Use Your Illusion is an album by Guns and Roses. The album is great and the cover is pretty awesome but I think I would like to talk about the title of the album. Use Your Illusion. (What I’m about to say has nothing to do with the interpretation of this particular album, just the title) (no offense, Guns and Roses is a fabulous band, I am a vet big fan)
When I first saw this title, they first thing that came to my mind was “use your imagination!”. We have been told this by teachers, adults, caretakers all throughout our childhood. When we were stuck on a writing assignment or bored with nothing to do. Always use our “imagination” to solve our own problems. Ahhhh, but the twist. What is the illusion. What’s the difference between imagination and illusion?
Imagination- the faculty or action of forming new ideas, or images or concepts of external objects not present to the senses.
Illusion- a thing that is or is likely to be wrongly perceived or interpreted by the senses.
Imagination is not present to our sense while illusion is merely perceived by our senses. Could our imagination simply be an illusion? Or our illusion be imagination?
Surely, when we use imagination as children, we think of dragons and princess in far away lands. But this is all an illusion. Children pretend. Adults pretend.
Below is the album cover for Use Your Illusion
Naked Vegas. It’s a small tv show but I think it is a huge topic. The tv show is about a group of canvas artists who paint of naked models. Most people would like to not talk about this. Most people probably think it’s wrong to use girls bodies as something to stare at. I believe this is not the case. I think its a statement. “Your body is a temple”. This society has evolved into a mindset that he naked body can only mean one thing….. Which I will not say because I am school appropriate. I think you can do whatever the heck you want with your body! Man, if you wanna get tattoos all up in your face, do it. You might look pretty silly but who cares if that’s what makes you happy. If you want to be turned into a work of art, do it. Interpretation of art is not limited. Society has proved that. If you do not consider this art, you do not understand that art has no limitations. Naked Vegas is a great show for making a statement. These group of artists are doing exactly what futurist music composers did at the turn of the twentieth century. They composed music that was unheard of. They broke all the rule. They uses machines and patterns that stressed the ear. And the product, the music you listen to today. It is completely different and it has evolved into something that has benefited many people.
“When we are no longer able to change a situation- we are challenged to change ourselves.”
So I thought I would try something new. I looked up the quote of the day from brainy quote. Sometimes the quote I cannot relate or it does not make sense. Today quote, February 28th, 2014, I found something enlightening. This statement is true in so many ways. Trying to get out of a bad situation is no always the solution. Sometimes, as a human, you must adapt. You must adapt to what you are given. This could be true for something as simple driving in the snow. If you hate snow and what it does to your car, don’t turn into a bad mood, assuming your day is ruined. Look at different possibilities. You could take a bus, ask a friend for a ride. This quote is all about attitude. What attitude do you have on life? Are you the one to give up quickly, only to get angry? Or are you the person to find a new way of getting things done? It’s all about the attitude and how you view a problem.
If I have learned anything my senior year, it would be why I want this scholarship. Or what am I qualified to be awarded this money. What impact do I make in my community? These questions have circled my mind since I filled out my first scholarship application. I have entered my email more times than words I have written on my blog. Scholarships are a big part of going to college and the small ones are important too. Sure, academic scholarships are easy when you studied hard in high school. But after that, you are stuck with the same essay questions over and over and over. What makes you above the rest of the applicants? How are you different? Am I? Am I different than the rest of the students who just want money to be able to go to college? Sure, others need it more than myself. But I’ve worked hard for this. These kind of questions circle my mind every weekend as I google search for more nation wide scholarships. How am I different?
Craving sunshine. Is it possibly to escape this cold weather. Mother Nature teases us with warm, sunny days. It doesn’t seem right to have been put through a horrible winter and Not be able to escape. I am so hungry for just a little warm weather, I had forgotten there was life underneath all this snow.
Warm weather will be the cure to all the blues. Everyone is sick and ready to graduate but I know if we just had one week of wonderful sunshine, everyone would be in a better mood. This winter has made us forget. Forget what it is like to roll your windows down. To enjoy running errands. Staying up late because the sun hasn’t set, so why should I?