Best Three Reasons why celebrities rule the world

Welcome to the 21st century, where celebrities (yes I am talking about the George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, Oprah, Justin Beiber, Jennifer Lopez‘s,  etc, etc…) truly do rule the world.  Its true.  Think about it.  We (that is society and myself included) have elevated these beautiful people up to almost God-like (or whichever higher power or diety you identify with) status.  We worship them, idolize them, revere them and give them all our hard earned money (by going to see their movies, watching their tv shows, buying their perfumes, wearing their clothing…it is endless, I could go on an on with this).We tune in to see what is going on in their lives, we want to hear the gossip (look how famous Perez Hilton got), we want to see who “hooked up”.  Its an endless maze of celebrities wedging themselves in our lives.  Its crazy when you step back and look at it from a distance.  In the world that we are living in, where individuals and families can barely make ends meet, we have celebrities “raking” in cash.  Its as though they are flaughting the status that we have given them in all our faces.

To me, its sad to think that it will take me years and year to pay off my mortgage, my student loans etc. and a celebrity can easily buy million dollar homes or a $100,000 car, and so on.

Let’s just say that anything a celebrity does is bigger news that children starving, the economy, the nuclear weapon debate, the environment…

That is why I have devoted this post to the

1.  More people can name 10 celebrities vs 10 presidents

2.  They dominate social media (they are everywhere)

3.  In today’s economic times, they are still living the life of luxury and seem untouched

Lets face it, my #1 Best pick is true (and somewhat sad).  I can proudly say I can name 10 presidents but I can name a whole lot more celebrities.   Why is this possible?  I think its because they have a life that I envy and because they are everywhere.  They are beautiful (no average girl among them), they are rich and they just don’t seem to have the worries of an average girl life.  I know that there are people out there that are indifferent to them and I commend you (and envy you)!

I don’t think I need to say much about my number 2 pick, I think it is self-explanatory.

As for #3, that is a reason why they rule the world…they seem untouched by this past recession, and all the other economic hardships that have dominated the news for the last 2-3 years.

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Best Three Things that Quiet the Crazy World Around Me

There are some days when the pressures of life (work, finances, relationship troubles) come barreling down at me and all I can think about are the things that I would be doing that would help to quiet the crazy world around me.  These are things that can take my mind off whatever is troubling me and transport me into a mindless state of peace and tranquility.  Where bills, work deadlines, health issues and all the others things that are driving me insane are swept from my mind.  The following are the thing that helo quiet the crazy world around me.

1.  Sitting in front of a fire (whether from a fireplace or camp fire) and staring at the embers of the fire

2. Walking along a deserted beach and listening to the waves crash down

3. Looking at the stars

Looking into a campfire has a way of truly mezmorizing me.  Its amazing that all that I was feeling previously can be shut out and all I see is the burning embers.   Its crazy but true.  My mind simply turns off.  I can think of anything else except the beauty of the fire and the calming soothing effect is has on me.  It makes it very hard to look away, especially when its time to leave and go to sleep.  For me, this is the best way to quiet the crazy world around me.

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For me, walking on a deserted beach and hearing the waves crash down along the shore is amazing.  Sometimes they are deafening and that is an amazing thing.  It allows my mind to block everything else and I focus on my walking, my breathing and the breathtaking sound of the waves crashing.  For those that have never been able to experience the ocean and all of its might, I encourage you to travel to one (one day in your life) and you will understand what I am talking about.

As for my last pick,  it’s definitely looking up at the stars. Pleiades Star Cluster

I was lucky enough this summer to have an incredible experience with this.  I was camping in a camp ground that had constructed an outside observation area for star gazing.  It was a cold night but my partner and I made our way there around 10pm at night.  We huddled together, stopped talking and simply looked up…we were there for over 2 hours.  Not a word was said, we simply just looked up at the sky and all the brilliant stars shining in the night sky.  It was an amazing experience and worked to clear my mind of all its stress and complications

Best Three Things that I’m Thankful For

As I get older I’ve begun to look back on my life and realize that I’m truly a blessed person.  I don’t use the word as a religious term but one that I use to help describe the amount of things in my life that I’m thankful for.  In context, there are still lots of things I don’t have but as the years start to climb, I’ve realized that they are just things – things I want but not things I necessarily need.  However, the things that I’m thankful for are truly the things that I need and want in my life.

In a society that is materialistic, vain and consumer driven, its nice to step back from all of that and simply look at my life and see the things that I would be devastated without and the things that I wouldn’t even notice were missing if they were.  That is why I’ve dedicated this post to the best three things that I’m thankful for.

1.  My family

2. The roof over my head and food in my belly

3.  My freedom

I think a lot of people would have their family as the first thing to be thankful for – so I’m not alone.  I have to say it (and I know other may disagree) but my family is the greatest.

I have been blessed with a father and mother who are the epitome of the ultimate parents.  They have raised me, clothed me, fed me and loved me.  They allowed me to grow, allowed me to make good and bad choices – while always there in the background when I needed them.  They always put my needs before their own.  They taught me manners, values, ethics.  They believed in me, even when I didn’t believe in myself.  They encouraged me, guided me and provided me with every opportunity they could.  They are what every parents should be and I’m lucky to have them.  My siblings, I know would echo my words and sentiments.

I was also blessed with an older brother and sister.  A brother that was always interested in showing me all the things out there in the world and of course an older sister that always looked out for me and is not only a sister but also my best friend.

Full Siblings

Full Siblings (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I have also been lucky to find the love of my life and someone that rounds out my family.  He means everything to me and there is not a day that goes by that I’m not thankful that he had the patience to wait for me because I couldn’t imagine my life without him.

The second thing that I’m thankful for is the roof over my head (my house) and the food in my belly.  I once went to a lecture that a local university was sponsoring about the life of a Holocaust survivor.  I can still remember the silence of the room as an older man took to the stage and looked up at the audience and said “None of you know what its like to be so hungry, to be humiliated, to have everything taken away…”   They were words I never forgot.  He went on to talk about being hungry and as he talked, he broke down and started crying.  I never forgot that.  That is why I’m thankful to have a house that shelters me from the elements and I’m so thankful that I have never had to feel hungry.

The last thing that I’m thankful for is my freedom.  There is nothing else I can say to that.