Just a few days ago I was reading an article about Social Media. It went something like “Social Media is Destroying Quality Human Interaction”. It was for my ELC class, we had to do an evaluative commentary. Frankly, I don’t think I’m that kind of person that gets easily influence. But for some reason, the author of that article really gave me a huge impact. After reading the article for about 6 times, I was actually convinced that Social Media is in fact destroying quality human interaction; well for me personally. Consequently, I decided to take a break from Social Media. This includes my Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, Facebook, WeChat, Telegram; pretty much all the social media apps I have on my phone. However, I didn’t entirely delete all my social media apps, I narrowed down to three apps that I chose to keep; which are my WhatsApp, Tumblr and WordPress. WhatsApp is obviously important as it is the main platform where I contact my family members and my friends. Tumblr and WordPress on the other hand, is the place where I post my Poems, Short Stories, random writings – I’ll explain more afterwards.
Now, everyone might be thinking “Why?” right?
Well, how should I put this? For me personally, Social Media have been taking up my life. I’m not blaming Social Media. I don’t think everyone is facing the same issue I’m facing. This is a subjective issue anyway. Maybe its just me, maybe because I don’t have self limitation. It could be because I don’t know how to balance my social life with my actual life. Okay, I admit. It’s me. I would wake up in the morning and the first thing I’ll do is scroll through my Instagram feed. After that it’ll jump from Twitter to Snapchat to God knows what where. Its the circle of life. Next thing I know, 2 hours have just flew out of the window. I’m not saying that this happens every single morning but, Social Media have taken up half of my day to say the least.
This is why I decided to take a break. It could be for a month? 6 months? a year? I don’t know. What I do know is, in the meantime, I would love to start writing and reading again. That is why I kept my Tumblr (for my Poems & Short Stories) and WordPress (for my random writings). I think I have abandoned my blogs for far too long and its breaking my heart. Even my books on my shelves that I swore to read this year are untouched and collecting dust. I guess I’ll be posting more as well!
February 19, 2016
It has been nearly a month since I updated my blog. Honestly speaking there were couple of times I wanted to blog but I was apparently lazy. Ugh Laziness. Don’t everyone just hate that. Its nearly the end of the second semester, assignments are piling up and finals are just around the corner. So here’s just a quick short update. 5 days ago I turned 19! Yay! My last year of being a teen. Okay, not as exciting as it sound. Like what I used to hear; the older you become, the less important your age is. I agree to an extent, however I personally feel birthdays are important. It is like a celebration of being alive, it marks the day you were born and it is also a reminder to your mum when she gave birth to you. Now that I’m 19, I just hope I’ll make better decision and suppress from being lazy.
Beauty is subjective; I might think she’s beautiful while others might not. It varies from one person to another. I have notice many teenagers these days strive so hard to be “beautiful” or “pretty” from the eyes of the society, which is not entirely true. Not once but several times have I stumble upon instagram accounts that was made to featured girls and boys who are “beautiful”. The admin of this so called account would screenshot or save the selfies of those beautiful girls and boys and post it to on the instagram account. I honestly think these kinds of accounts are really unnecessary. Its like the society is branding the people. Posting only the ones who are pretty enough to be featured on the page. This is somehow disheartening to the ones who are not featured on the page because not only it is discouraging, it will hinder their level of confidence as well. However, for the ones who are featured, they are pressured to maintain to be there, to be “pretty”.
Everyone is beautiful in their own way. Whatever size they are, or skin colour they have; everyone is beautiful in and out. Sometimes it takes someone special to notice these things; your beauty. I personally think that beauty defines in our personality and attitude. The looks are just the bonus.
For me Christmas starts on the 1st of December. Well frankly its more like Advent rather than Christmas, but Advent actually begin on the 29th November (more or less the same). Advent is when we wait and prepare for the second coming of Jesus Christ. Anyways, during this season my family and I would decorate the house with Christmas decorations, go for carolling, Advent visits, year end parties etc. However, this year is different because my 2nd semester just started, which was on the 30th November. For the whole month I am not able to do all those Christmas preparation. To me Christmas preparation is also as important as Christmas day. Its 4 days to Christmas and I’ll only be flying back on Christmas Eve. That means I have 0 preparation.
Only now, during this season, made me realize that this will be the feeling when we eventually leave our parents, our home. The emptiness we will feel inside. So if anyone reading this who are highschool kids or younger or even parents with young kids, please spend time with each other. For parents, before they turn 18 and leave for further studies and after that have a family of their own, spend all your time with them because as you grow old, they grow old too and will eventually leave you. For kids, before you turn 18 and leave for further studies and after that have a family of your own, spend all your time with your parents because once they are not by your side, although you’ll feel the freedom, there is emptiness inside.
Now that is why this Christmas I decide to spend all my time with my family. Oh how I miss them :’)
Hello, welcome to my new blog! Yes, it is NOT January 1st. No, I will not wait for the 1st of January just to make a change in my life. Most of the people I know have this weird thinking like “New Year, New Life”. But not me. Today I decided to abandon my old blog and start a new one. There is no apparent reason to be honest. I just didn’t felt that much comfortable blogging in my previous blog and frankly WordPress seems like a better option for me rather than Blogger. But let us just put the past aside and embrace this new one.
*Inhale, exhale, inhale, exhale*
That felt good, didn’t it? What a great start for my blog. I guess before I leave though I should at least introduce myself right. Okay, my name is Joelle. I’m an eighteen year old and I should be sleeping now because its 4 in the morning and I did not just wake up 😉