that they’re lesbians. They could face anywhere from six months to five years in jail, as well as a fine.
Conditions are certainly worsening for LGBT people in some African nations: Liberia is considering a bill banning same-sex marriage and making homosexuality a first-degree felony with a penalty of 10 years in jail. Some media have even reported the possibility of a death sentence for gays in Liberia, but the nation’s First Lady, who submitted the bill, says this is not true.
A little more background from the Washington Post:
Contempt for homosexuals has led to anti-gay legal measures elsewhere in Africa. Last year, Nigeria’s Senate voted in favor of a bill that would criminalize gay marriage, gay advocacy groups and same-sex public displays of affection. Two years ago, Ugandan legislators introduced a bill that would impose the death penalty for some gays and lesbians, though it has yet to become law.
This is not good, friends. We cannot stand idly by and let this become a norm.
We have found each other
Thirsty and we have
Drunk up all the water and the blood,
We found each other hungry
And we bit each other
As fire bites,
Leaving wounds in us.
|—||Pablo Neruda (via philphys)|
Today, #JohnnyCash would have turned 80 years old. #RollingStone calls the Man in Black a giant of country music and one of the founding fathers of rock & roll. Thank you Mr. Cash, we miss you! #RSCovers (Taken with instagram)
Highlights of Nixon comments on marijuana:
- Jews and marijuana: “I see another thing in the news summary this morning about it. That’s a funny thing, every one of the bastards that are out for legalizing marijuana is Jewish. What the Christ is the matter with the Jews, Bob, what is the matter with them? I suppose it’s because most of them are psychiatrists …”
- Marijuana and the culture wars: “You see, homosexuality, dope, immorality in general. These are the enemies of strong societies. That’s why the Communists and the left-wingers are pushing the stuff, they’re trying to destroy us.”
- Marijuana compared to alcohol: marijuana consumers smoke “to get high” while “a person drinks to have fun.” Nixon also saw marijuana leading to loss of motivation and discipline but claimed: “At least with liquor I don’t lose motivation.”
- Marijuana and political dissent: “… radical demonstrators that were here … two weeks ago … They’re all on drugs, virtually all.”
- Drug education: “Enforce the law, you’ve got to scare them.”
|—||Plato (via philphys)|
|—||The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald (via philphys)|
from The Realm of Possibility by David Levithan
|—||David Levithan, The Realm of Possibility (via bookmania)|