So much has happened.
SO much has happened since my last entry.
I’ve been on crazy whirlwind, riding up and down life’s proverbial roller coaster. I love it though. I owe a lot to the masses. Seeing all of your updates. Sally got a new job. Bob got married. There are People moving on up, even some of you to the east side. Seriously though, I owe a lot to the lives people broadcast online. For some reason I tune in. I see all of your success whether it is exaggerated or not. It fuels my gas guzzling fire! Well, I’ve been on the opposite side of the spectrum. John can’t afford rent. John needs a job. John could be a massive failure.
It was a dark place.
Very dark and I owe it to the Internet.
What are we doing? Sometimes I wonder what my life would be without the World Wide Web, constantly updating my every move. Trying to live up to the Facebook standard of living. Don’t get me wrong; I’m the first to admit that I LOVE broadcasting my whereabouts. The Burger joint I claimed to have found. The hike or if you’re going up Runyon, the gradual uphill walk I conquered. You can’t forget the infamous “ I took a picture with a celebrity, and we’re now best friends” Photo.
But, the other day I realized something. I was having just a normal bad day, with a normal headache with a side of normal laziness, when I pulled out my iPhone and started scrolling through my photos. I found a sick picture from a few weeks back, of an awesome time I had with some friends, and of course with a flattering angle (you know high angle make you look skinnier). I filtered the picture, typed in some positive caption and went on to live my normal bad day.
Blah blah blah, “likes your photo.”
So and so, “likes your photo.”
Finally, I realized. No one REALLY knew how I was living my life. No one knew that I lost my apartment, I lost my job, and I lost my dignity.
Once again, I owe that to the Internet.
But, it’s not all a shit storm. It propelled me to actually living the life I project for everyone to see. I hit the pavement. I got on my feet again and found an incredible apartment and I’m now working for a place where I can say my career can finally grow.
I have to say; there is a light that Facebook, Instagram and other social media sites shines. Seriously though, throughout my life I’ve met some interesting people and rather than drifting apart through the distance and the years, Its pretty awesome to know that there’s a place where I can see little glimpses of your daily lives, triumphs, and families.
I appreciate you all.
I owe it to the Internet.
I don’t know about you, but in 2014 I want to be successful!
Whether it is in photography, music or writing. I just want to be highly successful. Of course, I want to be successful for the fame and money, but I also want to inspire people to become successful. As an Asian American, growing up in America, there weren’t many role models for me to look up to with the exception of my father and Bruce Lee. I am thankful that I had those two influences in my life because I would have been a lost soul. I want to find other people who can inspire people to achieve great things in their own lives.
BLW is introducing a section about people you may or may not know but they are well-known in their own fields and now they are starting to make noise for the whole world to hear. We decided to start this because we as a society are always looking for heroes or someone to look up to as a role model. Ynfortunately, we sometimes look for it in all the wrong places. So, we decided to dedicate an article about people, who you should inspire to be or are least gain some knowledge about how to be successful just like them. “Alone we fall, but together we stand.”
Jillian Leigh Murray is an American actress. She is perhaps best known for her roles as Portlyn on Sonny With a Chance and as Heather in An American Carol. Murray made her film debut in the independent film Deep Toad as Natashia. She was later cast in Fifty Pills as Jayne, followed by Legacy also known as Pretty Little Devils. Her first leading role was The Fun Park. In 2009, Murray portrayed Gwen Adams in the romantic comedy American High School. She later played Heather in An American Carol, Abby Graves in The Graves, and Lex Mitchell in Forget Me Not. Murray starred in a recurring role on the Disney Channel original series Sonny With a Chance, playing Portlyn. She had a role in Cougar Hunting playing the lead Penelope (Lara Flynn Boyle’s daughter), as well as in Wild Things: Foursome playing Brandi Cox. Murray’s face and body were used as the model for the character of Liara T’soni in the Mass Effect franchise of video games. She recently appeared in the premier episode of the 2011 revival of the reality series Fear Factor(where she came in second place) In 2012, Murray starred alongside Danny Trejo and Ron Perlman in the action film Bad Ass.