Friday, November 30, 2012

#2: Watch the first showing of the Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part II with friends

One of my favorite series of books of all time is the Twilight series by Stephanie Meyer. I first read Twilight when about four years ago and I instantly fell in love. The books were just so great and when I found out there would be movies I was thrilled. I have watched all of the first five movies Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse, and Breaking Dawn Part 1 during their opening weekends. The release date of Breaking Dawn Part 2 was Nov. 16 and my goal was to go to the first showing which was the midnight premiere. 
I took the first opportunity I could to purchase the tickets beforehand. I honestly didn't care where I would go to see it. The excitement I felt when purchasing these tickets was unimaginable. I literally began to jump around of joy when I received this confirmation email. On the night of the showing my family, friends, and I left our house at around 10:30 p.m. to try to get a good spot in line.  When we got there and I saw this I just felt the need to take a picture of it. We "thought" we were the first ones in line when in reality the line started on the other side and literally went across the building. I didn't care I was just focused on getting a spot in line. We were unfortunate enough to be standing in a spot where there wasn't anything above us and it began to rain. I truly didn't care about getting wet I was just too hyped up for something as silly as rain to get me down. Finally, we were let in a bit early because of the rain and at last I was sitting in the theater waiting for the FINAL twilight movie. 
Don't worry I won't get into too much detail because I wouldn't want to ruin it for those of you reading my blog who haven't seen it yet. What I can say is that it was such an AMAZING movie I can't even put it into words. I was very proud to say I have been a huge fan of it all since the beginning. To be quite honest I was bawling during the last seen because it was just so beautiful. The way the director put such a great story and concept into picture is very astounding and I commend the director for such a great job. When the movie finally finished I was very sad because it was ALL OVER!! I felt like I had nothing to do anymore because there was nothing to anticipate anymore. It was and still is a very sad thing for me. Since 2008 when the first movie came out I was curious to see how a director would piece together the last book into a movie and as I mentioned before the director did a great job. I still tear up today when I think about TWILIGHT being over forever. I promised myself I would read all the books at least once a year every year! I am truly a Twihard us crazy fans are known as. 






RENT


I remember watching the moving Rent when I was about ten years old. I watched this movie for the first time with my older cousins. I never truly understood the point of the movie because I didn't have a mature mind. I re-watched the movie a few months ago and it all made sense. This movie is a version of the Broadway musical that has the same name. RENT is mainly about the lives of Bohemians who struggle with drug abuse, sexuality, and cross-dressing. One couple is a lesbian couple that don't really care about what people think of them although they do struggle with their relationship sometimes. Another couple is composed of two males but one of them dresses as if he were a girl. His name is Angel and his main obstacle in the movie is his battle with AIDS. The next couple is Mimi and Roger and they are in a way the main couple of the movie. Mimi is a drug addict and when things between her and Roger get rough she dives into doing drugs every day. 

This movie is a perfect representation of "live your life to the fullest" because that is truly the mentality of these people. They are very open and free in an artistic and musical way which allows them the opportunity to know what life is. No one in this movie is ashamed of who they truly are because they are happy to be themselves. These people literally tried to look at the bright side of things which is what we should all be doing today. 

Thursday, October 25, 2012

#1: Ride Goliath by myself


Normally I am not afraid of going on roller coasters at amusement parks. I got over that fear in about 6th or 7th grade. Although I am not scared of actually going on rides, I was afraid of simply going on one roller coaster which is "Goliath" at Six Flags by myself. I can still remember the first time I ever went on that ride. It was on my twelfth birthday when I went with my older sister, older cousin, and one of my sister's friends. I was such a chicken because I did not want to go on but my sister's friend convinced me. Therefore, I went on the ride with him since he was the one who dragged me into it. I was so afraid the entire time that I was holding onto his hard so tight. I felt that my grip was going to stop the circulation of blood in his arm. Although I was nervous he was the complete opposite which I feel really helped soothe me. Since that day I have always told myself that I wanted to go on that ride by myself.


On October 12, 2012 I went to Six Flags with one of my friends Leslie. I had told her about how I had always wanted to go on Goliath on my own and about how it was the #1 thing on my Bucket List. She encouraged me to finally accomplish something that had been in my mind for over two and a half years. If it weren't for her encouragement I don't think that I would have ever built the courage to go on by myself. As the coaster was going up, up, and up all I could think about was the fact that no one was next to me to comfort me. As we approached the 250 foot drop my heart was racing and as we went down I was thinking about so many things. I was wondering if I would survive, although that sounds funny that was literally what I was thinking. Another thing running through my mind was how accomplished I felt and how proud I was. Once the ride was over I thought to myself "Wow you accomplished something you have always wanted to do. Good job!"

A Walk to Remember

The first piece of literature I decided to read is the book A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks. The main characters of this book include a young "do-good" teenager named Jaime and the "bad boy" Landon. In the beginning of the book Landon is not worried about anything but graduating high school, hanging out with his friends, and getting into college. Jaime is the complete opposite; she is a sweet, generous, loving person with a kind soul who is also very religious. Landon and Jaime never really talked even though they basically grew up with each other until Landon realizes he has no date to the dance so he asks her. As the book continues, Landon and Jaime begin to develop a friendship. Although Landon's friends never really liked Jaime and only made fun of her he looked past it all. Without realizing it, Landon begins to fall in love with her. As Jaime goes along, she feels it was God's plan for them to be close friends. After a while they start dating and end up very happy. Everything seemed to be going well until Jaime finally admits to Landon that she is slowly dying of cancer. He was mortified and could not believe that "his" Jaime was leaving him. One day Landon realizes what God is telling him to do which is to marry her. A while passes after their marriage and Jamie eventually dies. Landon Carter, was in love with one and only one person for the rest of his life. 

I enjoyed reading this book very much because it was different from many of the books I have read. I find it amazing that Nicholas Sparks was able to show people the true essence of love through a book. People may say that this kind of love is not present in our generation today but I feel otherwise. I honestly think that it is still around but it is very difficult to find. The idea of two very opposite people loving each other unconditionally is so beautiful to me. Sparks did a remarkable job in creating such a great piece of literature that I'm sure everyone who has read it has enjoyed. Emotionally speaking, this book had me cry so much at the very end when Jamie was dying. It is just terrible that such a great and powerful love was destroyed due to her death. I also find it amazing that such a person like Landon was able to find love in a girl like Jaime. Overall, I feel that this book is one of the best I have read and it demonstrates to people that true love still exists which is admirable.