My Inspiration

As we are continuing GIF the portrait  activity from before, I was instructed to use portrait image of someone who inspires me. Take that image, load it in Photoshop and manipulate it by using different filters. It allows us to create different kind of GIFs by putting multiple frames into animation. Now I thought I would be confused selecting someone that inspires me but to my utter surprise, I had one name and a face that popped up in my head. I honestly have a lot of people that do inspire me but in recent days this person has amazed and motivated me. We are both of same age so every time I fall back to my laziness, I push myself thinking that if he can do it, I can too. He is Kim Namjoon.

There is all about him in Wikipedia and other websites so I will try to be as brief as possible. His name is Kim Namjoon. He is a 24 years old South Korean artist famous for rapping, producing music and writing lyrics. His stage name is RM. He is the leader of the South Korean boy band called BTS and has two solo albums RM and MONO respectively. He has also collaborated with other artists too. I fell in love with him when they all first appeared on the Ellen Show. He is more fluent in English than other band members and he learned English by watching the sitcom Friends. He was asked as a part of a prank if he wanted his solo career or stay with the band and he chose the band without hesitation.

In September 2018, United Nations had an event, “Youth 2030” where  UNICEF launched an initiative that will work for young people to have education, training or employment by 2030. BTS, as part of their “Love Myself” campaign, was one of the speakers where RM spoke about inspiring oneself and self-acceptance. We make mistakes and people have the tendency to make others feel bad about it. Out of guilt, we accept being less worthy and forget who we aspired to be. Whoever I was yesterday is still me which can only help me to be a bit wiser tomorrow. We can work to become better human beings by accepting our own flaws and shortcomings. His speech left me in tears and moved me to my core. I was filled with admiration for him.

Being the same age and living in the same generation, their album series “Love Yourself” taught nothing but loving oneself. His music, thoughts, point of views and way of living has inspired me to be like him for others too. I wish and hope that he realizes a sense of achievement for doing this and be proud of and love himself at times in need. Because along with million other hearts he touched, I admire him with all mine.

Life Lessons from Demi Lovato!

Recently, I watched a documentary on Demi Lovato’s life story. I watched how she talked about how she overcame her challenges and how she got stronger and got back on her feet once again.

While listening to her story, I learned that when she had an opportunity come her way she took it.

She started singing from 5 years old and sang at every opportunity she got. Starting From house parties, the malls, street singing…pretty much she sang everywhere. Why? Because she was following her dreams with a passion. True dreams need to be caught; You must run after them.

on the other hand, at the same time, you got to take stuff one pebble at a time because, if you take it all at once, you will feel pressured and then it can collapse on you. Once you collapse it’s hard to go back up; it’s possible but takes lots of effort. In Demi’s story, she started everything so fast. She was booked from TV show to TV show and was expected to be a role model that she wasn’t ready to be, and at one point when she was 17,18 it all collapsed in front of her.

The lesson I learned from watching Demi’s documentary is to take life a step a time, cuz when you do, only then you can enjoy it and live your dreams with passion.

I recommend watching Demi’s documentary. It has lessons for everyone at any age to learn.

Check it out by clicking the link here.




Makes Me Happy This Week

From a tragedy in American History… comes great strides to make a difference. Bernie Sanders ad, It’s Not Over made me sad and then made me feel extremely happy. It’s been some time since Eric Garner death made headlines due to Police Brutality. Though it may not be at the forefront of everyone’s mind anymore, Eric Garner’s daughter Erica Garner has chosen to endorse candidate Bernie Sanders. I find this powerful and inspiring due to Erica’s commentary in this ad. Though I have heard much of the media’s take on what happened to Eric Garner, it’s very different to hear his daughter’s words. If you are considering voting this year and do not know where to do so, Where can I vote this may help.