30 Day Blog Challenge – Day 11: 5 Amazing Songs.

It’s very difficult for me to pick just five, but I am going to list songs that have mattered to me one way or another over the course of my life.

  1. “The Story” by Brandi Carlile
  2. “Will You Be There?” by Michael Jackson
  3. “I Will Be” by Leona Lewis
  4. “Long Live” by Taylor Swift
  5. “Concrete Angel” by Martina McBride

30 Day Blog Challenge – Day 10: React to the words “Letting Go”.

Okay, I am not gonna blast the Frozen-song…

Letting go for me, means starting a new chapter of my life. I think, essentially, letting go is a good thing. I’ve had many platonic relations in my life, and I grew apart from almost all of them. This has likely made me a very nostalgic person, but I have always also seen the good in those occurrences. For as long as it was fun while it lasted, why try to change my life according to anything but me and my values?

It sounds selfish, and I in no way mean everything has a reason, but I do believe that if you grow apart from someone, it is meant to be that way. And don’t get me wrong, there aren’t many people with whom I’ve been friends, about whom I have many mean words to say. Fact is, I hardly have any at all. It just didn’t last.

Some I’ve grown apart from due to choices of education. Why should I change my life for people who won’t naturally become a part of my future as well as my present?

This was my little philosophy lesson for you for today.

Have a good one.

I might see you…?

“It is she who holds her tongue who gets her man.”

I have been watching Disney-movies my entire life. Whenever I want to watch a movie, but don’t really have any specific idea in regards to which, I more than often enough end up watching an old Disney-movie of some kind. The movies still make me laugh and cry – sometimes simultaneously – and the songs – my god, the songs – are catchy as fuck.

So the other day, I came over Ursula’s song from The Little Mermaid, called “Poor, Unfortunate Souls”, and some of the lyrics hit a nerve with me, just because of how fucking right they tend to be.

See for yourself:

I admit that in the past I’ve been a nasty
They weren’t kidding when they called me, well, a witch

I should find that nowadays
I’ve mended all my ways
Repented, seen the light and made a switch
True? Yes.

And I fortunately know a little magic
It’s a talent that I always have possessed
And here lately, please don’t laugh
I use it on behalf
Of the miserable, lonely and depressed, pathetic

Poor, unfortunate souls
In pain, in need
This one longing to get thinner
That one wants to get the girl
And do I help them?
Yes, indeed!
Poor, unfortunate souls
So sad, so true
They come flocking to my cauldron
Crying, “Spells, Ursula, please!”
And I help them!
Yes, I do.

Now, it’s happened once or twice
Someone couldn’t pay the price
And I’m afraid I had to rake ‘em ‘cross the coals
Yes, I’ve had the odd complaint
But on the whole, I’ve been a saint
To those poor, unfortunate souls

(Spoken):
Have we got a deal?

Ariel: But if I become human, I’ll never be with my father or sisters again?

Ursula: But you’ll have your man (laughs). Life’s full of tough choices, innit? (laughs) Oh, and there is one more thing: We haven’t discussed the subject of payment.

Ariel: But I don’t have…

Ursula: I’m not asking much, just a token, really, a trifle. What I want is – your voice.

Ariel: But without my voice, how can I?

Ursula: You’ll have your looks! Your pretty face, and don’t underestimate the power of – body language! Hah!

(Singing):
The men up there don’t like a lot of blabber
They think a girl who gossips is a bore!
Yes, on land it’s much preferred
for ladies not to say a word
And after all, dear, what is idle prattle for?
Come on! They’re not all that impressed with conversation!
True gentlemen avoid it when they can
But they dote and swoon and fawn
And a lady who’s withdrawn
It’s she who holds her tongue who gets her man

Come on, you poor, unfortunate souls
Go ahead!
Make your choice!
I’m a very busy woman and I haven’t got all day
It won’t cost much
Just your voice!

You poor, unfortunate soul
It’s sad, but true
If you want to cross the bridge, my sweet
You’ve got to pay the toll
Take a gulp and take a breath and go ahead and sign the scroll!
Flotsam, Jetsam, now I’ve got her, boys
The boss is on a roll!
This poor, unfortunate soul!

 

30 Day Blog Challenge – Day 9: Tell Us About An Interesting Documentary You Have Watched.

While I love watching movies and reading, for some reason, I am not that invested in documentaries. I can probably name on one hand the documentaries I have watched through and through, but one of them really stuck with me. It was called Stonewall Uprising and was made in 2010. It accounts for the events of the Stonewall riot that took place in New York, June 1969.

For those of you who have never heard of the Stonewall riots, it was a series of demonstration by the gay community of New York. Specifically, they rioted against the police and the anti-homosexual legal system that had been enforced back then. Among others, the rules entailed laws against homosexuals socializing within society in plenty forms, and denied them of free education on equal basis with straight people.

Within months after the riots, the first LGBT-organizations came to rise.

It is worth a watch and can be found on the Internet somewhere.

30 Day Blog Challenge – Day 8: Discuss Something You’ve Read Online and Link to It.

I am going to alter this question to suit my interests a little bit better, and not post a link, and rather discuss something about the overall Internet that annoys the fucking shit out of me: Comment sections!

Or rather, people on comment sections. Comment sections in and of themselves are nothing if not a tool created to promote freedom of speech, however, and this is a big however, the people commenting abuses this ability to promote their bigoted and narrow-minded agenda.

Here is a challenge for you: Find a comment sections with comments that do not in any shape or form include one of the following tropes:

1. Comparing people to Hitler/the Nazis for not supporting their general cause.
2. Calling someone a communist for reasons stated in #1.
3. Drawing absurd associations between someone’s opinion/the actual article being commented on, and the latest terror attacks that have occurred in the country in which the article was written – usually just to promote their own hateful agenda rather than doing this out of compassion – even if the two have nothing at all whatsoever to do with each other.
4. Blaming Muslims for absolutely everything. Including their own stupidity, probably.
5. Death threats and/or rape threats.
6. Endless list of sexist and/or homophobic remarks.
7. Stating of inaccurate historical “facts”.

Basically, the comment sections of the Internet are go-to groups for people to be the most awful, horrendous, immature, whiny version of themselves possible. The constructive comment is a rarity – if seen at all – in these sections, and if it occurs, it is shot down and ridiculed by other commenters, usually in an even cruder manner if the commenter in question happens to be female.

If there is anything in this world that makes me question humanity, it’s reading Internet comment sections.

30 Day Blog Challenge – Day 7: 5 Recommended Reads.

Considering I have a book blog that can be found here, this questions has plenty more answers than 5, and you can check them out of you’d like, but I will come up with five of my all-time favorite novels:

  1. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  2. The Summer Book by Tove Jansson
  3. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne
  4. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  5. The Help by Kathryn Stockett

30 Day Blog Challenge – Day 6: 5 Random Acts of Kindness That Inspire You.

Now, it remains to be told that I am not a very emotional or all-around easily-brought person, so it takes a lot for me to get inspired, but I will try to come up with something.

  1. People rescuing animals.
    Those news reports of teenagers helping a dog who fell into the water always make me tear up like a baby and restore my faith in humanity a little bit.
  2. Anything from the program What Would You Do?
    If you haven’t watched it, it’s completely available on YouTube. Basically, the crew hires random people to act out a scenario in which one part is being unfair, bigoted or violent towards the other, put said scenario out in the streets of the real world, and see how many people say something about it. Those who do are pretty inspiring.
  3. When I was a kid, my mom worked with a woman whose daughter had been to some country in Africa (don’t remember which, but it was one with high poverty rates). This girl was in her late teens or early twenties back then, and a little boy who had no shoes on came up to her. His feet were sore from having walked barefoot over troubling climates, so she took off her all too big sneakers, and tied them around his feet. Little things like that – selfless acts of kindness towards those who have less than you, inspire me.
  4. People who see when you are going through something heavy in general, even if you don’t talk about it.
  5. Otherwise, people who recognizes how well they’re off and use their privileges to help those who don’t have them, inspire me.