2014 was the year when women worldwide raised their voices in important discussions of hot topic issues, such as personal identity and equality of the sexes. In the world of entertainment, actresses, musicians, and other talented ladies used their high profile platforms to share their thoughts on being a women and a human being in our day and age, and their advice and hopes for a better future. From the words of these 10 women in entertainment, we can derive several life lessons that can be applied to all aspects of our lives, from careers to relationships, in 2015 and beyond.
“I’m gonna look ahead, no turning back. Live every day, give it all that I have.”
Throughout the year, I’ve been compiling a page of memories from 2014 – including notable experiences I had, concerts I attended, music I listened to, movies I watched, television shows I followed, and books I read – and now the time capsule is complete! Check it out here at Scrapbook 2014.
August kicked my ass.
The entire month was ridden with death, suffering, anxiety, and pretty much every terrible situation and miserable sensation imaginable. Between saying goodbye to someone who I really cared about and watching the one person who means the most to me face even more health challenges, my heart was broken and my spirit was shattered. The news stories this month were just as depressing, what with racial tensions in Ferguson, Missouri and the death of actor Robin Williams. In these trying times, my faith in life was put to the ultimate test. I wondered, why should I have hope for a world, let alone trust in a higher power, when good, innocent souls, including the people I love, are put through the ringer of pain, or are taken away forever? How am I expected to hold on while being ambushed with awfulness all around? What is it about life that makes the sadness, the anger, worth it?
I was saved by people. If it wasn’t for my support system, I would have been consumed by my grief and my fears. My friends were there to lend an open ear, impart words of encouragement, provide the smiles and laughs to lighten things up, and offer to do anything they can to help alleviate the situation. When it comes to shared grief, it’s amazing how people who are hurting collectively come together to give each other love and strength, reminding us all that we never have to experience these worst moments alone. The gratitude I feel towards these phenomenal people is overwhelming.
What did I learn from August 2014?
We may not have control over the bad that comes our way in life, but we can control how we go through the dark days. We are strong on our own, but stronger together, and strongest when we take care of each other, stand together, and fight back together, as one.
See you soon, September. I’ll be coming up swinging.
Image by Leon Biss.
SONGS OF SUMMER 2014
1. Lana Del Rey – West Coast
2. Haley Reinhart – Show Me Your Moves
3. Sam Smith – Stay With Me
4. Kris Allen – Prove It To You (feat. Lenachka)
5. Phillip Phillips – Raging Fire
6. Paramore – Ain’t It Fun
7. Ed Sheeran – Sing
8. Queen + Adam Lambert – Love Kills (Freddie Mercury)
9. Miranda Lambert & Carrie Underwood – Somethin’ Bad
10. Didi Benami – Trouble
11. Sara Bareilles – Chandelier (Sia)
12. Gavin DeGraw – Fire
13. Colbie Caillat – Try
14. Blue Swede – Hooked On A Feeling
14. Janelle Monáe – Heroes (David Bowie)
15. Michael Johns – Day Breaks Sun
(For the full playlist, view my list on Quietly)
This mix of fifteen tunes consists of upbeat beats (“Show Me Your Moves”, “Sing”, “Ain’t It Fun”, “Somethin’ Bad”), sensitive ballads (“Stay With Me”, “Prove It To You”, “Love Kills”, “Chandelier”), uplifting tunes (“Raging Fire”, “Fire”, “Day Breaks Sun”), moody beats (“West Coast”, “Trouble”), mood boosters (“Try”, “Heroes”), and some infectious ooga chaka-ing (“Hooked On A Feeling”).
It is with sadness and anguish that I am writing a tribute in the wake of the sudden and tragic death of a man who meant so much to me, Michael Johns.