“Sometimes a man seems to reverse himself so you would say, “He can’t do that. It’s out of character.” Maybe it’s not. It could just be anohter angle, or it might be that the pressures above or below have changed his shape. You see it in war a lot — a coward turning into a hero and a brave man crashing in flames.”—John Steinbeck, The Winter of Our Discontent (via soul-surfer)
“I’m here. I love you. I don’t care if you need to stay up crying all night long, I will stay with you. There’s nothing you can ever do to lose my love. I will protect you until you die, and after your death I will still protect you. I am stronger than Depression and I am braver than Loneliness and nothing will ever exhaust me”—Elizabeth Gilbert; Eat, pray, love
“The first image of bin Laden that the White House may show us is ‘bloody and gruesome, with a bullet wound to his head above his left eye.’ If it’s released, this is the image that will instantly supplant every other account of Sunday’s raid as the iconic representation of America’s moment of triumph over its most wanted enemy. Is that what we want—the official equivalent of the Saddam hanging video? Did we learn nothing from the past decade about the overwhelming power of crude images of violence to define and polarize our historical moment?”—Philip Gourevitch on why we should not release the bin Laden photographs (via newyorker)
I just quoted Martin Luther King Jr. on Facebook and it turned out it was not even from him. Darn! Haha. What shall I say? I’ll just keep quiet. How come I didn’t think of the era? What thousands was he talking about? Which enemy? Oh well.
I applaud the sentiment but really, the internet has a lot of cute garbage.
In the meanwhile, I’ll just watch my Lakers game. Hihi
I have no speech class tomorrow. My professor is sick. Which leads to the thought of not doing speech tomorrow! It’s my last speech and it’s informative AND the topic I chose was schizophrenia - pretty basic. The idea of me registering to a beginner’s public speaking class is not the thought of learning how to make speech outlines. What I would like to overcome is my fear of public speaking. I have fear because substantially, I did not grow up here and if you are sensitive enough, you imagine the things that people are saying when they’re around their own cliques (this is just one of the many hideous perils I have - I must dislike myself when I think of things this way). But I’m glad I didn’t give a shit. That’s what I have learned to do. I am also glad that the people in my class are so considerate. I love the group of people I registered with. Most of them are even younger than me. Going there is like going to therapy class (although my Professor clarified that it is not a therapy class)! It is full of understanding, kindhearted, who sometimes “appear” to be listening people. At least, nobody disrupts you when you say something. Or judge you from the persuasive topic you chose. Everyone is respected and I like it. It is encouraging. My professor warned us though that it is not going to be like that in the real world. In the real world, you’ll find people texting, sleeping, or doing some other things while you are speaking (again, self-explanatory), but at the moment, the class is providing a listening ear which is nice.
My Speech professor said that most people think that speech is about the speaker… and it is not the case at all! It must be audience-centered and your sole purpose (as a speaker), is to inform your audience. This should just be self-explanatory. But sometimes, we’re too caught up with our egos and we unconsciously shut out everybody. Anyway, from the moment my professor stimulated that idea back to my brains, I started loosening up a bit and started progressing.
I think I have pretty much evolved from a mediocre persona to a somewhat courageous human being (wink wink). I have improved so much in other classes, essentially (and given already), public speaking. I have had so much participation in my other classes and I felt like my articulation is distinct. I have heard myself countless times in my old digital recorder and it stirs up a smile on my face. My Psychology professor even gave compliments at how I spoke. I think I need that experience before I enter UNLV and really pay attention to my major.
From this experience, I think I want to do more public speaking in the future. I like the nerves it gives me because it challenges me EVERY FREAKING TIME!
My professor in Psych class said, “to overcome your fear, you must deliberately expose yourself to it.” And I am not extremely scared as I was before but you know, I still don’t know a lot of things!
Nun t’aregge! As my Romanian friend always say. In a slang way, it means, “Do you have the guts?”
And I always tell Gabby before we go up front, “We’re all just human beings aren’t we?” And she laughs and I laugh too. And suddenly, we’re okay.