I was browsing through several art accounts on Instagram and I’ve also been watching time lapse videos of artists’ acrylic paintings. While watching I was so amazed and it’s so comforting as well, and suddenly I started wondering why growing up we were so discouraged to pursue art as a career.
We were encouraged to get a business course or become a lawyer, doctor, pilot, or any other career as long as it does not include art and self-expression. I remembered when I was young I wanted to become a teacher and then it changed to having to do with arts, I was a member of the arts club when I was in grade school. I really loved writing and drawing back then but people around me kept saying “there’s no money in art”“it’s an unstable career” but looking back with my realizations now, art is what keeps us sane. Art is what keeps us inspired. We all need a creative outlet, it is a healthy way to release stress and it is also an effective way to express yourself when you can’t in the usual way. But why do the society belittle people who has dreams of becoming an artist?
But when you look at it, when you make it big it pays out well. Look at the famous writers, singers, actors some of them are the wealthiest people in the world. So, I keep wondering why the society belittle artists when they sit in their homes enjoying Netflix or playing video games when all of these came from art?
Hello everyone, I meant to write a more profound blog post but I decided to write some short series of poetry consisting of four lines because it’s easier and more fun to write lol. It’s quite a challenge to write everything you wanted to say with just four lines. I enjoyed writing these at the same time it shows what’s currently in my mind these days.
Emotions that you keep so much inside that nobody else knows about. People who carelessly throw mean words will come back to them and haunt them. The feeling of emptiness that you try to fill up with senseless and sometimes harmful stuff will never be enough. Finding your true desire besides working in an 8 hour job. And not wanting the things that society tells us to have.
These are five stories that I tried to sum up with 4 lines.
Overflowing emotions and feelings. I’m spilling drops barely keeping it in, created a puddle I’m trying to clean others might slip but it was never seen.
“PEOPLE WILL REMEMBER HOW YOU SPEAK TO THEM”
You are spitting acid all over, burning others even with covers. Now, you’re dripping blood. Hear their voices— they’re glad.
“FOOD WILL NOT FILL YOU UP”
Stuff yourself with everything in your fridge but you’ll never fill up the void inside of you when your mind’s thoughts are in a cage and when your heart’s color is just blue.
“IT’S WHAT YOU DO AFTER 5PM THAT MATTERS”
Exerting efforts to someone else’s goals but feels exhausted to work on yours. It’s the things you do after eight hours, there you’ll find the true desire of your soul.
“IT’S OKAY TO NOT WANT ‘NORMAL’ THINGS”
People keep telling you to do things; get a job, find someone, have kids but do you really want to have these or the society pressures you to do it?
One of the main reason why I don’t usually view my social media accounts lately is because of how toxic it can be. Like, photos of Billie Eilish normally walking outside in a normal attire, in her normal body is circulating in my timeline right now. I also see Angel Locsin’s photo that shows the changes in her body. Apparently, people are saying that they gained weight, and making fun of it. I thought people are tired of “fat” jokes by now, sadly they aren’t.
Billie and Angel are perfect in their own bodies, as long as they are healthy their bodies are fine. I feel sorry for celebrities who face this kind of scrutiny, that’s why they go to doctors to fix something in their face or body that isn’t even broken in the first place just to get approval, and to satisfy the people. I’m not a follower of Billie but I read that she wears baggy clothes to steer clear of being objectified, it is crazy to think that she really adjusted herself to avoid people from checking her out. To think that her choice of clothing is not just a brand but a protection as well, which clearly shows why with that trending photo.
Another thing that I’ve been seeing online is Rebel Wilson’s weight loss. They introduced Rebel Wilson’s “fat amy” persona creating a confident plus-sized representation, and thinking that it was cool but then I learned that Hollywood encouraged Rebel to stay as overweight as she can be, because people “dig” it, and they gain more money. And, now Rebel lost a lot of weight and she’s feeling more herself. This is not contradicting the media’s move with plus-sized representation, I am glad that the entertainment industry is open with diversity but forcing people to be in a shape that they don’t want to be in is not okay.
Another example is the heartthrob Zac Efron, did you know that Zac hated his body in the movie Baywatch? Zac was ripped and really buffed in that movie, he went on a very strict regimen, and even said that he wouldn’t let himself and his body go through it again.
Another is Jacob Elordi in Kissing Booth, he hated his body in the movie too but he said that the movie required him to have his body like that.
For sure, there are more celebrities and other people who experienced this cruel requirement.
For the longest time, society set out some standards that we have to follow; how to act, what is acceptable, and what is beautiful. And the opposite of those are just a subject of a laughing matter or an insult, something that we should change as it somehow degrades our whole being. We are trying to break out from those standards but sadly it isn’t enough, we still have narrow minded people who see these “imperfections” as a joke material. They are happily tearing down people’s spirits because of these standards, making these beautiful people feel less of what they are worth, and for the longest time we have been living in a world full of these kinds of people. It’s our body and we should have control over it, we should be happy with it without feeling insecure and without the need of validation from others. These unrealistic standards are the world’s toxic fuel, it’s time to drain them out and remove from the society’s norms.
Your body is fine, your color is fine, your face is fine, it’s just the society and the world that isn’t fine.
What are your thoughts about the unrealistic standards the society has set out for us?
Running through the morning sun we fall in line, ready to run as the gates open they come undone it’s every man for himself even when you cry for help, until you’re the only one left. No one to save you from the chaos that you started in your mind— you lost. By your own doing, the game was tossed and what did it cost? The people you loved the most.
The monsters under our beds are the harsh truths about the world, lurking in the silence while we’re unaware of their presence. Until the night comes and they enter our innocent minds, infesting it with wisdom that is better off not knowing.
I wrote a bunch of poetry back in 2017, it was all over the place. So, I finally retrieved it from my old broken laptop and some were from my old journal pages that I may have forgotten about.