10 Things Dr. Seuss Has Taught Me

10 Things Dr. Seuss Has Taught Me

Funny rhymes and sayings, boom bands and playings.

If I were to say the name Theodor Seuss Geisel, would you know who I was talking about? What if I told you he wrote books? Still no? What if I told you he penned the line, “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, it’s not going to get better, it’s not.” Does the rhyme bring back memories of colorful books, imagination playgrounds, and endless possibility? If it does, you’re on the right track. This is 10 things Dr. Seuss taught me.

1. “A person’s a person, no matter how small.” -Horton Hears A Who!

This goes far beyond the size of our shoes, it instead speaks to who we are as people. No matter the color of your skin, the way you display your gender, who you love, we are all people, and that should be the most important thing. We all deserve respect.

2.“From there to here, from here to there, funny things are everywhere!” -One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish

Sometimes you just have to laugh it off and look around, because the world is full of crazy, brilliant, wonderful things that please and cleanse the soul. Funny things are indeed everywhere. And after all, if we aren’t laughing at ourselves, we are only getting laughed at.

3.“If you never did, you should. These things are fun and fun is good.” -One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish

This one is one of the hardest ones! This is my motivation to step out of my comfort zone. And to remind myself that everything doesn’t have to be serious. It certainly is easier that way, but at one point or another, you have to do things just because you want to.

4.“I'm afraid that sometimes you'll play lonely games too. Games you can't win 'cause you'll play against you.” -Oh! The Places You’ll Go!

Don’t tell her I told you this, but I will forever remember one of my high school English teachers crying as she read this. In that moment, it hit me. Life never promised to be easy. And along the way, there are going to be things that hurt, and more often than not, it’ll be me playing myself.

5.“I know, up on top you are seeing great sights, but down here at the bottom we, too, should have rights.” -Yertle the Turtle and Gertrude McFuzz

Most people think this one speaks for itself, but I see this sentence in a completely different way. It’s about perspective. Not seeing the world “as it is”, but believing that everyone is experiencing a world vastly different than mine. And to truly know someone, I must see the world through their lens. Are they seeing the same sights?

6.“If you want to catch beasts you don't see every day, You have to go places quite out of the way, You have to go places no others can get to. You have to get cold and you have to get wet, too.” -If I Ran the Zoo

Often times, we pursue goals with unrealistic expectations of what will be required of us. We forget that to pursue uncommon goals, we must go places other do not usually go. We must hold ourselves to unusually high standards. And we must be willing to get a little wet in the process.

7.“The Lorax: Which way does a tree fall?

“The Once-ler: Uh, down?

“The Lorax: A tree falls the way it leans. Be careful which way you lean.” -The Lorax

Another one that I’m reminded of daily. Everything I say, do, write, and express has an impact on others. And that impact can be something I intended, or did not intend, but it’s still my responsibility. That’s the way I chose to lean. And a tree always falls the way it leans. This taught me to choose my words carefully.

8.“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go. You’ll miss the best things if you keep your eyes shut.” -I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!

This one has taught me two things. The first, to keep reading! As simple as it sounds, reading when you’re older is something you have to set out to do. Something you have to plan and make time for. This helps remind me that it’s super important to stay well read. Secondly, life may move fast, and it may be scary, but I always have to keep my eyes open. I risk missing too much by holding them shut and hoping for the world to pass by.

9.“And I saw on this hill, since my eyesight's so keen, the two biggest fools that have ever been seen! And the fools that I saw were none other than you, who seem to have nothing else better to do than sit here and argue who's better than who!” -Bartholomew and the Oboleck

This one is more chastising than the rest, and it reminds me every day that unless it’s to encourage or uplift someone, or criticize them constructively, my words don’t have a place. There’s no reason to stand and point fingers or compare skills, as I look as much a fool as the person I’m trying to correct.

10.“Thank goodness for all the things you are not, thank goodness you're not something someone forgot, and left all alone in some punkerish place, like a rusty tin coat hanger hanging in space.” -Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are?

Finally, this last one by one of the most uplifting men to write, ever. It taught me to love the life I live and lead. To appreciate every moment, even the bad ones. Not because someone may have it worse off, but because I’m alive, and I’m here to appreciate all this world has to offer. I hope Dr. Seuss taught you some things too!

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.

Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.

7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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From One Nerd To Another

My contemplation of the complexities between different forms of art.


Aside from reading Guy Harrison's guide to eliminating scientific ignorance called, "At Least Know This: Essential Science to Enhance Your Life" and, "The Breakthrough: Immunotherapy and the Race to Cure Cancer" by Charles Graeber, an informative and emotional historical account explaining the potential use of our own immune systems to cure cancer, I read articles and worked on my own writing in order to keep learning while enjoying my winter break back in December. I also took a trip to the Guggenheim Museum.

I wish I was artistic. Generally, I walk through museums in awe of what artists can do. The colors and dainty details simultaneously inspire me and remind me of what little talent I posses holding a paintbrush. Walking through the Guggenheim was no exception. Most of the pieces are done by Hilma af Klint, a 20th-century Swedish artist expressing her beliefs and curiosity about the universe through her abstract painting. I was mostly at the exhibit to appease my mom (a K - 8th-grade art teacher), but as we continued to look at each piece and read their descriptions, I slowly began to appreciate them and their underlying meanings.

I like writing that integrates symbols, double meanings, and metaphors into its message because I think that the best works of art are the ones that have to be sought after. If the writer simply tells you exactly what they were thinking and how their words should be interpreted, there's no room for imagination. An unpopular opinion in high school was that reading "The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne was fun. Well, I thought it was. At the beginning of the book, there's a scene where Hawthorne describes a wild rosebush that sits just outside of the community prison. As you read, you are free to decide whether it's an image of morality, the last taste of freedom and natural beauty for criminals walking toward their doom, or a symbol of the relationship between the Puritans with their prison-like expectations and Hester, the main character, who blossoms into herself throughout the novel. Whichever one you think it is doesn't matter, the point is that the rosebush can symbolize whatever you want it to. It's the same with paintings - they can be interpreted however you want them to be.

As we walked through the building, its spiral design leading us further and further upwards, we were able to catch glimpses of af Klint's life through the strokes of her brush. My favorite of her collections was one titled, "Evolution." As a science nerd myself, the idea that the story of our existence was being incorporated into art intrigued me. One piece represented the eras of geological time through her use of spirals and snails colored abstractly. She clued you into the story she was telling by using different colors and tones to represent different periods. It felt like reading "The Scarlet Letter" and my biology textbook at the same time. Maybe that sounds like the worst thing ever, but to me it was heaven. Art isn't just art and science isn't just science. Aspects of different studies coexist and join together to form something amazing that will speak to even the most untalented patron walking through the museum halls.

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