Thank you to Rabbi Rachel Kobrin for sparking this version of Olam Chesed Yibaneh, a song I wrote for my children. Rabbi
Kobrin’s friend, Jeff Ward, is donating $180 to Planned Parenthood, the
ACLU, or the NAACP for every video that is made of my song – Olam
Make a video, tag Jeff and me, use #BuildFromLove
and choose your cause. A great way to make an impact during these days.
Record yourself, record your Hebrew School kids, record your friends…
I was sitting in a library, off to the corner in the back where I wouldn’t be bothered. I had been rereading an old novel from high school when I saw someone out of the corner of my eye.
She had beautiful hair that fell perfectly around her face. She was wearing skin-tight jeans, a tight-fitting tee, and converse. I wasn’t sure why I was so drawn to her, it almost seemed like magic. She was the only one that had ever caught my attention while doing absolutely nothing. I had to go talk to her.
There is no milestone for this challenge, it’s about celebrating the uniqueness of YOU. This whole idea for this challenge is explained here . There’s so much pressure to be perfect out there, magazines want you to be a size 2, there’s skin bleach to lighten freckles, cream to reduce scars, pills to help you lose weight etc etc. But.. “In a world where you can be anything, be yourself” (Etta Turner). Is there anything wrong with wanting to improve yourself? No, but do it for you not because you fell pressured. Be healthy, but don’t starve yourself. Know that freckles are cute and scars show how strong you are. And that there is nothing wrong with being different from what society deems normal.
So I challenge you to pick a “flaw” from the list and write a (preferably) reader insert with the flaw being part of the character. Make a character that readers can relate to. From too many freckles too scars and everything in between. This isn’t about writing the perfect reader insert that the character of your choice would immediately fall in love with. It’s writing about a real person who has real “flaws”, one that is not perfect by society standards but still gets the guy (or girl). And most importantly, have fun with it.
And I say “flaws” but I don’t see them as flaws. At all. I have two scars on my face, one that I have had since I was 5. And I love them. They are uniquely mine, but some people see them as ugly etc. To them, I’m flawed… marred. And yes, there have been comments about before, lots of “I’m sorry that you have a scar” and “You can get a cream for that.”. But they are not hurting me or anyone else, they are just “ugly” to most people and this is about embracing what makes you, you!
Check out the rules and the list below the cut. Let me know if anything needs to be added or taken away from the list!! I will tweak it if anyone has any suggestions :)
And it’s multi fandom!!! I’m not picky about the fandoms at all, I just want to have the love your “flaws” message spread through all the fandoms.
One song a day for the next 100 days. I hope you guys join me!
01. A song that makes you smile. 02. A song that makes you laugh. 03. A song that makes you cry. 04. A song that makes you want to dance. 05. A song that helps clear your head. 06. A song that always gets stuck in your head. 07. A song that gets you pumped up. 08. A song that calms you down. 09. A song that means a lot to you. 10. A song that has a new meaning to you every time you hear it. 11. A song that would be the theme song of your life. 12. A song that reminds you of summer. 13. A song that reminds you of winter. 14. A song that reminds you of a family member. 15. A song that you would consider a guilty pleasure. 16. A song that was released in the ‘60s. 17. A song that was released in the ‘70s. 18. A song that was released in the ‘80s. 19. A song that was released in the ‘90s. 20. A song that was released in the ‘00s. 21. A song that was released this year. 22. A song that needs more recognition. 23. A song that everyone knows the lyrics to. 24. A song that got you hooked on a band. 25. A song that you loved right from the first 5 seconds. 26. A song that you need to be in a certain mood to listen to. 27. A song that will always be in your top 5 favorites. 28. A song that's connected with a memory. 29. A song that’s very simple and repetitive but you love anyway. 30. A song that’s a one hit wonder. 31. A song that’s a power ballad. 32. A song with a line you would tattoo on your body. 33. A song with a color in the title. 34. A song with a number in the title. 35. A song with a place in the title. 36. A song with a name in the title. 37. A song with more than 5 words in the title. 38. A song with a question as the title. 39. A song with a one syllable title. 40. A song with “Q” as the first letter of the title. 41. A song with “K” as the first letter of the title. 42. A song with “F” as the first letter of the title. 43. A song with “N” as the first letter of the title. 44. A song with “E” as the first letter of the title. 45. A song with “J” as the first letter of the title. 46. A song with the word “fire” in the title. 47. A song with the word “under” in the title. 48. A song with the word “little” in the title. 49. A song with the word “go” in the title. 50. A song with the word “eye” in the title. 51. A song with a great title. 52. A song with a great guitar solo. 53. A song with a great drum solo. 54. A song with a great keyboard solo. 55. A song with great vocal harmonies. 56. A song with lyrics that could read like poetry. 57. A song you haven't listened to in a long time. 58. A song you had to look up the lyrics to. 59. A song you sing in the shower. 60. A song you liked this time last year. 61. A song you liked when you were younger. 62. A song you tap/drum/hum the beat of. 63. A song you can play on an instrument. 64. A song you wish you could play on an instrument. 65. A song you play when you can’t sleep. 66. A song you can't help but sing along to. 67. A song you hate from a band you love. 68. A song you used to love but now hate. 69. A song you would choose for karaoke. 70. A song you're currently obsessed with. 71. A song your parents played in the car when you were younger. 72. A song people wouldn't expect you to like. 73. A song by an artist that goes by a one word name. 74. A song by a band's lead singer. 75. A song by a band with a ridiculous name. 76. A song by a band you have on a T-shirt. 77. A song by a two-person band. 78. A song by a band with more than 5 people in it. 79. A song from a genre you usually dislike. 80. A song from an album with a beautiful cover. 81. A song from an original film score. 82. A song from a musical. 83. A song from a TV show theme. 84. A song in another language. 85. A song under 2 minutes long. 86. A song over 6 minutes long. 87. A song for a rainy day. 88. A song for a road trip. 89. A song for moving on. 90. A song for not giving a shit. 91. A song without words. 92. A song cover better than the original. 93. A song with an acoustic version better than the original. 94. A song from a really obscure band. 95. A song currently stuck in your head. 96. A song you've seen performed live. 97. A song by one of your favorite bands. (#1) 98. A song by one of your favorite bands. (#2) 99. A song by one of your favorite bands. (#3) 100. A song. Actually, not just “A song”. THE SONG.
08. A song that calms you down. Sway, sway, swaying between the waves shine, shine, shining their voices drift far into the distance the jellyfish sing songs as they dream they sleep by the gentle shore sway, sway, swaying
Yura yura yurameku namino ma ni
kira kira kagayaku koe wa tatta yume
kanata he to
yume miru kurage wa uta utau yo
yasashii umibe de nemuru
由良 由良 揺らめく 並みの ま に
キラ キラ 輝く 声 わ たった 夢
彼方 へ と
夢 見る クラゲ わ 歌 歌う よ
優しい 海辺 で 眠る
This song is really peaceful to me and I put the English translation, the Japanese pronunciation, and the kanji but I’m not 100% if they’re correct.
Bonus 2: 50 down, 50 to go There is love in our bodies and it holds us together
But pulls us apart when we're holding each other
We all want something to hold in the night
We don't care if it hurts or we're holding too tight
There is love in your body but you can't get it out
It gets stuck in your head, won't come out of your mouth
Sticks to your tongue and it shows on your face
That the sweetest of words have the bitterest taste