Thursday, November 29, 2012

To my Readers

  Wow, guys, I am so flattered. Over 2,000 pageviews and the comments are wonderful and touching.  Some of you have started your own blogs because of this one and others can even find their inspiration here. Truly, I am so honored to be a part of your life.
  I really want to respond to you in person, though. So if you feel comfortable enough to do so, leave a comment and your email address so I can respond to you amazing people and your comments. If you are not comfortable leaving the email, I will try to address your question or comment in the blog.
  Thanks for everything, guys!

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Who's Laughing Now?

    If you watched the Closing Ceremonies of the Olympic Games this year, you would have seen a parade of talented musical artists from the United Kingdom.  However, there was one musical artist at the closing ceremonies who I truly believe deserved to be there. Her legal name is Jessica Cornish, but she is better known to the world as "Domino" singer Jessie J.
  Jessie J is no ordinary singer. If you listen to her album, it's a mix of many types of music that blend together surprisingly well. I have been a fan of hers since my brother introduced me to "Domino". I then went online and listened her entire album, which is fantastic.
  However, there was one song on the track I could not stop listening to. "Who's Laughing Now?" is the story of how Jessie was bullied as a young girl because she was different. For example, she says:
"Well they pull my hair, they took away my chair
I keep it in and pretend that I didn't care
Hey Jessica, you're so funny
You've got teeth just like Bugs Bunny"
  All these mean people used to bully her simply because she was different. However, when she describes what happened after she became famous, it nearly made my chin drop.
"Oh, Jessie, I saw you on YouTube
I tagged old photos from when we was at school
Oh, so you think you know me now
Have you forgotten how
You would make me feel
When you drag my spirit down?
But thank you for the pain
It made me raise my game
And I'm still rising, I'm still rising, yeah
So make your jokes, go for broke
Blow your smoke, you're not alone
But who's laughing now?"

    All of those people who made fun of her now want to be friends with her because she's famous. But Jessie, instead of being bitter, thanks them for the pain they gave her because it gave her motivation to do better and write hits.
   I think we can all learn a lesson from Jessie J. Even though school was hard and the kids mean, it only gave her motivation for what she has accomplished. Actually she thanks them, so one day we will too. If you're going through a hard time, remember Jessie's lesson: hold your head high and one day they will be begging to know you and will regret how mean they were.
If you want to listen to the song, here it is:

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Princess Sarah

   My grandmother came to America as a young girl and most of her family still lives in England. Naturally, that makes my entire family Anglophiles. We love everything in the British Isles. So, naturally, the Royal Family is also a major discussion topic amongst us. We faithfully watched the Royal Wedding last year and love William and Kate.
  But they are not the Royal I want to discuss today with you. No, I want to tell you about Princess Sarah Ferguson , also known as Princess Fergie.
  Back in 2002, she came to my state to promote her new line of chinaware she had designed. My mother took my two brothers and myself to go meet her. Being an eight year old girl, I was beyond excited to meet "a real-life princess".  So my mother dressed all of us in our best and we travelled to the store where she was to meet her.
  Unfortunately, the princess was swarmed with reporters and the man at the front told us to go away; the princess didn't have time for us. I burst into tears, I had been so excited to meet her.
  What we didn't know was that Princess Sarah had heard the whole thing and heard my tears. She stood up and parted the crowds and reprimanded the man saying, "Let the children come and meet me".  She brought us up to the front and gave us a teddy bear each and signed plates for all of us.  She was incredibly kind  and I will never forget that day.
   Since then, I have heard many negative things about the Princess.  I don't know if those things are true or not, but I will never forget how that woman who  could have turned us away instead made an eight year old's dream come true by simply spending time with me.  I can't see her in a negative light because of how kind she was to me.
   I think sometimes Aspies are seen in the light of Princess Sarah, and sometimes we make assumptions about people we do not know just because of what we have heard about them. The lesson I took from the Princess was never to judge someone because of what others say about them, because they may be an unbelievable person and you simply do not know them.  I know we, too,  are looked at in a negative light sometimes, but we can also take a hint from the princess: do not let it bother you, and hold your head high, because that way you will be the winner in the end.  I hope you can learn from Princess Sarah as I did, because it is truly one of the best lessons.