Why I admire Justin Bieber

I admire celebrities. But probably not for the reason you’re thinking. Celebrities get way too much hate. Just because someone, like Justin Bieber, gets picked off YouTube and thrust into international stardom apparently everyone is supposed to hate him. Well, what about Austin Mahone? He’s another kid who started singing covers on YouTube and now doing concerts all around.

I think that celebrities are quite brave, see their lives are snatched away from them. Most of us take our quiet lives for granted. We get up, make breakfast, talk with our families, fill our days with whatever we do, school, work, writing, and then eat lunch, dinner, relax with our families and it’s off to bed. These celebrities don’t get that luxury. These celebrities get death threats, pictures of themselves posted online with slanderous sayings, they’re hounded when they go out, stalked by the paparazzi…their lives are no longer theirs.

Their lives belong to the world now. It’s no wonder they snap sometimes. There are people all over the world who do nothing but complain about them. There are people who wait for them to screw up, make a mistake, get into a fight just so that they can pick on them. What would happen if those people were suddenly thrust into the world view? I shudder to think.

This happens with the President of the United States, the Prime Minister of Great Britain, and all the international leaders. It happens to authors like Stephanie Meyers and J. K. Rowling. It happens to television preachers and evangelists. It happens to political leaders in the US and other countries I’m sure.

It happens to normal people.

I guess what I want to say is that I admire these ordinary people who are suddenly the biggest deal online and off. I admire these people who are household names.

I say this because no one ever writes nice things about singers, artists, authors, actors, directors, political leaders, and even your local authorities. But you know what, I admire them because they can still live as normal lives as possible.

I also get frustrated at people who are low enough to pick on them all the time and never give them a chance to realize that those who are superstars in the popular world are in fact still human beings who make just as many mistakes. That’s no reason to belittle and demean them. Realize that if you were in their position, well things wouldn’t necessarily be different for you. People would do the exact same things to you. So. Really, just don’t do it in the first place.


Quote #19

So, I guess we are who we are for a lot of reasons. And maybe we’ll never know most of them. But even if we don’t have the power to choose where we come from, we can still choose where we go from there. We can still do things. And we can try to feel okay about them.

-Stephen Chbosky

Quote #18


There comes a point when you just love someone. Not because they’re good, or bad, or anything really. You just love them. It doesn’t mean you’ll be together forever. It doesn’t mean you won’t hurt each other. It just mean you love them. Sometimes in spite of who they are, and sometimes because of who they are. And you know that they love you, sometimes because of who you are, and sometimes in spite of it.

-Laurell K. Hamilton

Quote #17


I like to see people reunited, I like to see people run to each other, I like the kissing and the crying, I like the impatience, the stories that the mouth can’t tell fast enough, the ears that aren’t big enough, the eyes that can’t take in all of the change, I like the hugging, the bringing together, the end of missing someone.

-Jonathan Safran Foer

Quote #16

I learned something important that night. You shouldn’t try to stop everything from happening. Sometimes you’re supposed to feel awkward. Sometimes you’re supposed to be vulnerable in front of people. Sometimes it’s necessary because it’s all part of you getting to the next part of yourself, the next day. The diary wasn’t always right.


Just sayin’

Well tonight was kind of a waste…but at the same time not really. I spent most of tonight looking at a political page on Facebook and seeing all the infographics about how the rich had the most money and tax cuts and all that and the middle class and lower had nothing and I could not help but get frustrated.

At first I was angry because well here I am trying to make it through graduate school, a luxury that many people either don’t have or don’t want. But then, even now as I think about it more, how can I stay angry? Those in control and with an immense amount of power are human.

And guess what.

Humans can’t tell what other humans are thinking.

Nor can humans always plan for every little thing that comes up.

Do I agree that wealth should  be more evenly distributed?

Yes, I do. But here’s the thing. The future doesn’t reside in corporations. I think anyone with a decent mind can tell that people are going to have to learn to become more self-sufficient and not rely on corporations to be there forever. The convenience of grocery stores and super stores will not last forever. Education will continue to decline, government will decline and people will have to fend for themselves. Now that can be changed, but it’s such a gargantuan task that I honestly do not know what will happen.

Really what will happen is people will have to learn to interact again. People will have to learn what a true friend is. That a true friend is not simply someone you interact with online, but rather someone that you can bare your heart to.

People will have to learn how to foster their creativity. We live in a world where everything is becoming automatic. I’m a writer, come to find out that there are programs out there that can help you write a novel from a simple idea! Honestly, to me that’s absurd! I’m writing a novel, and I don’t want something that is simply going to tell me what to do and when! Where’s the fun in that? What if I want to kill off one of my main characters? What if I want to throw in a twist where another main character once thought dead actually isn’t?

People will have to trust. I have to be honest with this one. There are a lot of people I trust. There are few people I truly trust. There are even fewer, say less than ten, whom I would trust with my life. Those whom I would trust with my life, I have no fear that they would be there the second I asked them.

So I guess my note in all of my frustration that I experienced is yeah, things are on the decline, but that just means that people now have the ability to truly shine. Foster your creativity, interact honestly with people, and trust many with little, trust few with much.

I can almost guarantee you that what you give out will return to you. You show someone that they can depend on you, you will have gained someone to depend on when you need it.

The simple fact is we’re all humans with the same flaws, yes even those supposed tyrannical 1% at the top go home to a spouse and children. They eat dinner. They fight with their spouse and children.

Stand up for your rights by all means, but remember that you’re dealing with someone who has never been in your shoes or maybe they have.

Maybe instead of blaming them for all the problems, meet them on the same ground you share, being human. Ask them about their family, about their life, about who they are. And you never know, things just might start to change for everyone…just sayin’.