in appreciation of my education

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[31.12.16]

can’t actually believe 2016 is over. yes, there have been some really low points, both for me and for the world in general. but 2016 has also brought me amazing new friends, made me appreciate the friends I already had, has brought me success in my education and some truly incredible memories. so thanks 2016, it’s been a wild ride 🎉
let’s hope 2017 is kinder to us all 💖

anonymous asked:

I love coming to your blog and reading your asks because I feel like everyday I learn something new about Norway and it's weird because before skam I honestly never paid any attention to Norway and now I'm really interested

I love that! I’m so happy that people want to learn about Norway! And honestly these questions are helping me educate myself on and appreciate my country a lot more!

I couldn’t find this on tumblr so I uploaded it again.

This is such an important message. I was lucky enough to go an brilliant private school for Sixth Form and it made me appreciate my education so much more because I wanted to make my parents and myself proud.

My secondary school gave me my GCSEs but destroyed my passion for anything and taught me I was worthless. My Sixth Form taught me that I mean something and that I can achieve something, and that’s why I will always be grateful. Without them, I would now be drifting, not studying something I love every single day.

Regardless of what school you attend, whether a state school or an independent school, find a teacher who will always encourage and support you. My first wonderful teacher was my deputy head who told me to leave my secondary school and find something I loved - she saw how miserable I was. It makes school so much easier.

(Also, I adore Emma Watson)

Just a few notes.

First of all, i want to say that I really love my followers. So many of you have left such amazing and insightful comments on my posts and I really appreciate it. Especially some of my white followers who have been able to educate themselves on these issues, and most importantly the history and the facts of things that happened. I understand that some of these conversations are hard to have and can be read as personal attacks, but understand that when I’m discussing racism and white privilege I’m discussing systems and structures. Structures and systems that people alive today did not set into place, but benefit from and most importantly maintain.

A very common argument that I’ve seen from white people (and no one else) is that I’m fighting “hate with hate”. I don’t hate white people, the fact that my criticisms of racism and how white people respond to these conversations is seen as hate is a reflection of one of the many stereotypes projected onto black women when they voice their opinions. I am not angry, I am not upset. I have been lounging nude drinking starbucks for most of the morning. I’m in a pleasant mood, but recognize that conversations surrounding racism will always be a part of what I discuss as a vlogger because it is a part of my life.

When you respond to my posts with “ugh why are we talking about this again” or “well not all white people are this way” or trying to pain me as a hateful person for speaking out against racism, you are doing nothing more than continuing my need to have these discussions and validating the reasons why I’m engaging in them. See, because for you to hear me speak about something that is generally factual and nothing more than a statement of historical truths and respond with rolled back eyes and exasperation tells me that the work I’m doing is needed. Because in reality we are all taught a white washed version of history that distances itself from the atrocities committed at the hands of white men in this country.

My purpose is never to blame white people today for the things their ancestors have done. Nor is it to frame all white people as terrible people. It is simply to encourage self reflection and recognizing that whether you like it or not, you benefit from oppressive structures that have been set in place long before you were born, long before this country was established. You are not responsible for that, but you are responsible for maintaining and upholding these structures. You are responsible for turning to people of color and contributing to the historical silencing of people of color when they speak out in pain. As a black woman I have to fight for my humanity at every turn. I have to engage in these conversations and explain to people who will never walk this earth in my shoes what my experiences are. And most of the times when I do this, I am told to speak politely, to act respectable and to simply placate myself to their interests. I’m expected to omit my passion, pain, and hurt so that they can, in theory, listen.

Being vocal on the issues of race, women’s issues and trans issues, one thing i’ve learned about majority groups is that it is not in their interest to deconstruct the things that make their lives easier to navigate. So many of them want these conversations to end, but don’t want to put the time nor energy into deconstructing why they’re taking place. They want to curate our conversations to suit their emotions because this is something they’ve become accustomed to. They are expecting to be pandered to. They are expecting to a have the conversation set up for them because that is how they’re used to taking in information.

These conversations are hard to hear. When someone tells you that you benefit from the pain of others, it’s natural to feel defensive. But it’s not about you. It’s about so much more than you. These conversations I engage in aren’t about me specifically. I fight for women as a whole, I fight for black people as a whole, I fight for trans people as a whole. My desire is to be as inclusive as possible and that’s hard when you don’t understand everything. Sometimes when people feel excluded it’s hard to hear about it because you weren’t intending to exclude them. Usually you just didn’t consider it and the people who are alienated feel hurt and speak out in pain. it’s natural for you to feel attacked, but put your feelings aside and recognize that there’s a reason for their pain and their hurt is valid. When you try to explain to them why their feelings aren’t valid, all you will do is encourage them to speak out more and with more passion and ferocity. It takes courage to stand up and say to majority groups that you feel erased and you aren’t helping the situation by erasing their words in the favor of majority interests. You’re hurting your cause and you’re making things so much worse, trust me.

Not everything in the world is made for you. It is not the job of the oppressed to sympathize with the oppressors and blaming oppressed classes for their state in life and how they cope with oppression is not only unhelpful, but ineffective.

On that note, if you cannot stand beside me and fight against oppressive structures I don’t quite understand why you’re following me. It frustrates me how people are fans of me when I’m attacking transphobia or homophobia or other oppressive notions, but they draw the line at racism. I am not your attack dog. I am not your money. I am not your puppet. I am a woman with much patience and love who simply wants to see this world become a better place for everyone. Everyone. I can, however only speak up to a certain degree and I will only speak to my own lived experiences. If you aren’t here for women, ending racism and fighting against transphobia, you aren’t here for me.

I have never cared how many people followed me or supported my words. The people who are willing to listen and are open will receive what I have to say. I applaud those of you who have felt accosted by my content, but now understand. You are the future and I value you.

Anyways, have a great day. <3

No matter the discipline, I always seem to somehow gain the respect of my peers. In my education, my instructors appreciate my wealth of knowledge in subjects they dedicate their lives to. I am a self-taught chef, working in conjunction with three classically-trained chefs. My superior, the executive chef, says I am a visionary. Creativity, connectivity, and intellectuality are hallmarks of the INTJ, in my opinion. The trio never fails to bewilder the ones around me.
—  Submitted by invironment