This is Chienyn Chi. I blog about spirituality (Christianity), literature, International Photography( sometimes of Asia and Europe), and International Art. I am moving to Austin, Texas for a Phd degree in Comparative Literature at the University of Texas at Austin. I like to read literatures in Chinese, English, and French. I'm originally from Taipei Taiwan, but I have been living in the U.S for awhile. I travel a lot and I like watching movies. Ask me anything. I'm friendly.
I feel sucky today. I just want to be happy. I feel like something is lost or maybe something is missing in me. I feel sucky. I always think I was less lost in the past. But then, I just might be delusional and nostalgic of a better time. It’s not that I don’t know myself. Well… I think I know myself. I know myself, but I don’t act like myself. I hide myself. I second-guess myself. I feel like I lose myself sometimes so I can do good in life, to get things in life, have a job, have friends, be successful. Yes, I reject myself in favor of others, of standards, of the life I lead, in order to be accepted. I am ashamed of a part of myself because a part of my self is a crazy ball of mess with desires, fears, angers, honest, hurtful truth and opinions. I just mute it all. Because I’m introspective an doubtful, I think to myself, I am not necessarily right? and don’t be so self-absorbed! I want to express myself but is there ever expressing yourself too much? I hate those people who overshare who impose their beliefs on you, but I love those people who know who they are and are true to themselves. Self-reliant. Strong. and I dislike those people who have no backbones and get super weak and reliant on others. Is there a balance? All three are within me and within the people that surround me. I just wish we can always be the strong, self-reliant self assured version. I wish I can become like people like that. I keep thinking I used to be them. But maybe I was never them and now I need to try to be them. and maybe I am getting there. I feel like a fragile caterpillar that can’t break out of her cocoon because I’m afraid. because I’m a weird person.
Selfie: 2013’s Word of the Year
The publishers of the Oxford English Dictionary gave their yearly top honors to the word “selfie” today, in an announcement that somehow, was not accompanied by a selfie.
So what was the organization’s rationale?
"It seems like everyone who is anyone has posted a selfie somewhere on the Internet. If it is good enough for the Obamas or the pope, then it is good enough for Word of the Year."
And for a bit of little-known trivia: The term was born in Australia, where the suffix “-ie” is commonly used. From the 2002 ABC forum posting that reportedly birthed the word, documenting a drunken accident:
“Um, drunk at a mates 21st, I tripped ofer [sic] and landed lip first (with front teeth coming a very close second) on a set of steps. I had a hole about 1cm long right through my bottom lip. And sorry about the focus, it was a selfie.”
Photos: L’Osservatore Romano / Associated Press, NASA