Introduce Yourself: Hi, my name is Valerie Morris (Val for short) and I’m a 19 year old college student. I’m currently studying to become a paleontologist, but I really don’t know if that’s what I want in life. I love the field work, but I also want to become a high-school teacher and try to inspire kids to follow their dreams. Life’s been weird because of it.
Thoughts On People In The World?: People are simply people. There are good, bad, and inbetweeners and honestly, I try not to pay attention to it so much anymore. Once you draw attention away from yourself and focus on people in the world, you lose sight of yourself and who you are. I’ve been losing sight of myself lately and I’m finding that it’s due to people across this globe who I desperately want to be like. I may never be like them because I am me, and that is absolutely okay
What are your inspirations & goals?: My inspirations and goals come solely from those closest to me – so my parents and my boyfriend. My parents missed out on college because they had to grow up fast at such a young age. They inspire me to do my best in life and make goals for my future. I know it’s quite the cliché to say that a boyfriend inspires someone so much, but seriously this man is incredible. He helped me to set my goals (which are to focus on bettering myself financially and make myself into a better adult and overall person) and he’s been through so much with me. I’m so thankful for it all.
How would you impact the world?: If I could, I’d change everyone’s heart to be more kind and passionate towards each other and toward our environment. Our world is hurting because we’re not taking care of it. We have only one Earth, and we only have one of us. Like our planet, we are incredibly unique. We have different ideas and goals and so much to us that make us human. I don’t understand why people hate so much because of this. If we didn’t shut each other out and tried to at least listen to each other (even when you don’t like what the other person says) I think our world would be such a better place.
Struggles In Life? : ’ve been quite fortunate to not have many struggles in life that others have had. But the one large one that stands out to me is trying to love myself after being hurt so much from other people. I have such a happy exterior but many don’t know how much I hate the way I look. There’s so much I wish I could change and I can’t stand anything about me. My boyfriend tells me I’m beautiful at least 90 times a day, but I can’t believe him. My spirit has been broken so many times that at this point, I just don’t see anything anymore. I’m trying more and more to love myself but there are many times when I don’t. But it’s all about getting through those days, looking yourself in the mirror and saying “You are unique, and those beautiful flaws of yours define you. They make you stronger and so much more rare in this world.”
How do you feel about yourself? Any changes you would make? : Even through all of the struggles and hardships I’ve faced, I’d never change anything. Everything leading up to this point has shaped me to be the individual I am today and honestly, I’m so much better because of those things.
What does love mean to you?: Love to me means a lot of different things. For example, there’s the love two close friends (be it same sex or not) have between each other. Like two siblings found each other. But there’s also the romantic love two people share between each other. But one thing I want to be clear about is the difference between lust and love. Love is when you see your significant other and everything becomes better, like the blood in your veins just picked up and is strengthening you. You care about them and want them to succeed in everything they do. Lust is when you want them, but you don’t exactly care about much else. You only think short term, not long in a lustful state. And everyone – please don’t give yourself to someone who only wants part of you and not all of you. You’re too damn important for that crap!
Name : Valerie Morris (or Val)
Instagram : @vmo100