I always enjoyed the SpongeBob SquarePants show. However, I didn't realize how intelligent it was until my latter years. A special class of technique is necessary to weave stories which appeal equally to children and adults; as well as the immature and the mature within many of us. SpongeBob SquarePants fits that bill so its standing amongst the echelon of storytelling is deserved.
I contend that the 1990s is the Golden Age for Nickelodeon. The era gave birth to sensational tales besides the renown SpongeBob SquarePants yet those programs are somehow dissipating from the public consciousness; shows such as Rugrats, Doug, and Hey Arnold!
Ps, did you know that SpongeBob SquarePants is still running? I may catch up with the new stories...but it will be after I go back to the beginning to experience the show with a new understanding.
Do not cease to strive when amidst defeat because triumph cannot exist in the absence of failure.
Perhaps failure is not what makes you despondent but the discovery that your destination may be contrary to that which you have envisioned. Dear, do not be disheartened since victories are no less potent and beautiful in their intricate diversities.
Photograph by Noel_Bauza
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Dear fellow college students, I have a message for you if you are stressed about those pesky, villainous final exams: Strive not to worry about those tests which you have completed or the ones which lay ahead. Here are some important things to remember:
1) Hey, I'd love to break it to you so here you go: You may do better than you expect. At least some of you will be able to confirm this from past experiences.
2) Think of your finals as games. Your classmates are contestants whom aren't competing against you but alongside you and your professors are your cheerleaders. Your teachers wish for you to win and all you have to do is your personal best in these games, that is all. The great thing about these tournaments of diversion is that everyone can win.
3) You know that saying of "pretend everyone is only wearing underwear?" Well, that never worked for me, even with public speaking. So don't do that unless you want to randomly burst out in nervous laughter during your exams!
Yet on a serious note, can you imagine if everyone actually showed up in only their underwear on exam day and went about acting normally; as if they were oblivious to their situation and only you realized that they forgot the rest of their clothes at home?
4) SPOILER ALERT: Even if you find out with certainty that you didn't do well on your exams, it's going to be okay. Your previous work in those classes may balance it out. If not, then it's still going to be all right. Failing your finals is the worst case scenario and not the most likely. Yes, you may have to retake your classes in that scenario but it does not mean it's the end of the world (flunking your exams won't bring about planetwide catastrophe), nor is your desired career going to become restless and bid adieu! If you're worried because you're maintaining a scholarship, and if you lose that scholarship then you will be able to engage with another one or gain a loan as you get up, brush yourself off, and continue on towards your path of triumph. You are going to be okay. As the kids at heart say: You got this!
Feeling romantic love is a miraculous experience and should be embraced yet never base your relationship upon it. Relying on the sensation of love will inebriate you so you'll have an impossible time discerning whether you and your crush are compatible with one another regardless of being attracted to each other's appearance, personality, or both.
The feeling of romantic passion, or infatuation, will also be forever non-constant. Therefore, if you build your relationship on the foundation of a good feeling then it is a guarantee that you will eventually grow bored and even annoyed with one another's presence. Though it's possible that remedying your connection will not be too late.
Relationships should be based on love itself. Emotion is only an aspect of love. Love is a decision to nurture, celebrate, and be patient with another no matter how one feels. When two build their relationship upon true love then it will be nigh invincible.
Oh, and the beautiful reality about sustaining each other on true love is that the emotion of romance will be regained no matter how many times it fleets away.
Photograph by Ed_Gar
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Once upon a time, when I was near the age of 6 and my sister around the age of half past 4, my sister asked me "what's a virgin?"
With the classy demeanor of a know-it-all, I answered her question with gusto: "Silly! Don't you know that a Virgin is someone from Virginia!?"
Photograph by: Devanath.
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