“‘Modern life is much more toxic for teenagers and young people,’ says Dr Russell Viner of University College London, who led the study. “We’ve had rises in road traffic accidents, rises in violence, rises in suicide which we don’t see in young children…The teenage years were the healthiest time of our life. It’s no longer true.’….
Co-author Dr Michael Resnick, of the University of Minnesota, told the BBC: ‘What is clear is that the greatest threats to young peoples’ health, outside of living in extreme poverty and in ‘hot zones’ of infectious disease and war, stem from the behaviours in which young people engage, and the contexts in which they find themselves.’”
The Beginning of the End. and...consequently a New Beginning?
March 28th, twothousand&eleven.
Monday. Sunny. Mild. Spring.
Began this first day of spring quarter with Landscape Architecture 212, Designing the Future. Two professors - female, calm, congenial, a little too collected&patient…akin to a preschool teacher, but more-or-less alright; male, accent - possibly Irish, last name Robertson, attempts light jokes…not that funny, but not terribly detracting from the class, too nice to hold it against him. I am genuinely looking forward to the rest of this course - 1/3 of our time will be spent in group exercises conceptualizing designs and implementing principles with respect to our ever-evolving environment, local and global.
@work. slow day, but not too mind-numbing. The weather puts everyone in good spirits. It’s too true that the endless grey of winter in Seattle really kills the seratonin. The general atmosphere at work is definitely on the up&up.
Looking forward to finally being in ART400 - time for me to seriously consider my personal interests in art and pursue a long-term project. Also time for me to confront my addiction to procrastination - it must be overcome. Now or never.
This is my final quarter of college. The last two and a half months of my undergraduate education. Soon I will (supposedly) be released into the harsh reality of “real life”…presupposing that for the past twenty years I haven’t been existing in “real life” yet.
The bombardment of questions - or, let me correct myself - the constant bombardment of THE question “so…what are you gonna do?” can be considered euphemistically irritating. But it’s hard to get through to people who’ve never even imagined life to be a non-linear affair that I don’t necessarily have a concrete plan, that I’m honestly very ok with it, and it really isn’t a negative thing to not know.
On the whole, I am optimistic. I’ve recovered from my frazzled, on-the-brink-of-insanity state which emerged from the hell that was winter quarter. God has blessed me, as always. What was I expecting? I am, yet again, in awe of my ignorant&doubtful attitude. Human nature never fails to leave us in a cloud of blurry unease; consequently making us very much in need of God’s mercy and grace.
I am confidently resolved to finish this stage of my life stronger than I’ve finished anything in my life, and to leave this chapter fulfilled but also hungry for a new and more exciting future.
Yes, it really is strangely “the beginning of the end” and I am sure that I will miss some of my college experience…but I am more anxious in awaiting what lies ahead; a new beginning.
further evidences that all things in reality are relative - even time, which we would like to believe as a more-or-less concrete measurement. nothing in this world is free from the stresses and influences of socio-politics.
*note how the head of state of Samoa has the power to declare any period as daylight savings period. lolllll
It’s difficult to fathom devastation. Can you really grasp travesty when it isn’t burning in front of your own eyes? Yet the world around us is daily ravaged and often we sit in the relative peace of our immediate environments lending out sparse sympathy only because we feel a little shock once in a while when the news hits us.
Take a moment to really let it sink in.
“The quake was the fifth-largest in the world since 1900 and nearly 8,000 times stronger than the one which devastated Christchurch, New Zealand, last month, said scientists.” (BBCnews)
The earthquake in Japan was strong enough to create a tsunami that destroyed a boardwalk on the coast of California. And that was only the first wave so far. Do you know the distance across the expanse of the Pacific Ocean? From Japan to California, it is about 8500 km or 5,282 mi. That is more than double the distance across the U.S. Can you imagine an earthquake in NYC that could kill and destroy homes in WA?