Repost: Regifting A Smile

A repost from Matthew Brandon’s blog on http://yourstoryisart.blogspot.com. Read and join the new movement of #WhatsYourStory

“Regifting a Smile

“I hope the people who wrote those songs are happy. I hope they feel its enough. I really do because they’ve made me happy. And I’m only one person.” – Charlie fromThe Perks of Being a Wallflower

 
How many times has something changed your day? How many times has it changed your life? Maybe you know this feeling all too well, or maybe you can’t even imagine what it might feel like. I’ve had those moments where I wished I could just thank the writer, the author, the creator for touching my life, but there was no way of reaching them. Maybe you can’t thank them. But what you can do is inspire someone else. You can extend how they made you feel to another. You can make someone happy.
Why? Because someone made you happy. Give that same gift to someone else. And even if you are not happy, art has a funny way of putting a smile on your face regardless of whether you are giving or receiving it. If you don’t agree, prove me wrong.
Because even if you create something to show me that it didn’t make you happy, I’ll be smiling. I’ll be overjoyed to look at your art, and I’ll be inspired to keep creating myself. Just think of what you’ll feel when you see you put smiles on the faces of dozens, hundreds, thousands.
You should be happy–you should be proud. Because you’ve made me happy.
And I’m only one person.”

#Week:18,19,20: Its simple, I’m happy.

So its been a few week since I’ve posted anything and I feel terrible about it, but it is for a good reason; one which I will explain shortly. First I want to just explain the things that have happened in my life in the last few weeks.

First my roommate, Kelsey, and I went on a trip to New York for a weekend. Which was so much fun! We both got to see friends of ours and a show. I saw Fool For Love by Sam Shepard with my very good friend Nick and she saw Sylvia starring Matthew Broderick and Annaleigh Ashford. On top of that I went to The Whitney museum and many cool restaurants and shops in the city. It was a great weekend and a very fun mini road trip.

I also found a new movie and book that is one of my favorites; Me Earl and The Dying Girl. This movie was one I’ve wanted to see since the trailer came out and someone I worked on a short film with showed it to us and from the short part I saw of it I knew I needed to watch the whole things. And I did. The movie was outstanding. Super unique, funny, interesting and just beautiful. And it’s adapted from the novel of the same name which I bought, of course, and am reading.

After that we started rehearsals for Meet Me In St. Louis at school. Its a very fun show and the music sounds gorgeous. It’ll be a good show, the cast is very talented. I’ve also had the opportunity to work on a few more student thesis films, which is something that I really am starting to enjoy doing.

After that, it was the week of my birthday and I just need to take a moment to express how great my friends are. I’ve had some years where my birthday wasn’t a huge deal to me and this year I felt that way. I wasn’t getting my hopes up and expecting a lot of things but as usual I got exactly what I thought wouldn’t happen. My friends kidnapped me right before midnight and we did a little promo-shoot for this new thing my friend started #WhatsYourStory (I’ll talk about that in a bit) then my roommate decorated the apartment when I got home and gave me a few gifts. Then the next day she kidnapped me and took weird photos of me downtown but then took me to the tattoo parlor and her a few others paid for me to get my tattoo! (I’ll also explain that in a bit.) That same day I got some really cool gifts from people, like delicious cupcakes, an awesome book, sweet notes, funny phone calls etc… Then my other friends made me dinner and a cake and then surprised with tickets to a concert in DC the next night! Around the same time I got cookies from Grandma and a package and super thought felt note from my other Grandma; The weekend was super spontaneous but so much fun! All in all in was one of the best times I’ve had in a long time.

The next thing I want to talk about is the organization my friend started that I’m helping with; What’s Your Story. Its an organization that simply encourages people to share their stories through anything artistic and creative. Its a beautiful movement and one I’m glad to be a part of. You can find more information on any of its accounts.

http://yourstoryisart.blogspot.com

Instagram and Twitter: @yourstoryisart

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/yourstoryisart

And this brings me to explaining why I feel forgetting to blog is okay.

I started this blog to help me learn to find the positive in everything; to stop being sad, depressed and feeling down. And like I have mentioned before this has already helped me so much. But from not posting for a few weeks I realized something: I was happy and felt the way I wanted without blogging about it. Not that there’s anything wrong with it, I still document my good moments and happy times (I started a journal of just good and happy things) but this blog isn’t my happiness. Neither are my friends, my journals, my books, my movie…the only true happiness I have in my life is from the God who gave me a reason to smile and laugh and be joyful. So I want to re-approach this blog with the same goals as before but with the acknowledgment that this is not what makes me happy. The tattoo I got on my upper left arm is:

  
“a vida e bela”

Which is “life is beautiful” in Portuguese.

I got this for a few reasons. One, because this phrase is very important to my life. It has helped me remember that as long as I pursue optimism my life will always be beautiful. And even I don’t see it always, it still is. It also reminds me of my heritage (Why its in portuguese.) which also reminds me where my true and eternal identity is. Not people, my abilities or anything. My identity is in the one who gave me a beautiful life. And therefore, my body that once held scars and painful memories now holds a phrase of beauty, value and the reminder that I am new and allowed to be happy! I am listening to “Asleep” by The Smiths, about to go class, filming a thesis film tonight, drinking coffee; Nothing extraordinary or amazing, its just simple:

I’m happy.

So here’s to being forgetful, great friends, wonderful memories, spontaneous road trips, great birthdays, music, books, coffee, adventures, funny phone calls, family and of course each beautiful moment.

Fellow Adventurers!

Here’s to Happy!

#Week17: Journals, Autumn, and Friends

Hello all! Here’s another week of writing and finding positivity. This week has been very fun and for some reason very beautiful compared to some others. Not that they weren’t great, but the week just had a lot of moments I felt I could touch on.

The first point is that I bought a journal where I decided I will document all my happy moments and thoughts. Whether its eating a donut or stargazing all night or anything…I write it down because I fear forgetting. I’ve come to the conclusion that that is why I write everything down and document every moment of my life that isn’t terrible. I have this obsession with memories and absolutely am terrified of forgetting. So in order to avoid that, I am trig to remember as much as possible about these precious beautiful moments of my life.

A second point is that its finally fall! I always wait all year long for my favorite season to arrive and thankfully it is hear, just as beautiful as anticipated. Yay for sweaters, scarfs, and the most beautiful colors and visuals nature gives off.

Another happy part of my week was simply just the times where I hung out with friends. They are some of the most precious things you have in your life, so cherish them while they’re here. I am blessed to have a good deal of friends who care about me and support the random annoying artistic things I do and attempt to stop me from the stupid things I do. All in all, I know I have crossed paths with these certain people for a reason and I hope to never take anyone in my life for granted.

This is a shorter post but I just felt like I didn’t need to go into extreme detail about these two things; they simply make me happy and that’s all that matters.

So here’s to a forever abundance of journal’s, crazy nights with friends, the beauty of a leaf changing, cherishing the life you live, and of course every beautiful moment.

Fellow Adventurers,

Here’s to Happy!

#Week17: Journals, Autumn, and Friends

Hello all! Here’s another week of writing and finding positivity. This week has been very fun and for some reason very beautiful compared to some others. Not that they weren’t great, but the week just had a lot of moments I felt I could touch on.

The first point is that I bought a journal where I decided I will document all my happy moments and thoughts. Whether its eating a donut or stargazing all night or anything…I write it down because I fear forgetting. I’ve come to the conclusion that that is why I write everything down and document every moment of my life that isn’t terrible. I have this obsession with memories and absolutely am terrified of forgetting. So in order to avoid that, I am trig to remember as much as possible about these precious beautiful moments of my life.

A second point is that its finally fall! I always wait all year long for my favorite season to arrive and thankfully it is hear, just as beautiful as anticipated. Yay for sweaters, scarfs, and the most beautiful colors and visuals nature gives off.

Another happy part of my week was simply just the times where I hung out with friends. They are some of the most precious things you have in your life, so cherish them while they’re here. I am blessed to have a good deal of friends who care about me and support the random annoying artistic things I do and attempt to stop me from the stupid things I do. All in all, I know I have crossed paths with these certain people for a reason and I hope to never take anyone in my life for granted.

This is a shorter post but I just felt like I didn’t need to go into extreme detail about these two things; they simply make me happy and that’s all that matters.

So here’s to a forever abundance of journal’s, crazy nights with friends, the beauty of a leaf changing, cherishing the life you live, and of course every beautiful moment.

Fellow Adventurers,

Here’s to Happy!

#Week16: Rage and Love

Happy Tuesday! Sorry I’m still a little off on my days but I’m trying really hard to stay consistent with my writing. I will say, even though I’m sometimes distant from my blog I am still feeling an exceding amount of joy and happiness.

This week was nothing extraordinary but had some happy moments. I got to hang out with some friends and have a movie night. And also got to work on a few short films at school.

And secondly, on a random note…yesterday was September 21st. Eleven years ago the American Idiot album came out and then a few years later became my favorite musical. This blog would not be without them because it is named after one of Billie Joe Armstrong’s lyrics. All I want to say is…no matter what style of music you do or don’t like, one thing is the same. Music makes us feel something in a personal way that mere words cannot. This album made me realize how beautiful the space that’s in between insane and insecure is, as well as reminding me that rage and love will always be the story of my life. And finally that I’ll never be able to turn back time, but I can always remember the times.

So thank you, Green Day for the music you made that has and still moves me. And to quote the author of this album:

“Life isn’t pretty, but it sure is beautiful.” -Billie Joe Armstrong

So here’s to good friends, beautiful music, universal languages, and of course every gorgeous moment.

Fellow Adventurers,

Here’s to Happy!

#Week14&15: Art, Spontaneity, and Beautiful Nights

So this last week has been so hectic so I had to combine two posts in one. I promise I will stay consistent as much as possible, but college is a little crazy sometimes. So anyways, here we go!

My first happy moment these past few weeks was that I had the opportunity to work on a student film. It was a great experience and allowed me to learn a lot about film and that field of acting. 

Another happy moment was a mini spontaneous photo shoot I did with my roommate, Kelsey, and I did in our apartment. One of those photos is the featured image for this post. Ot was super artsy and random but just another reason why I love her.

And lastly I realized something that I realize everyday. 

I. Love. The. Moon. And. Stars.

There was one night where the stars were so bright and the moon was so full and I just fell in love with the night’s beauty all over again. And that happens everytime I stargaze. I have a bond with the night and I hope it never goes dim…

So here’s to art, spontaneity, awesome roommates, amazing friends, beautiful haunting nights and of course each beautiful moment.

Fellow Adventurers,

Here’s to Happy!

#Week13: Pure Happiness And Nothing Else

So once again I was busy and am posting a day late, so I decided that my new day of posting is going to be on Mondays. I also have decided that I am not going to post my blog on facebook, instagram and twitter anymore. For anyone who wants to read they can find through the link in my bio or previous links. This doesn’t mean I won’t share them ever again on social media, but for now I’m going to focus on what I am trying to accomplish as opposed to who’s reading it.

This week I was happy for happiness. And that’s the main thing that should make me happy. Not likes or follows. There’s nothing wrong with that but I have focused on it too much lately. So my focus is happiness and nothing else. 

Sorry this was a short post, but I felt I need to go in this direction.

So here’s to pure happiness and nothing else, and of course, eaxh beautiful moment.

Fellow Adventurers, 

Here’s to Happy!