Shine

Karma

Some don’t believe in karma. I do. I believe if you choose to be an awful human being, if you set out to hurt others, it all will eventually come back on you. You can fake being good. You can fake a lot. But God knows your heart. He knows what you do. And you don’t get to just walk away from trying to destroy others. On the other hand, there’s plenty of people out there who do good and bad things happen to them. Don’t let that bring you down. Bad things do happen, but there will be a silver lining for you. Good will come in one form or another. My piece of advice? Treat living beings how you’d want to be treated. Don’t beat an animal. Don’t put down another person. Don’t try to justify doing something horrible. If you rape a woman and blame the clothes she’s wearing for it, it’s still rape. You choke someone because you say they made you mad, you still hurt someone who didn’t deserve to be hurt. Remember you are in charge of your actions, not the other person. If you don’t want it done to you, don’t do it. Simple enough.

Do you

There will be people in your life that don’t want to see you happy. They don’t want to see you smile or achieve what you want in your life. Ditch them. They’re not your people. Anyone who tries to hold you back doesn’t have a place in your life. Smile. Be happy. Do what you love. Find what you enjoy and do it. Don’t ever let anyone try to hold you down, hold you back, or tell you you don’t deserve happiness. Shine like the star you are.

Gone (novel series) by Michael Grant

So my son started reading the Gone series in school this past year. For those who have yet to read these books, it is found in the young adult genre and includes fantasy, utopia, paranormal and dystopian fiction. My son really loved this series, though he hasn’t finished it yet. He asked me if I would want to read it. I might be 36, but I figured why not give it a try.

There are 9 books in this series currently. I’ve read Gone and am currently reading Hunger. I must say I am really enjoying this series. The characters are well-developed. The plot keeps me intrigued. I read the Darkest Minds series and I find that Gone reminded me a lot of the Darkest Minds

All those 15 and older have disappeared. The kids in the town are left to figure everything out. Sam Temple is the main character of the books. He has leadership skills that everyone recognizes. They need him to help them to figure out all their problems, the big and the small. He has the weight of the world on his shoulders, but he also has friends who are willing to help and keep him going in the right direction. There have been many twists and turns in the plot. I keep reading on to find out what happens next. 

If you have a pre-teen/teen who enjoys reading, I’d suggest this series to them. Of course there is some violence and Hunger talks about cannibalism (take a hint from the title…). Overall, the books are well worth the time to read. If you’ve read them, leave a note on what you thought! But, please, no spoilers!!

Trying to be somebody…

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Have you ever felt this desire, this need, to want to be more? Like there’s so much good you can do in this world, but you aren’t quite sure how to go about doing it? That’s me on the daily. I like making things. I’m crafty. So I like to try and figure out what I might be able to do with that. Or a way to make a difference in the community. Or a way to make it so people all over the world want to share their stories without fear. My mind constantly races with so many thoughts on how to do more, to be more, that it can be overwhelming. I’ve gone through a lot the last couple of years and it’s changed me to some extent. But at the core, I’m still me. I still want to believe in good in this world. I want to be the change (“You must be the change you wish to see in this world,” -Gandhi). I’m not sure to start though. I’ll make lists. Little things I can do. And work to bigger things. I don’t want to do these things to make a name for myself. I don’t want to be the person who has an ulterior motive. You see those types of people alllllll the time. They are the ones who flock to social media sites and are are like “I did this and this and this so praise me on this post for being so great….” That’s not what making a difference is about. It isn’t about getting a million followers. It isn’t about making your ego bigger. It’s about that feeling you get when someone else’s day is better. Watching someone smile because something good went their way. 

The last two years have taught me what I don’t want to be. I don’t want to be the fake person who acts like they’re about doing good deeds for publicity or money. I don’t want to be the type of person who makes others believe because I did something for them, they owe me. I don’t want power over people. I want to lift someone up when they’re down. I want to help. I want to heal. I want to protect. I just want to do so much. I want to be a better person than I was yesterday, for myself and for others. I know I can be a better person and I know I can make a difference. One step at a time.