Favourite tweets of my own twitter account

So, long story short, I will be deleting my Twitter account in the near future. I still love the app and adore the comedians that bust out the best one liners within the platform. But I need a break from the political side of it all. Trump is the worst thing that has ever happened to Twitter and frankly, I think someone should shut it down like they did to Vine.

Allow me to be a bit self-absorbed while I make this list of my favourite (and still important today) tweets that I’ve posted in the last 7 years of my account. I want to document them in one place, so I can show my kids what my random thoughts were like. I am not going to explain any of these tweets. So, enjoy the ambiguity. Sorry in advance.

Just joined twitter!! FINALLY!
9:42 AM – 12 Feb 2011

Go insane, go insane throw some glitter make it rain now now let me see them hands let me let me see them hands! I ❤ Ke$ha’s songs!!!!
7:25 PM – 18 Feb 2011


Guess who’s on level 1000 of Unblock Me?? That’s rite! MOI!
2:54 PM – 23 Feb 2011


So there’s a Hot Wheels bike 4 boys, a Barbie bike 4 girls but there’s no bike 4 aliens!! 😦 Don’t u think they get bored up there in space?


Lemonade Mouth= BEST. MOVIE. EVER!!!!! 😀

9:56 PM – 22 Apr 2011

Well… That was just….. Very disturbing!! Go see a councilor! 🙂


Just watched Never Say Never. Really inspired by some little canadian boy. Live ur CRAZZZYYY life, @justinbieber

11:18 PM – 22 May 2011

U know what? Calm down, I just don’t want to tell u rite now, okay?? Geez

6:05 PM – 30 May 2011

@TheCodySimpson , I just watched ur performance on So Random and LOVED IT!!! Ur sooo talented and I love ur music! #AMAZING


Sitting on the couch watching Phineas and Ferb!! 😀 love this show! #BEAST


Ok so u know how people feel like 1 million bucks? Well… My body feels like a penny…. :S 😦


@tessa_clarke I wanna be so famous that I have to have my babies in Africa! 😉


WOWIE! ADELE SINGING BEAUTIFULLY, CHRIS BROWN FLYING & DANCING, BRITNEY TRIBUTE, and BEYONCÉ PREGGS! 🙂 still #speechless


This is awkward… #b-dayparties when u don’t really know people


Scheiße


Inspiring improv tonight. Learned a lot from watching some IN-CRED-IBLE dancers and friends! Very blessed to have that opportunity! 🙂


Why does music keep me from my homework?? ;P When I’m listening to my iPod while doing hw, & good songs come on, I have to get up & dance!


Friday! School dance and Selena Gomez concert! #lotsoffun


Really happy with my straightened hair today! 🙂 But I just realized I have to put it in a bun for ballet… #waste


Dear weekends, Please never end. K, thanks! Signed, I don’t want to wake up tomorrow morning!


I’m too inspired to go to bed right now….


Spending my last few hours of 2011 watching Boy Meets World. #mychildhood #memories


Just finished the second Hunger Games book. Such a good ending. O.O


All dressed up and ready to go for the #HungerGames premiere. Too bad I can’t see it till next weekend. #lifeasadancer


If I could wear sweatpants and a hoodie everyday, I would… #socomfy


There’s never a dull moment with dance. 🙂 Kinda like it.


Sometimes I just need some time away from everything.


@tessa_clarke: Trinity: you know what they say, you don’t know.” that’s like her catch phrase 😉

6:08 PM – 1 May 2012

These past few days have been so special. So many memories and they will not be forgotten. Love you all. God bless.


It’s difficult for me to say goodbye to something when saying hello is like a second nature.


Ugh. School is so pointless anyways…


Andrew Garfield just quickly became my obsession after that movie. #spidey


Spending National Dance Day at my cabin that doesn’t have electricity. #whoopee -.-


Inspiration can come from anywhere or anyone at any time at any place in your life.


I think too much. Especially at night.


Those car trips where you listen to almost your whole music library. 🙂


CHANNING TATUM ISSS SOOO HOT HE’S MAKING ME MELT


Those people that you could listen to them talk all day. #inspiration #reflecting


I imagine what my body would sound like.


Happy birthday to most astonishing singer I know. @ingridmusic , your music has made me realize there’s no other way to live than to love.


Christmas is the happiest and saddest day of the year.


Sometimes I hate sleep. Sometimes I think it just shouldn’t be a necessity. Then, there would be time to do the things we want. Anyone else?


@CoryMonteith: Gleeks of my Homeland: Don’t miss the return of #Glee – Jan 24 at 9pm ET/PT on @Global_TV” wouldn’t miss it for the world!!


Just keep convincing yourself that you are capable


I absolutely love guys who can sing. #onetruelove


At a loss for words .  .          .


We’re all just constantly trying to locate the “why”


It’s so nice and warm outside. #happyday #happytweet #happyeverything


Grandma, this weekend is for you.


did anyone feel that? Did ANYONE feel that?! DID ANYONE FEEL THAT? -my class right now


No more cue cards. No more cramming. No more papers with useless words on them. I have finished my 9th year of school. 🙂


I desire not to stray… But I must.


Think it’s about time to bring out the heroes for my dizzied-mind called the EARPHONES. #givethemaroundofapplause #theysavemefromeverything


Her


Favourite thing about today? Being in a room with not just dancers but ARTISTS. I’m so grateful that dance can bring us all together. #jump


Thank you @MMRAW for your class today!! It’s so much fun to dance with you. 🙂


#thunderation #warmfuzzies #sallywalker #PostLSCdepression


Going to *$


Just wanna be “cool”


I feel like in the near future we will call each other by our usernames and not our actual names. Woah. Hope not.


The difference in pop culture from 1920’s to 2013 @Andreapolak3


Haven’t cried in awhile. Not sure if that’s a bad thing or a good thing.


I can’t handle @McSensfan


“When I grow up, I want to be a garbage truck because then I go around and see the houses.” -Trinity


Vintage cotton sweaters have become a big part of my life. #mymomhassuppliedme #thankful


Dom is here. I am happy.


The “WOO” in I Will Wait makes my life.


“Work hard, party harder.” -mr shulist’s philosophy. Wise words, my friends.


I listened to 7 Things this morning and it made the start to my day much better. Miley never disappoints.


I’ve got issues but don’t need some tissues thank you very much


You know you can never judge someone’s dancing on just a photo. You have to be present in their movement to realize grasp what you’re seeing


So down to lie down


I really want to bring back skorts.


Trying to hide from our problems is like playing hide and seek in a small room


Special moment: looking into someone’s eyes and they’re looking too and even if it’s for just two seconds, you know they care about you.


Being a teenager in the 80’s probably would have been much better. 🙂


My right hip flexor needs to STOP painfully stabbing me every time I bring my leg above 5 degrees… #firstweekback


Patrick Chan, you are so beautiful on frozen water… GAHH


There is not a single Ingrid Michaelson song that I wouldn’t dance to. Period


Oh wow (Ever realized how many ways this can be read?)


It’s so funny how we can flashback in our flashbacks


You caught me when I was winking


I’m sad to say the only thing I will miss about being 15 is that I need a new theme song. T-swift’s song has expired.


I wish that as soon as you see a cute boy, they are like shielded from other people so that it’s all for you.


Whoever put in the time to write those hearts on everyone’s lockers, bless you. You are making a lot of Tigers happy today!


Come back when you can


So. This is. Amazing.


The fact that Mme Roch told me today that she used to be able to do the splits made my day so much better.


Everytime Heart’s A Mess comes on, I just freaking lose it and have to scream “DESPERATE TO CONNEECTTT”


Toronto, why do I get depressed every time I have to leave you? I swear I will live in you one day.


And a Britney song was on. And a Britney song was on. And a Britney song WAS ON.


“A keather student.” “A what?” “A KEATHER STUDENT!” “Oh a cash register.” “Yes a keather student.”


The Sprouse twins live some seriously rad lives.


Bucket list: go to a performance at 54 Below.


What else can I say? I love my team. I love Ottawa. Good night


Mia Michaels’ class made me so happy. Thank you. @MMRAW 🙂 #neverlandbound


Tuna+avocado+cheese=greatest taste on earth


I love to listen to him. @realjohngreen


I’m so happy I’m 16 because the 6teen theme song is ma true jam. #gottamakethegoodtimeslast


It’s a three-braids kind of day


When you see bae


Who’s down for a party where we just play BOP IT


I just want to be homeeee. Not stuck in some creepy town in the states.


Commercials just keep getting worse and worse ughh


I find it so funny that gymnasts can just hang out in ponché pose.


I need to play Cards Against Humanity ASAP


If I die young, bury me in yogurt covered pretzels.


Finished my summer with 4 bowls of cereal. Yepppppp


“Never ever EVER leave home without your periodic table. It’s your toolbox. Without it you’re useless.” -mr Ruddy


@jumpdance day 1 is complete


Everything just seems to be whizzing by. I can’t focus on one thing, in particular


This chem group chat is bae right now


Just remember, your best is ALWAYS sticker-worthy. #chemcuties


@miikaelapereira we’ll see. The past is long gone. #RudD must decide.


@JordynSH7 the Chem life didn’t choose you, you chose the chem life


Taught ruddy what third-wheeling was in chem class


Get your G2 license and suddenly your message app isn’t so empty.


You can hate on my running shoes. Go ahead. But my arches feel like beasts.


My bed seems to be the best place now but I’m still a little turnt…


I will always love and respect @ladygaga


musicals musicals musicals broadway broadway broadway I WANT TO BE IN A SHOW ONE DAY


I just want to dance I just want to dance I just want to dance I just want to dance I just want to dance I just want to dance. PLEASE


Dear @OfficialAdele , I’ve overplayed your old albums WAY too much recently. I need your new album in my life soon. Sincerely, every dancer.


I will never comprehend the power of dance. But I will always ALWAYS be fulfilled by it. #DGB #DIFD Thank u to all the dancers & teachers.


So this week was definitely one to remember. DGB, fun rehearsals, shaping sound, improv tonight & my birthday tomorrow. Cant ask for better.


You go Beck. Good fo you.


“Whoever said orange was the new pink was seriously disturbed.” -My icon for today


Late night thoughts: I kinda like it when people start a conversation with me with “Clarke.”

11:41 PM – 20 Feb 2015

Listening to the anthem and missing our lip-sync sessions in Bartlett’s…. #RIPSem1 @_Adrianna_1221


Still can’t get over the smile he gave me this morning. Chills…

6:57 AM – 2 Mar 2015

I am not lying to you when I say that I will NOT GET THROUGH THIS WEEK UNLESS THERE IS A SNOW DAY OR MY SCHOOL BURNS DOWN. #stressedbrianna



So much post-comp depression. So much.


First summer with my license and I’m stoked to have the open road, Windows down and the sun shining


watching ballet videos is my favourite pass time


I apologize for the mess I am about to appear as today. #themorningaftercomp


Will never forget these people


Highlight of my weekend: Salsa duet with the Shimmy King (aka: @mattdippolito )


No but seriously, how are Broadway musicals so incredible??!?


Perfect afternoon with trin: tea party and backyard gymnastics


I would be lying if I said I didn’t notice the changes in our lives day by day. I’m constantly aware of the shifts.


When I dream of my future, I see me dancing in a show 8 times a week. That’s where I want to be, that’s where I’ll get.


When ever @SaraBareilles comes on during shuffle, I get some kind of surreal emotion. She just gets music.


And now @ingridmusic ‘s Turn to Stone just decided to come up right after Sara and my life has just been explained to me. Gahhhhhhhhhh


The lyrics “Four cities, two planes, the same day” actually relate to me today. EWR->OKC


me: hi did a group of girls come by here? man at desk: i wish. This happened to me twice in 2 mins. #LA


Sometimes the world throws imbalances everywhere. And you have a small aneurism.


“There’s politics everywhere.” -my Uber driver tonight.


July brought me glorious treasures. And August will be the cherry on top


You can really find out a lot about a person by the style and colour of their dance journal.


Ryan Foley told me today to just go for my dance dream. Well alright. I guess I will.


If something is funny, laugh. Laugh so hard that your muscles get stronger. LAUGH. LAUGH. HAHAHAHAHHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHHAHH


“Life is good. Life is hard.” -Sean Howe


“This song doesn’t make sense!” -Trinity about Milkshake by Kelis


I love @stephrutherford . That is what I feel.


I wish people didn’t have opinions on each other because we are constantly transforming into better versions of ourselves.


Arabesque en plié is the stuff I live for


Sometimes you’re up. Sometimes you’re flat on the floor trying to get your middle splits better.

I’m making decisions that will affect my entire life. That’s not scary at all. No. I’m fine. Totally fine.


I’m surprised I haven’t cried at school yet this year. #stressedbriannaequalscryingbrianna


When you theatre jazz all day and you realize this is the life you want to live 24/7.        Ya.


Me: “Are we doing Stoich this year?” Ruddy: “a very limited amount…” Me: “Limited… Not excess?”


“Make it matter.” –@MMRAW today in class. She is truly one of my inspirations for breaking past standards & being you. Thank you!!!!


I desire a life that is a constant pas de deux, with lullabies of the piano on repeat.


Death by chemistry


Be there or be cyclobutane #chemislife


@miikaelapereira hahaha it’s only in due time that Chem jokes will slowly become all you think about. #ruddyneverstops


The Broadway snapchat feed is giving me EXTREME feels of missing NYC. When will I live there??!!!


It’s a beautiful day to wake up because it’s MOLE DAY! #chemislife #6.02×10^23


Bread is a gift. To all that require a little pick me up. Or in my case, to ACTUALLY GET ME OFF THE FLOOR.


If you don’t know @troyesivan yet, you need to


Thought it was: “And if you broke an owl ninja, and I keep you sheltered from the storm that’s raging on.” for the longest time @edsheeran


you, you, you.


“What about love? Have I ever mentioned love?”


“I don’t know ether.” –@ericaantonitti #chemislife

2:01 PM – 10 Nov 2015

THANK THE LORD for YouTube. Without it, I wouldn’t be able to watch Gene Kelly’s old dance videos so easily. He was and is legendary.


“You’ll always be ready but you can never be ruddy.” –@FameronCox #chemislife


Dance always takes priority. I guess you could say it’s a carboxylic acid. #chemislife (@seanmillr thought of this)


If there’s one thing @justinbieber has shown me, it’s that he understands the power of dance.


Well I did it. I applied to Juilliard.


I haven’t slept in 3 months, my mind is nonstop future planning, my room is a mess. So my health isn’t a #1 priority anymore? Great, thanks.


I actually corrected Mr. Ruddy today. Put it on my resume. #chemislife


the first thing I will do on Xmas break is read a book. that is not for an essay. not for a project. but for me. for my health & well-being.


Feeling very grateful for my guy friends recently


Essays on essays on essays on applications on applications on stress on stress on stress.


Watch me strike a pose on my wasted time


I just lip-chapped my lips for 5 mins straight. Good night Twitter.


I am going to the 1975 in Toronto in May and I am so excited I could cry.


If i wear a scarf, it is only appropriate that I run through my house and let it blow in the wind


Kanyé: “Yo Newton, ima let you finish but Huygen had the best theory of light of all time.” @ann_presley thought of this. #physicsislife


People don’t kill sig figs. Sig figs kill people. #chemislife


A no-name apple juicebox from Ruddy saved my life today.


Rip Sem 1 2015-2016 SCH4U. I’ll never forget the shins, timbits, “the Élaine” dancing, bumsies, grinds, and laughs.


“You die when you stop learning.” -Miss Folkes #calcislife


let’s have soft served ice cream, put on my indie/alternative playlist and remember the good times


Dear me: Disrupting your growth, demolishing your ambition, wrecking your curiosity, interrupting your self-love. Stop doing this. Love Bri.


The most embarrassing thing is getting called out by RYAN FREAKING FOLEY for not having a toe tap on your tap shoe during tap line.


I’m not emotional. I just think sometimes about how he doesn’t love me and how I feel empty without him. And I get sad. No big deal.


Still laughing about the fact that I had a dance off with miss folkes on friday. and she almost beat me.


In need of a really deep hug. Like the one where you can feel the sadness oozing out of you while someone who cares about you holds you. Ya.


Shoutout to @McC_Liam for being a real MVP today


Tonight I figured out something v crucial in my life: ……………………………………I love to be in the middle of dance circles.


Thought: open up the new day like your fav restaurant just got a whole new menu. Yes, it’s complicated and problematic. But you still go.


It’s saddening to look back on the last two years and realize that you would have been much happier if you hadn’t met a certain person.


“All in moderation, my dear, all in moderation. Too much [insert anything] can be a dangerous thing for a pure, young girl.”


“We all deserve love, even on the days when we aren’t our best. Cause we all suck, but love can make us suck less.” -bo yo


Do you ever wish someone walked around with you and observed your life? They could reveal to you all the mistakes you make?


4:26 am: I should get a tattoo on my inner thighs of circular arrows to direct my turnout muscles outwards


These are my sons and the last one is my dad


Would never wish upon my greatest enemy for them to wake up crying. It is a miserable way to start ur day & should never happen to anyone.


My dad just won best dance dad. He texted me this: “enjoy a week of musicality.” Eat your heart out Prop Dads !!


Even though T-Swift’s Red album may basically be one big cliché, I find myself going back to it in times of need.


I’m just really in love with Miley Cyrus.


My current state of sickness: I sneeze too hard and my shoulder starts to spasms and doesn’t stop until the short second of unconsciousness when I sneeze again.


Guilty pleasures: Other people have the Kardashians, shopping sprees, etc… I have youtubers and ex-viners.


Trying to remind myself that not EVERY year has to be a good year. It’s about the journey and the amount of love that is shared. This year coming up could be the worst one yet… but if I’m going into it with love, I’m doing okay. Happy New Year!!


“I had all and then most of you, some, and now none of you.” GORGEOUS LYRIC @LordHuron


Hi! Yes, my name is Brianna Clarke and I would like to audition. No… I didn’t have time to recover from my last audition or put on proper clothing but I’d still like to be seen for the part. My demi-pointe currently looks like this: is that suitable for your company?


Also in honour of @joshgroban and @SaraBareilles hosting the tonys remember when the uncharted music video was the biggest musical collaboration of our generation?! STILL SO GOOD


Contemplating if watching @TheTonyAwards by myself is a good idea but then again, I will be having multiple panic attacks every time I see Andrew Rannells on screen

Reading… but not for homework

Before writing this, I watched a video by John Fish in which he explains the horrific truth about our educational system. I instantly felt inspired to write about my experience with reading. I highly recommend watching it here. He’s a Canadian too!

Remember those dreadful days of high school when your English teacher presented the class books for the semester and no one was allowed to complain? No one could suggest a different book, because it had to be a part of the curriculum list that hasn’t been updated since Shakespeare was alive. The teacher would sometimes even hate the book she/he had to discuss with us. What’s wrong with this picture?

When I was a young child, reading was my escape. Morgan le Fay would wisk Annie, Jack and I away on an adventure in the Magic Tree House series. I still recall how excited I was when my mom bought me a new Geronimo Stilton book for Christmas. Authors like Beverley Cleary, Laura Dower, Jack Canfield & Mark Victor Hansen, Cornelia Funke, Jeff Kinney, I could go on…. So many books were dog-eared and bent out of form because of my obsession with reading. It was like words could transfer me to a new environment even though it was just black and white on the page. So then, how come when I got to high school and suddenly my favourite thing to do was being graded, I fell out of love?

My bookshelves got dustier, my brain got cloudier, and I felt forced into reading classic novels. As well, my classmates and I had to agree on specific opinions about a book or else we would get a bad grade. I probably would have eaten up these literary gems if it had not been required by my school board to like them. Due to the fact that we knew our book studies ended with us writing an essay, I started to develop demonic strategies when I read. I became less interested in absorbing the lessons in a certain book, and more worried about making sure I could find sources for my argument. Suddenly, I had to read on a deadline, and my comprehension suffered in some ways. I read faster, but more messy. Constantly having to memorize page numbers so that the teacher knew I had actually read the book. What’s silly now is that I can’t let go of these habits when I try and read for fun. I shudder to think of how messed up my brain is from the intensities of my high school learning. I am not even going to talk about the redundancies of MLA citing.

Without getting too dramatic, there were benefits to reading in the way my high school asked us to. I am able to back up an argument by laying out clear examples from primary sources. I am confident in reading out loud with added character traits if needed. I am capable of reading multiple books at one time. Finally, I know the context of the famous Hamlet quote “To be or not to be”. So, not everything about high school English was bad. My Gr. 12 English teacher was one of my favourite educators ever. She taught me to be creative in my writing and take chances outside of the typical essay format. I could even tell that she, herself, didn’t agree with some of the curriculum standards.

If I am going to reflect on the impact of reading, I need to look at a timeline of my obsession with books, starting with the younger part of my childhood. My mom says I started reading chapter books at age 4. That means that before I was instructed to read, I loved books. This is of course due to the fact that my parents scheduled reading time before every goodnight. It is embedded in my brain as a positive and relaxing activity for my mind.

As I mentioned above, the Magic Tree House books were so special to me, and they probably were the first series I ever grew a crush on. I think I must have read at least 25 of the books in a line-up of 58. They were like medicine to me. Mary Pope Osbourne, I owe it to you to begin a reading addiction that would last my whole lifetime. Then, I believe I moved onto wittier books like Elisabetta’s Geronimo Stilton, Dav Pikey’s Captain Underpants, and Megan McDonald’s Judy Moody. Unlike anything I had ever seen, these three series gave me more colour and imagination. The words could suddenly be painted onto the page rather than typed. My expansive mind was taken to new worlds and I got to laugh more along the way. This period of ages 4-6 is what I like to call “The Simpler Years”.

When I turned 7, I knew that I wasn’t just a child anymore. I was a REAL person. So naturally, my interests shifted to books about history, philosophy, and boys. I remember taking trips to Chapters and leaving the children’s section behind. I wanted to read what my mom was reading, but she guided me to fiction novels that would suit my maturity more sufficiently. Dear Canada is a series of very educational books that showed me the saddest historical events through the eyes of a child. It was written by use of fictionalized diary entries from children who lived during times of war and poverty. Although the topics were deeply profound, I was able to learn about Canada’s history in an honest way. As well, I found solace in a book called Chicken Soup for the Pre-Teen Soul. Written by real-life pre-teens, Jack Canfield & Mark Victor Hansen compile an master list of anecdotes that prepared me for growing up. I read this book from a pre-mature philosophical standpoint and the whole series was my first self-help books. Then, my friends, came a HUGE obsession with a series titled From the Files of Madison Finn. These books held me captive while I learned about Madison stumbling through middle school. Funny enough, she has a sort of “blog” where she uses her laptop as a diary. I started my own diary on my sister’s old laptop, and I had to make it a private folder (to which I lost the password for). I wonder what sort of crazy stuff is lost in cyber-space now! Laura Dower’s series also gave me a chance to read about the confusing stages of having a crush. Madison’s crush is on her classmate Hart Jones. He is a mystical creature that still gives me butterflies. I mean his name is HART! Let’s call this period of ages 7-9 “The Mature for My Age Years”.

Grades 5, 6 and 7 were a different story, pun intended, because the thickness of the books got WAY bigger. Now, I was double digits and ready to tackle the big guns. I want to call this period “The Twilight Years” for the obvious reasons… Stephanie Meyer had my full attention. Suddenly, I was reading about sexual vampires with lust and confusing emotions. I read all four books, plus the novella The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner, and saw all the movies at least twice. Team Edward all the way!!….. yeah, it’s so stupid when I think about it now…. But, I cannot lie when I say I don’t remember reading much else when I was ages 10-13, except for maybe The Hunger Games or The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants. These years set me up for hardships of relationships.

Here is where it gets depressing. During the years of 2011-2016, I barely read for fun. Generally, if you saw me reading, it was because I had to read it for school assignments. Shakespeare, Harper Lee, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Agatha Christie, Arthur Miller and others became the only authors on my radar for a long time. Additionally, I had less time to sit down and read because my schedule with competitive dance heated up and the internet grew as a cultural phenomenon. During the summer, I focused on dance training more, but I would never take that back. I just feel so sad that most of my teenage years did not involve leisure reading. To be truly honest, I am wondering if maybe my mental state of mind collapsed because I let go of meditative reading sessions that clear my thoughts and sooth my psyche. This period is unfortunately called “The Lost Years”.

In conclusion, I want to renew myself. I can see that reading has been a positive part of my well-being and I am hoping that the school boards across the globe will take a different approach to literature so that more young adults will be inclined to read instead of reluctant to read. If I take the time to close my laptop and phone, I believe it will send me towards a genuine path to happiness.

For some fun, please enjoy Carrie Hope Fletcher’s song that I love. Click here.

Be good at everything.

Wrote this while applying for post-secondary scholarships and I actually think it is some of the best writing I’ve done so far. Who knew?

July 15, 2016:

A very multi-dimensional person once told me that to be named a great thinker, you must dive into various strands of human intelligence. It is boring for humans to be great at one thing. Moreover, it is ignorant and narrow-minded. Using the shoes on my feet and the curiosity in my soul, I remember that when you learn with an optimistic view, your experience will result in more discoveries, and more opportunities for success. I pack my schedule with classes in mathematics and science for concrete ideas to store in my brain. I regularly attend classes in the arts to find my voice in my community. Not only that, I know that learning never stops, and so I look towards my future years as a student to take on new journeys of revelation.

Piano Man (Last time dancing it version)

I wrote this parody song for my dance partner, Chris, when we competed with a duet back in high school. It was our first year as a duo and every time I think back to it, I smile with delight. We got to dance to “Piano Man” by Billy Joel and it was some of my most enjoyable moments onstage. Video link here.

May 30, 2015:

(to the tune of Piano Man)
It’s (around) 9 pm on a Sunday,
The younger tappers shuffle in,
There’s a special boy sitting next to me,
Making love to his rum and gin.
Now Lisa is hard core teacher,
Who never has time for fun,
And she’s talking with Ginette,
Who’s new to the scenète,
But knows that it’s not for life.
Now Ashley is practicing fouettés,
As her mom calls her on the phone.
Yes, she left at the studio with loneliness,
But it’s better than being at school.
(Instrumental music)
Now the bow ties look like a carnival,
And the lifts look like we’ve had some beers,
But we move to the song, and laugh the whole time, and I say “Man, I love dancing here.”

🙂

A thank you note to the creators of Kim Possible

Dear Bob Schooley and Mark McCorkle,

Thank you for making a television show with a female protagonist.

That’s just the surface level, though, because I recently looked back at the recurring themes and character developments that went on during the course of the series and wanted to touch upon the significance of Kim Possible as a role model to young kids.

When I think about how important it is to create a television show for children, I remind myself that the people in charge of producing, writing and animating/directing are usually well into their adult lives. That means that they are having to think through the mind of a child, who could be almost a third their age. The way that kids adapt to growing up is influenced by the storylines of their favourite TV characters; the choices they make come from subconsciously remembering what happened on their television screen. Therefore, the delicate effort that must be made by the executives at Disney or Family Channel has an intense weight on the audience that is targeted. I take this to heart because I have always wanted my parents to be happy with the shows I watched. Or else, they wouldn’t let me watch. Makes sense, right? Being a kid was so simple.

Thankfully, Kim Possible was a great show for kids. It included action-packed scenes of unique adventures each episode. It included a hilarious dynamic between super-heroine and male sidekick that developed into a loving and successful partnership. It included villains that were of different cultural backgrounds, giving kids a view into their respective countries. It included a young protagonist that used her martial arts skills to launch her own company that was promoted by herself, along with her technologically-advanced computer guy. A naked mole rat came into this equation, as well. How you, as the creative team of this show, did all this and ran for 4 seasons with 2 movies is very impressive.

If I analyze Shego’s character, I can see how she is actually the most progressive role model for young children. She has powers and skills that match her to Kim Possible but she was a villain. Shego took matters into her own hands; her neon green hands that spew gas and other cool stuff (my younger self is coming out). One of my favourite episodes of the series is the Season 2 spectacle called “Go Team Go” where we are treated to the backstory of Shego and her crazy family of superheros. This narrative changed the game for me because it shows the audience that villains have intentions behind their decisions. It reminds me of “The Incredibles”. We can never relate good vs evil to a black and white concept due to the fact that so many people just want what they want. Shego was always a bad-ass biotch, but she wanted more for herself. She saw her potential.

Ron was such a great comic relief because he was able to take any dangerous situation into a neutral zone. Nothing stopped him from laughing or screaming about Kim’s adventures, and however he reacted was just how he was. It defined his character to be open about his emotions, a quality that isn’t usually explored with boys. The relationship between Kim and Ron grew so gracefully, as well, throughout the series. Initially, they were too mixed up for each other, and would never work as love interests. However, they took time to build a trust with one another and that is truly a mature choice for teenagers. She chose the nice guy who was scared to death most of the time. He chose the aggressive and busy girl who was secretive. What a balance between the two. Also, Will Friedle is my ultimate crush so BIG thank you for that! ❤

All in all, this series has a level of education that is so fitting for kids and honestly, I wish it still ran on television programming. I still like watching it. If there’s one thing to take away from it, one should always strive to do the impossible.

I want to extend my appreciativeness to the whole cast and crew behind this show for letting me into the world of Kim Possible and influencing a whole generation.

Love Brianna