Okay, I admit to laughing while making this one.
The Colorful Island of Burano, Italy
The island of Burano, a 40 minute boat ride from Venice, is a beautiful place with an equally colorful history. Burano is an old fishing village, and the fishing traditions of Burano date back to Roman times. Fishing is not the only source of income for Burano. The art of lace making has played a large role in Burano’s history.
Legend has it that a betrothed fisherman out at sea was given a wedding veil by a siren, and when he gave it to his betrothed; everyone tried to replicate it with needlework. Burano lace became famous. King Louis XIV was said to be wearing a Burano lace collar for his coronation and Leonardo Da Vinci purchased a piece for the main altar of the Duomo di Milano.
But what makes Burano different from the rest of the surrounding islands, is its rainbow of houses. Though these houses are beautifully painted and look like artwork, the reason for their vivid colors is quite practical. Years ago, the fishermen painted their houses bright colors so when they were coming home in the fog, they knew whose house was whose. That said, the colors of these houses have been in families for centuries. And, if you want to change the color of your house, you have to send in a request to the government.
I don’t know who or what can help me so I’m putting this out to you in hopes of somehow getting a response from somewhere.
I don’t know how to take action in my life. I know this is hardly a unique problem, but it is very present and damaging in different ways.
I have high goals, high expectations of myself, dreams and passions I feel a demanding urge to follow, but I can’t make myself take even the smallest of steps towards accomplishing anything of value to me.
I know I am smart and kind and have some talent, and I feel if I could bring myself to really work at something I could be successful. Even if that isn’t what is in store for me, I need to know that I gave it my all, that I tried my best.
I am scared. I can’t remember how to put one foot in front of the other.
Please send me courage, strength, belief, and determination, in whatever forms you please.
I know that ultimately my life is my responsibility, and I will continue to attempt to overcome this on my own, but any help would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance,
I don’t think Nerdfighteria promotes social awkwardness, I think it promotes self-acceptance.
My fundamental disagreement with Tomska is that he thinks social awkwardness is a flaw that needs to be fixed. Social awkwardness is a pretty broad term, but generally when people say that they are talking about introversion/ social anxiety/ and just not fitting in (being weird).
Our society tells us that we should change ourselves to fit into this mold of what it seen as acceptable- not being too weird, being talkative, being totally at ease in social situations. I have spent more than 20 years trying desperately to be less socially awkward, or to get rid of it completely, and it has lessened but it will always be a big part of who I am- that’s just the way my brain works for whatever reason. Only recently, finding things like Nerdfighteria, have I come to see that the way I am is OK, that it is just a different way of being- that realization made me cry. I could have spared myself a lot of anger and frustration and self-hatred if someone had taught me this sooner.
If this comes at the cost of making some people “arrogant” about being this way, I think it is far outweighed by the self-confidence and self-love it promotes to those who really need it.
I love that John and Hank can do that for people, and the fact that some people see that as something wrong with Nerdfighteria upsets me a great deal. I think it is one of the BEST things about it.
I was supposed to be productive today but then I found out that this was happening. I didn’t watch it in its entirety but these are my favorite screenshots from the 6 or so hours I saw.
After a wild success, we decided to make our Pride and Prejudice/Lizzie Bennet Diaries flowchart available for reblog! Which character are you?
Jane…I got Jane.
I am Darcy. I even went back and changed multiple answers I was on the fence about and I got Darcy every time.