These last three days. Wow. If I can survive that, I can survive anything.
Bucket List 2.0:
1. Become and RA (was there any doubt this would be on here? Haha).
2. If they’ll let me, become a returner for SPOP.
3. Learn how to play/sing a song all the way through. No mistakes.
4. Perform that song on stage.
5. Learn how to dance.
6. Go abroad at some point.
7. Do something worth mentioning on this campus. Up to interpretation.
I didn’t let the brick wall stop me.
More basketball stuff! Designed a poster to advertise for a CHP basketball tournament, and after it was over I decided to make it generic. Inspired by those really awesome sports video game box covers. Haha.
Probably going to make a Durant one when I have the time.
20th Feburary 2013
Entree: Fight for Friendship
If any of you are familiar with the quarter system for schools and institutions of higher learning, you know it can be very hard and stressful. And for those of you aren’t, a quarter system is a division of the academic school year in four terms,…
You are stronger than I think you give yourself credit for. I know it may seem naive of me to say that, having only read into a small fraction of your life. But something about your words, the way you express yourself… it speaks volumes.
Every time I read your post I get fixated on this one line: “I will be myself UCI, and you will have to take it or leave it.” You may not see the strength in that statement, but I do. Too often I feel we get caught up in the conformity you mentioned, morphing into someone we’re not just to feel temporarily accepted. Most people are guilty of this, and I’m no exception. What takes courage, however, is exactly what you’ve resigned yourself to doing— being yourself.
That road isn’t easy, I know. You’ve experienced firsthand how hard it can be to find someone that accepts you for who you are. But you can’t give up. You’ll never find that happiness you seek if you give up.
The late Randy Pausch (who’s seminars I recommend to you, by the way) always used this metaphor of a brick wall to describe the challenges in our lives. He said that in the pursuit of our dreams, there are always setbacks— brick walls, that keep us from moving forward. However, the brick walls, he said, are not there to stop us from reaching our goals. Rather, they’re there to show us how bad we want something.
Right now, I think you’re at one of these walls. It’s discouraging and depressing, sure. A lot of people would turn back in this situation. But not you. I believe you have the strength to break through.
Never stop trying, stranger. And never be afraid to ask for help— there are always people willing to give it. :)
I realized recently that I’ve never made artwork with pop-culture— everything I’ve done has been pretty much from scratch. So I changed that. :)
…and hello to the next one, which will probably take this one’s spot at the top.
This is where things start to get real.
It’s amazing how every time I start to doubt myself as a person, someone says/does something that validates my whole way of living. Every. single. time.
Not everyone has that luxury, and I need to remember not to take it for granted sometimes.