Why Do We Wait?

I’ve been thinking  about the Aurora shooting lately, and it’s SO amazing how something so tragic can bring so many people together. To be honest, it’s amazing how any death, whether it’s twelve people or one person, can bring the whole world together. Whether it’s 9/11 or a celebrity, death has a way of making us human beings appreciate life and people way more than we usually do.

But my question is, why?

Why do we wait for these things to happen before we start appreciating something as simple as being alive? Why is it we tell people we love them after they’ve left us?

The one thing that the Aurora shooting has taught me—and loads of other folks—is that we really don’t know when we’re going to have to say goodbye forever. We don’t know if our plane is going to land safely, or if the phone call we share with a loved one is going to be the last time we hear their voice. We don’t know if we’re going to get home tonight.

We don’t know if we’re going to come out of a movie theater alive.

What we do know, however, is that we still have time. There’s still a moment to enjoy the sunset; there’s still a few seconds to let another person know how loved they are. Because, even though I’m seventeen and have “all the time in the world” to enjoy this life, I don’t want to wait until tomorrow before I start appreciating what I’ve got. I might not get tomorrow…or the next thirty seconds. I don’t want to wait until my loved one is in a coffin before I tell them how much they mean to me, because the only thing worse than not enjoying your life is not loving the people who are part of it.

I want to enjoy life now while I’m still here to enjoy it. I want to love people while they’re still here to feel it.

Truth is, these tragedies are not going to go away, but they are not going to make me live in fear. If anything, they’ve encouraged me to live in love.

 

I hope you do the same.

Can I PLEASE Adopt This Kid?! (The Baby Bookworm Edition)

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(Photo credit: ~ Phil Moore)

There’s been times where I’ve met kids and thought, “Can I adopt this child? No, seriously?”

Today I saw one of those kids at a book store and listened in on what was probably the most glorious conversation ever.

It consisted between a little girl and her mother. It went like this:

Daughter: Mom! Mom! Mom! Books! BOOKS! Can I get a book?

Mom: You already have books.

Daughter: Yeah, I know I already have 4 books in the car, but I swear I’ll read those! PLEASE CAN I GET A NEW BOOK PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE.

I just wanted to walk up to this kid and be like, “OMG BFFL?!!”. Then, like, hug her and walk off with her. Maybe even share a library with her.

I mean, I can barely get any of my little cousins to finish one book. This girl’s got a TBR list and she’s like, six or something.

My faith in humanity has now been restored.

90s music is seriously the best.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

So I’ve heard how good The Perks of Being A Wallflower is and all, but nobody told me how AWESOME it is. For someone who reads too much for their own good, it’s a rare thing to find a book that you’ll never forget, and this is one of them. I loved Charlie’s voice and how hilariously honest he is about everything. He over-thinks everything way too much, to the point where you want to smack him, but sometimes those can make the best characters, and in this novel, it worked. There’s a lot to be learned while reading Perks (besides the great music and books Charlie is into). What I like most about this novel is that it makes you think (in a good way), whether it be about love, family, friends…or just life in general. Without giving too much away, you see things differently after reading Perks. It’s worth a spot in your bookshelf, if you like books that can make you laugh and cry all at the same time.

And, okay, I don’t know why, but for some odd reason, Charlie sort of reminds me of a teenage Forrest Gump. Is that weird? Probably.

Could it be adapted to film/television? It’s already been made into a film! According to IMDb, its US release date is September 21, 2012. So, be sure to check it out. Emma Watson’s in it, so you know it’s going to be a good film. 😉

Have you read The Perks of Being A Wallflower? What did you think of it?

I Don’t Get It. Wait—! Nope. Still Don’t Get It.

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(Photo credit: origamidon)

There are just some things people do that I don’t get. Like, at all.

So today I was driving back home from a class, and I can’t tell you how many times I will see bumper stickers with the words “My child is an honor student at such and such school.”

Okay, I don’t mean to be hard, but…really? Seriously? C’mon. Would you walk up to a random person and be like, “Hello, random stranger! Did you know that my kiddos are honor students at their school?! I have such intelligent offspring, don’t I?”

I mean, really? You choose to decorative your car, and that’s the best you can do?

Then there’s the whole texting thing. Like almost every teenager, I LOVE texting, but I will never understand why people, whether it’s your best friend, or your aunt Helga, will send you a text asking you to call them. It makes sense if they’ve already tried calling you, and leaving you a voice mail, and now texting is their last option, but besides that…why are you asking me to call you, when you can call me yourself?

Unless, you’re embarrassed to or something.

And, last but not least….amusement park lines.

Oh, man.

Alright, let me get this straight: some people will actually wait in line for an hour or two, just to ride a ride that lasts for…two minutes…?

Ooookay, then.

I don’t get bragging. I don’t understand why people can’t just call you themselves. I don’t want to wait in a three hour line for a three minute ride.

I guess there’s just some things in life we will never understand, no matter how many times people try to explain them to us. That can make us feel like outsiders at times. But the good news is, we get to have a sense of humor about it. I love that about life. No matter how stupid or overwhelming it can get, we can just laugh it off and learn not to take it all so seriously.

What’s something that you don’t get? Let’s laugh about it together.

The Beatles freaking lied to us.

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Before scientists found the cure, people thought love was a good thing. They didn’t understand that once love — the deliria — blooms in your blood, there is no escaping its hold. Things are different now. Scientists are able to eradicate love, and the government demands that all citizens receive the cure upon turning eighteen. Lena Holoway has always looked forward to the day when she’ll be cured. A life without love is a life without pain: safe, measured, predictable, and happy.

But with ninety-five days left until her treatment, Lena does the unthinkable: She falls in love.

– Goodreads Description

I know, I know. The Beatles said, “all you need is love”. But, apparently, those dudes were wrong. Either that, or they lied to us. So break up with your boyfriend, and stop seeing that girl you met at Starbucks. Love is a DISEASE, people!

Alright, back to reality.

In Lena’s world, love is the ultimate enemy. It makes the worst type of disease look like a picnic at Disneyland. So, in order to live a happy, healthy life in this society, you got to get “cured” at the age of 18. Kind of like you gotta get those nasty flu shots during flu season, expect it’s all year-long.

So, in other words, she lives in a really screwed up world that I wouldn’t even make my worst enemy live in. No, really. It’s that bad.

I really liked Delirium. It’s beautifully written and has a really good premise. My favorite thing about Delirium is the relationships, especially Lena and Hana’s friendship. They’re complete opposites, but have a chemistry that just pops out of the page. I was actually more interested in their friendship than I was with Lena and Alex’s romance (BEST FRIENDS 5EVER, BOIFRIENDS 5NEVER). My other favorite thing was the documents, poetry, history, and new religion Lauren Oliver created and included before each chapter. It’s pretty freaking sweet and a great way to help the readers understand the society better, without distracting from the story.

Even though Delirium is a dystopian, the story read more like a contemporary to me. Almost like something Sarah Dessen could write. Maybe that’s because there’s no flying cars, talking computers, or crazy robots running around and shooting at each other like what I usually imagine when I think of dystopian. Minus the whole “love is a disease” thing, Lena lives in a world similar to ours…which is probably what makes it so scary.

Could it be adapted to film/television? Yes. In fact, Fox 2000 has picked up the film rights! According to IMDb, Delirium is set for a 2013 release date. I have a feeling this’ll be like a Nicholas Sparks type of movie, only set in the future. Like, The Last Song meets The Hunger Games or something.

What are your thoughts?