A Light in the Attic

Morgan Ashleigh. 22. INFJ. Philadelphia area. Illustration major. Intersectional Feminist. Black and Cherokee. Open-minded.

I post about things I like, including but not limited to art, music, cooking, human rights, science and history. I would be more than happy to be your friend.

"The greatest thing you'll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return"
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28. If you could choose to live forever, would you? Why or why not?

I would not choose to live forever. The secret of my immortality and having to change my identity every so often would be too much for me to bear. The negative world events would outweigh the good for me. I think would remember how I outlived all of my loved ones. The pain of this combined with the atrocities that mankind commits would be too great.

The song Sleep Forever by Portugal. the Man explains my thoughts perfectly.

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26. Choose two: mentally stable, intelligent, attractive. Explain why you chose those two.

For who? Myself or a potential mate? Personality is what matters to me. so I say mentally stable and intelligent. They are both things I strive to be and traits I seek in a mate. I hate questions like this. Honestly, everyone can’t be perfect, and people’s personalities are not always strongly influenced by these two traits. No one cares about my opinion on this. Everyone knows the answer they “should” pick and would only answer with those as to not seem demanding and shallow.

25. Would you rather date someone plain with an amazing personality or someone beautiful with a plain personality?

I’d definitely rather date a guy with an amazing personality. That means everything to me. I create relationships with people based on their personality as most people do. I’m honestly intimidated by attractive guys, so we’d literally have nothing to talk about since I have zero social skills. If I like a guy’s personality (such as if they’re courteous, and can make me laugh) and we have common interests, then they’re date material to me and instantly that much more attractive.  Looks can get me interested but personality makes me stay. 

24. How attractive do you consider yourself?

Lol what kind of question is this?

I don’t think I’m hideous, or hot shit either. I have my good days and bad days with self-esteem, everyone does. I think I’m average, it’s good to be humble in my opinion.

23. Are you a fan of art? If so, who is your favorite artist? What artisitic movement do you prefer?

art is my main squeeze. I absolutely love it, and don’t limit my definition of it. If you follow my blog closely enough, you’ll know that I want to be Frida Kahlo when I grow up. haha

I really like impressionism, post impressionism and pointillism for it’s brush techniques, subjects, portrayals and use of color. I also like symbolism because it’s not straight forward.

22. What subject did you exceed in at school?

Usually social studies (surprise), art depending on the teacher. I was okay at science and english. I hated math cause I was never interested in it, and never any good at it ever. What a boring question. Next!

21. Do you want children? Why or why not?

Currently, I don’t see myself having kids in the future. I love little kids though. I love their perspective on things, and teaching them things I thought was neat when I was little. I feel that if I ever did settle down with a nice guy (or decide to be a single mom, who knows)  that I’d either turn into my mom (who was verbally abusive) or mess them up some other way (but I guess it’s impossible to not have issues) I don’t have great people skills as it is. I’m only 19 though. Who knows, when I get older I may want them.

20. Would you consider yourself an optimist or a realist? Why?

I’m a bit of both. Ever since I can remember, my parents have been frank with me about things and would just explain that this is the way things were. Throughout my childhood, I used to get really down about certain situations and things I couldn’t change. I feel as though because my parents were so frank with me, I began to take things negatively as if they were saying “this is how things are and they’re not going to get better.” I realized that I was making myself miserable, so I tried to be positive. I became a bit naive though. Now that I’m older, I’m somewhere in between (like,  here’s the reality of the situation, but I should be positive that there will be a good outcome.)

19. What is your favorite film? Why is it so important to you?

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. It’s a genre of movie that follows a main character’s life and the quirky characters that enter and exit it, some others movies in that genre being Forrest Gump and Big Fish (both of which I love) but one thing sets it apart from other movies. 

I have so much to say about this movie but I feel that if I go on for too long, my point will be lost. I read the short story written by F. Scott Fitzgerald after seeing the movie, and I favor the movie over the book. The world around Benjamin (fashion, pop culture, music) was so accurately portrayed. Not to mention, Alexandre Desplat is amazing at creating a soundtrack that complements the visualsVisually, the movie is fantastic. Benjamin’s personal thoughts at each age are so relateable. Benjamin’s romance with Daisy is one of the main focuses of the movie unlike the short story. It’s simply beautiful; not perfect but beautiful. This was a movie that provided one of many wake-up calls that were much needed, even though it didn’t directly impact me. To date, no movie has made me cry more that this one. What really struck a cord with me was when he writes a letter to his daughter about what he’s been through and what his hopes are for her, as it’s contents are exactly what my dad would say (it made me realize that I was taking him for granted). also, I loved the themes such as not retaliating when someone does you wrong, showing people you care, living life to the fullest, accepting and remembering those who come and leave throughout life, the importance of learning and experiencing life while you can, and being able to start over to become what makes you happy. Its messages have stuck with me since I first saw it and no other movie has done so.

18. If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would it be? What would you say to them or ask them?

Without a doubt, I’d want to meet Frida Kahlo, and we’d sit in the courtyard of La Casa Azul, smoking and drinking tea while discussing her outlook on life. That’s what led her to paint the subject matters and in the style that she did which is so interesting to me. I just loved how her mind worked. (If you ever get the chance, read the book that is her published diary, she had interesting things to say.) We’d also talk about how she felt about the government, communism, treatment of indigenous peoples, and her relationship with Diego of course. Then hopefully we’d go to a party with her artist or communist friends. Frida went to the best parties ever.

Other people I’d love to meet are Barack Obama, Amy Winehouse, Sameer Gadhia of Young the Giant, Jimi Hendrix,  Rachel Maddow, John Randolph and ancestors of mine.

17. What do you want to be when you get older? Why did you choose it?

Originally, when I graduated from high school I wanted to be an archaeologist. I was always in love with museums and history since I can remember. I did my research, and most colleges don’t offer an archaeological science major, or many classes in it. Not many colleges have an anthropology major either, but ones that do generally have archaeology included in the curriculum. So I agreed to go to the university I’m going to now (bad move) and figured it would be ok. But it’s not exactly what I wanted. It’s more sociology based and less science/history based and I’m okay with it. I’m mostly taking classes in art, spanish and sociology since the anthropology major has so few classes and students. That raises the questions of what do I want to do now and do I want to transfer? I have no clue.

16. If the world were to end tomorrow, what would you do with your remaining time on earth?

I’d wake up at sunrise and go canoeing at the lake near my house. It’s one of my favorite things to do. Next, I’d empty out my bank account and buy things for the homeless/poor around my town. Then I’d invite people that I’ve lost contact with, my tumblr friends and my current friends and we’d have a picnic on the beach. We’d sing, have a barbecue, smoke, tell stories and then have one giant cuddle puddle.

15. Who is someone you admire? Why?

If you follow my blog closely enough, you’ll know that I reblog a lot of Frida Kahlo because she’s one of many people that inspire me. Besides the fact of how awesome her artwork is, I just love her perspective and interpretation of things. I mean, if you read The Diary of Frida Kahlo, her writing is just so poetic. 

“Nothing is worth more than laughter. It is strength to laugh and to abandon oneself, to be light. Tragedy is the most ridiculous thing.” 

Plus, she didn’t take shit from anyone, and she just kind of dealt with life as it came to her. She was used to pain and just coped. The fact that she didn’t give a fuck about what anyone thought and that she embraced her indigenous Mexican roots during a time when it wasn’t popular, totally disregarded gender binary, and threw the best parties ever is also just so rad.

14. Name things that you do every day.

Now that I’m off for summer break:

  • Wake up around one or two pm
  • Check my email
  • Check instagram
  • Go on tumblr
  • Watch a movie or T.V. show that’s on my to watch list
  • Read part of a book for an hour or so
  • Water the plants
  • Have a cup of tea
  • Practice singing scales
  • Listen to music
  • Talk to friends
  • Organize some part of my room

I’m sorry that you wasted your time reading this list; my life is particularly boring.

30 Day Personal Challenge, Day 13

13. What can you not live without?

music. It inspires me, takes me places I can’t physically visit, and gets me through the day so to speak. 

my friends, Irl and on tumblr. I dunno what I would do without you guys. You literally keep me sane. It’s nice to not have to talk to my parents all the time. Its so awesome to know so many different people.

Food. Just trying new and different food makes me happy. When you can taste all the ingredients in a dish, it’s just so enjoyable. haha it’s an experience. I think I love it a little too much. :P

Sitting outside on warm sunny spring days. That is probably when I’m the happiest.  

Making things. Whether it’s sketching something, painting, making beads, growing flowers, cooking or making art dolls, I just like making things. It’s a creative outlet and I always feel accomplished when I create something.