7 LIFE LESSONS FROM ADELE

Can we all agree that Adele is doing pretty darn well? K, great.

 

1. There is nothing that a beehive can’t make classy.
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2. You don’t need bells and whistles to be worthy of appreciation.
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3. It is totally okay to show people that you’re human, and therefore gross sometimes.
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4. No matter how much you’ve “made it,” it’s important to stay humble.
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5. You don’t need to change who you are to suit the room you’re in.
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6. Be proud to show people how you really feel.
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7. Be self-aware, but have a great sense of humour (or, sometimes it’s necessary to impersonate yourself).
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LADIES WHO LUNCH

Humans are inherently voyeuristic. It’s the reason why movies like Rear Window are classic, and is likely our central motive to watch movies at all; it is fascinating to people-watch.

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Jimmy Stewart, Rear Window (1954)

True, everyone loves to be told a good story, but we also like to think-up our own versions of other people’s stories, whether we’re aware of doing this or not. This compulsion to be nosy is what funds gossip magazines and websites, and encourages the publication of pictures of the same people, over and over.

This compulsion, too, is why using apps like Instagram can become addictive. We scroll through our Instagram feeds, and although many accounts post pictures that are meant to be motivational, they can also induce feelings of inadequacy in the minds of their followers. After all, there are two basic types of thought that can be inspired by, say, someone doing a difficult yoga pose in bright, flattering active-wear, with an unbelievable view of Machu Picchu or somewhere in the background:

1) The mentally-healthy, positive view: “Wow! What an incredible feat of human strength! Good for them for being so adventurous, and for being so committed to a challenging exercise regimen!”

2) The less-than-mentally-healthy, negative view: “Wow! I wish I was fit enough to do that! Why aren’t I? I wish I had experienced the complicated, random combination of circumstances and privileges that allowed them to travel! Why haven’t I?
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It’s incredibly difficult to fight against the temptation to be hard on yourself. However, a great way to be more accepting of all of our own flaws is to remind ourselves that others have flaws. This does not entail that you take pleasure in other people’s pain, but demands that you become more aware of really understanding that not everyone is glamourous and graceful all of the time, as things like Instagram often suggest. For instance, when I hear someone’s stomach grumble in a quiet room, they become more likable to me; I feel that we’ve bonded over either the mutual inability to eat proper meals, or just having uncooperative/irritatingly-audible digestive systems.

Recently, I’ve discovered that breaking up my Instagram scrolling time with the occasional, standard Google search for pictures of glamorous ladies eating not-so-gracefully, or at least semi-unhealthily – in essence, being human – helps reduce feelings of inadequacy inspired by the idealized images that we are presented with most of the time.

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Bette Davis
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Elizabeth Taylor
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I don’t know about you, but I find these pictures SO much more interesting than the same generic shots of celebrities’ “bikini bodies” or red carpet faux pas, or “They’re just like us!” moments.

Why don’t we see images like this very often, if at all?
We should.

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A TRIBUTE TO SOCKS

In the event of socks ever becoming obsolete in humans’ lives, I’d like to take this opportunity to outline and question what they do, and how they come to do what they do.

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Socks are great things. They are woven, soft and meant solely to keep people comfortable, whether in terms of warmth or in terms of hygiene, by protecting people’s feet from the disgusting environment that is a shoe, or vice versa.

Generally, for adults, socks are marketed as one-size-fits-all; they are one of the very few low-stress, low-self-esteem-affecting garments which people wear on a daily basis. Some socks are made of thick, plush material, and others continue to be worn even when threadbare. Sometimes, people wear multiple pairs of socks at once. Socks can allow people to slide across their floors, either causing satisfied-joy or panic/surprise at losing one’s footing while walking.

Socks are usually hidden from view, but sometimes are not; they can be a form of expression, or plain and boring. Who gets to create the designs on socks? How many people have become involved in a single sock design? How much brainstorming is involved? Has the design of a mass-produced sock ever been highly-conceptual? Imagine: ‘the sock that inspired a revolution.’

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Socks come in pairs but are often mismatched, and sometimes purposely. The concept of keeping a pair of matching socks together – and not losing one – has evaded people since the inception of the sock. Has this ever given someone nightmares, this idea of losing a sock and never being able to reunite it with its twin? Has anyone ever had a dream about a sock(s)? What would dreaming about socks mean for a person’s psychological state and/or stability?

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Socks are humbling, comforting things and deserve more appreciation.