Sunday, 24 January 2016

Fire

Fire: That crackling, uncontrollable light that lightens and warms your heart.


We all have fire within us. We all have that one thing that makes us spark. It's a glow, a flicker, something that if you would let it ignite, it would change your entire life.

But how do we let that spark ignite? What causes to go from a flame... to a fire?

Passion. Inspiration.

A cause.

I have so many causes. I want to share my love of writing to other kids, encourage people that it's okay to be themselves, eradicate social injustice, stop animal abuse, educate people about what's going on in the world, discover new religions, and spread love to every being on this earth.

I want to create a future for the human race that's so divine and wonderful, so peaceful and blissful, that every being can live in harmony without worrying about injustices, racism, sexism, homophobia.

For the perfect world will not be one in which everyone is the same, but it will be one in which that we are all different, yet love each other nonetheless.

And if I concentrate hard enough, on this big, bright, amazing future, I levitate just a little bit off the ground.

That's the fire that fulfills me. It causes me to lift my face into a smile, it causes me to reach out to other people regardless of their race, gender, religion, or sexual orientation. It causes me to look up at the stars and imagine that one day, human kind will reach them.

You too, can find your fire. Dig deep enough and you can find it, in every single person on earth.

Look around. There are people in your life that help build your fire. They're there for a reason. They're the people that when you think about them, a smile spreads across your face and you feel just a bit better about life.

There are experiences that shape your fire, that build it up even higher. For me, there are a few. A leadership summit in which each girl had a fire, a conference that lead me to achieving one of my dreams of making a difference in the lives of teens like myself.

What's your fire?


Saturday, 16 January 2016

How to Stay Awake at a Sleepover

1. Play Apples to Apples with as many people as you can. Don't even try for serious answers. Looking for words that are Heavenly? Go straight for the Creamed Corn card. Every. Single. Time.

2. Mix cokes, because it's the only time you get to do it without being judged. Experiment with different mixed coke recipes. (drop some gummies in there for bonus points)

3. Abuse the stuffed animal your friend got for a gift exchange by throwing him in the air, then watch as someone else takes it to the next level by accidentally dropping him in a toilet.

4. Color your friend's hair using hair chalk (which she also happened to get for a gift exchange)

5. Play Jenga Quakes! at two in the morning. This is a very important step in the process because the buzzing will terrify you and your fried senses.
whether you believe it or not, at two in the morning, the vibrating sound is rather frightening.

6. Listen to Japanese rock 'n' roll using the little chipmunk and acorn earbuds.

7. Proceed to pretend to be a helicopter (you know what I'm talking about. Yes, you stick your arms out and spin like a madman. Make sure to bump into other helicopters a.k.a your friends).

8. Disrupt a movie (preferably The Scorch Trials) and annoy everybody who is watching it by reciting a passage from your favourite Shakespearean play.

9. Discuss religion. This WILL keep you awake.

10. Time to go to Tim Hortons at four in the morning. Get a creamy chocolate chill to give you that early mornin' buzz.

11. When you get back, engage in an intense game of Headbands. Do not let your friends give you the Ladder card, because it is impossible to guess this at five in the morning.

12. Fall asleep in front of a screening of Easy A. 

13. Wake up at seven in the morning feeling disgusting, because your hair is greasy, you did not brush your teeth after that chocolate chill, and you certainly did not bother changing your clothes before going to sleep.

14. Wonder why your friend is asking you for her pillow back. You do not remember taking it from her.

15. Go home and go rest. Later on, ask yourself why there is a muffin at the bottom of your sleeping bag.

-Oakstar

Monday, 11 January 2016

Let Us Grow


Let Us Grow

We used to stand up tall and strong
We used to be firmly planted, we did not sway
We used to reach up into the sky
We used to stretch until we felt a warmth, a light
We
      were
lush.


Now you, the rain, you pelt, and your brother the wind roars
Threatening thunders trumble 
Our roots protrude the air
How close are we to falling?
Because
           of
        you.

We are stationery
We are short and stout
We are hard as rock and cold as board
We do not branch out
We
    are
barely
       alive.

It's time to let us grow
To plant feet in hearty soil and expand
To develop and flourish
Let us grow.
Please,
         let
  us
       grow.


not mine

Tuesday, 5 January 2016

Christmas Tag

Well, aren't we a little late.

I decided to finally do Amelie's Christmas Tag, because I sense the spirit of Christmas dying already. The stores are already getting ready for Valentine's Day. This is not allowed to happen. Wait at least a month people. Thanks for tagging me, Amelie. Click here to check out her blog.

1. Do you have a favourite Christmas memory?
When I was little, I used to prepare games for the family to play at Christmas dinner. One of these games one year was charades. My grandfather was doing quite horribly, so he decided to imitate something that was not one of the options and dropped to the floor, writing and flopping. We all thought he was having some kind of seizure, but in reality, he was imitating bacon sizzling in a pan. As one does. 
 2. Favourite festive food ?
British chocolate and crisps, as well as my mother's amazing out-of-the-turkey stuffing.
3. What is your favourite holiday drink/s?
Hot chocolate, naturally.
4. What are your favourite Christmas movies and what movie do you watch every Christmas?
Oh, gee, it has to be Deck the Halls, followed by Christmas with the Kranks and Miracle on 34th Street.
5. What is your favourite part of Christmas dinner and who do you have it with?   
I love my mom's stuffing before it goes in the turkey, and I often have it with my immediate family as well as my grandparents. Sometimes we invite some Jewish friends.                              
6. Do you have any Christmas Eve traditions?
Why yes we do. We drive around and look at the lovely Christmas lights, and watch a Christmas movie. We also tend to have some kind of disaster involving the water and the weather. Every. Single. Year.
7. What do you do on Boxing Day?
I volunteer with a charity to feed the homeless in our city.
8. Favourite holiday song?
Do They Know It's Christmas? by Band Aid 20
9.  Do you have a real or fake tree and what time of year do you put it up?
Sadly, our tree is fake. We put it up near the beginning of December so we can admire it all month.
10. What’s your favourite colour of Christmas lights?
I love gold Christmas lights, they're incredibly elegant. 

Hope you enjoyed!
-Oakstar

Sunday, 3 January 2016

Light Up the World

2015.

It went by so unbelievably fast.

And now, it's 2016. Wow.

Last year, I refrained from talking about New Year's all together. I just didn't feel like it.

This year, I was going to do a recap of the year, and then go on to talk about some kind of list of resolutions.

Then, I decided no to. I decided that I would rather talk about something other than the best movie I saw this year (it's a tie between The Edge of Tomorrow and Mask) or the amount of books I read (I honestly have no idea).

I feel like so much rides on 2016. So much has happened to the world this year, and so much has happened in the world in the past twenty years.

We have so much to do this year.

Water and air pollution is reaching a very dangerous level.

Racism, sexism, and homophobia are still very present in the world. Even though they seem to be abolished in first world countries, they are not.

The wars, the illnesses, the terrorist attacks all continue to spread around different countries in the world.

Tar sand exploitation in Alberta

There is so much riding on 2016, for the fate of humanity and the fate of the world.

What can we do? We can help. We can stand up for our beliefs and fight for our rights.Pay attention to classes like geography, so we can see what's going on in the world, and history, to make sure the events that have happened do not repeat themselves. Stay tuned with the latest sciences to learn about more ways to save the world.

 There is so much I'd like to see happen this year, but I know we won't be accomplishing it soon. The paradise I seek won't happen for a long time,  not in my lifetime. But I'll dedicate my life to making the world a better place.

It's time to light up the world.

I'll finish this post with a quote from Emma Watson, one of my favourite people of all time.


-Oakstar