The Beauty of Life

Life does not have to be perfect to be wonderful

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Life is beautiful in so many ways. Life is not perfect, but that is part of what makes life beautiful. Everyone goes through these tough times, but those are times that can help us grow as people. Life is like this gigantic roller coaster with twists and turns and ups and downs and filled with so many emotions. Life is really beautiful now especially because we are in the middle of Christmas season. My life has been filled with many wonderful memories and tonight I will create another. I am seeing Nutcracker and at this production, I cannot wait to see all of the new costumes.

Without the bad times in life, how will we know what the good times in life are. The two are interconnected and rely on each other. It can be hard to understand the messiness and chaos of life at times. I know life is beautiful and I do the best I can to live in the moment. Living in the moment is very difficult. There is so much to life. There are ways you can make life even more beautiful. You can just spend time out in nature to really see the beauty of life. You can make the most of every situation and just spend some time off the computer. You can color if you want or you can just try something new. I may be young, but I understand the beauty of life. Life is what you make of it and is worth it even when the dark times hit.

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Why Things Happen

Everything happens for a reason

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This quote is quite inspirational in a way. Sometimes you may not understand why something happened, but there was a reason behind it. Sometimes you actually know the reason behind why something in your life happened. Just remember this quote when something bad and dark happens in your life because there was a reason why that time happened. I know it seems like such a simple and worthless quote, but this statement is so true. In life, you need both good and bad things to happen because life would be less beautiful if life had good things happen all the time. The bad times actually makes you appreciate the good times even more.

 

First Year Anniversary

I just found out through WordPress that today marks the first year anniversary of my blog. Its hard to believe I have been a blogger for a year. At the beginning, I wasn’t even interested in starting a blog to begin with, but after being encouraged to do so by friends and family, I decided to do it because why not. After my first blog post, I instantly became addicted to it.

In the most couple of months it seemed like my blog wasn’t going to be successful. But when I took those two wordpress courses over the summer, my blog became successful and now I have reached 103 followers. Over the course of one year I have written 323 posts with over 3000 views.

I would like to thank the entire wordpress community for helping me reach this milestone. I especially want to thank all of my followers. I am glad that people are in fact reading my blog. There are days where it is hard to know what to blog about, but I still am able to think of something. I am still a new blogger, but glad I have inspired those that were touched by my blog.

Before the Barricade

Yes, I am going to be talking about Les Mis again in this blog. A couple days back, I talked about who is my favorite survivor from Les Mis. Now, I want to talk about my favorite character who died in Les Mis. Now this is even harder than the first time. I have many favorite characters who do not live to beyond the barricade. I will talk about all my favorites and explain why I love them.

Major Spoilers

The first character I am going to talk about is Jean Valjean, the protagonist of the story. He was imprisoned for stealing a loaf of bread to save his family for five years and fourteen years for trying to escape. He really was a humble and good man coming into prison and came out a bitter, hardened, and angered man. Through the example set by the bishop, Valjean learned to become a better person. He showed compassion towards the poor especially Fantine. He helped save Fantine when he intervened to prevent her from being arrested by Javert. He did promise to Fantine on her deathbed that he would raise her daughter, Cosette, as his own and that is one of the best things that Valjean ever did. He was shocked to discover that Cosette was terribly abused by the Thenardiers’, but after adopting her, her life improved and she learned to love through Valjean. He even helped save Marius’ life after he was severely wounded at the barricades because Marius loves Cosette. So by the end of Les Mis, Valjean became this saint-like man and I love him for his transformation from beginning to end.

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The second character counts as multiple characters, who are Enjolras and the students especially Enjolras and Gavroche. I love Enjorlas and I love him because he is this wonderful leader and is so passionate towards the cause. I love Gavroche because despite being a street urchin, he shows such strength. He is one of the Thenardier children, which I discovered through the book. Gavroche is so heroic especially on the barricade at the moment he climbed over the collect ammunition. As for the other students, I love every single one of them due to their relationship among each other. Enjolras, Gavrcohe, and the students have this close bond and stay passionate towards the end even when they felt hopeless. They may all have died in the the rebellion, but they still represent change for France.

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The third character I am going to talk about is Eponine, Thenardiers’ eldest child. As a child, she was spoiled by her parents. But when she became a teenager, things become even worse. Her parent’s inn became bankrupt and they fell into extreme poverty. Her parents basically dragged her in the criminal world. They never once showed her kindness and once Cosette was taken away, they started to abuse her and she became neglected by her family and never once felt love. Her life changed when she fall in love with Marius, but that love was destined to become unrequited. Marius is her only source of light in her terrible life and she basically risks her life several times for him. Because of her love for Marius, she was able to somehow raise above from her upbringing. She ended up somehow having some kind of moral compass despite how she was raised and this was all because of Marius. She does end up disguising herself as a boy to spend time at the barricades to be near┬áMarius, which lead to tragic consequences. After delivering the letter to Cosette from Marius, she still returned to the barricade and while climbing up she got fatally shot, but she still had strength to climb down to tell Marius she delivered his letter. She got to die in the arms of the man she loved and that is why her death is as touching as it is. Marius truly showed her compassion in these last couple of minutes of her life, but she died happy.

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Another favorite character of mine is Fantine. I love the unconditional love she shows towards her daughter. Her storyline is one of the most heartbreaking stories in Les Mis. She was abandoned by her lover and left her to fend for Cosette by herself. Cosette was an illegitimate child, which was not a good thing in 19th century. She had to hand her child off to the Thenardiers and they said they would do it as long as she sends a weekly sum. Little did she know that this family would terribly abuse her daughter, which kind of makes her story more heartbreaking. She ended up working at Valjean’s factory, but ended up being fired by the foreman after a fight broke out when it was discovered that she had an illegitimate child. Fantine blames her firing on Valjean and now she is even more desperate to provide for her daughter. Throughout her storyline, she never realizes that the letter she received was a hoax. She ended up selling her locket and hair and even herself just for the sake of her daughter. This downward spiral continued after she fall ill and was almost arrested by Javert after she attacked a man in self-defense after she was harassed by him. Valjean witnessed all of this and saved Fantine even though her life couldn’t be saved. Fantine was able to die in peace and comfort after Valjean promised her that he would raise Cosette as his own.

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Who is your favorite character from Les Mis that does not live beyond the barricade?

The Strength of Love

Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all thing…love never fails

-Unknown

At this time of year, we are celebrating a miracle, the birth of Christ. He was sent here for an important reason. Christ taught us that the biggest commandant is to love others. Love is the truest part of humanity. Love is a huge part of what makes us who we are. Love is the strongest force of all and will always win over hate. Christ wants us to love others while the devil tries to teach us hate. But love is greater than hate and violence. To make an impact on this world, we need to spread the love. I am fully aware that God loves us unconditionally and we are directed to love each other the same way. Christ died for us to save us from our sins and we look up to him as a role model. We all make mistakes, but remember the importance of love in our lives.

Hate just will not overcome love. We may all have our differences, but that is what makes us truly unique. We need to embrace each other and accept the differences we have. Society might look severely messed up, but it is not as messed up as it appears to be. It sounds as if humanity is completely lost, but in reality it is not. The vast majority of this world this still good. We still help those in need and support each. We need to listen to the Lord and not Satan in this time of year and for the rest of our lives.

The Magic of Christmas

This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.

But after he considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins

-Matthew 1:18-21

We are at a time of Celebration this time of year. Christmas is right around the corner and it is to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, who was born to save us form our sins. This passage reminds us of the time before Jesus was born. Joseph was afraid because his wife, Mary was pregnant through the Holy Spirit. He almost divorced her, but in a dream an angel appeared to him saying that he should not be afraid. Christmas is a time to remember the birth and remember everything that Christ did for us. Christmas is my favorite holiday.

I still believe in the magic of Christmas. It is a time of giving and giving gifts reminds us of when the Magi arrived and presented Christ with three gifts. The magic of Christmas exists from Advent all the way to the end of the Christmas season. Giving is one of the greatest things ever. That is why I am glad that I am loving and willing to volunteer to help those in need. We need to remember everything Christ has done for us and why he is an important part of our lives.

The Strong Spirit

Dear Strong Spirit,

You are one of the best gifts that God gave me. I was called a rare bird today while volunteering at Loaves and Fishes. You are very infectious and help spread light. People truly radiate off of me, which in turn is radiated off of you. One of the best parts about you is the big heart that I have. I may be a college student, but I already realized my calling. I was called to help the homeless and those living in poverty. I realize that I would rather do a job that I love than do a job that makes a lot of money. You are truly beautiful and truly impact other people. I will always try to make you stronger and give you room to truly grow. I have realized that you are strong back in high school and glad I was able to notice that. Now you have been able to grow through my passion for volunteering, my club, and the Gathering. Due to you, I have been able to stay true to myself.