I Live La Vie en Rose... And So Should You

I Live La Vie en Rose... And So Should You

Put on some rose-colored glasses... the result may surprise you.

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For some reason, French quotes seem to be popular among many people today - especially girls - on social media. I am sure you have heard of "c'est la vie" (such is life), and "la vie est belle" (life is beautiful), or at least came across these quotes written in pretty fonts on Pinterest, VSCO, and Tumblr. In fact, I would be quite surprised if you haven't. Something about saying inspirational things in French makes them sound so much more elegant, classy, and precise - I guess that's why they're the new aesthetic all over my feed. I never took French, although I have realized that the language has this romantic way about it that can transform any basic, cliché English phrase into something that sounds sophisticated. I guess that is what attracted me to one in particular, "La Vie en Rose," in the first place, when I watched a vlog of one of my favorite YouTubers getting it tattooed on her in an elegant cursive font. I did not really know what it meant, but it sounded stunning, and it intrigued me to find out more about what would soon be my personal mantra.

Literally, "La Vie en Rose" translates to "Life in Pink," but theoretically, it means to live life through rose-colored glasses. The idea behind this is that the color of a pink rose radiates the beauty, romance, and positivity in life… so to view life through a rose colored lense means to embrace it for it's best qualities and live unbiased in search of true beauty. When I read through all this information on what this means, I actually did remember hearing something similar… but not shed in the same light. Many people refer to living life through rose-colored glasses, as living a naive life, describing a state where one fails to come to terms with the harsh reality of the truth. As a matter of fact, my horoscope once warned me, a Gemini, not to face life with rose-colored glasses during a particularly rough week… but why wouldn't you?! The French definition does not suggest you shake off any worries; it just recommends you take them into consideration with a viewpoint in a rosy tint; a more positive and accepting attitude.

The embodiment of "La Vie en Rose" is illustrated beautifully in the movie Sabrina, starring Audrey Hepburn, as she writes her father a letter on a balcony in Paris about how she found happiness while men play the song, "La Vie en Rose," behind her. It depicts a change in perspective and is inspiring to the teenage girl, which is relatable to girls everywhere and can be applied to others regardless of their stage of life.

In today's society, beauty has been predetermined for us based on what is considered the norm on different social platforms. I do not believe this is the ideal way to live… finding the beauty in the smallest of things in everyday life has real value. When everything is pink, it is up to the eye of the beholder to choose what is beautiful in life; with a view like this, it is easy to become more accepting of the elegant things in life, like a pink rose. Pink has always been my favorite color (which is probably why I gravitated toward this quote, if I am being honest) but the concept remains the same whether you choose to view life in orange, yellow, or green… if it depicts your state of serenity and happiness, then refuse to live life in any other way. Sometimes when life gets too overwhelming, regardless of the circumstances, putting on pink glasses and looking at life through a rose hue can make all the difference. I have surely found it does for me, and I recommend you give it a chance.

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Lil Dicky's 'Earth' Is The Most Influential Song Of 2019, Change My Mind

And the music video may be even better.

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Lil Dicky is a known musician know for his songs 'Pillow Talking' and 'Freaky Friday' featuring Chris Brown. The songs are fun silly and are very catchy. Last week, Lil Dicky released a new song titled 'Earth' featuring about 30 plus artists including Ariana Grande, Justin Bieber, Brendon Urie, Zac Brown Band, and many others. This song is just as enjoyable as his other songs; however, this one carries an extremely important message.

In this song, Dicky brings awareness to the condition of the Earth along with the idea of world unity. Through the inclusion of several animal species, he shows how the earth doesn't just belong to us as human, but to the animals as well. Oftentimes, the human race can be extremely selfish and forget that we do share the planet with other species who are just as important as us.

In one of his last verses, Dicky mentions the way we are harming the earth through pollution and fighting wars. This part of the song becomes more serious to emphasize the importance of this topic. In the music video, the colorful visuals turn dark and gray which can bring to attending the dying planet.

In his effort to save the earth, Dicky calls for unity among all countries and continents. Saying how all past issues are in the past and we all need to come together since we live on the same planet. With all the political issues happening on a global scale, the earth and its health are often pushed to the end of the priority list. By adding this part to the song, Dicky brings awareness of that topic back to the top.

'Earth' by Lil Dicky is the most important song of 2019. Through his creative artistry and inclusion of over 30 artists, people will notice the message of this song and hopefully begin to make changes that will impact the earth in positive ways. If you haven't watched the music video or listened to the song please do.

Earth is the only planet we have; thus, we need to show how much we love it by actually taking action to care for it.

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You Know You're From Trumbull, CT When...

The best memories are made in this boring, little, Connecticut town.

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1. The majority of places you will consider to eat at are in Fairfield or Westport... Colony, Shake Shack, Country Cow, Playa Bowls, BarTaco

2. But if you find yourself too lazy to get on 95 for food, Panchero's is the go-to... never Chipotle. If it is past midnight, the choice always comes down to the McDonalds in Monroe, where you are almost guaranteed to see a group of people you know, or Merritt Canteen.

3. Once you got your license, your Friday night plans consisted of picking up friends, driving up and down Main Street, and, somehow, always finding yourself at the THS parking lot seeing who's car is there because there is nothing better to do.

4. In the Fall, you couldn't wait for Friday so that after school you and half of your grade could walk to Plasko's Farm for ice cream and apple cider donuts... and hope you could get them before the owners would yell at you to leave. (This one only applies to Hillcrest Middle School kids, AKA the inferior middle school in town).

5. You couldn't wait to be a senior so you could officially lead the BLACK HOLE at football games... if you were even willing to go in the cold.

6. You looked forward to the annual Senior Scav, the last week of summer before your senior year where a list of tasks is passed down by the recently graduated class... the official kickoff to senior year.

7. You pass by Country Club Rd. and get flashbacks from the worst Cross Country practices ever. Driving up Daniels Farm Rd. in the Fall and Spring, you are conditioned to yell "hi" out the window to your friends at practice.

8. You knew someone who worked at Gene's gas station... and found yourself spending more time there on the weekends than you would like to admit.

9. You are convinced Melon-heads are real after frequenting Velvet St. to see the abandoned insane asylum with your friends, IF you didn't want to drive all the way up to Fairfield Hills in Newtown.

10. You have had/have been to at least one middle school birthday party at the Trumbull Marriott.

11. You know that the 25mph speed limit on Whitney Ave. is way too slow... and can't help but hit a little air going down the huge hill at the top.

12. The guy at Towne likely knows your name.

13. You never find yourself turning right out of THS... that side of town is irrelevant for those who do not live there.

14. You know to avoid the Merrit Parkway from 4:00-7:00pm at all costs.

15. You know more than you would like to about people you aren't even friends with... in a town so small, things get around very quick.

16. Going shopping really means going to Target, or any store in the mall, for the millionth time that week.

17. The marching band was the best in the state and you would see them practicing, literally, every time you drove by THS.

19. Depending on the side of town you lived, you spent a lot of time at Five Pennies Park or Indian Ledge Park.

20. You would say you couldn't wait to leave, but when you got to college, you find yourself excited to come back to your hometown so you can reminisce on old traditions and make new memories.

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