Unless you've been living under a rock, you'll know who this is and what happened to her.
That's right, it's Christina Grimmie, former 'Voice' contestant. On June 11th, at a concert in Orlando, she was fatally shot. And the very next day, there was another shooting in Orlando.
Eye-witnesses at the scene of Grimmie's shooting were just shocked and confused at how a 22 year old woman could have been killed so unexpectedly. Celebrities are mourning and paying tributes to her. Click here to see some tweets by famous celebrities.
How can people live knowing that they According to the eye-witness accounts, Christina was hanging out backstage, meeting fans and signing autographs. Then, a man walked up to her. She opened her arms for a hug, but before she could react, he had shot her. How is it possible to perform an act of such pure hatred when she was showing an act of love?
The man who had shot her was tackled to the ground by Christina's brother, and accidentally shot himself. Before the police and ambulance could arrive, Christina and the killer were both dead.
The whole thing is just so surreal. It's horribly gruesome to think that someone came all the way from some where else just to shoot her? Is this really what's happening to our species? Are we losing our humanity? How can we say that we are human if there are people out there who mercilessly harm, torture and kill innocent people? Isn't the whole point of the human race to fight together, not against each other?
What did you think about the whole incident?
Eleven. Wow, that's one more than ten.
It was my eleventh birthday yesterday. An eye-opening experience. Not really.
I always thought that when it's your birthday you feel different, or something. The truth is, you don't change at all. I'm still the same old geeky, annoying, talkative self. No, I don't feel any more mature, and I still look the same. So what is the big deal about birthdays? It just means you're one year closer to dying, right?
I'm just kidding.
Anyway, here's a list of eleven things I've learnt over the years.
1. Do what you love. It doesn't matter if people judge.
You might get criticized, you might get teased, but who cares? You know you love doing it, so keep on going.
2. Be yourself, because nobody pulls it off better than you.
Really, being fake or acting like someone else never works better than just being who you are.
3. Live in the moment.
Don't wait to do something you really want to. Life's too short to wait for tomorrow. Just do it, what's the worst that could happen?
Really, don't be so serious. Smile, laugh, jump, dance. Life's an amazing thing, if you really think about it. Embrace it. Don't be angry, don't hold grudges. There's this quote I really like: "Holding onto anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die." So just let it go.
5. Love yourself.
You underestimate and underrate yourself too much.
If you wouldn't say the same things t your best friend, why would you tell it to yourself?
6. Be nice. Genuinely nice.
When you're mean, even though it might look like you have friends, they might secretly despise you. Just be nice, it doesn't hurt, right?
7. Don't judge people.
Talking behind people's backs and gossiping, spreading rumors and silently judging them is a horrible thing to do. Never judge someone until you've actually understood what their life is like. They might have a real reason for being how they are.
8. There's no such thing as karma.
Don't expect that bad things are going to happen to people who were horrible to you. Life doesn't work that way, people make their own fates. Don't wait for good karma to come your way, go and make it.
9. People aren't fair.
Life isn't a fairy tale. People will be cruel, rude, unfair, etc. to you for no reason at all, but just keep your head up and do not let it bother you.
10. You can't control everything
As much as you might want to change people and their attitudes, it's not going to happen. You can't control everything, sometimes you have to just let fate have its way.
Do I have to say more? When you need an escape from the outside world and its drama/problems, just get into a good book. You'll forget everything else.
As much as you're dreading it, exams are nearing. Since everyone posts study tips or essentials, I've decided to give you five tips for when you're writing an exam.
1. Calm Down
As soon as you get the paper, don't look at the first question and freak out. Just breathe in, calm down, and tell yourself that you'll do fantastic. Then, take a look at the paper and start answering.
2. Easy Things First
I'm not sure if this works for everyone, but it's pretty useful for me. Read through all the questions (if there's enough time) first and answer the easiest ones before you attempt the harder ones which require more thinking. It's best to finish what you know and then move on to difficult questions so you have more time to answer them.
3. Picture The Scene
If you can't remember a particular date or formula, try thinking back to the time when you were studying it. Where were you seated? What sounds could be heard? What was around you? What did you taste and smell? Your brain will associate these thoughts with what you've learnt, so you'll most probably be able to recollect the answer.
4. Time Management
Don't spend ten minutes on a question that carries one mark. Work out how you'll spend your time wisely so you'll be able to finish the paper in the given time with a little time left to go over and recheck the paper. For example, if you have to do thirty questions in an hour, Give yourself one minute or less for each simple question, but two or three for the more complex ones that give you more marks.
Probably the best advice ever. Still, eat a good breakfast before the exam, or you'll feel drowsy, bloated, or sleepy. Nothing too heavy (not the time for oily, meaty foods) or too light (do you really think you'll survive on a single banana?
Do you feel like you have the worst life in the world? Are you feeling upset everyday? If the answer is yes, you might want to start thinking a little more positively. If the answer is no, go ahead and read this anyway, it might help.
1. Talk About What Makes You Happy
Admit it. You've ranted to somebody about your miseries or wrote in a diary/journal about your problems or something similar to that. Why not take a different approach? When you talk to people, don't go on about what's wrong with your life. Why? Because if you talk about your joys, the things that make you happy, you start to feel a little happier.
2. Spread Positivity
Try being nice to people, if you're usually indifferent or rude. Give them compliments, help them, talk to them, anything. They might not return the favour, but it still might make you feel a little better- to know that you probably made someone's day by being nice to them.
3. Stop Expecting The Worst
Don't keep on anticipating what could go wrong. It just makes you feel more sure that it'll happen. Instead, keep telling yourself that nothing bad will happen. Convince yourself that everything will go right, and it might just change your whole day.
4. Don't Hang On To Negativity
You know how when you wake up in the morning, and one thing goes wrong, the rest of your day seems to go downhill? It's not actually true. It's just one bad thing that happened that you're making a huge deal of. Don't let the negativity affect you. Did something go wrong? Forget about it and move on to the next thing. Chances are, this time it will go fine.
5. Be Happy
This one is a no-brainer. Research has showed that when you're sad and you smile, you automatically feel better. No matter how bad something is, find the positive points, stay strong and just smile: You'll definitely get through it.
Here are some positive bunny posts to brighten your day. (credits)
That's all for this post. I'm POSITIVE you enjoyed it.
I'm so sorry for all the non Harry Potter fans. I keep on posting stuff like this.
Finished everything? Congratulations, you are practically a witch or wizard now.
I've done about 14. :(
This is getting ridiculous. Why are they all questions?
You can't like all books. Different people have different interests, so this is a list of the most important qualities in a book for me.
1. A Controversial Message
I LOVE books that make you think. The Fault In Our Stars had a plot and a message that actually had me thinking about it for days. You know, questioning the meaning of life and all. All of Dan Brown's novels have amazing stories too, and make you ponder your existence.
Obviously. A good book needs to make me laugh or smile. What's the point of reading if you aren't entertained? I like Meg Cabot's books because of this, and the Harry Potter series are pretty funny too.
3. Good Characters
Basically, I hate 'perfect' Mary Sue characters and underdeveloped characters who are just there for the sake of an extra character. I mean, characters in books should be written in a way I can relate to them, and shouldn't be to cliche or stereotypical.
4. An Actual Plot
Fine, I'll admit I don't like romance novels. I prefer books with a fast-paced plot that keeps the gears in my head whirring. Something that has a mix of adventure, fantasy, science fiction, maybe a bit of horror and dystopian is good too.
So that was my little list of what I look for in books. :) What kind of things do you like to see in books you read?
Have you noticed that most of my post titles are questions?
What is a 'strong' character when it comes to girls? Young girls need good role models,but unfortunately, they might be getting the wrong idea.
According to media, television, books, etc., a good female character is a tomboyish, tough girl, who does not care about their appearance, can totally beat any guy in a duel, does not spend time trying to make themselves pretty, and isn't a girly girl.
This is such a bad example for little kids. They'll think that it's wrong to be girly or like pink or dressing up or being pretty because it apparently makes you 'weak'. None of those things make a person weak. A girl who likes looking pretty is not weak. A girl who obsesses over her clothes is not weak. It all depends on the reason.
If a girl is dressing up to IMPRESS someone, that's definitely a bad example, and makes you weak. You should NEVER go out of your way to look pretty and impress someone. There's nothing wrong with wanting to be pretty, as long as it's for yourself and not anybody else.
And liking pink does not make you a poor role model or anything. That's something I don't understand. Why do girls these days think it is a 'weak' option to like pink? Why do they think that pink is such a girly thing? Pink is just a colour.
So here's my list of strong qualities in a female character:
So never underestimate a girl who is 'girlish'. Because beneath all that, there might be a strong, confident person.
Grades. Everyone thinks they're important. That's right, of course. Almost a quarter of your life is spent in school, which means studying, tests, and report cards. But maybe life is not all about that?
I've noticed that a lot of people are very very obsessed with their grades. I understand, because your school grades do pave the path for the future, and get you into universities and colleges and help you build your life. And good grades can bring up a lot of positive emotions, like pride, and satisfaction, and achievement. But do they really matter so much?
Your grades don't show how smart you are. I'm not saying that it's a good thing to get below average grades, but I just don't think they define you. Your math exam results don't reveal how intelligent you are. Your English essay grade does not determine your level of stupidity. All I'm saying is that you shouldn't put yourself down and make yourself feel bad and tell yourself that you are foolish or worthless just because you haven't achieved a high grade.
I mean, Albert Einstein failed high school. But he also discovered the theory of general relativity and went on to become one of the smartest people that have ever been alive. Steve Jobs was a highschool dropout. But he was also the founder of one of the richest companies in the world. Bill Gates, richest person in the world, wasn't very good at school either. Do you see where I'm going here? School marks may be important, but what is more important is what you do with them. These famous people didn't let their grades stop them. They went on to do amazing things.
And don't be so focused on your marks that you forget to live life. Keep it balanced. Make sure your life story is more than a bunch of report cards. Because that's not really worth much. And when you're old, sitting in your rocking chair and telling your grandchildren stories, you are not going to tell them about how great you were at school, right? You'll tell them about your adventures and experiences.
"Live like you're going to die tomorrow. Learn like you're going to live forever."
(I hope this didn't motivate anyone to NOT study)
Welcome to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. You are about to be sorted. Put on the Sorting Hat!
Are you ready?
Very good. Which is your favourite class?
Interesting choice. Do tell which book is your favourite.
Okay. What if a friend cheated on a test?
And your favourite Slytherin?
What about Hufflepuff?
Which Ravenclaw do you like the most?
Alright, then. What do you want to be remembered for when you die?
Hmmm. What do you think you’d see in the Mirror of Erised?
Yes, yes. And what would your Boggart be?
Final Question. Why did you take this quiz?
Your house is....
MOSTLY 1- SLYTHERIN
You belong in the house of the snakes. Slytherins have a bad reputation, but they just like to do things differently. They are ambitious and known to be resourceful. They are determined, adaptable, persuasive, realistic people. You don't want to get on a Slytherin's bad side, though.
MOSTLY 2- GRYFFINDOR
You're a Gryffindor! Gryffindors and funny, passionate, practical and just. They hate deceitful and dishonest people, and are the bravest of the four houses. They're always ready to stand up and fight, if it's for something they care about. Even though they can be self-centered and vain, they definitely make good friends.
MOSTLY 3- HUFFLEPUFF
Hufflepuff is the most underrated house, but still the most hardworking, loyal, genuine, patient and dependent people. They are known for friendliness and kindness, but don't forget how dedicated and tolerant they are. Hufflepuffs are great companions and will never leave your side, because that's how sweet they are.
MOSTLY 4- RAVENCLAW
Ravenclaws are the smartest, quirkiest and wittiest people you'll meet. Though most Ravenclaws are intelligent and logical, you'll meet some who are creative, curious and impractical at times. Don't think they're no fun, because Ravenclaws talk about the most interesting things, and are never a bore.
Read the traits for both the houses, then choose the ones that best describe you.
(I'm a mix between Ravenclaw and Slytherin)
Writing can be hard. Here are a few ideas that will get you started. Use them for short stories, poems, or a novel. Go wild!
1. What if we lived in a world with no colour? Write a story about an alternate dimension or dystopian society where everything is black and white.
2. What if the world was about to end? Write about the last day on Earth. What would people do? What would the world be like?
3. What if humans could communicate through brainwaves? Write a story about how a scientist discovers this, or about how life would be with this interesting feature.
4. What if dinosaurs existed in the present?Write about how this happened and how it affects everyday life.
5. What if magic was real? Write about what kind of magic this would be. Would it be Harry Potter style or Narnia style? Or something completely different?
6. What if gravity didn't exist? Write about how humans cope with this.
7. What if you were sucked into a fictional world? Write a story about how you wound up in the mess and how you would escape.
8. What if you had a doppelganger? How would this person change your life? Write a story about this situation.
9. What if you were blind? Write a story describing it. The trick is that you can't use your sight sense and you have to describe the other senses.
10. What if we had to move to another planet? Write a story describing this new planet and why humans are forced to transfer there.
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