We’re two weeks into October, and I’ve already seen at least three people wearing Christmas sweaters. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m all into some Christmas spirit, but it seems to me that those people are forgetting something even more amazing: Halloween. My favourite holiday of the year. Why, you ask? It’s simple.
People are always really surprised at my ability to approach complete strangers and talk to them. “I’d never have done that,” they tell me. My standard response is that in a situation where a group of people go and do something for the first time, like the start of school or the first of a series of sports classes, everyone is scared to talk to each other, yet everyone wishes someone did. So I do. “But that’s easy for you to say,” they’ll tell me, “you’re extraverted.” Well, my friends, I hate to break it to you, but it’s not easy for anyone.
The past few weeks a lot of people have been asking me the same exact question: why do you want to become a teacher? People in my proximity don’t seem to understand why anyone would commit their life to educating adolescents for a really no more than an average pay-rate, when a girl like me could easily work her way into media or communications and make so much more money. “You’re probably doing it for all the holidays, right?” Ha. Ha. Let’s sit down and have a talk, my friend.
Everyone knows there’s a dark side to the music industry, hell, there’s a dark side to anything – but no one ever really knew how bad it was until Kesha stepped forward and filed a complaint against her producer, Dr. Luke, in 2014 (see below for a short summary of what has been going on). Now, after three horrific years of fighting for herself and literally the basic human right to not be abused in any way possible, she has finally broken free and found her own voice. “Praying” is one of the newly released singles, and it blew me away – because, ultimately, in the song, she sings about a level of forgiveness/letting go I can hardly even fathom.