I’ve never been friends with anyone on FB who had passed away…until now. It’s quite an interesting use of social media, one we can be thankful for. I knew this guy named Bernie. He played ukulele & loved making people smile. I’m not even saying that as to make him sound better than he was. He literally radiated with positivity. He used FB as a medium to share his stories and lessons learned. So now his FB profile is a virtual shrine to him. People have been sharing their stories and photos. I’m sure when we’re sad, we could scroll through his history and read something funny he said way back when. We live on in our virtual world. And in some cases, it’s creepy. But in this case, I think it’s the greatest use of Facebook I have ever encountered.
Lots of voting on marriage equality lately. Being in Chicago, the move made in Illinois was super awesome. But being from Hawaii, last night’s voting moved me to tears. I ended up watching til the very end, needing to know what was going to happen. I watched a good chunk of representatives speaking for and against SB1. For those not familiar with the culture in Hawaii (that’s a vast majority of mainlanders), the people in Hawaii are very prideful. We use the word “aloha” to exemplify our happiness, our love, our sympathy. So of course, while people are speaking against marriage equality and dare to use the word “aloha”, they are going against the meaning of the word. I understand them believing it’s an attack on their religious beliefs. They have the right to feel that way. But you cross a line when you use “aloha” along with negative and hateful words. That bothered me the most. Don’t diminish the meaning of the word we all use for positivity.
“When you are attracted to people, it’s because of the details. Their kindness. Their eyes. The fact that they can get you to laugh when you need it the most.”—Jodi Picoult, Sing You Home (via thatkindofwoman)
I just checked out some of the top brands in Jeff Staples’ Skillshare class. Man, these people have money. I can’t wait til the day I can do cut & sew. I can’t wait to make my own hats & have my own fabrics. My taste has shifted a lot more towards streetwear. But “streetwear” in itself is so broad, I suppose. I’m just gonna keep following my favorite brands closely. Dreamin’ big.
Stressing myself out. Besides my regular job, I have picked up some freelance work. I’m also getting back into volunteering twice a week. I’m getting a new product shipment today that I’d like to launch very soon & have not prepped anything for it. There are also a bunch of shows and fun things happening too. I just need to focus my time so I don’t freak out. You’d think that during all that time I didn’t do much that I would have tried to better prepare myself for this. But I’m happy. I finally feel like I’m not wasting away my days.