You are real.

No matter what religion you are, no matter where you come from, you are a real person. Appearances can fade away, while the real you will continue living.

I think it’s horrible how people look at each other and judge on their gender, religion, sexuality, race, and so many other things. Though people say they don’, everyone assumes something about someone – it’s really hard not to once you’ve seen them act the same way over and over again. Who knows, maybe that person you’re saying bad things about will be your greatest friend one day. Not just that – it hurts the other person’s feelings. I’m telling you, for years I was quiet and reading books all the time, and everyone assumed I was really shy or I didn’t want friends, and that hurt.

Truly, I think that people have layers of personalities – quoting Shrek, “Ogres are like onions…they both have layers.” – and when we meet someone for the first time, we don’t see their whole life, we don’t see the whole picture. We only see a segment, and usually the little segment that they want to show us, maybe to impress us. People do that all the time – saying things or acting so they impress other people, and that’s one way assumptions start.

The thing is, it’s okay to try to impress people. But overdoing it and not being any part of who you really are is not the way to do it. Because if you’re pretending to be someone else, other people will think you’re the kind of person they’ll want to hang around with, but when you show your true colors, they could be just really confused, and they might not want to be your friend anymore.

Another thing that we have to learn to do is to accept people the way they are. Because other people are real, too, and they have feelings that can easily be hurt. If you’ve been friends with someone with a long while, then you realize that they’re a different religion, it’s not going to be the best idea to force them to convert. The best thing you could do is tell them about your religion if they’re interested, because doing anything else could end your friendship with them.

Though we may not know it, though we think changes do come and change us, we will always stay as the same person we’ve been for a long time.

We, we are real.


The Y.O.U. Challenge! (who are YOU?)

There are so many people in this world, and with all that people, it’s hard to know who we are, because we are influenced by the people around us.
So, take a second, and think about the small things that make you, well, you.
The thing is, a lot of us have multiple personalities. And when people look at someone, they make assumptions, like, “Oh, she’s so shy.” or “He’s so stuck-up. He wouldn’t want to be friends with us.”
But how do they know if that’s true? Or maybe, if you’re one of those people who say things like that (actually, I believe we all are), why do you say things like that…when you know it’s most likely not true at all?
Seriously, just because we are geeks, dancers, cheerleaders, scientists, football players, fashionistas, doesn’t mean we’re limited to that certain part of who we are.
We all have our own inner selves, but altogether, it’s just one YOU.

You know, sometimes, we have to show the world who we are, though sometimes it’s hard to stand out or do something that no one else can do.
Wait, actually, you’re already doing something that no one else can do.
You’re being you.

I have a small little….thing for those who would like to fill it out. Some of the questions are serious, some aren’t as much. Some are easy, some may be harder. It’s basically so you can figure out who you are, and maybe others can find out who you are, too.
This is the Y.O.U challenge.

Not all questions need to be answered if you feel uncomfortable with them.
Please, do not be rude to someone because of one of their answers. Don’t call them stupid.
This is something to have fun with, so if you see this, you can dare other people, but if you do that, try to link to this post or your own post with the Y.O.U. challenge. Also, make sure to include the rules (that is, if this counts as rules)
You don’t have to make your answers long or short–do whatever you feel like doing!
If you don’t have a blog, it is absolutely okay to do this on twitter, facebook, google+, and the like of that. You can even spread this to Blogger and Tumblr, if wanted.
To be short, the whole point of this is to show people the whole of who you are, not the simplest or the most obvious thing about you, and what you’re like.
So, go show off the real you!

What are three of your personalities that show the most?
What is the best and worst part of the day for you?
Which season of the month is your favorite?
What are some of your hobbies?
What religion do you believe in?
What is your ideal for a friend?
Are you happy with the way your life is right now?
Describe yourself with three words, each one starting and in the order of Y, O, and U.
What is your idea of fun?
What did you do today?
What does your family usually do for Christmas?
As a bonus to the above question, what about Fourth of July, Thanksgiving, Easter, and holidays of the like?
What is the weirdest and normal-est thing about you?
Do you act different than how people expect you to act? If so, how?
How big is your family?
Are you a spender or a saver?
Do you think complicatedly, or do you have clear thoughts?
Which one do you like better, books/reading/writing or math/science?
Which do you prefer more– comfort or fashion?
What is your hair like? (straight, brown, curly, blonde, smooth, etc.)
Do you prefer email/IM or texting/phone calling?
How are you different than all the other people of the world?
How are you the same as other people in the world?
What “category” of people do you fit into most? (geeks, writers, fashionistas, sport-lovers, etc.)
What was the best and worst day of your life?
Do you like cleaning?
Do you prefer heat or cold?
Would you use a pencil or a pen? Why?
If you’re family was in danger and were going to be killed, and you were the only one who could save them, how would you react and what would you do?
Are you addicted to sweet stuff like candy?
Write five to fifteen sentences about yourself in third person.

And for those who are participating with a blog, and would like to show that you’re part of this challenge, I made this: