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P!nk and her dancing partner whip out epic dance moves  in her music video: “Raise Your Glass”. Picture Credit: Walk This Way

The physical act of dancing is considered an art, one where people are given a chance to let loose and let their personalities shine through. For some, it’s a chance to escape from troubles in life and shake away all woes. While for others, it is a chance to self-define, to prove their worth and show the world a side of them no one has ever seen before.

Dancing the night away like marionettes

It is such a beautiful moment that can enjoyed by everyone. People can have the chance to let their inner dancers transpire, and to just push all doubts aside.

Yet there is something major that is making all of this nearly impossible. And that is judgemental people.

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Okay, my sister sat me down and gave me a very serious talk about how I should resurrect this blog from the dead and breathe life into it again…Okay, she did not physically sit me down, nor did she give me a serious talk, it was more like just a comment, but you get what I mean.

I personally do not think that I am not a very good blogger. I am not that very interesting. Or talented. Or funny. And then, there is the whole factor of me not even having that many devoted followers to begin with. Which, of course, leads to the topic of this post.

Does it really matter how many friends you have?

From just observing movies, sappy cliché books, famous motivational quotes, and any group of patrons gathered at any given bar/movie theater/gas station parking lot, one can denounce that friends=happiness. Such a formula seems very true, but are friends really the only thing that can lead to such a desirable result? And, does having more friends guarantee you a better chance of being happy?

“Being Friends with Different Types of People Can Surely Lead to New & Perhaps Exciting Experiences! Right Rover?” Media Credit: Free Holiday Wallpapers on Blogspot

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“If we don’t change, we don’t grow. If we don’t grow, we aren’t really living.”
Gail Sheehy

This is Kiyomi, my sister's dog. Here, she is in a place completely foreign to her, yet she pushes away her fears and embraces the change in scenery. =)

This is Kiyomi, my sister's dog. Here, she is in a place completely foreign to her, yet she pushes away her fears and embraces the change in scenery. =)

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Okay, I am just going to write a relatively short blog post about the thing that REALLY annoys me about American society, and that is: IT’S STRONG EMPHASIS ON AGE. If you are an American, you should know what I mean. America uses age to measure a lot of different aspects, whether it be success or beauty. Age is incredibly important to America as a society, and youth and being young is held as the ideal. As soon as someone ages, it becomes atrocious, they are faced with many different slanders and instinctively develop many insecurities.   America dons a completely negative perspective on aging, throwing out incorrect beliefs that many people begin to accept as true. Our country also sets a milestone age for pretty much everything, like for when  a person is to go to college, get a job, find a mate, have kids, and be successful within a particular field. If a person passes that certain age milestone, then supposedly the possibility of achieving a particular goal is completely shot. For example, if a person fails to get married at the common ideal age (let’s say, 28), then suddenly they are considered, by American standards, a bit of a failure, viewed as a bit strange, and more likely to not find love and thus remain single for the rest of their life.

Not only is such a belief erroneous, but it is also sickening. VERY sickening. I cannot help but wonder: When did we become this way? Why are we this way? Can we change? What must we do to change? I feel that people didn’t always value age as much as we do now-something must have happened that really blew our priorities out of proportion. What was it?

Paul Newman & Joanne Woodward. Media Credit: Google Images

Paul Newman & Joanne Woodward. Media Credit: Google Images

*This may seem like a random picture, but it shows the two people who I cannot help but really admire. These two were very famous actors in Hollywood during the 1950’s, an era where they were young, beautiful, and free-spirited. But as they both aged, none of these positive aspects seemed to fade-they did not seem to be much bothered by their aging, and continued to glow with their sense of optimism and zest for life. Although their acting careers seemed to wane, they just focused on other things, which gave them a sense of meaning and happiness (Paul in particular began to take up NASCAR racing, and began a long line of charity work that continues to this day.) They hardly even seemed to notice that they were no longer “young”, and to my eyes, they seemed more beautiful, happy and accomplished in their older years than in their younger days.*

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I really do think that job interviews can be one of the scariest situations a person can ever be in. You are basically offering yourself to heavy critiquing, where a person judges your worth and potential based from your skills, attitude, appearance, and  experience, and this can either result in a “Congratulations! You got the job!”, or an e-mail that says: “I am regret to inform you that the position has been filled.” No pressure or anything, right?

It is a process that is very anxiety-inducing, yet it is something that we all need to go through at some point in our lives, especially if we want to make a living in some way. My good friend had two job interviews early this morning, and of course, she felt very nervous and scared in the hours leading up to them. As I comforted her, with the common assurances such as: “You’ll do great!” and “Just be yourself-they’ll love you!” it got me thinking: What really are the worst things that could happen at a job interview? What are we so afraid of?

So I compiled a potential list, based on my experiences and my fears. I hope it is relevant and relatable! Please keep in mind I am not a professional, just a fellow citizen who has had some experience with job interviews, and knows how scary it can be!

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Media Credit: Google Images

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You have probably been in the undesirable situation at some point in your life. The moment where you must converse with one who hasn’t a clue on how to socialize or initiate a proper conversation. This situation often involves this person blabbing on about nothing in particular, while you look on in disbelief and inside you secretly wish to escape from their awkwardness. Yet you can’t, and you try to smile as they continue to struggle in trying to keep a conversation afloat. But then ultimately the worst moment arrives, and that is when they tell a joke in hopes of making you laugh. And it is a bad joke. A VERY bad joke. The type of joke so cheesy that it could have derived from the end of a Popsicle stick, and thus it fails to make you laugh. You can even hardly even find the strength to smile out of politeness. What you really want to do is glare at them, grit your teeth, shake your head and sternly tell them: “You AREN’T funny!” But you don’t of coarse, thank goodness.

If you have in fact been in this situation, then please listen. I can relate. It is because I am often that socially awkward person, and I have been in that situation oh so many times. I am here now to ask you to hear us out. Yes, we may be embarrassing, and difficult to speak to, but please try to understand that we are trying. Please give us credit for even going out in public.

If all else fails, try making them laugh, that's my motto.

If all else fails, try making them laugh, that's my motto.

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