a great deal of courage

The Butterfly Circus” is short independent film about a circus during the Great Depression that focuses on bringing happiness to the dull, dreary lives people had. Along the way they meet a man with no limbs, Will, who is the main attraction of the Carnival Side Show. He joins their circus, and must find a way to become a part of the circus independent from the way he looks.

It got me thinking. About courage. If I were Will, my past experiences of people mocking and laughing at me would render me incapable of letting others see me. Not because of shame, but because of fear and embarrassment, because I had experienced the bitter sting of human cruelty. The impression this short film gave me was not only respect for Mendez for finding beauty in everyone, but mostly respect for Will for keeping his head high even with what he had experienced. I know I definitely wouldn’t have managed to be that positive.

respect is worth more than a 4.0 GPA

Being a teen in Norway doesn’t seem to be much different than being a teen in other first world countries. We’re all treating privilegies like rights and getting angry when our neighbors have passwords on their Wi-Fi (I mean, what is up with that?) and expecting our parents to buy the newest iPhone (“It’s almost the same as the old one, but it’s NEW! I NEED IT!). Basically, we’re brats. I know a lot of people will roll their eyes like I’m being an asshole when I’m just like those douchy kids, but the thing is: I know I am.

I know I take things for granted, I don’t know the worth of money and if my parents don’t let me go to the movies, I’ll pout and sulk. So, I guess that would be something I want to change this year.

I hope that I’ll become less of a leech and more of a… I don’t know what the opposite of a leech is. A plant? They produce oxygen… I’m not sure, but that’s what I want to be.

Yeah, I can claim that I’ll get better grades and this and that, but to be honest, I think respect is worth more than a 4.0 GPA. That’s just my opinion, though.