Grammar 101: Your Awesome

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I am not going to lie. When I see grammatical errors, it irks the shit out of me. Yes, I know that rules in languages are everchanging and blah-blah-blah, but I have great admiration for the English language when everything is just — for lack of a better word — correct. What would a language be without its rules? Yes, it would be gibberish.

It doesn’t annoy me to see people type “lyke diz n b all kool, lyke” as much as it makes me want to claw my eyes out when I see something like “your so awesome.”

I think, for my own sanity, I need to explain this seemingly rocket-sciency difficult concept.

You’re = you are

You’re is a contraction (ie. shortened version) of you are. If what you are trying to say is “you are [blah-blah-blah],” then you are looking to use you’re.

For example:

1) You are a great person. = You’re a great person.

2) You are weird. = You’re weird.

3) You are awesome. = You’re awesome. (NOT “your awesome.” So yes, my title is disgustingly incorrect.)

Your is a possessive.

You use your when you are claiming ownership for something.

For example:

1) Is that your cat? (You are claiming ownership of the cat.)

2) This is your pile of dirty laundry. (You are claiming ownership of the pile.)

3) Your awesome dog peed on me. (You are claiming ownership of the awesome dog.)

I hope this has shed some light on the mind-numbing You’re vs. Your issue. For the love of good grammar, let’s just promise each other to never commit such a heinous crime again. Deal?

Lookit me! I’m a volleyball playa.

I am the most unathletic person. Ever. To this day, I still do not enjoy any kind of sport whatsoever. I mean, I did have a phase of attending personal training sessions at the gym. But even now I think back and wonder why in God’s name did I put my body through all that pain? I sincerely commend my body for not giving up on me. (Except for those two times that I pushed past my limit and threw up. Yeah, embarrassing. But I was told that you know you’ve worked your body hard enough if you’ve thrown up. Who knew?)

I guess I wasn’t always unathletic. When I was younger, I had attempted to channel my inner Serena Williams…somewhat. I participated in gym (or, God forbid, I’d get a low mark on my report card) and joined after-school sports teams (to be with my oh-so-cool friends).

I forgot how important it was back then to fit in. Otherwise, I would have never subjected myself to such humiliation and joined those stupid sports teams. I was never good enough (or cool enough) to be on the starting line-up. I only ever got substituted in when we were definitely winning, and the coaches didn’t want to be bitches and not let the benched girls play. I repeatedly made a fool of myself in front of everyone with my wannabe skills. If I could only go back in time to pat Past Me on the back and congratulate her for stepping out of her comfort zone for the sake of fitting in. Oh, the pains of being 12 years old.

Most of the time, the coaches were very (superficially) supportive and (superficially) encouraged teamwork and fun. I mean, you wouldn’t want to traumatize grade school kids over a stupid game, would you?

Oh, wait. Yeah, you would. At least this dick of a volleyball coach did. And I believe I must credit this dude for being the reason I’ve hated particpating in sports ever since.

Red flag #1: An old man, well in his 50’s, was coaching a bunch of little girls. Not creepy at all.

Red flag #2: He was known for being a huge flirt. Oh, yes. The students loved seeing his wrinkly 50-year-old hands all over the school librarian. *Gag*.

Red flag #3: When we lost a game one time, he bashed the entire team (of innocent little girls) for how shittily we played and how we should be ashamed of ourselves.

Red flag #4: At the next practice, he announced that he was not apologizing for the things he had said and confirmed that we were, indeed, little shits.

Lesson: Do not let old men coach little girls because it is creepy, and they are old, and they are assholes. K thanks.

(P.S. I’m not trying to offend any old men out there. I’m really just talking shit about this one particular old man. If you are an old man, just don’t be an asshole, for the sake of the reputation of all old men.)

How to Change the World

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I believe that a person cannot change the world. Before you curse me for being a “negative nelly,” allow me to explain.

“I want to change the world” is quickly turning into the most overrated phrase spoken by our generation. Trust me. I’ve heard the phrase being used in response to “why do you want to work at Bath & Body Works?” I don’t want to immediately call bullshit when someone says that, but…really now?

I believe that any one person can accomplish great things. Any one person is capable of creating movements and making positive differences. And that is exactly my point. One person can make a difference. And that, in turn, contributes to the changing of the world.

I believe that changing the world is a collective effort as a result of all people making a positive difference in their own way. Let’s take a restaurant business, for example. First, you have a pretty hostess who seats you and turns you over to a friendly server. The server turns your order over to the chefs in the kitchen. After you’re done eating, the bus boy clears your table for you and brings your dirty dishes to the dishwasher. And you have the manager who leads the team. Your dining experience is fabulous because of the collective efforts of each team member. Not one of them can say that s/he is solely the one responsible for the makings of this great restaurant.

You guys beginning to understand me? Each of us as individuals can make a positive difference. And all these little differences contribute to the notion of changing the world as a whole. So when one person tells me that s/he wants to change the world, it makes me think, “What makes you so great that you can accomplish what is supposed to be a group effort?”

We should be taught to “make a difference” instead of to “change the world.” We should not be taught to be competitive and try to outshine each other to see who could change the world “better.” We should be taught to join up with other people who also want to make a difference in the world so we can change it together.

Sure, you can blame it all on semantics. Whatever. But without semantics, people would be saying shit like “colourless green ideas sleep furiously”. What does that even mean? All I’m saying is that I don’t believe that one person alone can change the whole world. Each person makes a difference so that we all change it together. That’s all. After all, we’re in this together, aren’t we?