Thursday, April 18, 2013

Mirror Mirror


          Dogs are more like us than we may think. Most of them have an imprint, or a mental image of who they are. Small dogs may see themselves as massive machines made for destruction and the likes of a Great Dane could see himself as a tiny ant. This creates a problem when they happen to see their true image reflected in the mirror. This mirror version of them seems to be another dog because they could never truly look like that in their minds. For all they know, this ‘other’ dog is a threat and this is what causes them to become hostile when they look at their reflection. So they bark, and they bark, and they bark, as if their incessant noise is going to drive the evil doer away.
            Humans have a way of doing this too. So very often people all over the world are looking into the mirror and barking. They blaspheme, shouting “This could not be me! I could never look this ugly!” When in reality what they are seeing is far more beautiful than they will ever know. Humans have an imprint too, and it is usually set by society.
            We are told what beauty is from a young age, skinny, tall, tan, and flawless.  When people see a dog with its ribs showing they call it cruelty yet somewhere along the way this became beautiful for a human, causing millions of girls to bark at themselves in the mirror wishing for their bones to protrude.
            Women as a whole spend approximately 7 billion dollars on makeup a year. These products claim to enhance your beauty, yet still they see themselves in the mirror and begin to bark. So then they have to go out again and by the latest and greatest product claiming to fix the problems that their imprint has created for them.
            It all seems to come back to the mirror though. When the animals are not looking into it they can carry on their merry way without every knowing that they are not who they think they are. Again, people tend to be the same way. If they do not look into the mirror, how will the ever know what they look like? Sure, it would probably result in some unruly people, but they would never know it. Could you imagine if for a week the entire world stopped looking into mirrors? How would they apply makeup? How would they shave? How would they do anything to morph their face into what is considered acceptable for society? Maybe they wouldn't.
            The mirror has been a great advancement in society, and in the past it was even seen as a magical object where a parallel universe existed. There, you could meet yourself. How often do people go to the mirror and expect to meet themselves? They pick themselves up and hope that when they look into the mirror they will see what has been poured into their brain for so long, but instead they find someone so uniquely individual that they are let down. Before them stands a beautiful person who will one day be the love of someone’s life, the parent to adoring children, and then a grandparent who spends their days spoiling their beloved grandchildren. Yet they cannot see it, because they are too busy searching for what society tells them they should see. So often, people become the evil step mother in Snow White and they begin to look to their mirror for answers. “Mirror, Mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all?”
            Maybe it’s time people put the mirror down and started looking inside for their answers. Instead of trying to live up to what society says is beautiful try becoming the best you. It’s not the words spoken by those with bad intent that define a person but rather what they know inside their heart. It’s time to take a stand and become what you've always known, something more than what the mirror shows. You are you, and that right there makes you pretty amazing.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

My Life in 8 Photo

So I have been reading through some old post on Zoe's blog and I saw she had started a tag called "My Life in 8 Photos" This seemed like a really cool idea and I couldn't wait to do it. Since she tagged everybody, I thought why not? So tagged by Zoella

I don't know about you but i'm one of those people who has a photo for every memory and every event, and i'm sure i have a fair few photographs to sum up who i am as a person.

So, it's simple...Post 8 photos you feel are relevant in portraying who you are as a person or just photos from a memory or an event...anything! You can even be completely random and click anywhere in your photos and upload the ones u happen to click. It will be really interesting to see what photos people post & will also be lots of fun.

I tag everyone who hasn't done this yet because it's a lot of fun! I think it'll be cool to see how everyone's lives play out in photos.

Saturday, April 13, 2013


                Do you ever find yourself wishing to be someone else? Have you ever wished that your life was more like the life of that really skinny girl who just seems to have it all? I think the better question would be, who doesn’t?
                So often we find ourselves looking at the people around us and wishing to be them. I remember when I was twelve years old my dad’s best friend gave me a necklace for Christmas. It was a cute little necklace with a metal peace sign pendant surrounded by little orbs of quartz. I still have it to this day actually. It came with a tiny note from the maker of the necklace that claimed to “make all of your wishes come true”. I was ecstatic! Though my dad’s friend laughed it off, all I could think was how great my life would become. Mind you I was twelve. I am very much aware that a necklace has no power over the universe. I’m pretty sure I knew that at twelve as well, but that didn’t stop me from wearing it every day. Whenever something bad would happen I would wish for a change. Whenever a prettier girl walked by me I would wish to look more like her. I would wish for clothes, money, fame, and even talents I did not possess. I don’t think I actually thought these things would happen, but maybe a part of me wished they would.
                I’m still the very same way. I don’t wear the necklace everyday anymore, but I’m constantly wishing to be someone else or have something I don’t. I am that person that makes a wish everyday at 11:11. Why? I live a great life; I have a roof over my head, food in my stomach, two loving parents, good grades, and the best friends in the entire world, so why do I wish for it to be different? Why am I unsatisfied?
                I like to think I’m not the only one like this. I think we all have moments when we feel like we need more. That being skinny is what we want, that having tons of money will fix every problem, that having that overpriced name brand dress will make us more popular. We long for what we cannot have and it’s a constant battle in my life. A battle for my happiness. These wishes are for things that I think will make me happy, when really I have everything I’ll ever need already.
                I’m trying to change though. Every morning I wake up and I list five things in my life I’m thankful for. As I get dressed I remind myself that my sense of style is what makes me unique and I don’t need a size two waist to be beautiful. Then, in the wise words of Macklemore, I remind myself that I don’t need a name brand to be happy. “I wear your granddad's clothes, I look incredible.”
                Soon, I hope to be able to say that the only thing I wish for is the happiness off others. Fingers crossed!