I miss my Gamegear sooooo much.
At the play ground today, everything came to life.The rough sand below became lava and the monkey bars were the only thing that could get us across. The swings shooted up the sky like rocketships. The slide was once again my bestfriend.
All the little kids wants to grow up SO BAD now a days….
Childhood is a precious, precious thing that should never be wasted. Unfortunately, some people learn the hard way.
So, right now I’m like
and outside it’s like
Thank you, summer coursework for putting me in this situation.
Here is one of the many hilarious Compaq computer commercials done by John Cleese.
Good luck to anyone who is also struggling with summer term right now!
Which means I’ve been busy making half a dozen potential schedules in between anxiety attacks.
I have managed to wean myself from tumblr and facebook for a week, thus proving that I am not addicted to social networking and can stop whenever I want.
I am now satisfied with myself enough to go back to computer-aided procrastination.
First of all, I’d like to say that I agree with both of you.
People should be proud of their achievements, but there are times when it’s alright to talk about it and there are times to be humble.
However, I don’t think people should actively pursue praise for their achievements. Praise is sometimes a by-product of success, but it should not be the main goal.
“It’s not right for us to label it as ‘Special Snowflaking’ if that means we’re going to hamper people from trying things that they never thought they could do and actually succeeding.”
Praise is not necessary for success at all. It’s a really nice thing to have, but it’s not required. If someone doesn’t get praise for something they are doing, it does not mean they are being hampered. For example, some people have ambitions that are frowned upon by most of their immediate family members (e.g. they want to become a talented artist, but their parents think this is a stupid idea). These people may not get very much praise, but many of them still strive to do what they love, despite the opinions of others.
“[A]re we annoyed by Special Snowflakes just because their stories are just them bragging to the world? Or because we’re just a tiny bit jealous of what they were able to accomplish and the fact that they feel they can be proud of themselves?”
This is a very good point. Some people get really jealous of others, even when the others are being very modest about their achievements. However, I think people get a lot more upset when they run into a bad enough case of “Special Snowflake” syndrome (or as I like to call it, unwarranted self-importance). For example, there was an influx of grade-related Facebook status updates. I got very upset when I read a post by one of my classmates. In the post, he stated his grades (All A’s) followed by “YEEESSSSSSSS!!”. Normally, I don’t really care about this sort of thing, and the post itself isn’t all that arrogant. However, what bothered me was that post on top of all of the other egocentric school related things that he had done. This guy regularly posted things like “I finished the test an hour early and still got an A!” plus, while he was in class, he was constantly screwing around. He sat in one of the rows farther back and I always saw him giggling and staring at his laptop when he should have been listening to the professor. That’s what angered me the most! He may have gotten an excellent grade, but at least the other students and I had the decency to be respectful of the professor and try our best in class and out.
I’m not jealous of this supposed “model student”. I feel sorry for him. There is a good chance that his arrogance will catch up to him someday.
Back to your point, I definitely agree that everyone feels the need to be a “Special Snowflake” every once in a while. Around a week ago, I posted about the experience that I talked about in the last paragraph. However, I admit that it was basically a really biased and inaccurate rant that I made out of rage (which is a very “Special Snowflake” thing to do).
“Okay yes, it is definitely okay to be proud, but when you throw the age factor in there I just feel like you are begging people to be proud of you.”
This is true. If someone feels the need to throw in arbitrary facts to make their achievement sound cooler, that is dictionary definition pretentious.
Adjective: Attempting to impress by affecting greater importance, talent, culture, etc., than is actually possessed.
Humility is one of my core virtues and I rarely crave the limelight. I don’t usually talk about the stuff that I do until people ask me about it. This causes some people to be really amazed when they see me achieve something, because they didn’t expect that much potential from me. I always get a kick out of that! (You could say that I get my “Special Snowflake” feeling from acting like I don’t want it. ;) )
So, the point of this giant wall of text is this:
Don’t be a braggart. An A+ by itself is completely worthless. It’s the work that you put into getting the A+ and the knowledge that you gained that is special.
There have been a lot of posts on tumblr recently where people declare that because they are a certain age and they are doing an activity not usually associated with their age group, they think they are somehow ~unique and enlightened. Let me just say…
I gave you my Facebook for a reason, guys. This will be removed eventually, I’m sure, but nothing here is true unless I confirm it on my Facebook. Send me a friend request, it’s okay.
Notice that the “tips” that were posted today were formatted…
This might be deleted so as soon as you get this please spread it fast! the guys real name is not elijah Greenberg. he is from canada and he was suppose to do web work for us. he told me his name was saif and showed me a fake portfolio and eventually got access to everything. please send him an email at his real email email@example.com