if you remember that life is fluid you’ll never feel stuck. nothing is the end all or your only option. when something ends it’s your time to start something new. it doesn’t matter how often doors close if you’re always moving forward. don’t dwell or try to open those old doors. the more you keep moving, the more you’ll see life is working in your favor.
Love is commitment. Love is not always understanding them, but trying to. Love is knowing that when life gets too heavy, you have them to spot you. Love is both words and action. Love is when your mistakes are your fault alone and making excuses is too risky so your only option is to try to fix them. Love is not having to wait until you’re drunk or it’s 2am to show them your soul. Love is when flaws are just another part of the masterpiece. Love is saying what needs to be said because honesty might be painful but they’re too priceless to lie to. Love is when you can’t be happy if they aren’t. Love is respect. Love is patience. Love is being kind. Love is love is love.
Is your former teacher aware that you live off of art now?
nope! not sure she would care, either. BUT i did get a kind of petty sort of “IN YOUR FACE” moment my senior year @ this teacher, though
she actually retired when i was entering my senior year, and she was replaced with a teacher that was coming in from another school. this teacher was really nervous, and couldn’t quite find a footing. she was afraid she would make the art department look bad
i was one of, i think, 3 advanced art students??? and she told us “do whatever you want, pick a subject from this, interpret it, it’s fine” because she was just stressed with the workload
at the end of that year, our school was placed into something called the “art conference show” which showcased and rewarded students in the visual arts from 8 different schools. in that show i won best in painting, students’ choice, and best of show. i had to get interviewed. it was absolutely terrifying
but the new teacher was so relieved, she thanked me. and that teacher that told me i had absolutely no future in this field stayed in town so i know her hearing about it wasn’t something she could avoid
AND YOU ASPIRING ARTISTS CAN LEARN FROM THAT, TOO!!
if you have an art teacher that’s supportive right up until you mention you’re serious, take no shit. go behind this teacher’s back, and work. and work and work. there comes a point where you can learn faster than what’s being taught. do the assignments, get work done, and then advance yourself. if you’re in high school, you don’t have to rely on their blessing to advance.
You have probably heard the phrase “if you can’t afford the vet, you can’t afford the pet” and it is true to a degree. Pet ownership doesn’t stop after the purchase of the animal and it is my personal opinion that getting a pet when you know you cannot afford vet care is selfish.
There are of course many people who fully intend on taking their pet to the vet but life happens: they lose their job, family members get sick, the pet gets hit by a car, etc. What do these people do? The absolute best thing to do is be prepared as much as possible. Get pet insurance! For something like $25 a month you can get your pet insured and it will cover most illnesses and accidents. Get a savings account. Put money away every month, as much as you can afford and use it only for vet visits. If your dog gets hit by a car or needs emergency surgery it can easily cost $5,000.00 so try to have that much in savings ready to go.
Go see the vet at least yearly. I cannot stress enough how much preventative care does exactly that: prevents illnesses. I have caught heart disease, cancer, retinal disease and more just doing annual exams. The owners had no idea their pet was ill. By taking care of these things before they got worse these owners saved thousands of dollars. Vaccines are important too, especially for puppies and kittens. A parvo vaccine may be $20, treating parvo can cost into the thousands.
Understand that you don’t have to do everything your vet recommends, but also understand the repercussions of declining. For me personally, I cannot sleep at night knowing I didn’t offer every single pet owner the very best care. Who am I to judge what people can afford? On a more selfish level, if I didn’t offer the best care and a pet died or became ill and the owner filed a board complaint, I could be fined or even lose my license. This is true for all vets. So please understand we must offer the best care and at least give you the chance to understand what you are declining. If you do decline testing or medication, understand that this limits what we can do for you. I had an owner decline testing a lump on his cat but he became very angry when I couldn’t tell him what the lump was. We offer tests for a reason. Also understand that sometimes if you decline care your only option is euthanasia. People do not like it when vets suggest euthanasia but sometimes this truly is the only other option. It isn’t right to send an animal home to die a slow and painful death simply because the owner cannot afford treatment but refuses to do the right thing and euthanize.
Also understand that wasting time on Google and pet care forums wastes precious time and money. I can cite numerous cases where an owner spent months or more researching and trying things on their own and it was something a vet could have fixed in a single visit. By the time the pet comes to us it is too late. By all means get care advice from other trustworthy sources but if an animal is ill, the internet is not your friend.
I know that there are those out there that will say they cannot put anything in savings, they cannot afford pet insurance, and they cannot even afford basic vaccines. To you I say, don’t get a pet. It just isn’t right to take a living thing into your home knowing you cannot provide it the care it needs. If you want that connection with an animal go volunteer at a shelter and walk dogs, babysit friends pets, there are lots of other ways to have animals in your life without owning one.
My dear, darling, beautiful SBs. If you’re unable to get cash payment, and you think PayPal is your only option, please stop and read below, my dears.
Make a fake Gmail, or if your sugar email is a gmail, you’re a step ahead. Use your real phone number for security, it’s okay. Really.
Now, once you get that account set up with your sugar name, normal phone, and sugar email, add on Google Wallet to your sugar email account. Connect it to your debit card. When you want your SD to send you money, give him the email, that’s all he needs. Nothing personal shows at all. On the bank statement, once you “claim” the payment to be put into your account, it just refers to the payment on your bank statement as “Google*Wallet” or something like that. And on your SD’s bank statement, it shows something similar.
No personal info.
Just give him that email and get your money.
So that post going around about frustrating stuff in the original Animal Crossing is great but can we just talk about how frustrating Wild World was for a moment?
This game introduced a lot of features that are now staples of the series (emotes, hairstyles, etc)… but made them needlessly difficult and complicated to get
You couldn’t change your hair at all until you got the final Nook upgrade with Shampoodle built in, which required you to have a friend who also had the game to come and shop at your Nook’s store. Your only other option was to have a friend who already had the final upgrade and just use their Shampoodle. And some of the default hairstyles are… questionable at best…
Did I mention that since wifi services are shut down for the original DS, it’s now by extension impossible to change your hair at all if you don’t have Shampoodle already? Hope you had a style you liked when you last played!
Shrunk was a random special visitor instead of something you could do daily. Changed your mind about one of your emotes? You had to wait indefinitely for him to show up.
There was no way to tell if you watered your dying flowers. So you watered one pixel too far to the left? your hybrid garden is gone now.
Seriously you’ll never truly appreciate the beautiful town ordinance in New Leaf until you’ve gone through this for YEARS playing WW
Villagers would give zero warning if they were moving out, a random villager would just already be in boxes every 1-2 days and it could take anywhere between five minutes and one hour or more to talk some of them out of it
Good luck making money in spring, fall, or winter, at least the original Animal Crossing had the island
There was no grass wear, but your town was straight up 75% dirt instead
There was a widespread and infamous glitch where you’d sometimes never be able to get snooty villagers’ pics because they’d randomly bring up dialogue that would imply they already gave it to you, which would lock you out of EVER getting it
Art was extremely hard to get in this game, and you had NO way of telling if it was fake
There was a flea market holiday where every villager in your town would randomly barge into your house and try to buy all your stuff
Heck, there was no halloween, toy day, or any holiday of note in this game, just weird oddball ones that didn’t have to do with anything
Also logging on in the fall meant your town would be absolute acorn hell thanks to one of these holidays
If you’ve played WW for as long as I have you understand why the hammer tour in New Leaf is so goddamned satisfying
This game introduced putting patterns on the ground, but had it so guests to your town could accidentally remove them
Almost every song on the OST was punctuated by fart-y tuba noises