Through someone else's eyes

                 I've always wondered what it'd be like to see the world from someone else's perspective. What do they see? Do they see things differently than I do? Do they feel different when they look at something? It'd be interesting to see what other people see. I think it'd give you a totally different outlook on life. Maybe if you looked at something through the eyes of a baby things would seem so much different. Or if you looked through the eyes of an older person who has been on this earth more than double your entire life. 

               Maybe you'd see people differently. Like the people you know would be different from a totally different perspective. I think in life, people see things totally different. To you, a painting of an ocean may just be a painting of an ocean, but to someone else it might bring back memories of vacations as a child. Or to you, a piece of clothing may be ugly and not your taste, but someone else may love it. 

             It'd be even more interesting to be blind for a day. Just to see what it's like for people who can't see anything. The people who rely on their other senses to describe the world. We associate the smell of cookies in the oven with a round, yummy looking object,  but to a blind person it'd just be something that smells, or tastes good. 

            It's all about perspective and how you look at things. How you look at life. Everybody is different. Two people may look at one thing and see two totally different things. On one hand somebody could see something wonderful, while on the other hand someone could see something painful or sad. 

          Maybe two different people could look at me and see two totally different things. Somebody could see just another girl, while someone else may be able to see me. The real me. I know I've seen people differently than say, my brothers. To them the pond in our backyard is just a place to cast out their fishing poles and hope for the best. To me, it's a sparkly, iridescent pond that I take too many pictures of. 

       That's why a lot of misunderstandings happen in my opinion. It depends on your perspective. Sometimes things can be perfectly innocent but the way you see it may not be so innocent. Perspective is important and when you're in a bad situation or a fight with someone you have to look at it from their point of view.


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            I'm fourteen years old. I act like I'm a lot older. I've been told that many times before and I've noticed it. Maybe it's because I've spent a lot of time around adults. Maybe it's because I'm freakishly mature for my age. Who knows? Honestly, sometimes I say things and am like, "I'm talking like I'm ninety-five years old and have seen all there is to see in the world." In reality, I haven't seen much. I've seen a lot of the United States, but that's due to the fact that I've moved around a lot all my life. There's so much to see in the world. I want to see it. I want to travel. 

         I think about my future a lot. Everyone tells me I have so much time to decide what to do with my life but, I want a plan. I want to discover what I want to do at an early age so I can pursue it now. Even if it's just by knowing what I'm going to do and aiming for it. I'm a grade ahead of where I'm supposed to be in school because I started a year early. I was jealous of my brother doing school or something. I have three years left of school. Three. It seems like a lot but, I know it's going to fly by. Before I know it, I'll be graduating high school and going out into the "real world." It scares me to a certain degree. Relying on myself to support myself, or even going away somewhere to college. Honestly, I've had a million ideas of what I want to do. One day I want to be a marine biologist, then the next a nurse, then I want to go to culinary school, the list goes on. I've come to the conclusion that, once I find what I'm meant to do, I'll know and there will be no question whether I should do it or not. 

      I want to do something to change the world. Just make the world maybe a teeny bit better. Not to leave a legacy behind or to get recognition for anything I do because, that's just not who I am. I want to do something to better the world because, it wouldn't hurt anyone. I don't want a career that's going to make me tons of money. I want something that's going to make the world a better place. Even for just one person. Just to touch someone's life even a little bit. 

    Next year I'll be fifteen (obviously) and that's kind of crazy to me because, it feels like I was just ten years old. That was four years ago. Four years ago I started blogging. Almost four years ago I started talking to my best friend Anne. It's just crazy how fast time flies.

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                              But the Lord said to Samuel, "Do not consider his                    
              appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The
              Lord does not look at the things people look at. People
              look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the  
                     1 Samuel 16:7

        I was reading my Bible the other day and happened to come upon this verse. The last part stood out to me. "People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart." I had read this verse before, but I never really read it for real. I had skimmed across it, but never took in the actual meaning. 

                So many of us are insecure about how we look.  We think we weigh too much or too little. Or maybe we should put makeup on to cover that little blemish up. Or our clothes aren't "stylish" enough. In reality, who are we trying to please? Our goal in this life should be to please God. Serve God. When we think about our outward appearance, we're trying to please people. I'm not saying you shouldn't take pride in your appearance, I'm saying it just doesn't matter nearly as much as having a good heart. You should take pride in your appearance but, you shouldn't let it consume your every thought. Because, in the end, what matters more? That you looked good on the outside or that you had a good heart on the inside? Personally, I'd rather be known for having a good heart than wearing the latest designer clothes or how well my makeup was done.

              Why do people look at the outward appearance anyway? Because we've been told by television, magazines and movies all our lives that we need to look our best, and be a size two but make sure we're healthy all at the same time? Those models out there on magazines aren't as healthy as you might think. Yeah, they have "gorgeous" bodies and yeah, they seem flawless. They're beautiful, but everyone's beautiful. Not just them.  

             My whole life, I've felt like people have been telling me I need to be this and I need to be that. No, I need to be me. I need to be a person who has a servant's heart and lives for God. People shouldn't define us. God's love defines us. Because his love for us is so strong, he died for us. How many people will do that for you? Honestly? You shouldn't be defined by what society thinks of you. Or what t.v. and movies and magazines tell you you should be. 

           I want to have a good heart. I want to work harder on having a good heart and a steady relationship with the one who died for me than on my outward appearance. I'm a teenage girl so obviously I am going to obsess over my appearance. All of us do and will, but why? Why do we obsess over it so much. In the long run, our appearance doesn't matter. Only we do. Our personalities and what we do for God matters. Because that's why we're here. To serve God. We have free will to choose what to do. 

          I didn't write this to tell you what I think you should do. I wrote this because I'm telling you my opinion. This verse is amazing when you really look at the meaning behind it. God doesn't care what we look like. He doesn't care if we have messy hair, and no makeup and we hang out in sweat pants all day. If you have a good heart, your outward appearance doesn't matter. Besides, who cares if you hang out in sweat pants all day? They're comfy! And you're still just as amazing whether you're wearing sweatpants or designer jeans.

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Me :)

         I'm Kelsey. I know you probably already know who I am but, this is me. This is my blog. I'm reintroducing myself to you. Because, I've gotten way off track with blogging. 

        Who am I? I'm the girl who calls animals Mr. or Miss or Mrs. when she sees them (i.e. Hello Mr Turtle). I'm the girl who's favorite animals are owls and turtles just because they're adorable. I'm the girl who'd rather take pictures than have pictures taken of myself. I'm the girl who hates mayonnaise unless it's mixed in with something. I'm too dramatic. I have to wear two different socks or I get REALLY annoyed. I get ideas for random stories and write part of them but then totally forget about them. I take hundreds of pictures of the sky, and grass, and ponds. I don't look for good looking guys when I'm out and about because I'm too busy acting like a dork. I don't have any sisters, just two brothers. I'm a middle child. I treat my eight year old dog like he's a puppy. I get excited about things that don't really matter to other people. My wonderful best friend lives two thousand miles away from me. I sing very loudly in the shower and don't care if I'm bad or good. I do tons of extra school because I'm homeschooled and just wanna get it done for the summer. I love all seasons for different reasons (excuse the awkward rhyme there). My favorite feature of mine is my eyes. I never let my toenails go unpainted because if they are, I think they look naked. I read books A LOT! My birthday is in May. I love pretzels. Candy is a major guilty pleasure of mine. I could go on but, I think that'll suffice. So there's me :) 

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