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My name is Bekah and I am a sophomore here at Butler. I am an Art + Design major and love sewing and being creative. I also love dancing (I'm on dance team!), eating cereal, and shopping at Target.

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Talking Out Loud to Yourself

Happy Friday everyone! Last Saturday I had a lot of me time to wander and think some thoughts and just observe things happening around me. During this time for self-reflection, I readily and happily started talking to myself out loud. Instead of keeping my thoughts cooped up in my brain space, I said them out loud. It felt really great and got me to wondering: if we can sing song lyrics, which are other people’s thoughts, out loud, then why is it considered taboo to speak our own thoughts out loud in the same fashion?

We certainly can speak our thoughts out loud as freely as we choose, but most of the time, it is considered strange or the speaker seems mentally unstable. Consequently, we go around singing song lyrics out loud for people to hear as we are walking to class or wandering aimlessly. Why is it considered more “normal” to say someone else’s thoughts out loud, but not our own? Shouldn’t it be the exact opposite? I think the main reason singing out loud seems more “normal” is because those are someone else’s thoughts. Chances are, someone walking by you hearing you sing probably recognizes the song you’re singing, so it normalizes the process. If you’re muttering something under your breath, but someone else recognizes and identifies with these mutterings, they are less threatening. It becomes less “creepy”.

Image courtesy of Google

Image courtesy of Google

If someone hears you talking out loud to yourself, people will certainly recognize the words you are saying, but they won’t know exactly what you’re talking about as readily as if you were singing. Since what you are saying is a little unknown, someone’s natural inclination is to deem it strange or uncomfortable. Your personal thoughts are less universally recognized than thoughts made popular by the radio, so it is stranger for people to actually hear them when you are alone. We also seem to think it’s okay for someone to sing to themselves or disconnect from reality just because they have white ear buds in their ears. Seeing someone saying something out loud with ear buds in their ears leads us to assume that they’re just a fun-loving guy or gal singing along to some tunes. Just because you don’t have ear buds in your ears as you’re speaking to yourself, people assume it’s not okay or not allowed for you to disconnect in the same way as if you did.

I obviously think deeming talking out loud to oneself as crazy is completely bonkers. If you’ve never wandered around and just said your thoughts out loud or talked openly about something that’s been bothering you recently, I highly suggest you do. There is something incredibly therapeutic and liberating about talking out your concerns with yourself and the world around you as a witness. It feels good, it sounds good, and it is not crazy. Just because nobody else is doing it doesn’t mean it isn’t valid.

Have a great weekend, go talk to yourself, and thanks for reading :)

Thoughts With Bekah

Happy Friday everyone! I was not too sure what to write about today, so I decided to share some random thoughts that I have had recently.

1. Ke$ha makes me want to vomit. I heard “Die Young” yesterday for the first time in a while, and it reaffirmed how much I hate that song. It just makes me angry whenever I hear it. If Ke$ha can be a famous musician, so can I.

2. Putting something in quotations and adding a “…” to the end makes it seem far more dramatic than it needs to. For example: I ate the last cookie. Verses “I ate the last cookie…” The second option seems much for mysterious. Who is the “I” that ate this cookie? Why was this cookie eaten? So.Much.Mystery.

3. Starting a phrase with “and” or “because” adds an infinite number of Internet feels. For example: “I will always love you.” Verses “And I will always love you.” (For extra feels, add a “…” to the end. Oh so dramatic.

4. I would really hate to be a stick of deodorant. This is a strange thought to have, but honestly, what a horrible existence that would be. Sure you would smell nice, but your face would constantly be shoved under someone’s smelly underarms. Ick.

5. I can’t get over the fact we can’t see our own faces. You can see the rest of your body, your arms, legs, torso, etc., but the fact we can’t see our face, one of the most identifiable things about humans, boggles my mind. Yes, you can see your face in the mirror, but it really isn’t your face. It is just a reflection. What if your reflection as you see it is different from how people see you? What if it is similar to how hearing your voice as you speak is different than hearing it on a recording, even though everyone else insists you always sound the same?

Mind blown.

WHAT IF YOUR WHOLE LIFE HAS BEEN A LIE?!?!

I hope you reflect on some of these thoughts and reassess your lives. Have a great weekend and thanks for reading :)