The Artist Contributes As Much As The Engineer, And We Need To Start Acknowledging It

The Artist Contributes As Much As The Engineer, And We Need To Start Acknowledging It

A painting won't keep you alive, right? Wrong.

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What would our world be without passion? Often, when we are asked to think about aspects of life we cannot live without, our minds gravitate toward a number of basic things: food, health, love and shelter. Meanwhile, others think of the "essentials" of science and technology, as they build us to be "better."

I have found that this mentality often leads our society to push the artists and creators to the back. After all, a painting won't keep you alive, right? Wrong.

Growing up, I was always a more creative child. I loved making songs, painting, doing crafts and telling stories. As I got older, this manifested into a deep passion for the arts, and in particular, the art of literature—something I have grown to realize that everyone loves, but no one wants to appreciate.

Like many other aspects of the creative world, art, in all its forms, is seen as something that has always been there and always will be. However, many creatives have been ostracized for doing what they love. They're often asked if what they love is "valid."

And although, arguably, every path in life can be picked at and questioned, how often are those whose passions dwell in math and science asked, "But what can you really do with that?"

Now, this isn't meant to shame the STEM majors of the world into praising the artists. But it is meant to shed some light on the reality of our world. For many creatives, we spend three-quarters of our time proving that our voices deserve to be heard — that the things we create and the life we wish to pursue are "worth it."

The other quarter of our time is spent actually creating. And then comes the challenge of validation.

Many individuals don't see a need to pay for art, share it or go to shows, even when the art belongs to those they adore. For example, one of my many creative passions is photography. Although everyone wants beautiful pictures, few wish to pay for them. At certain points, our passions can feel worthless because few wish to compensate us for our creations.

Although money is rarely ever the reason why we do what we do, how often do you find an accountant begging to be compensated for their work?

Art and creativity are essential parts of life. It is in the minds of creative people that life becomes more beautiful. Brilliant literature, paintings, songs and photographs are just a few of the things that make life worth living.

In order to grow and develop as individuals, we need to experience beauty and the finer things in life. Without people creating works of art, life would not be as amazing as it is.

So I challenge you: Find a local artist or talk to an artistic friend, and tell them how much you adore their talent. Tell them to never stop creating and adding to the beauty that exists in the world.

Arguably, life can go on without numbers, figures and statistics. But we cannot go on without passion.

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6 Places in New York City Every "Friends" Fan Needs to Visit

Grab a cup of coffee at Central Park.
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As a Friends fanatic myself, I often wonder about the places in New York City featured in the various episodes and whether I could actually visit them. Most of them are fictional or no longer exist, but there are a few places you can go to reminisce about your favorite Friends moments. So, here are 6 places in New York City you definitely need to visit as a Friends fan.

1. The Apartment Building, Obviously

The building used for the exterior shot of the apartments in Friends is real, and is located at 90 Bedford Street at the corner of Grove Street in Greenwich Village. It's an obvious must-see.

2. The Pullitzer Fountain

This is the fountain that the friends danced around in for the iconic theme song, and it's located right in Central Park.

3. Bloomingdale's

This is the department where Rachel worked before she moved on to Ralph Lauren, where she met Joshua, and where she started her career in fashion.

4. The Plaza Hotel

This is where Monica and Chandler celebrated their engagement in The One WIth Monica's Thunder, and is actually really gorgeous.

5. The Central Perk Replica

While Central Perk isn't a real coffee shop, a pop-up replica opened up in 2014 on Lafayette Street and it's definitely a must-visit.

6. Chandler's Office

The fictional Chandler works in the real Solow Building, located on West 57th street.

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Hannah B. Named The Next Bachelorette: Get Excited!!

Roll Tide.

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On the season finale of the hit reality TV show 'The Bachelor' Chris Harrison announced the new Bachelorette to be Hannah Brown, affectionately referred to as "Hannah Beast." Hannah made it far in Colton's season of the Bachelor, but hit some bumps along the way. She was involved in serious drama with costar and fellow pageant competitor Caelynn. Not only is Hannah B. known for drama and tears, she is also known for her awkward and often uncomfortable behavior around the cameras. And let's not forget the most awkward first date and toast of all time...Roll Tide!

Despite her awkward and quirky personality, I think the Alabama native is truly a sweetheart. She cannot be judged based on the controversy that took place between her and Caelynn because no one knows the full truth of the story. In my opinion, no one was completely innocent in their "cat fight" but the way in which each girl handled themselves in the resolution of this drama was mature and, quite frankly, impressive. I think Hannah B's season will be full of more tears and could potentially be very uncomfortable to watch at some moments, but at the end of the say, Hannah B. deserves to find love just like any other 'Bachelor' hopeful. It will definitely be an interesting season to watch, so get excited!!

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