Ends & Beginnings

I was looking back at my older posts today and stumbled upon “Love Wins.” Published over 2 years ago, in a vague memory, gay marriage became legal. At that time, it was such a shock that the legislation had actually passed, but fast forward a few years, and that is the smallest feat in what we are currently facing.

Donald Trump is officially president. But he is not my president. He will never be my president. Presidency is about more than revenue and debt. It’s about the people, the environment, the world. A president should be someone who unites the nation as one, a leader in the face of difficulties. Trump is anything but that – a mysoginist, fascist, discriminatory, slandering human who sits on an empire nestled in with the 1%. He will reverse decades of progress that our country has made and inflict damage on our neighbors and our planet. We cannot let that happen.

So today, we fight. We fight for women’s rights. We fight for people of color. We fight for minorities, for the little girls who deserve to grow up in a world of equality, for the people who have felt unsafe in their own country. Today, we fight for our nation and our future.

obamaAlthough we must say goodbye to a truly great person, leader, and president, Barack Obama will never be forgotten. His term may have ended but in its place has begun something quite incredible. I have never seen so many people turn their fire into fuel; to ignite their passions and fight for change. He has inspired in all of us the courage to stand up for our beliefs and to put the country’s future back into our own hands. Now, it is our turn.

Together, we stand. Together, we will conquer.

Ringing in the New Year

It’s been a while since I’ve written – it’s so easy to get caught up in the daily routines of college life and then flipping the switch into lazy days of relaxation and rest over winter break. While I have been contemplating a lot recently, I think writing is the greatest way to clear my head.

As the new year begins, everyone comes up with these crazy resolutions to work out more or to focus more on school. I admit I’ve crafted (and failed at sticking to) many many resolutions, including this years list of various things I want to change about my life. Just yesterday, I sat and realized that pushing oneself into this cookie cutter lifestyle restricts you from so many messy, risky, and beautiful experiences that life will present you with. This past year, I’ve shared some of the craziest moments with my best friends, and those are things that I would have never been able to do if I got rid of my love for adventure and thrill for pushing limits . I finished my freshman year at Berkeley, explored the nooks and crannies of the Bay area with my best friends, snuck into VIP sections at Coachella, booked a trip to South America just a month in advance, hungout with Branchez lol, climbed Mount Machu Picchu with my best friend & only 5 minutes to spare, worked my ass off at 2 jobs all summer, snuck into clubs in Vegas and stayed in a 3 story suite, took trains and planes and cars to get wherever my little heart desired, ran around San Diego with 2 of my best friends from Austria, conducted my first real research project, got lost at Stanfurd, snuck backstage at concerts, drank kava, tried new foods, said many hellos and goodbyes to people I will never forget, and froze my booty off running around SnowGlobe for New Years. While some of it may have been crazy and/or somewhat illegal, it is all what created the most amazing moments in the last 365 days of my life. And with that, I don’t really want to change anything at all about my life.

Rather than making myself stop going out as much or focusing more on school or eating less gluten or some other unpromising attempt to make me feel better about myself, I want to challenge myself to explore more. I want to challenge myself to love more. I want to challenge myself to be more passionate, more driven, and more optimistic. I look forward to another year of exciting moments and stupid, silly adventures. I don’t want to be perfect, I want to be messy and wrong and to learn and to grow and to remember. Because I’ve learned that that’s ok. It’s ok to not have all your eggs in a basket; to not know what the future holds and just let things unfold.

To be honest, I love the environment and I would really love to spend my life protecting it and doing something great for the earth. But on the other hand, I would absolutely dig working in the film or music industry. Who knows, maybe I could do both? For now, I just want to enjoy life, spend time with my friends & family, and continue my passions for music, photography, writing and film and see what happens with the rest. I’ve grown so much over the past year by just being myself and finding out about who I am based on my experiences & reactions rather than just telling myself who or what I am supposed to be. Striving for personal development and understanding is so much more worthwhile than tweaking the little things. Do what makes you happy, make others happy, just be happy ~ life is very good if you allow it to be 🙂

 

LOVE WINS!!!

pooJust a little blurb about today, a day that will be marked in history forever. June 26th, 2015 is the day that the Supreme Court ruled same-sex marriage as a right nationwide. America, you’re doin’ something right here. You go, America.

But honestly, this is really exciting. After years of states struggling to pass this law, finally a nationwide sweep was made with a close 5/4 majority. I don’t usually keep up with politics too much, but after waking up this morning to so many people rejoicing, this was something I had to remember. Although I don’t know what it feels like to be a part of the LGBT community, it’s really rad that finally we can fill our country with love and pride no matter who you are or who you love. I hope that with this, we can finally break down the existing social constructs of hatred and alienation towards gays and grow to learn from and accept one another. On that note, gay pride festivals take place in the month of July in cities around the nation – and this year especially is gonna be big. So be sure to celebrate such a special day, and lets hope this is leading our country in the right direction!