Avatar: The Last Airbender, debuted on Nickelodeon in 2005. It's intended audience was for ages between 6 and 11, but they gained attention from all age ranges. The narrative behind the show is that their world is divided up into four nations: the Water Tribes, the Earth Kingdom, the Air Nomads, and the Fire Nation. Each has its own element and the people of that nation are known as "benders" because they can control their element. Inside of these nations are also people that don't have these abilities, sometimes called "nonbenders". Each generation has one person that can manipulate all for of these elements, the "Avatar". This individual also has a strong connection to spirits and their past reincarnations. Once an Avatar dies, their powers are passed down to the next Avatar of the next nation. The Avatar is seen as the link between the mortal world and the spirit world, therefore has abilities some benders don't. They serve as the symbol of order between all of the nations and are meant to keep the world in peace with each other. In this series in particular we follow Avatar Aang, the last surviving air bender, and his journey around the world to learn all four elements. Not only does the show have a great story, but it also has influences from our culture and entirely new ideas only seen on Avatar: The Last Airbender.
One summer, a friend and I decided to explore an abandoned psychiatric hospital that was set to me torn down in the fall. We did some quick research on the place and found out that it’s patrolled quite often and so technically, it would be trespassing if we were caught. It would take us about a 20 minute walk through the woods to get to one side of the large group of buildings and we had to do it in our pants and long sleeves to avoid being seen and protect ourselves from the thick woods. I had to bring my camera too, everything was so morbid and it seemed as though the place had just been picked up in one day and abandoned. There were so many buildings to explore. A men’s ward, women’s ward, recreation building, a building for the criminal insane, a few other buildings for medical, and of course the morgue.
There are ads everywhere telling you that you can make extra cash by staying home and clicking on a few links or playing some app. But how many of them actually payoff in the long run? It’s easy to be skeptical about things like this, mostly because half of them are just spam and the other half are ‘earn a dollar in a month’ types. Work has been glued into our minds to be a nine to five shift at some place serving some people, not stay in your pajamas all day working at your computer or on your phone. For some people, working alone in your own home sounds like a dream come true. But for others not so much, some people need the everyday rhythm of getting up and going to work or the need to socialize. During the beginning of Covid quarantine I was living it up. I got to stay home and do whatever I wanted, stay up however late I wanted, and sleep however late I wanted. But one of my roommates was having a much harder time than I was. He got restless over time and needed to be able to work again to feel like he had a life again. For me and others, a perfectly happy life would be not leaving my house for most days of the week.
I’ve always seen tattoos as being a piece of artwork or a memory that you like to look at so much that you decided to keep it on your body forever. They are like that shirt you thought looked super cool on you in high school, so you decided to wear it over and over again until your mom snuck into your room while you were sleeping to wash the disgusting thing(true story). My generating likes to look at tattoos as a sign of how cool you are. You got your first tattoo and are now branded as the badass in your friend group. I mean yes, tattoos are totally cool, but that doesn’t mean you’re the most interesting person to walk the planet. Anyone over 18 can walk into a tattoo shop, flip through a book, and pick out the cute butterfly tattoo they have always wanted. What’s really special is when you see that piece of artwork and you know there has to be a good backstory behind it. I’m not one to judge your choice of tattoo (unless it’s deserved), my first tattoo when I turned 18 was anchor on my wrist. So cool and unique right? It doesn’t have a backstory or anything cool about it, it was just 18 year old me deciding I wanted to be cool and picked a symbol out that I liked.