Title and talent.
Two distinctly different words but have started to intersect and become more associated with one another to the point that it’s hard to even tell them apart.
With how much this generation seems to favor more of making a name for yourself and being known as someone influential despite the lack of reasons as to why you should be even considered as such, people have started to disregard the importance of giving someone a platform because of what they can do, and instead emphasizing more on who they are.
What makes someone worthy to have an online…
We, as a society, tend to try and reduce the impact of our trauma from years and years of oppression by claiming it as our own.
Going as far as to joke about our shared experiences together, exploit them, profit off them, and mask them as trials and tribulations to lessen the severity of our struggles. So that we can feel as if we’ve beaten our oppressors and showed the world that we can find ways to uplift ourselves even through our darkest moments.
It’s a compelling sentiment and worked on several occasions as a way to validate our pain…
No amount of advice, teachings, or practice would have prepared me for what I was about to put myself through when I started writing for the first time.
As a young writer, I hadn’t been able to see the forthcoming bumps that were waiting for me on the road I had willingly decided to drive on, ones that almost made me flip on an intersection and at some points crash into a lamppost as I could’ve possibly exploded.
Keyword being possibly, as I’ve surprisingly survived.
But even though I’ve slightly overcome the struggles that came with being a writer for…
The line between what is considered good and bad in living in today’s society always seems to be determined by external factors rather than internal ones.
To the point that the definition of being content with one’s life is more so on what can make other people believe that you are happy, instead of actually feeling like it.
I’ve always been the type of person who relied heavily on people’s perception of me even though what I show to other people doesn’t speak the same as what I actually felt inside.
Always being impatient of catching up with other people’s…
Warning: This article includes topics regarding sexual assault and rape that may be triggering to those who have experienced sexual assault or had similar experiences.
This stigma associated with women has lasted since the dawn of time.
To the point that it has become an argument, a rebuttal — a blatant scheme to crucify the innocent. Something to weaponize against those who are only being shunned due to the prejudice that surrounds them as well as to measure their overall values and morals, so that their undeserved pain can be determined if worthy of sympathy or not
But sometimes, said…
I’ve previously written an article discussing what it means to stay passionate about your craft and why we tend to fall back into the hands of uncertainty and exasperation when we are not met with the idealized results and success we fantasized about through our hard work, etc.
That piece meant a lot to me because I also tackled the concept of the infamous stereotype also known as The Tortured Artist, and the internalized struggles people who deeply resonate with this archetype go through — the self-loathing, insecurities, doubts, and frustration over their own work and how the people around…
It’s always fascinated me how the concept of relatability can fool anyone into thinking someone understands them when in reality, they don’t.
Setting aside the distinct differences that clearly set you and these people of higher authority apart such as financial circumstances, for example, it intrigued me how these government officials can make lower and middle-class people feel like they empathize with their struggles, and maybe some of them do. We never really know anyone’s original upbringings so we can’t assume that they don’t really sympathize with the individuals at hand.
Maybe they have been there before so we can’t…
Warning: This article includes topics regarding body dysmorphia that may be triggering to some people with body related-issues and disorders.
Filters. What a great tool to show people how their features can be enhanced and for the app developers to indirectly tell their users that if you’ve considered yourself attractive before, you might wanna retract that statement.
I’ve used my fair share of Instagram every now and then to promote my writing and even used its filters to make my surroundings appear more aesthetically pleasing in the eyes of my followers.
The same goes for Snapchat as well until I…
If you’re Asian, chances are you’ve been westernized in some form or another, and trust me, by saying that, I don’t mean it as a good thing.
Whether it will show in very discreet ways or just flat-out being xenophobic towards either yourself or your own fellow Asians, being corrupted by Western ideals and standards isn’t common when it comes to us.
We’ve all fallen prey to it, heck, even I have as well, there’s no denying that. From insulting the accents and dialects of the people in my country who live in the province as well as mocking someone…
I think we’ve all grown familiar with the concept of The Tortured Artist, the stock character image that’s defined as a stereotype who is in constant torment due to frustrations with art, other people, or the world in general.
Many examples of this stereotype may include well-known figures such as Vincent van Gogh and Edgar Allan Poe, but if you are and or have been involved in the creative field, that term may resonate with you deeply as well.
Whether it be music, dancing, writing, or industrial design, you’ve probably become accustomed to the struggles of staying devoted to that…
I live vicariously through fictional characters to make up for my lack of social life, and I also write a lot in my spare time.