Perfection is something that is unachievable. It is a state of being that one can never truly reach. Everyone is always fighting for perfection in their life. And I am no exception. Like millions of people in the world, I try my hardest to make things just the way I think they should be. We all go to extreme lengths just to make sure that maybe we can make ourselves into the perfect human beings. But like I said, that is totally unachievable. I find that it’s sad in modern-day society and pop culture that we try to convince girls to be “perfect”. Photo’s of anorexic models on magazine covers and countless articles telling us how to get the perfect beach body. I have found that most girls are under pressure to have the right body, the right face, the right genetics..ect. But let’s get real, at the end of the day we always find something wrong with ourselves.
Recently I started trying to take control of my life. I felt that I was a young adult who needed to start contributing to the world. I wanted to be the child who knew what she wanted and where she wanted to go. I wanted to be perfect. But, I am slowly starting realizing that I have no idea what I want and I a certainly not perfect. So that is why I chose this quote for tonight’s post. I wanted to make a public declaration that I am not perfect. To remind myself and other people that nothing in this world is perfect. The only goal you can have is to become the best person you can be. Don’t hold yourself to the impossible notion of perfection. Take life as it comes your way. Try and enjoy it, even when the going gets tough.
Spring is one of the best seasons. Not only does it start to get warmer but pastels also start springing up (pun!). I have a deep love for pastel colored hair. I mean what girl doesn’t want beautiful colored hair that looks like candy?? So I thought in spirit of spring and the return of beautiful colors, I would post two of these photos from http://www.shop-summerland.com/. It is a cute online vintage store. Their clothes are beautiful as well as their photos.
Although nothing terrible has happened today, I still feel as though something is amiss. Often times I find myself wondering what life is going to be after high school. As I’m sure all of you know, high school is a time of confusion, angst, and self image. Everyone is so consumed in trying to stat afloat that you begin to feel as though your missing something. But, for every senior in high school there comes a daunting moment when you realize, that your confused of what you want and who you are. But sometimes letting go of the controls is what you need to figure out just what you need. Sometimes a helping hand (or song) can make your journey just a bit easier.
For tonight I chose the song Atlas Hands by Benjamin Francis Leftwich. I’ve had his song on repeat for sometime but never really quite had the inspiration to write a review. But tonight I do. Benjamin was born in York, England and was raised listening to musical legends such as Nina Simone and The Rolling Stones. As he grew older he become interested in artist such as Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, and Arcade Fire as inspirations. At the age of ten he taught himself to play the guitar and continued to play throughout his teens. After graduating from high school he ventured out on his own solo career. He won some awards such as R1 DJ Zane Lowe’s “Hottest Record in the World Today” for his EP Photos, in 2011.
Tonight’s song is from Leftwich’s album Last Smoke Before the Snow Storm. When I first listen to the song, I was really struck by the lyrics. Leftwich’s lyrics seemed to be the special remedy that I was looking for. my favorite lines of the song were,
Take me to the docks there is a ship without a name there,
And it is sailing to the middle of the sea,
The water there is deeper than anything you’ve ever seen,
Jump right in and swim until you’re free.
After listening to the song at least ten times I began to fall in love with the rest of the song. The soothing guitar strings and gruff but not to gruff singing made my heart melt. I especially enjoyed the melancholia melody mixed in with the hope filled in the lyrics. It was exactly what I needed to end the page and begin a new chapter.