Month: May 2014

The Role Model Appeal

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Many times too often, we are left feeling lost and abandoned, confused and wondering which way to turn or which route to take. Throughout high school I remember feeling extremely puzzled as to how I should act, what I should wear, the person that I should be. Whenever teachers ask me to define my personality I wouldn’t even have a clue where to start because I had so many personalities, how can I just choose one? And which one is the most appealing?

That is where role models come in. I’ve heard this word all the time, ever since I was young. But I wouldn’t fully comprehend its importance until years, years later. They give you a platform to strive to be the person you want to be, setting examples and giving advice. For a lot of my high school career I’d considered many times to perhaps take the “trashy” road, because I hated how my baby face made me seem so vulnerable and weak. My mother, of course, was against this at all costs.

Then I became interested in Ms. Audrey Hepburn and the rest is history. Her grace, elegance, and class were all the things I loved in her, and she’s influenced me in ways that I could’ve never imagined.

When you’re feeling lost or confused, look for someone to admire. Or better yet, a friend once told me, become a role model yourself. Set great examples for the younger generations to follow. What I’ve been learning recently also is that a bit of kindness goes a long way. Strive to become a better person without negativity or hate and you’ll see the world in a completely different light.

So today I want to share four women who I consider as my greatest influences to this date:

1. Audrey Hepburn: kindness

OBVIOUSLY, Ms. Hepburn must be on the list! One of the greatest things I love about her is her true beauty inside and out. She never found herself particularly beautiful (even though she was stunning) and believed that love could fix anything. Her son described her as “his best friend”, and she never followed the trends during her time either. Instead, she set her own trends. Being a mother was so important to her (the reason why she wouldn’t marry William Holden, since he couldn’t bear children) that she had even taken time to move out of her fame and popularity to become a full-time mother. Her status of kindness is one that I can never reach but hey, a girl can dream.

2. Natalie Portman: smartness

What surprised me most about Mrs. Portman is that she’d graduated from HARVARD! She’d once stated that she’d rather be smart than a movie star, and her intelligence greatly helps me strive to achieve much knowledge myself. She has such a smart look to her, yet she can also portray herself as sexy and scandalous, proving how well she can act. Not to mention she’s vegan and has stuck to such morals since her teenage years. She also acted as a doctor in No Strings Attached, one of my favorite movies. Natalie, may I be as smart and talented as you?

3. Lauren Conrad: stylishness

I liked her a lot after The Hills, but even during the show I found her to be of the chic, next-door-type gal, a style that I absolutely love. Now she has a super cool instagram and website, a place that I visit regularly for pretty pictures and outfit ideas, as well as etiquette. She writes books and even has her own clothing line at Kohl’s! Her style is so well put together and I love the soft colors and prints. Her artistic style is what I would like to achieve in my lifetime.

4. Jacqueline Kennedy: fierceness

JFK’s uber beautiful wife may seem frail and delicate on the outside, but she was one of the strongest women I have ever read about. It always amazes me how she’d handled her husband’s assassination situation, how from then on she vowed that her life would be solely to take care of her children, how she didn’t want her husband’s image to be tainted. She raised her children so well to become their own independent person. Her poise and strength amazes me every time I read about her.

Who are some other great people to look up to? Tell me in the comments below!

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Getting Old Feels Weird

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There’s always so much controversy nowadays about the new generation of kids. They’re often looked down upon and are even dubbed as “failures”. I wouldn’t blame them I mean I have little cousins myself and it always appalls me how much time they spend on their iPad playing games. They’re always engaging so little in anything else that it frustrates me. “When I was your age,” I would say, “we had video cassettes and no iPods and used this thing called MySpace.” And then I realized how old and just plain bitter I sounded. Who am I to criticize what kids are doing and acting like nowadays? It’s what they’ll be growing up in until a new generation of kids pop up.

I was born in 1996. I had to use the Walkman, using CDs that I actually bought from Walmart. I watched Blue’s Clues via video cassette and I still have one of those rewinders that go with it. I remember having super slow internet, using up all my hours on MySpace and pondering about who I should put on my top friends list. And remember when Disney Channel had good shows? LOL jk. Not really.

The point is, I know I’ve had my own share of experiences that are considered iconic, before this whole “technology splurge” happened and now everyone is tweeting and hash-tagging and yadda yadda. But should we really be criticizing the future generations for just simply going along with what their generation is supposed to be all about? Selfies and Flappy Bird? I mean I personally don’t like how my younger cousins are walking around with an iPhone 5 and whatnot. But it’s their generation, isn’t it? They were born into this madness. I was just lucky enough to be born in an earlier year.

We are so used to the norm, to being grounded and living the old fashioned way that it shocks us when we see younger kids so spoiled. They’re living with everything at the touch of a button, and this lack of effort can have serious effects. What will happen to hand-clocks? The postal system? It scares me to think that one day, I won’t be able to send letters anymore. Not to mention the GPS system. My dad seems to be one of the very few people still using a map book.

But maybe this is the way things are supposed to progress. The world is changing whether we like it or not. The question is: how do we deal with this change?

I honestly don’t know myself.

I’ll be graduating this year, and reading this article really got me thinking about how the change is happening. Does it make me feel old? Heck yeah.

What do you think about the generation shift?