One Demand: Change.

Sometimes I miss the world unfolding right before me. Everything seemingly placed in my hands, with everything figured out and planned almost perfectly, where people working together in harmony was never a sort of shock.

But the days of my innocence and all-around youth are diminishing. This seems, it even sounds, like such a negative part of my life. But instead something incredibly strange has happened to me. I feel excitement in the struggle of the days ahead. I feel that through division comes unification. I feel that, although it will take much time and sacrifice, we will honor the days ahead. To some who have lost hope and who believe progress has reversed itself, my perspective may seem sick or almost cynical. But how could it be? I urge you to not lose hope. Struggle and hardship is crucial to any major progress.

This goes for anyone or anything from every corner of the world. We are all seeing drastic changes in the way we live. It is terrifying; I will not argue that. But I encourage you are the people around you to just feel the reassurance that I have. The reassurance from young people and activists everywhere who are marching in the streets and starting up inclusive programs in their community and calling their leaders all to demand one thing: change.

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Beauty

There is so much beauty around us. Most of us tend to take all of this beauty for granted. We all have busy lives; and our rushed, on-the-go lifestyle is what takes away time for us to step back and simply appreciate the world we live in.

Regardless of how busy life may be, I like to take a few hours off at times, whether alone or with a friend, to appreciate life.

Yesterday went just as so. A friend and I decided to take a few precious hours of our time to explore a place already too familiar to us; but beautiful every visit.

Here are just a few moments from this excursion.

 

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An artist. What is it to you?

What gives you the right to call yourself an artist? Is it a college education? Is it a skill you’ve procured? We tend to see artists as, quite simply, someone who is skilled with a paintbrush. Or perhaps, you have heard a musician of some sort being proclaimed as an artist.

But who or what defines this spectrum of arts and artistry? I ask myself this question quite often, but the truth of it is here: No one can determine your authenticity of being an artist, because an artist isn’t to be a singer, painter, or a musician. An artist is a creator. Someone who has a thriving passion to leave their work out in the open for others to see. An artist is someone who takes pride in what they have created, regardless of what it is. An artist is a writer, a photographer, a sculptor, a filmmaker. Someone who is creative, and has the ability to produce something beautiful, regardless of what it is.

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