Sometimes I wonder if I’m greedy, selfish or just full of gluttony and materialistic things I don’t need in life. And I’d reply by: yes, yes I am very greedy and selfish and materialistic. I guess it’s because I haven’t found something I am passionate for that could supersede the feeling of void and longing for something cute and expensive. However, there needs to be a balance in life and that balance in life is a easy medium between treating my self….
and acknowledging what I actually DO need (goodbye, pink glitter gel pen with bedazzled jewels) by having the “bear necessities” of life, ha!
On forward will I show you the best things in my life that I enjoy often. First off will be my mom. She’s my only best friend whom I can be personal yet aloof with. She can be mean and serious like when she would see me still up at 2 in the morning trying to scramble and finish my assignments after procrastinating while she heads to the bathroom at night (the family bathroom is directly across from my room so she could immediately see me.) But all is forgiven and she knows that I will acknowledge it and learn my lesson (most of them time :P)
Another thing that I enjoy in life would be stationary. That’s it, stationary. It has been one of my obsessions ever since and I have not since then, strain my relationship with adorable and sometimes (mostly) functional pens and sticky pads. I’ve read that the obsession over buying school supplies in the beginning of the year promotes a feeling of productivity, giving you that giddy, happy feeling you receive. Not to mention, how adorable they are?? It’s extremely painful to walk past the school supplies section without going through the new pens and colorful memo pads they have to offer. I love feeling organized and I often relax whenever I get the chance to clean my room or anything because I can rearrange and try different ways of putting stuff while keeping it aesthetically nice and neat which is why Buzzfeed’s DIY section is the only section I’ve come to love for the new tips and ways of keeping anything clean. And I wonder if anyone here relates, but I often oogle (my way of saying staring happily at something) at the sight of organized lockers, binders, notes, containers, anything! It truly does give me a feeling of happiness and relaxation. Plus, organization and school supplies are the ONLY reason why I would be excited for school to start and DISAPPOINTED when school ends.
In addition, getting a B on a math test is the greatest joy yet. Or receiving Ever since high school has started, I have officially deemed myself terrible at math. Now, 8th grade algebra was the turning point but I ignored that feeling of discontempt whenever I didn’t do so well on a math test. So whenever I receive a B (I haven’t received an A this year!), I usually tear up and the rest of my day becomes a good day.
Same goes for making any arts and crafts or a new recipe. It seems as though whenever I follow a recipe, step by step, I always feel paranoid and put a little less than usual or a little more than usual or improvise a tiny portion of the recipe, messing it up and destroying my self esteem. For example, when I made cake pops for my Innovation Project, I ended up putting too much frosting, thus making my cake pops way heavier than usual so it couldn’t stick on the lollipop stick. It looked very easy at first but after I made the cake (which was undercooked for some reason…), the decorating, the planning, the cleaning… just overwhelmed me and lowered my self esteem once again. But then I remember Zainab remarking how good the cookies I made for her birthday were. I was surprised since I tried a new recipe for the cookies rather than sticking to the original Toll House chocolate chip cookie recipe. Nevertheless, I was extremely proud and happy that I happen to make someone impressed by the fact that they run a delicious baking blog!
I simply believe that the best things in life are underestimated as they’re often overwhelmed by the sight of luxury. For example, many people enjoy eating macarons because they’re so good but I can’t fathom why it’s so necessary to purchase a $2 1 1/2 inch French cookie? I enjoy macarons too but enjoying a regular fruit pastry that is bigger and sometimes cheaper, can give me the same satisfaction as eating a macaron, sometimes more!
So in the life of Vivian, receiving a happy face next to an 85 on the most recent quiz, or perhaps getting a new pack of puppy sticky it notes, would remind me that besides the grades and the stress of finals and tests, life is good.
Despite the world’s busy schedule and economy, there’s always something worth giving a risk usually followed by saying a phrase like: “There’s nothing to lose.” It could be using a few spare change to buy a lottery ticket instead of spending it for a candy bar. It could be getting out of your car and help the elderly pedestrian cross the street when you’re driving to somewhere. Or maybe it could be doing five extra push ups after completing thirty grueling push ups. In the end, everyone wins in their own ways and have departed to their lives with one better thing completed in their lives.
Last Tuesday was Earth Day and on that day, my English teacher decided that we should walk around the campus like a mini field-trip while talking is forbidden. I broke this rule in the most subtle ways (giggling) from the fact that one of my friends was carrying something which activated my curiosity, thus whispering her a quick question. That got me caught but luckily, my teacher was one of those lenient teachers who usually follows the unorthodox English path, at least most of the time.
It’s been a while since I’ve written a post pertaining to animals and it just so happens that my teacher discussed about anger and the changes that occur from anger.
According to the world’s most reliable dictionary, Oxford Dictionary, anger is defined as:
A strong feeling of annoyance, displeasure, or hostility.
The factors of life that puts us in stress, melancholy, anger or exhaustion may be from the simple things around you.
You can be heartbroken from your last break up which makes you a hermit from the people around you because you’re afraid of trying again in a relationship.
You could be devastated at the poor grade you’ve received for the final exam you’ve been studying day and night for. All that studying has decreased your time of social interactions.
You could be tired from working way too hard, making you appear moody, cranky and unsocial.
But I see these people climbing their own rugged mountains.
Everyone starts off as a baby, way below at sea level. There’s not much to overcome from this point so they begin to climb higher and higher. As they climb higher and higher until they become a child, then a teen. More and more obstacles are showing up as they climb higher and higher so more and more emotions, struggles and hopes are found. Once they’ve been through that, the peak of the mountain is adulthood. The peak doesn’t last very long but at the same time, it is both satisfying to see how you’ve accomplished yet dangerous.
And let’s not forget that every mountain is different just like everyone’s life is different. Some are more easy and some may be challenging. Some people are just blessed or cursed with different mountains they’re on. Because of that, many people struggle to get to the peak of the mountain and just give up. They throw themselves out, giving up when they’ve been blinded by how close they are to the peak. And when that person finally accomplishes their goal to reaching the peak of their mountain after going through many struggles, it releases them with a sensation of euphoria, success.
So don’t give up when you’re still climbing your own mountain because everyone still has the potential to finish climbing their mountain even through their struggles and aggravations. It’s how much effort you put to getting back up there and try again.
In today’s generation, our way of passing time with our convenient access to the internet, is to watch silly animal videos and scroll and giggle at ‘memes’ of cats and dogs doing human activities such as this:
But how is this viewed as humorous, comedic or funny? In this case, we can see we’re laughing at farce comedy or horseplay comedy. In my English class, we discussed about comedy and how we understand it based on our knowledge and history.
In most cases when seeing animals perform tricks or pose for an amusing photo, we see this as an exaggeration and to react to this kind of exaggeration, we either cry or laugh, and in this case, we laugh (unless there’s a terrible pun accompanied with the photo.)
Sometimes, us humans makes animals more humorous by making them like humans. This creates an image of ridicule that have us laughing incredibly just like in this video where the two men would sub in French for the cats’ dialogue.
But don’t forget, comedy should promotes happiness and playfulness where everyone shouldn’t be feeling offended.
“You can’t be mean and funny at the same time.”
So in the end, we can see that comedy is not just something you laugh from a dollar joke book or an obnoxious comedy film. It’s an emotion that trajects happiness from our thoughts of everything.
Comment down below your favorite pun, joke, riddle or a little story or situation you’ve encountered that made you laugh! I really want to know your side of humor!