Where Is The Love?

Where Is The Love?

In a time in our lives filled with so much hate, we need to stop and ask ourselves, where is the love?

I still remember sitting in my third grade classroom, watching the music video to “Where Is The Love” by the Black Eyed Peas on Friday mornings before class started.

I hummed along to the song, recognizing the tune and chorus from the radio. I grew up listening to that song, and it has always been one of my favorites.

This past Valentine’s Day, I found myself pulling that song out of retirement, playing it on repeat the whole night. Love was in the air, but so was the weight of the tragedy, due to the events that had taken place earlier that same day. I was in shock, like so many other people, knowing well that that could have easily been my school, my friends, or my family in that situation.

But I’m writing this article not to give my two cents on the hate and cruelty in the world around us, but to shine a spotlight on the love in our everyday lives that is easily overlooked.

I recently watched the music video again for “Where Is The Love.” In the video, the group is running around the city, plastering sheets of paper on every street corner, street sign, building, and billboard. The signs were simple, designed as a white question mark against a black background. The papers were everywhere for everyone to see, no matter where they were going or what they were doing, it was plastered in plain view right in front of them.

The question mark on the paper symbolized the question asked throughout the whole song, “where is the love?” and after watching the music video now, eight years later, I have finally figured it out. It is everywhere. We see love through small acts of kindness, a smile to a classmate walking by, a hug from a roommate on a bad day, and most vividly through our friends and family. In the midst of tragedy, this song is so important now more than ever.

Love is everywhere, making its presence known right in front of our eyes, but we are sometimes too distracted by other aspects of our lives that we simply do not notice it.

That same night when replaying the song over and over, I found myself listening to the lyrics more carefully than I ever had.

“People killing, people dying.

Children hurt and you hear them crying.

Will you practice what you preach?

And would you turn the other cheek?

Father, father, father help us,

Send some guidance from above.

These people got me, got me questioning.

Where is the love?”

Just the chorus sends chills down my spine, because it is more relevant now than it ever was when it was released eight years ago. There has always been hate in the world, some occasions being more prevalent than others. Truly listening and understanding the lyrics has made me realize that we need now more than anything is love.

So ask yourself, where is the love in your life?

Cover Image Credit: Dimitar Belchev

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9 Reasons You're Still In Love With Tim Riggins In 2019

Clear eyes. Full hearts.

If you're a Friday Night Lights fan, you know very well who Tim Riggins is. And if you've never seen the show, he's basically just the bad boy football star and sensitive hottie of your dreams, all wrapped into one heart-throbbing package. If you haven't already fallen under the Tim Riggins spell, you're about to...

1. He's the star running back of the Dillon Panthers.

Basically every girl who has walked this earth has fantasized about having that cliche football relationship. No shame. #33 on the field, #1 in my heart.

2. He's actually really sensitive.

Tim Riggins may seem hard and dysfunctional on the outside, but he's really just a big softie. He's no JD McCoy, who grew up lavishly and extremely fortunate; Tim had a rough upbringing. He and his brother, Billy, had to work hard all by themselves just to stay above water, which is most likely what keeps him so grounded and humbled.

3. He loves kids.

Tim didn't even think twice about taking his neighbor under his wing when he moved in next door. And for some reason, there's just somethin' about cute boys holding babies that makes us girls swoon.

4. He's genuine and honest.

Sure, maybe he took advantage of his football-star status and slept with most of the rally girls, but once he fell in love with Lyla we saw his compassionate side. (You probably envied Lyla and maybe even hated her for a while because of it...I know I did.)

5. He knows how to have a good time.

It's 5 o'clock somewhere.

6. He's a family man.

Tim took the blame for his brother's crime and went to prison for it...if that's not loyalty then I don't know what is.

7. He's affectionate.

If you either hate Lyla or you want to be Lyla or a combination of the both, you are not alone.

8. He's protective.

Probably the only time you've ever wanted to be in a tornado was when you watched the episode where he shielded Julie from flying debris.

9. He's beautiful.

You're welcome for blessing you with this GIF.

May you all find your own Tim Riggins. Amen.

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Why I Chose To Learn A Musical Instrument

You don't have to be the best to play beautiful music


In this world of specialization, people give me the impression that they believe that we should not bother doing anything unless we can be number one unless we can be the best. However, not everyone can be number one at one specialized task. Even if someone was able to accomplish such a feat, they would have to relinquish this title once someone better came along (because someone with superior talent always comes along).

So why bother learning a technique like how to play an instrument?

1. Passion

To put it in mathematical terms, Passion > Competition every time. What is the one thing that tends to bring everyone together? Listening to the same sounds, which is normally in the form of beautiful music. Music is a universal phenomenon that can tug on everyone's heartstrings at the same time, and usually the same heartstring. Learning to play an instrument opens up many possibilities for a person to enrich his/her/their life:

2. Making a song your own

There is a reason why people are allowed to monetize covers of original songs on YouTube: making a cover of a song is making a new version of the song. Sometimes people love a piece of music so much that they want to be a part of it, but they cannot be apart of it unless they somehow make their own version of it. People do this by becoming a part of orchestras, quartets, trios, bands, and duets. To learn an instrument, in my case piano, is to learn how to make my favorite songs come to life without turning on an iPod or Youtube.

3. You don't have to be the best to play beautifully

Music is an art form, and that art form is enhanced by hard work and practice. Anyone can learn how to play a beautiful piece of music. They just have to choose the piece they want to learn and practice long enough. Perhaps they will only manage to get to an intermediate skill level, but even at that intermediate skill level is the capability to make almost any song beautiful.

4. It's a healthy form of expression

Emotions are infused within music, and sometimes we need to express them. Music is a healthy way to express emotions without allowing those emotions to overwhelm us or drive us in an unhealthy manner. Music is an art form that allows us to express our emotions and control our emotions.

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