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Journal Entry: Mon Mar 10, 2014, 1:32 PM
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Hi everyone!

I'm doing this as a favor for a friend. He needs at least 50 people to take a survey for a class, so I figured I would help him out and ask my watchers to take his survey. It's a quick survey (I did it and it took me under 60 seconds).

If you complete this survey, I'll give you a feature in my journal.


After you've completed this survey, just note me with three thumbs from your gallery. :aww:

Here is the link to the survey: www.surveygizmo.com/s3/1569671…


This is now closed. Thank you to everyone who helped us out! :glomp:
I'll be updating my journal with the features and I'll notify everyone who completed the survey when I do. :love:

Thank you! :hug:



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Winners of the Faceless Self-Portrait Contest!

Journal Entry: Wed Jan 15, 2014, 8:48 PM
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:spotlight-left: First Place! :spotlight-right:

The Shadow of the Wind by Miguel-Santos
by Miguel-Santos

:iconmiguel-santos:

Early Morning Walk by Miguel-Santos Lost in the Sunlight by Miguel-Santos The Ruin in the Woods by Miguel-Santos Bending Seasons by Miguel-Santos Driving this road down to Paradise by Miguel-Santos


:spotlight-left: Second Place! :spotlight-right:

The other place by TrollGirl
by TrollGirl

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The Guardian by TrollGirl Rainy Morning by TrollGirl The Butterfly Tree by TrollGirl Forest's whispers by TrollGirl Breath of Life by TrollGirl


:spotlight-left: Third Place! :spotlight-right:

what's changed by doodler89
by doodler89

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left 3 by doodler89 from a corner in the red room by doodler89 inside by doodler89 her monster 1 by doodler89 Moleskine 21 by doodler89


Congrats to everyone! :clap:


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This might be the cockiest thing I've ever asked

Journal Entry: Mon Jan 13, 2014, 11:19 AM
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This might be the cockiest thing I've ever asked, but how would you guys feel about me doing a video Q&A (question and answer)?

I made that video for you guys a few months ago and it was actually really fun. Videos, for me, are more personal. So yeah, I thought it might be a nice idea. :lol:

If you're interested, just leave me questions. :la:
You can leave a comment on this journal or my profile. Or you can note me. And if you'd like to be anonymous, you can leave a question on my Tumblr here: twiggyteeluck.tumblr.com/ask

Oh, and you can ask me anything. I promise not to ignore anyone. :)


Here's a Feature!

Swan by RamenBubbles Untitled by rancore33 Death Bird by Flok7 The experiment by sackofsquan Dragon King Fractal ring - 3D printed in Silver by MANDELWERK Dream Devourers by Loomic Welcome the Storm II by TamaraWill Night Sky Watercolor by eureeka14 Deifer by chuxsta The Edge of the World IV by rici66


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Things I Don't Like Seeing on deviantART

Journal Entry: Sun Jan 12, 2014, 11:09 AM
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These are insignificant, silly pet peeves of mine on deviantART.

  • Girls who only upload naked photos of themselves for attention
    Especially young girls.
    And I know there are professional nude models out there, but I'm not talking about those. I'm referring to those girls who take webcam shots with their legs spread because they're just that desperate for attention. Girls, have some damn self respect for yourself.

  • Horny guys uploading cock shots
    Fucking stop. No one wants to see your 3-inch erection.
    Oh, and bonus complaints for the macro cock shots. Gross gross gross.

  • Old guys who only photograph young, nude girls but are bad at photography
    It creeps me out. And I know how shallow that makes me sound. But I hate seeing 60-year-old dudes taking photos of only naked girls when they have no talent. And yeah yeah yeah, you can use the argument that they genuinely want to be a professional nude photographer and everyone has to start somewhere, but let's be real. I feel like the majority of them are shooting these girls rock hard and then just wanking to the photos after.

  • When I'm looking for prizes for a contest and someone with a premium membership tells me they can't donate anything
    Okay, I know there are a plethora of reasons for this, but if you've got a premium membership and you're relatively active on this site, I see no reason why you can't donate a small feature. I understand that you may be busy and you don't have time to put together a feature, but if you really have time to read all of my posts and comment letting me know that you can't donate a feature, I imagine you're not that busy.


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Few Updates + A Feature!

Journal Entry: Sat Jan 11, 2014, 5:31 PM
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The Faceless Self-Portrait Contest

I've noted the judges that the contest is over and I'm waiting to hear back from them. As soon as I do, I will announce the winners! I'm so excited that we got a lot of great entries. :aww:


Ask Me *Anything*

Last night, a few of you asked me questions. Some of you were anonymous, so if you want to check out the answers, you can see them here: twiggyteeluck.tumblr.com/tagge…

I got asked some pretty interesting stuff. :giggle:

If you wanna ask me more, you can do so here: twiggyteeluck.tumblr.com/ask
:la:


Feature!

Tales untold by TalesByTheCampfire La Foret XXV by siamesesam A Complementary Conversation by jkrab Iced Trees by reciii Instead of supporting by Perfect-cr1me Vicious by Queen-Kitty Porcelain look by shortbutlethal Portrait of a Brunette v2 by SPMcC Colours of the autumn. Beautyshot2 by StanislavMironov Cityscape by Brand2566 Pilis4 by Atticcs Tam Sinh by SansaXIX Sukilowres by IhaveSOmuchtolearn Autumn by PsihoDrill Primary by SageFillyLuna CLONE by Uulk Mirana, the White Queen by LilSophie Hobbiton by EllinorBergman La Divina Commedia by LopezPicardo Spirit of the Wolf by SkiAr7sy Mercy by Mikiwe Engelbart Kappa line work by NikolayAsparuhov Environment sketch 02 by woutart werytiulkgjfsdaer4t5ydrh by crazyinf4m0u5


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This is what I don't like seeing

Journal Entry: Mon Dec 23, 2013, 1:23 PM
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I was browsing around deviantART today when I found a piece of art that I liked so naturally, I faved it.

Sometimes, when I fav something, the artist will come to my page and leave a comment telling me thanks. Sometimes they won't. Either one doesn't bother me because I'm not looking for anything in return.

But to my surprise, when I faved that piece of art today, this was the comment left on my page a few moments later:



Instead of saying thank you, or showing some sort of gratitude, they had simply instructed me to comment when I fav.
I thought this was incredibly rude and obnoxious.

First of all, no one owes you anything on this site. Every time someone comments, favs, features, etc. anything you post, remember that they didn't have to do that, so be humble and be thankful.

And sure, it would be nice to upload something and get thousands of comments and thousands of favs, but I won't get mad when that doesn't happen. I'll just be happy with what I get because again, no one is obligated to give me anything on this site.

Furthermore, sometimes I just haven't got anything to say. I'll look at a piece of art and decide that I like it, so I'll fav it and move on when I don't have anything meaningful to say. However, if I do have soothing to say, I will say it. For example, if I see a great photo with substantial lighting that really stands out, I'll gladly let the artist know that. But for the other times when I just like a piece of art, a fav will have to suffice.



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Giving Away another Premium Membership!

Journal Entry: Sun Dec 22, 2013, 7:40 PM
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EDIT:
This is now closed. Congrats to WickedAWonders! :la:


I've decided to give away another 3-month premium membership to deviantART! :squee:

This one's actually for a friend who recently created a new Twitter account.

Here's how to win:
  • Add this journal to your favorites.
  • Follow this Twitter account: twitter.com/ragingtilde
  • Let me know what your username is.

On December 23st, 2013, from everyone who does all of the above things, I'll be randomly picking one to give the premium membership to. :la:

Good luck and happy holidays! :happybounce:


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Giving Away a Premium Membership!

Journal Entry: Thu Dec 19, 2013, 10:46 AM
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EDIT:
THIS IS NOW CLOSED.

The winner is . . .

ryuhia! Congrats! :la:


I'm giving away a 3-month premium membership to one of my watchers! :la:

Here's how to win:
  • Add this journal to your favorites.
  • Since this giveaway is for my watchers, you must be watching me.
  • Optional: Leave a comment on this journal. Say anything you'd like. :P


On December 22st, 2013, from everyone who does BOTH of the above things, I'll be randomly picking one to give the premium membership to. :bounce:

Good luck and happy holidays! :happybounce:


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Theme: Faceless Self-Portraits

A self-portrait is a depiction of an artist and is a great way to see the creator behind the art. As an added twist, the self-portraits submitted as entries to this contest must not contain your face. However, self-portraits showing only a part of your face will be accepted as entries for this contest.

This would be an example of a suitable entry:
For a While by TwiggyTeeluck

Thank you to WorldWar-Tori for giving me the idea for this contest!


Rules

  • READ ALL THE RULES.
  • Your entry must be a self-portrait that does not contain your face.
  • All mediums are allowed.
  • Both old and new deviations will be accepted.
  • The deadline for all entries is January 2, 2014 at 11:59pm EST.
  • Only one entry per person, but you can change your entry before the deadline.
  • Note me with the thumb of you entry. Please let me know the thumb is for the contest. Don't know how to note me with your entry? Go here → fav.me/d3ohygm
  • If you're confused about anything, feel free to ask. :)


Prizes

Any prizes will be gratefully accepted, so if you'd like to donate a prize, just note me. I'll accept anything, features, premium memberships, ect. And, if you'd like to donate some points, I have a donation pool set up on my profile. Anyone who donates at least 100 points will get a feature on my page.
You can still enter the contest if you donate a prize and I always let the prize donators know when the winners are announced. :)

:trophy: First Place

:trophy: Second Place

:trophy: Thirds Place

Any prizes will be gratefully accepted, so if you'd like to donate a prize, just note me. I'll accept anything, features, premium memberships, ect. And, if you'd like to donate some points, I have a donation pool set up on my profile. Anyone who donates at least 50 points will get a feature on my page.
You can still enter the contest if you donate a prize and I always let the prize donators know when the winners are announced. :)



Judges

:iconworldwar-tori: :icontwiggyteeluck:
More judges will be added soon.

Judging will basically consist of this: After the deadline, I'll note all the judges with a link to all the entries. The judges will then chose their top 5 entries and rate each from 1-10, 10 being the highest. Then they'll note me back with their selection and rating and I'll add up all the ratings and the three highest will be our three winners.

If you'd like to be a judge, note me and let me know why you'd make a good judge.
Judges are still allowed to enter the competition.

Help me pick a contest theme!

Journal Entry: Mon Dec 16, 2013, 11:57 AM
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My finals end tomorrow! :la:
So my goals for the next few days are:
  • CLEAR OUT MY MESSAGES.
    I've got over 3,000 in my inbox. :(
  • Clean up Things-Not-Seen.
    My lovely group has been so messy lately.
  • Put together a contest!
    I've missed hosting contests! Any idea what the theme should be?





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Anonymous Questions

Journal Entry: Tue Dec 10, 2013, 12:06 PM
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I just went through my inbox and answered pretty much all the questions you guys have asked me. A lot of you were anonymous, so you won't get a notification that I've answered you. But you can see the answers here: twiggyteeluck.tumblr.com

Feel free to ask more, this is fun. :la:




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Vintage Polaroid

Journal Entry: Wed Nov 27, 2013, 3:08 PM
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The film expired in 1990, before I was even born, and I'm super duper tempted to use it.

Oh, and, I found some old Polaroid pics that I took when I was 11 and I'm starting to upload some to Tumblr. Feel free to check them out here: twiggyteeluck.tumblr.com :3




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Here's a ramble on why some people suck

Journal Entry: Tue Nov 19, 2013, 2:31 PM
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So I'm doing an internship at my university that's all about health and yesterday I was volunteering at the bone marrow registry.

Okay, so for those of you who aren't familiar, there are certain types of cancer where victims of it only have one change of survival and that's through a bone marrow transplant. The catch is, there are TONS of different types of bone marrow, so it's hard to find a match. Actually, 75% of the time, you wouldn't even be able to find a bone arrow match in your own family.

And that's why there is this wonderful thing called the bone marrow registry where people can take a few seconds to sign up and if they're a match, they can donate their bone marrow (which is completely regenerated in just a matter of days) and save a life. Pretty cool, right?

Yesterday, we had a drive for this and my job yesterday, as a volunteer, was to go around campus, spread the word about the bone marrow registry, and help people sign up.


Here's how the actual process goes:

Adding yourself to the bone marrow registry takes about 20 seconds. All we need you to do is take something that looks like an extra long q-tip and swab each cheek. THAT'S IT.

We just need your cheek cells to know if you could be a match for a cancer patient. You're only called back if you're a match. Because there are so many types of bone marrow, the changes of you actually being a match and being called back are slim to none. Most people never get called back. And obviously, since there are so many types of bone marrow, the more people who register, the merrier.

HOWEVER, in the unlikely event that you are called back because you're a match, there are two ways that you can donate your bone marrow and both are pain free. Which is a common misconception, that it hurts like a bitch.

It actually doesn't.

One way is through a needle, and it's very similar to donating blood. This occurs 75% of the time. The other way is through an injection in your pelvic bone. This happens only 25% of the time and only because the patient is a child and they can't receive bone marrow through the other procedure. The second method is a bit more extravagant, but hey, it's a kid, right?


So I'm going around telling people about this and trying to get people to sign up. Most people were really nice and politely declined if they weren't interested (but I'm glad to say that we got over 100 people to sign up!)

BUT THERE WERE A FEW ASSHOLES THAT I HAD TO DEAL WITH YESTERDAY.

There was this one guy who I started speaking to and he was arguing with me about what I was doing. ARGUING WITH ME.

Oh wow, I'm trying to get people to take a few seconds out of their life to potentially save another life, WHAT AN AWFUL THING TO DO.

So there I was talking to this guy. And I'd like to think of myself as professional and sweet. No one seemed to have a problem with me up until this dude. And I was giving him some background information on what we were doing and why we were doing it and I mentioned cancer patients.

Obviously. Because these are who the bone marrows could potentially go to.

And he immediately snapped and me and told me that my "little guilt trip won't work".

Ok chill dude.

But I laughed it off.

He then proceeded to tell me that it was a lot of pain and blah, blah, blah.

It was my job to tell him that this wasn't true, so I did.

Now, for the most part, IF you're actually called back to donate the marrow, both procedures are completely pain-free. I think most people are afraid of the idea of a needle in them, rather than the needle itself. And what's a a bit of discomfort compared to saving someone's life?

WHATS A BIT OF DISCOMFORT COMPARED TO SAVING SOMEONE'S LIFE

So I told him this. And I stumped him. He stuttered for a bit, yelled at me that my argument wasn't fair, and then stomped away.

What a little bitch.


Okay, I know I can't convince everyone to sign up for the bone marrow registry, as much said love to. Some people just had their reasons, and for the most part, if someone needed to say no to me, they did so politely. And I appreciate that.
What I think is rude is when you actively argue against me and what I'm doing.

I'm obviously not going to lose sleep over this guy, but damn, people suck sometimes.






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I made a video for you guys!

Journal Entry: Mon Nov 4, 2013, 5:42 PM
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Just click. :)

PLEASE FORGIVE MY EXTREME AWKWARDNESS.




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Selfies vs. Self-Portraits

Journal Entry: Tue Oct 29, 2013, 9:12 PM
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I don't think people understand the difference between a self-portrait and a 'selfie'.

I've been taking photos of myself ever since I got into photography. Actually, I remember the day I took my first self-portrait. I had always been a landscape/ nature photographer, and I had woken up one Saturday morning with the intention of going to the woods to take some nature shots. But it was pouring out and my mom, being afraid that I'd get sick in the rain, insisted that I stayed in. I listened, but I still wanted to take photos.

So I decided to take some photos of myself.

Portraiture had always intimidated me because I felt that there were elements in it beyond my comprehension. With landscapes, if I saw a pretty scene, I would just photograph it. That came natural to me. But when it came to photographing a face/ body, suddenly I had to worry about the way the light was hitting the face and if it was the right angle for the model.

But lo and behold, I enjoyed taking self-portraits that Saturday. Not necessarily because I was the subject of my photos, but because it was fun to play with the light, angles, etc.

So I started dabbling in portraiture.

I love taking photos of people. The thing is, I'm a full-time student (currently working on my Bachelor of Science in biology), so I don't have the time to look for models, schedule an appointment, etc. I'm way too busy and it just makes my life easier to use my face/ body for the portraits I take. In fact, sometimes I'll randomly find an hour where I haven't got much to do and I feel like taking some photos. Obviously I can't just snap my fingers and have a model appear before me within a few minutes, so it's more convenient to use myself as the model.

A friend once snapped at me and told me that I "post too many selfies. You're hot, we get it, you don't have to post so many selfies." This caught me completely off guard because I had never seen it that way. I wasn't taking these photos of myself because I wanted to show myself off physically, I was doing it because I loved taking portraits, but I hardly had access to models. Of course, it's nice getting compliments on my self-portraits, but whenever I received a compliment on one, I almost always took it to be a compliment on my technical skill, not on my looks.

And then I realized that times had changed since I started taking my self-portraits. There were all these girls taking 'selfies' with their iPhones, purely for vanity, and I looked as though I fell into that category.

I was hurt.

I was hurt because I had put in all this effort into taking my self-portraits and they had reduced them to mere selfies.
This is the main difference between a self-portrait and a selfie. When someone takes a self-portrait, they take the time to make sure the lighting, the angle, the composition, etc. is right. And then they'll probably take the time to remove any blemishes to give the photo a professional finish. One self-portrait could take me hours.
Compare this to a selfie, which probably takes less than a minute.

If someone wants to post a million annoying selfies for vanity, that's fine. Just understand that there is a huge difference between what I do and what they do.

I took the time out to write this because I'm tired of seeing photographers put a lot of artistic effort into their self-portraits and have them be reduced to simple selfies. Please do not diminish my work and the work of others.

Of course, take everything you've read here with a grain of salt. :)




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Homecoming 2013

Journal Entry: Mon Oct 7, 2013, 10:24 AM
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That's me, the girl with the wonky face.

This weekend was my university's homecoming game! For those of you who don't know what that is, it's basically just a football (American football haha) game between universities.

It was actually the first homecoming game I've ever attended . . . I don't think I've ever been immersed in so much American culture before. :giggle:

But I had so much fun! And we won! GO SEAWOLVES. :heart:



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Look at what I'm wearing today!

Journal Entry: Thu Oct 3, 2013, 9:03 AM
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Ignore the wonky face plz. But I'm showing some deviantART pride. :D

I actually randomly pulled this out to wear today and when I looked at it, I realized it was outdated because of the *. The shirt has the old username symbols haha.

I still hate the new username symbols. :|



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What do you guys think?

Please don't take what you've got for granted

Journal Entry: Fri Aug 23, 2013, 12:40 PM
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I'm from a Third World country called Guyana. It's located in South America, and while it's a beautiful country, it is a poor one.

My parents and I emigrated to America in 1995, right before my third birthday, and we moved into a small, cold attic. For my first year in America, we had no furniture. We had no couches or chairs. We used to eat our dinner on a cold kitchen floor. At some point, I had came across a cardboard box which I had folded into two pieces and drawn cushions on. That became my "chair" for my first year in America.

As well as I know my father, I don't know the complete story about his childhood or how he grew up. My father was orphaned by the time he was sixteen years old and I vaguely know that he grew up in poverty.

A couple of years ago, my father was bringing home a pizza for me. I was hungry, so when he finally got home with the pizza, I said something along the lines of, "Oh, thank god! I'm starving." My father, whose eyes I'm the apple of, who's never yelled at me before, immediately snapped at me. "Don't ever say that!" he yelled. "Don't ever say that you've been starving because you're not. You don't know what that feels like and you don't want to know what it feels like."

And it was through moments like that that I've managed to piece together my father's life growing up. I know that there were too many nights that he went to bed hungry, scared because he didn't know where his next meal was going to come from. I know there were months where he would wear the same tattered clothes because he didn't have any other choice.

When my father came to America, he worked hard. He would wake up at two in the morning just to do some extra work to get paid overtime. He would wait for a bus every single morning, even if there was a blizzard, just to get to work. He had an old pair of shoes which he would trek through the snow with. They weren't waterproof, his toes were often freezing.

All of my father's hard work has paid off. I wear Prada, Chanel, Givenchy, etc. We're not rich, but we can afford to have the luxury of not having to worry about money.

One of the things that I am grateful for is never having lost touch with my roots. I grew up living a splendid life, all due to my parents, but I have never forgotten where I come from. My grandparents still live in Guyana and we've still got family there. I've got cousins who I am extremely close with and we write to each other regularly. We visit Guyana as often as possible and I have never failed to remember that if my life had only been a little different, I would have been growing up on these dirt roads.

The thing about American children, and yes, specifically American children, is that they don't realize how spoilt they are. They don't realize how naive and sheltered they are. They grew up isolated in the walls of suburbia and what do they know outside of that? Nothing. Absolutely nothing.

I know poverty exists in America and there are genuinely poor kids here too. These are not the people I'm referring to.

I've got this one friend who constantly likes to tell me about "the real world" and enjoys rubbing it in my face, thinking it will scare spoilt little me. He's the typical example of a sheltered suburban kid, too naive to realize how spoilt he is. Has he ever been hungry? No. Has he ever been thirsty? No. Has he always had a home to go to? A bed to sleep in? Clothes to wear? Access to an education? Yes.
Yet he thinks he's got all the worldly knowledge and wisdom over me. Why? Because he had a job in high school?
While it is thoroughly true that there is more to life than money, everyone's experienced pain. Pain, rage, happiness, and any sort of emotions are universal and experienced by everyone. So to compare those sort of problems is tedious.

People only see the product.
People look at me and they see the Prada hanging off my shoulder and make their assumptions. They think I'm spoiled, shallow, sheltered. Am I spoiled? Absolutely. Am I shallow and sheltered? No. Just because I don't know something first hand doesn't mean I don't know it. I haven't experienced poverty, but I know it's out there.

I'm from a Third World country and I don't want to hear some spoilt American child telling me how hard life is. So what if riches weren't handed to you your entire life, you have SO MUCH to be thankful for. So many of these kids I grew up around forget to look at the big picture. In this world, there are hungry people. And every time I go back to Guyana, I see some of these people. I see them on the street, begging for money, begging for something to eat. The luckier ones have a rickety shack to call home. And the even luckier ones have a job that pays a couple of dollars a month. I know that I could have been living their life, easily. These kids that I grew up with know that starvation exists, but they can't really comprehend it. They grew up in their safe homes with central air, and out of sight, out of mind.

I'm not writing this to ask you to not judge me. People are going to do that regardless. I don't mind if you think I'm a shallow little piece of meat, I know I'm more than that. I'm twenty-one years old and I'm about to start my senior year in a prestigious university as a biology major. I am working so hard to take advantage of the life I've been given by my parents and to take advantage of the opportunities my parents, my family, were never given.

I am not capable of expressing how extremely thankful I am to have the parents that I do, nor am I capable of telling you how proud of them I am. My father, who once starved, is now a successful man who can more than afford to take care of his family. I am so thankful for him. I am so proud of him. And as I write this, I can feel my eyes stinging from the tears rising up.

My point of writing this is not to ask you to not judge me. Rather, my point is to ask you to be thankful for what you have. Be thankful that you've had the luxury of never being hungry. Be thankful that you've had the luxury of always having a bed to sleep in, having clothes on your back. And, yes, these things are LUXURIES. As much as these things are the bare necessities, too many people in this world don't have them, so they are luxuries.
And if you grew up in a home with people who love you, consider yourself on top of the world.


I know a lot of what I've said here is controversial and can perhaps be interpreted in the wrong way. Take everything you've read with a grain of salt.

I just hope I've said something meaningful.






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