WWJMD: Life Edition

WWJMD: Life Edition

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Okay, so if Donald Trump got elected President of the United States and started World War III and the only way to save the world was for the entire universe to agree on one artist that we all loved, who would it be? (Fine, that would totally never happen- but let's be real, it's John Mayer.)


And even though our relationship isn't exactly what I thought it would be at this point in time (let's face it, I thought we'd be married with two kids by now), John's taught me a lot in the short time I've been alive.


"Well I never lived the dreams of the prom kings and the drama queens, I'd like to think the best of me is still hiding up my sleeve."(No Such Thing, 2002)

Just because something hasn't happened yet, doesn't mean it's not going to happen- and it doesn't mean you should stop working for it! (News flash: high school was NOT the most important time of your life! Hello, the future!?) Just remember to keep looking forward. I can almost guarantee that the little things you're worrying about in life right now will be completely irrelevant in a few years. Take the time to work on you, and do whatever it is that you aspire to do. Wait for your ten-year reunion, bust down the double doors, stand on the table before them and let them know what all your time was for.


"I'll gladly go down in a flame if the flames what it takes to remember my name."(Bigger Than My Body, 2003)

You were placed on this earth for a reason. Whether it was to find a cure for a disease or to be a friend for someone in need, you are needed. And you should be known! Let the world see who you are and what you're capable of. It's time for the gloves to come off. Get down and dirty and do whatever it takes to be the change you want to see in the world. Give people a reason to remember you.



"Even if your hands are shaking, and your faith is broken, even as the eyes are closing, do it with your heart wide open."(Say, 2007)

You gotta do what you gotta do. If you wanna do it, if you gotta do it, do it. And do it proudly. No matter what it is, the decision is what makes you who you are, and you've got to be true to that, even if it's hard. Whatever it is, do it, be it, say it. Whatever it is, you can do it. Whatever it is, embrace it.



"Who says I can't be free from all of the things that I used to be? Re-write my history, who says I can't be free?"(Who Says, 2009)

It doesn't matter who you used to be, it doesn't matter what you've done. It's always the right time to make a change or find the right path. You can always be who you want to be, simply by being true to yourself. While certain things may be fate, you do get to decide what roads take you there. Don't let your fears stop you from being the best version of yourself.



"Now I'm right here, and I'm right now, and I'm open knowing somehow that my shadow days are over now."(Shadow Days, 2012)

It gets better. Always. Even if it seems bleak. Even if it seems like the end. It will get better. And things will get worse before they'll get better, so just keep pushing through.



"Life is a beautiful thing. Pack a bag. Make a playlist. Watch the world. Don't speak. Just listen." Just remember to take life one day at a time and always ask yourself: What Would John Mayer Do?

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.
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Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.


7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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From One Nerd To Another

My contemplation of the complexities between different forms of art.

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Aside from reading Guy Harrison's guide to eliminating scientific ignorance called, "At Least Know This: Essential Science to Enhance Your Life" and, "The Breakthrough: Immunotherapy and the Race to Cure Cancer" by Charles Graeber, an informative and emotional historical account explaining the potential use of our own immune systems to cure cancer, I read articles and worked on my own writing in order to keep learning while enjoying my winter break back in December. I also took a trip to the Guggenheim Museum.


I wish I was artistic. Generally, I walk through museums in awe of what artists can do. The colors and dainty details simultaneously inspire me and remind me of what little talent I posses holding a paintbrush. Walking through the Guggenheim was no exception. Most of the pieces are done by Hilma af Klint, a 20th-century Swedish artist expressing her beliefs and curiosity about the universe through her abstract painting. I was mostly at the exhibit to appease my mom (a K - 8th-grade art teacher), but as we continued to look at each piece and read their descriptions, I slowly began to appreciate them and their underlying meanings.


I like writing that integrates symbols, double meanings, and metaphors into its message because I think that the best works of art are the ones that have to be sought after. If the writer simply tells you exactly what they were thinking and how their words should be interpreted, there's no room for imagination. An unpopular opinion in high school was that reading "The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne was fun. Well, I thought it was. At the beginning of the book, there's a scene where Hawthorne describes a wild rosebush that sits just outside of the community prison. As you read, you are free to decide whether it's an image of morality, the last taste of freedom and natural beauty for criminals walking toward their doom, or a symbol of the relationship between the Puritans with their prison-like expectations and Hester, the main character, who blossoms into herself throughout the novel. Whichever one you think it is doesn't matter, the point is that the rosebush can symbolize whatever you want it to. It's the same with paintings - they can be interpreted however you want them to be.


As we walked through the building, its spiral design leading us further and further upwards, we were able to catch glimpses of af Klint's life through the strokes of her brush. My favorite of her collections was one titled, "Evolution." As a science nerd myself, the idea that the story of our existence was being incorporated into art intrigued me. One piece represented the eras of geological time through her use of spirals and snails colored abstractly. She clued you into the story she was telling by using different colors and tones to represent different periods. It felt like reading "The Scarlet Letter" and my biology textbook at the same time. Maybe that sounds like the worst thing ever, but to me it was heaven. Art isn't just art and science isn't just science. Aspects of different studies coexist and join together to form something amazing that will speak to even the most untalented patron walking through the museum halls.

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