How Being In Theatre Changed My Life

How Being In Theatre Changed My Life

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I've always been the type of person to see a bunch of musicals and plays and walk around singing show tunes. But I was never the person to go in front of complete strangers and act or sing on stage. Just by watching plays, they opened my mind to things I never really cared about or showed me lifestyles that I've never really thought of. Just by watching musicals and plays, you learn so many lessons about different perspectives and values.

When I joined theater, I didn't know what to expect, but I didn't expect to feel accepted the first day and automatically make new friends. Everyone there was already a family, I thought I was going to feel like an intruder, but I wasn't, I felt so welcomed with opened arms. I'm not the type of person to really talk to anyone in a big group, but I felt so accepted with them. I felt like I could be myself. I was so relaxed and comfortable enough to talk to everyone.

Being a part of theater and watching plays are two different things. When you're a part of the play, you understand more of what kind of story the play is trying to portray and you help portray it that way. But when you sit in the audience of a play to just watch it, there's always this feeling of something missing. I've always felt that way. All the plays I've gone to see were all amazing, but when they were over I felt something missing like I wanted more. Now that I am a part of the play production, I feel like everything is completed and nothing is missing.

Theater isn't just about acting and singing on stage for entertainment, it's also about allowing yourself to spread your wings and get out of your shell. Not only does theater help you get out of your shell, but it helps you be more open minded to things you've never thought about and new ideas. It changes the way we feel, think, and see things. It can even change the way we act toward different situations.

Not only does theater bring a safe place for you to be yourself and be as creative as you can, but it also brings a lot of people in your life who will be with you for a long time. When I am around people in theater, I feel like I can be myself, make cheesy jokes, sing, and dance around them and they'll just join in with me.

Theater allows me to put myself out there. It helped me be more creative and not just stick to the standard things everyone does but be outside the box and add a wow factor.

Theater also has given me friends who I can call family; the people I can be myself around and have fun with. People that will lift me up when I am feeling down and let me be myself with no judgment.

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Who IS Allowed To Talk About Gun Control?

I have more questions than there are answers but I hope that we are on the way to a country with far less gun violence.
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Who is allowed to talk about gun control?

I see a lot of stuff on social media saying that teenagers don’t know enough to talk about gun control. Why? If a teenager dies of cancer, their friends talk about cancer. If a teenager dies because they were hit by a drunk driver on Prom night, the high school scares their students into not drinking and driving. Guess what, 17 teenagers were killed last week. Why are their friends not allowed to have an opinion on that? They have been going to funerals every day since Friday. I can’t imagine having to go to the funeral of the guy I sat next in math class. People my age aren’t supposed to die, we are supposed to graduate and get our dream job. A high school student should be thinking about homework and what movie they're seeing this weekend, not if that noise in the hallway was a man with a gun.

In media, we project images of strong teenagers. The Hunger Games, Divergent, The Maze Runner, they are all books and movies depicting kids in situations they don’t like. The main characters fight the system causing an uproar from the adults. But, in the end the teenagers are victorious, their prize is happiness and spending their adult lives in peace. Why would adults feed their children these novels and not expect the message to be taken to heart.

Ou president is a 71 year old white man, there were approximately 14 incidents where shots were fired in a school. That is about as many as there have been in 2018. I have no idea what changed, what has made this number dramatically increase. But obviously something needs to change. Why does President Trump feel threatened by the idea of making the ability to purchase a gun less accessible?

Personally, I don’t think that we need to make all guns illegal. There are many people, several of which I’m related to, who legally own guns that have only ever been used to shoot animals during their designated hunting seasons. But, last week I watched in horror as the news story of a guy that I graduated with was shot and killed. He had recently bought a pump action shotgun and was showing friends when it accidentally went off and shot him in the chest.In our society, guns are not going to disappear, but they are far too prevalent and easily accessible to those who clearly do not need to be in possession them.

The students of Douglas High School do not want to do away with guns. They want to make sure that no one ever has to worry about their friends, children, siblings or any one else while they are trying to get an education. I have more questions than there are answers but I hope that we are on the way to a country with far less gun violence.

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I Hate To Say It, But Social Media Is Ruining Us

Why post everything on Facebook?
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I'm guilty of it myself. I post photos on my social media accounts of a fun vacation I went on, or of my friends and I looking good and having a fun time. I strive for that perfect candid that was so unplanned but was still so cute. Events that I am proud of I share with my friends. I write articles just as I am writing this one, to share my ideas on the media.

But why do we have a tendency to share all this online?

There is nothing wrong with posting pictures that you want to expose to others. However, when it becomes a comparison, it becomes a problem. Often times, social media portrays people's lives onscreen different from their reality. Instagram can make it seem that someone is living their best life when in reality there is a failure to show the pure, raw and difficult insight or emotion your follower is actually experiencing. It can be a fake, false distortion that has the ability to put others down and reconsider their own lives. It essentially this "Barbie doll" misconception. Unfortunately, no one's life is as easy and perfect as we think it is.

Another issue faced by social media is Facebook's "What's on your mind?" question bar. I feel like this question is almost rhetorical, as if we all answered this question honestly with details, is it really what is appropriate for all audiences? Telling information face to face in our inner circle is one thing, but there is certainly a distinction between Facebook friends and true friends. People don't always have everyone's best interest at heart. Most of us are not close with half of these friends we have added. So why do we need to share our every movement of every day with them?

Sharing pictures of your own, your child's or a loved one's graduation or milestone is completely justifiable and in fact, encouraged. But when media is used to brag or showcase something that you would not normally discuss in real life, it may be time to reconsider.

We are told numerous times by our elders that we are overly absorbed in what is in our hands. We are not making as many everyday connections outside the realm of the device in our fingertips. I never thought that I would agree as much, and I hate to say that it is something I've become more and more aware of is true.

To conquer this general trend and harmful trend found in modern times, enjoy the moment and be present. Who knows if you'll have the same opportunity to be in the same place with the same people twice.

Stop recording the concert, and enjoy the fact that you're seeing one of your favorite artists live. Enjoy your beach day without making the entire day that is supposed to be about relaxation, about taking a good pic.

Social media is a blessing that we are all grateful for, but let's not let its curse get the best of us. Since when was this supposed to be a stressful thing?

So go on a cleanse. Put the device down, and go see the world for yourself, not for anyone else.

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