get through life

anonymous asked:

What exactly did you do in the army? Was there a lot of pressure to perform well and did that ever stress you out?

So, keep in mind that I’m Intel, and other areas of the service might be a bit different…
I joined to be a language analyst, and my assigned language was Spanish. Buuuut I immediately went to a unit that had no use for my language. So I never did that. I did -a lot- of other things, but most recently I worked admin.
I was still required to maintain my language proficiency to a certain level, though, with an annual test. And that was… a major stressor. Because failing twice would have lost me my job. ((And considering how naive speakers often fail…..)) It wasn’t fun, but I do enjoy the extra pay, so I kept at it instead of switching.
But outside of job specialty stuff, in general there isn’t much more pressure or stress than at a regular civilian office.
Like, it is the army, so of course they want your best… but so long as you’re making an effort, they’ll work with you. Unless you’ve got bad leadership who want to treat you like adult children, day-to-day stuff shouldn’t be terribly stressful.

Speaking of singer-songwriters and their fans… I think a lot of people have this idea in their head of what Bruce Springsteen fans are like and it’s similar to the image that he portrays in his ‘80s music videos: humble, working-class people with families who just want to do their job and get through life. But most of the hardcore Bruce Springsteen fans I have met are very intellectual and will talk your ear off about his songwriting techniques and the way he uses first-person narration to tell a story, much like you find in traditional folk songs. 

I think his songs do capture what it’s like to be working-class. On the surface it seems all he sings about is how miserable it is to be poor, but it’s more about feeling trapped by circumstance and wishing for a way out. That’s perfect music for working-class people because what we tend to do is ruminate endlessly on our situation and dream about how different our lives would be if we had a little more opportunity or if that one shitty thing never happened to us.

He’s also famously quite liberal, and has been outspoken about LGBT issues, and police brutality/racism, as in his song “American Skin”, which goes against the stereotype that working class people are all racist and homophobic. 

Even though he’s a millionaire, I still appreciate his work as a reflection of working-class life, and I appreciate him as an artist because there is not a lot of positive representation of working-class people in culture. 

In Ghana, people are often buried in ‘fantasy coffins’. The Ga people believe life in the next world continues in the same way it did on earth, so carpenters honor the dead with custom coffins that represent their dreams, personalities, occupations, vices, or obsessions. Source Source 2 Source 3

You need to remember that you’ve managed to get this far in life. You’ve been in situations where you thought you’d never make it out but you did. You lived to tell the tale. You survived another day. You got through it. You learned from your mistakes, you realised where you went wrong, you grew as a person. You made it. So whatever you’re going through now, you’ll get through that too. 

listen, i know everyone wants tony to have this final big arch where he dies. and i’m in my corner wanting him to live out a happy life with pepper in the middle of nowhere, with a bunch of genius little kids running around with baby DUM-Es.

maybe this is more me talking to myself but… especially for us older fans where fandom things are viewed as “silly” or “childish” i just want to remind myself (and you if you need it) that it’s not silly or childish or stupid to feel whatever emotions you are feeling right now.  I know many of us are having to keep it together at work or school or whatever and it’s so hard and I don’t feel like I can talk about this with people in my real life because it’ll be brushed off as fandom things or something that shouldn’t affect me as deeply as it does.  But… 

it’s not silly.  

it’s not childish.  

it’s not stupid.  

shinee and all its five members have seen me through some of the highest and lowest points in my life and I love them more than I can ever put into words and that love is real and genuine and it is not, and will never be, silly or childish or stupid.  our pain is a reflection of how deeply we love jonghyun and how strongly we are feeling his absence.     

so feel what you feel

process your grief however you need to

and know you aren’t alone in your pain, even if you feel like you have to keep it hidden from those around you

this blog is, has been, and always will be a place for danny pink love and appreciation <3

sjw tumblr: “don’t tell me what it’s like to live as a poc in america!”

me: then don’t tell me what it’s like to live as a white person, either

  • Taehyung: Hey babe do these pants make me look fat?
  • Jungkook: *Didn't hear* What?
  • Taehyung: I said do these pants make me look fat?
  • Jungkook: *Still didn't hear*
  • Jungkook's Mind: You can't ask 'what?' again that's awkward...
  • Jungkook: *Nervously smiles* ... Yes?

So, serious talk.

How is anyone supposed to both have a full time job and be a solo 1d fan?

Like… how?