Sunny Day Thoughts

The sun is making the raindrops on the trees sparkle. Nothing but good vibes fill the air. I love the rain, but when the sun comes out, I feel like being productive and positive.

This past week has been extremely busy so I haven’t been able to post anything. I have missed writing blog posts. It has been finals week at my school, so that will explain a lot.

I discovered a new genre of music on 8tracks. It’s kind of study chill indie Japanese music. It’s actually really good. I don’t like American indie music because they all sound like they are either sick or they screamed at a concert all night so they are left with a raspy, smoker-type voice. Yuck.

I am still learning Japanese, and I think I’m actually getting better. I am also watching a lot of anime. I might do a review on them soon. I am watching Black Butler (please don’t spoil anything!), RDG (Red Data Girl,) and I just finished Noragami (which was amazing! I really recommend it, although it might be weird for people who are new to anime. Actually, anime is always weird for people who are new to anime.)

I have also been playing a LOT of video games. I am replaying Rise of the Tomb Raider on the Seasoned Raider difficulty, which is almost the hardest. It’s really really difficult but I feel like it’s a lot more realistic. The difficulties have different names. They go from Adventurer (easy), Tomb Raider (normal,) Seasoned Raider (hard,) Survivor (really hard.) I still can’t get over the graphics in this game. They are phenomenal. If you have an Xbox One, I highly recommend it! You will not regret it.

I also got this Rayman Legends, which is super fun and the graphics are so pretty! It’s kind of like Ori and the Blind Forest mixed with Mario. It’s a great multiplayer game.

Well, the sun is really shining outside so I think I’m gonna do some work for a bit and then golf outside if I have time. I hope you’re enjoying the weather where you are!

Thanks for reading.

A Sparkle of Wonderment: Chapter 2

There are three orbs hidden throughout our land. One is in the moon children’s forest, another in the Garden of Flowers, and the last one in the Elvish land.” Ashlen had already gotten the one from his own land, but that had taken him two years. At this rate, will he be able to save the moon children’s forest, or will it return to the soil from whence it came? He had been studying moon children for years, and the very thought of them excited him, but they didn’t seem to want his help at all. Ashlen remembered last night. He yearned to see the moon child again. The touch of her cool hand still lingered in his.

He woke up and strolled to look for a pond. He spotted one at once, and quickly dove his hand into the water, creating ripples upon the surface. The fish in the pond scattered within seconds. He moved his hand around, looking for a pond plant that he could munch on. He felt one and ripped it from it’s roots. It was turgrus, his favorite water plant. Not only was it delicious, but it was very good for healing too. He climbed up into a tree for a morning view of the clouds and relaxed in a bed of leaves, at the top of an energy tree. He admired the blue sky, and he noticed shades of purple mixed within the clouds. The moon children’s forest tended to have strange affects on the sky, but Ashlen always found it quite beautiful. He meditated with his calming thoughts in the slim energy tree until he felt ready to move on with his journey. He remembered the elder telling him one last thing.

“When you enter the moon children’s forest, it is unlikely that you will see moon children, because they have been gone for many years, but if you do, tell them of your quest. They will know what to do. There is something, a map I’m sure, that they will show you. If they like you. You see, moon children are very confident, yet shy creatures. It can take years to get close to them.” Ashlen suddenly understood why the celestial moon child had acted the way that she did yesterday night. He should have been more careful.

He swung down from the tree and grabbed his brown cloth bag. The sun was warming his golden-spun hair. He smiled at the sight of such a beautiful morning sky. He continued to walk on what seemed to be a path. He continued until he suddenly reached a dead end. Confused, Ashlen contemplated turning around and going in a different direction. Before he could continue, he heard a small voice come from behind some trees.

“Hello? Who’s there?” Ashlen grabbed his handcrafted knife and gripped it tightly into his hand. He suddenly saw a small child approach him. Her hair was pitch black, her skin was ghost pale, and she looked up at Ashlen with pale watery eyes.

“Hello young one. Are you lost?” The child did not answer. Instead, she started to cry. Tears rushed down her face, and the tears came in gallons. Soon, Ashlen was covered in a puddle of tears. Suddenly afraid, Ashlen started to run. Before he could, the water stung his body and seeped into his veins. He was paralyzed. He heard the child speak,

“I always love the look on my victim’s faces when they realize that I am not some weak little child.” Ashlen turned his head an inch to see that the child’s eyes were black and large. It’s teeth were razor sharp, and it’s body was thin and slimy. Ashlen’s face turned pale and his feet felt glued to the ground.

Welcome to the beginning of the end.”

I hope you enjoyed part 2 of the story I am writing. I just wrote this out of boredom, so don’t take it too seriously. 🙂 Thank you for reading!

Gender Roles

This is beyond smart! Very logical and true.

Creativity Never Gets Old

Gender Roles

This is a tough subject for me to write, because so little, it seems that people care about the stereotyping of women and men. What are gender roles? Gender roles are when somebody picks the “duties” of another based on gender. Most people believe in these duties for the genders.

Men:

  1. They must have a job and be the sole earner of the family.
    1. How is it fair, that men have to bust their butt off while the woman makes no money?  It’s unfair that men are forced to work, especially if the only job you could get is gardening. I feel bad when I see how hard my gardeners work, yet we pay them so little. If he followed these roles and the wife didn’t do anything. I fear he would be on the streets. (I would pay him more, but it’s out of my control). Men…

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Living in the Present

I will admit, it’s hard not to think about things that happened in the past, or things that will happen in the future. That is something that most humans think about in our society. However, not only do we think about the past, we dwell on it, and let it take over our lives at times.

For example, something might have happened in the past to make you really angry, and you just couldn’t ever let it go. You dwell on it for months, years, maybe even decades. Sometimes, that memory can be so strong that you just never forget about it. The memory can be a good or a bad thing, or a bit of both. If somebody that you loved died, you might dwell on the past, thinking about their life and the memories that you shared together. It can be really heartbreaking to dwell on past memories.

It is not always so easy to forget about the past. A woman who is raped can almost never forget what happened to her. She can be traumatized, and scarred, and it is all because of that one memory.

However, I’m here to tell you that it’s okay to dwell on the past, but don’t let it take over your life. I cannot speak for men and women that are raped, and I cannot speak for somebody who is dealing with a death of a loved one, because honestly, I know how hard it is to forget about the past. But,  we must move on. We are humans, and we choose our emotions, however hard it may seem. We have the ability to move on, or live, stuck in the past.

We can choose to turn our lives around. We can choose to make a change! As much as I sometimes resent the human race, I will admit that we are quite powerful in that way. Humans can be brave, and honest. Humans can be strong, and pull through. We all have the ability to be who we want to be, so we must live in the present!

In the end, the present is all that you have. Every moment of every day is right in front of you, and we must grasp that time and use it wisely. Do not waste your life in the past or in the future.

I feel very upset seeing so many people so stressed and depressed and I just want to say this, so this is post is for the people who dwell on the past or future.

Thanks for reading.

 

How much have I changed?

Something that is strange about humans is that we change a lot. Some people change more than others, and some people don’t seem to change at all. Some changes are more noticeable than others, and some changes can cause conflict.

Humans are always changing. Physically, emotionally, and mentally. I am one of the many people that had quite a drastic change, from my personality to my physical appearance.

Throughout my sophomore and freshman years, I was quite different from the present me. I was obsessed with my hair, how I looked, makeup, clothing, you name it. There is nothing wrong with liking any of these things, but I was obsessed with them. This is not a positive thing, in my experience, and despite getting attention from boys at school, I was still insecure. (Probably because a woman’s worth is not based on male attention.)

The old me (you could say) was shallow and naive. I am still naive, but I am definitely not shallow. I used to be obsessed with YouTube beauty gurus, and watch makeup tutorials daily. (Maybe 3 a day.) Back then it seemed completely normal, but looking back, that’s insane. No teenage girl should waste her life on perfecting her looks. It’s just not possible, and it is very harmful to her mental health.

In a way, I blame society, and I’m not just looking to point the finger. It was society. Society told me that I need to get male attention, I need to look good in order to have friends, I need to focus mostly on my appearance, when the same cannot be said for males. Males do have expectations, but obviously, coming from a feminist, women are the ones seen as objects.

So I guess you could say that the old me was a shallow teenage girl that was brainwashed by society, and the present me is one of the few women trying to break society’s standards.

Not many women go a DAY without makeup (let alone a week, or a month), not many women can confidently say that they like the way they look without makeup, and it’s sad that so many women base their worth on what a male thinks of them.

I am proud of the present me, and I hope that I will continue to grow and change, for the better. I am confident in myself, and nothing someone can say can bring me down anymore. Words used to really get to me, but I learned from it, and I realized society’s faults.

I guess my point is to try to focus on being someone you could be proud of. Be someone that is confident, because in the end, you only have yourself!

Thank you for reading.

Sword Art Online Thoughts

Sword Art Online is incredibly popular anime  (and manga) and just a few weeks ago I finally finished it. It has 25 episodes that are each around 20 minutes long.

Right off the bat, I knew that I would love this anime, especially since it is fantasy based. (Fantasy is my favorite genre.)

 

 

Plot: This anime takes place in the future (2022 if I’m not mistaken) and is about a popular MMORPG game called Sword Art Online, which you play using NerveGear. The NerveGear fits around your head and takes over your senses, allowing you to feel, see, smell, and taste your surroundings or items in the game. It makes you feel as if you are really there. However, on the day of the game’s launch, everybody who logs on into SAO is unable to log out. The creator of the game keeps them captive, and the only way they can log out is if they complete all 50 levels of the game. It doesn’t seem that difficult, until the creator announces that anybody who dies in the game, dies in real life. It’s an intense action adventure that I love, and anything can happen. The anime focuses around the main character, Kirito, and his later best friend, Asuna.

Plot Rating: I think the plot is very intricate and creative. I haven’t seen something this creative in a long time, so for that, I give 5/5 stars.

Characters: I believe that the characters are very realistic. Asuna is not your typical anime girl. She is brave, strong, and arguably as good at fighting as Kirito. Regarding Kirito, he is a very realistic character, as well as a good role model.

Character Rating: I give 5/5 stars. The characters are very inspiring and just so lovable.

Ending: I am usually very picky about endings, and if it is not realistic or it doesn’t go the way I like, I will be incredibly disappointed. This anime however has exceeded my expectations. It is an ending that everybody will enjoy.

Ending Rating: 5/5. I just had to.

Overall, I recommend this anime to anybody, regardless of if you watch anime or not. If you have Netflix, it is there. Just make sure to watch the Japanese audio version! (The English one SUCKS!)

Thank you for reading, and if you watched this anime, please leave your thoughts below! 🙂