I was re-reading Full Moon and I stumbled upon this quote.
Here are characters that have killed themselves and now work as grim reapers (or shinigami). And yet they are breaking the rules of the Underworld— let alone their current occupation— by trying to save Mitsuki’s life.
So why save a girl who wants to die?
Mitsuki would have given her life up so Takuto could sing again; she gave Meroko faith with a single sentence (“I think you were given a second chance!”); and she gave Izumi a chance to realize that his mother didn’t want him to die, but didn’t call his name. She even called all of them “angels.”
Mitsuki gave them hope. In return, the shinigamiiz wanted to ensure that she would live out as a beacon. Mitsuki really is the moon. She lights the way for these characters when they are at their darkest moments.
I wanted to share something:
In high school I was a very successful student. I excelled in pretty much every subject. I had amazing grades and I graduated as Salutatorian of my class. I did so well in school that the Valedictorian even copied MY homework. I could have gone to pretty much any college I wanted.
But I didn’t. I am going to community college, and that’s okay. It is a decision that is better for my situation economically. I couldn’t afford to go to an elite college, and I didn’t want to fall into debt right as my life was just about to start. And you know what? It’s okay.
I wasn’t ready to decide what I was going to do with the rest of my life. I didn’t want to go to a big college with some huge plans for my future, just to find out that I was taking my life in the wrong direction. I didn’t want to put my life on the line for something I wasn’t 100% dedicated too. And that’s okay.
I want to tell you, you don’t have to have it all together as soon as you graduate. You don’t have to a have a plan. You don’t have to go to a university. You don’t have to do what everybody else is doing. Sometimes the best plan isn’t the biggest. YOU ARE NOT THROWING AWAY YOUR POTENTIAL!
It may be hard to see everybody else have their whole life planned out. But with their plans they lose freedom. They always have to strive towards their goal, and they can’t stray from the path they’ve laid out for themselves. You, on the other hand, can do whatever you want. You have time to explore the wonders of the universe, you can enhance your human experience, you can enjoy your youth. IT’S ALRIGHT TO NOT HAVE A PLAN!
So whether you decide to go to a University, community college, trade school, explore the world, take a year off from school, find a job, learn a skill, start a family, get in shape, follow a dream, or anything else that’s out there, I just want you to know it’s okay to go for it! You are not wasting your time, or potential! Success isn’t measured by how you got your education, it is measured by how much happiness you spread before you die. If you are happy then you are successful. As long as you are doing what you want, as long as you are making choices to please yourself, it is okay to make your own path.
YOU DO NOT HAVE TO GO TO COLLEGE JUST BECAUSE SOCIETY TELLS YOU TOO! You have the freedom to do whatever you want. So if college doesn’t interest you, YOU DO NOT HAVE TO GO! Just do what makes you happy, as long as you aren’t causing harm to yourself, or others, you have the right to do what you want.
this is important please spread
US Constitution, First Amendment: The right to assemble, to have free speech, to have freedom of the press.
Ferguson Police: Kicks out media and limits protestors to a “First Amendment Area”
funny, i thought the WHOLE COUNTRY was a first amendment area. silly me.
Wow. They are going to have so many lawsuits when all is said and done.
Most people give the homeless change or leftovers, Mark Bustos is cutting their hair
For the past few months, New York City hairstylist Mark Bustos — who normally spends his days working at an upscale salon — has been volunteering on his days off to offer haircuts to homeless people he sees on the street. With a simple phrase, “I want to do something nice for you today,” he has been helping people get a fresh, uplifting makeover.
For people who have been trapped in a cycle of poverty, unemployment and homelessness, the makeover can also serve a useful function: looking presentable for a job.I just began crying. This is beautiful.
This is Duolingo, a language-learning website/app that deserves some serious recognition. It offers over 10 languages for English speakers, as well as courses for non-English speakers around the world, and they’re in the process of adding more.
But wait, I don’t want to do any more schoolwork! Not to worry little one, Duolingo is actually more like a game. You can compete with friends, and earn “lingots” (which are basically Duolingo money) to buy power-ups, extra activities, and bonus skills - like Flirting.
I’m already taking a language, what do I need this for?
It’s not really a secret that most school language courses (in America, anyway) suck and only teach you to speak the language at about a third grader’s level. Which is why Duolingo is so freaking awesome.
Teachers can’t give every student individualized attention, but Duolingo can. If you’re not learning the way you want to or as much as you want to in the classroom, Duolingo is a really great resource. It’s easy, tailored to you, and really effective.
Duolingo tracks your progress and reminds you when you haven’t studied for a while or need a refresher on something. Already semi-fluent in a language? No problem, just take a shortcut to more advanced subjects or test out of the lesson.
The lessons start with the basics (he, she, hello, thank you, etc) and move up to harder stuff. Duolingo focuses on vocabulary first, so you can learn the language and then the grammar that goes with it - much simpler than the system most schools use. It also tracks the number of words you’ve learned and how well you know them.
And you don’t even have to write out the flashcards!
Duolingo is perfect for reviewing everything you forgot over the summer or giving you the extra help you need. And if you’re trying to learn a language on your own, it’s fantastic - you don’t have to create your own lessons. Whether you’re trying to learn your second, third, or fifth language, I seriously recommend Duolingo.
Okay, what else?
Duolingo also has discussion boards, where you can ask for help with a hard lesson, make new friends, watch for updates, and share your achievements.
Even better is the Immersion feature. It won’t send you to Spain or France, but it’s pretty awesome. Duolingo takes real articles from the internet, which users translate. You can translate articles from your native language into the language you’re learning or vice versa, which gives you more experience and makes the Internet more universal.
You can suggest new languages and track Duolingo’s progress in creating new courses. Bilinguals (older than 13) can help to create these courses. Duolingo has a long list of courses that can be contributed to, like Punjabi, Hebrew, and Vietnamese. Oh, and Dothraki, Klingon, Sindarin, and Esperanto.
And the best part? IT’S COMPLETELY FREE.
If you love languages or just want to pass French class this year, USE DUOLINGO. Download the app and practice a language while you wait for the bus instead of playing Angry Birds!
Coolest app I’ve ever downloaded.