How "Doctor Who" Saved My Life

How "Doctor Who" Saved My Life

With the new season of "Doctor Who" starting soon, here is why the show means so much to me.
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2010 to 2012 were the darkest years of my life. While I had some of the best times of my life and made many incredible, lifelong friends those years, I struggled with depression tremendously. I hit rock bottom and then dragged along for what felt like an eternity. I was barely passing classes, I lost a lot of weight from not eating, and I was not happy with who I was. I was lost.

I started going to church and made some amazing friends who were accepting in every form of the word. Being in a wheelchair, there are often times where I am left out of things because I can't get somewhere or do something. This group was more inclusive than anyone I'd ever met. They would go out of their way to make sure I could be involved, including the times they lifted me in my 300+ pound wheelchair up steps into different houses. That is when I started to accept myself. The depression began to lift, but in 2012 my best friend passed away and I felt it coming back in full force.

In March of 2013, I randomly started watching "Doctor Who" on Netflix. I had no idea what this show was, but it kept popping up in my suggestions, so, I started it. I started the first episode (of the newer series) and, honestly, thought it was really weird. I didn't believe that it was something I would like at all, but for some reason, I kept watching. After three or four episodes, I was hooked.

Now, for those of you who don't know, this show has been on for over 50 years. It ran from 1963 to 1989, there was a movie in 1996, and then the show was rebooted in 2005. I started with the newer series because that's what was available at the time. Plus, I had no idea it had been on longer. I finished season one and grew attached right before the Doctor regenerated. Naturally, I was devastated and did not want him to change to a new person. However, by the end of David Tennant’s first episode, I loved him.


Tennant's three seasons are what actually made me love the show. It was exciting, it was funny, and it broke my heart over and over. Each time a doctor or companion leaves, I am upset and don’t want anyone new. Then I end up loving them and the cycle continues. Those of you who watch the show know exactly what I’m talking about. It’s an endless, vicious cycle that rips your heart out repetitively, but you can’t imagine life any other way.

Ten, played by David Tennant, may be the Doctor who started this obsession, but I love them all. Eleven, played by Matt Smith, is probably my favorite, though it is really hard to pick. His three seasons are the ones I go back and re-watch frequently, and my favorite episodes and plot twists take place with him as the Doctor.

While "Doctor Who" is entertaining and amusing, there are many serious moments as well. There are so many inspirational quotes throughout the series. (Look for an article next week with a list of my favorite quotes!) The new season is starting Saturday, April 15, and I could not be more excited! When I say "Doctor Who" is my favorite show, that is an understatement. This show changed my life and ultimately saved it.

In a time where I was so full of self-doubt, "Doctor Who" showed me that everyone is important. It showed me that anyone can make a difference. This show has taught me that no dream is too big; it taught me to never give up and that, sometimes, even the impossible can happen. It showed me that it’s okay to find humor and happiness in life, even when your past has been filled with darkness. Being part of this “fandom” has shown me that it’s OK to be myself and that I am not alone. I have made amazing friends because of this show. Most importantly, though, I have accepted myself and know that I am important.


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Because "pretty" is so overrated.
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Nowadays, we put so much emphasis on our looks. We focus so much on the outside that we forget to really focus on what matters. I was inspired by a list that I found online of "Things I Would Rather Be Called Instead Of Pretty," so I made my own version. Here is a list of things that I would rather be than "pretty."

1. Captivating

I want one glance at me to completely steal your breath away.

2. Magnetic

I want people to feel drawn to me. I want something to be different about me that people recognize at first glance.

3. Raw

I want to be real. Vulnerable. Completely, genuinely myself.

4. Intoxicating

..and I want you addicted.

5. Humble

I want to recognize my abilities, but not be boastful or proud.

6. Exemplary

I want to stand out.

7. Loyal

I want to pride myself on sticking out the storm.

8. Fascinating

I want you to be hanging on every word I say.

9. Empathetic

I want to be able to feel your pain, so that I can help you heal.

10. Vivacious

I want to be the life of the party.

11. Reckless

I want to be crazy. Thrilling. Unpredictable. I want to keep you guessing, keep your heart pounding, and your blood rushing.

12. Philanthropic

I want to give.

13. Philosophical

I want to ask the tough questions that get you thinking about the purpose of our beating hearts.

14. Loving

When my name is spoken, I want my tenderness to come to mind.

15. Quaintrelle

I want my passion to ooze out of me.

16. Belesprit

I want to be quick. Witty. Always on my toes.

17. Conscientious

I want to always be thinking of others.

18. Passionate

...and I want people to know what my passions are.

19. Alluring

I want to be a woman who draws people in.

20. Kind

Simply put, I want to be pleasant and kind.

21. Selcouth

Even if you've known me your whole life, I want strange, yet marvelous. Rare and wondrous.

22. Pierian

From the way I move to the way I speak, I want to be poetic.

23. Esoteric

Do not mistake this. I do not want to be misunderstood. But rather I'd like to keep my circle small and close. I don't want to be an average, everyday person.

24. Authentic

I don't want anyone to ever question whether I am being genuine or telling the truth.

25. Novaturient

..about my own life. I never want to settle for good enough. Instead I always want to seek to make a positive change.

26. Observant

I want to take all of life in.

27. Peart

I want to be honestly in good spirits at all times.

28. Romantic

Sure, I want to be a little old school in this sense.

29. Elysian

I want to give you the same feeling that you get in paradise.

30. Curious

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It's like stepping into Hollywood!

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I am constantly so enamored by the world of Hollywood and by going to visit places I have seen on screen. It's always such an unreal feeling to see where my favorite pieces of entertainment were shot. Here are 10 places from some of our favorite movies to see and visit in the real world!

The High School from "10 Things I Hate About You"

If you have ever wanted to dance on the same stairs as Heath Ledger or just stand in the same courtyard as Julia Stiles then you're in luck! Along the water in Tacoma, Washington, Stadium High School is located which was used both inside and out as the high school from one of the greatest teen movies of all time. This school is massive and so beautiful it's almost Hogwarts level stunning.

Pacific Coast Academy from  "Zoey 101"

Growing up I always dreamed about going to Pacific Coast Academy and being best friends with Jamie Lynn Spears and one of those things can (kinda) become a reality! Located in Malibu is a beautiful campus called Pepperdine University and it is the school they used to shoot scenes of Zoey and the gang at PCA. It is a christian based college and is prestigious in it's own right so if unlike me you are smart enough you can live out my dreams.

Central City Police Department from "The Flash"

Have you ever wanted to show up to Detective Joe West's place of work? Well head to the Vancouver City Hall in Vancouver, Canada and you will recognize your surroundings as the Central City Police Department! If you are lucky enough to show up on a filming day, you might even seen the man himself — Barry Allen.

Forks High School from The Twilight Saga

Personally, I am more invested in Bella and Jacob but for all my Team Edward ladies (and gentleman) you can visit the real-life school where Bella and Edward first met and their love blossomed into whatever obsessive weird thing it was. They also used the parking lot at this school to film the infamous scene where Edward saves Bella from getting crushed by a car. The school is called Kalama High School and is located in Kalama, Washington

Max And Dani's House from "Hocus Pocus"

Anyone with taste loves the movie Hocus Pocus — that's just facts! And I have some good news for fans of the film...you can visit the infamous Denison house! Located in none other than Salem, Massachusetts you will find this beautiful home where my favorite siblings once lived.

Silent Hill from "Silent Hill"

I will say before talking about this place that visiting it is EXTREMELY dangerous as just like in the movie the town as been burning from below for years and years. This small town is called Centralia and is located Pennsylvania and has a roaring population of about four people.

Hobbiton from "Lord Of The Rings"

I am personally not a fan of Lord of the Rings but I know a lot of people are so I wanted to include this super cool place on the list. If you ever find yourself in New Zealand you can visit Hobbinton from the movies and spend a day living like your favorite characters.

Platform 9 3/4 from the Harry Potter Series

Now this place will unfortunately be packed with muggles of course but you can find it at King's Cross Station in London! If you are anything like me and are obsessed with these magical movies this is a dream destination just don't run too hard at the wall if you're a muggle it will probably end in a concussion.

East High from the High School Musical Saga

Located in Salt Lake City Utah is the real life East High that was used in the filming of all three High School Musical movies. It is my absolute dream to attend this high school and walk the halls of the greatest high school of all time. They used both the outside and inside and the school so every inch of the school will remind you of these great teen movies.

Gus and Hazel's Bench from "The Fault in Our Stars" 

If you ever wanted to visit the site of this kiss between star crossed lovers you're in luck! Located along a canal in Amsterdam is a bench that is clearly marked by all the fault in our stars graffiti. Recreate this cute picture with your significant other and use a quote from the movie — then you'll just win in life.

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