Introduce Yourself: Hey everyone, my name is Raychel Duncan. I’m 23 years old and I live in Texas where I am currently getting my Masters degree in Social Work before (hopefully) moving on to my PhD in Social Psychology. Aside from planning to be in school for the rest of my life, I’m a pretty average girl. I enjoy reading way too many books, listening to copious amounts of music, and documenting my life through pictures that mean something to me, that way I can remember these moments for years and years to come.
Thoughts On People In The World?: I think the world today has turned into this crazy place where so much emphasis is placed on the wrong things. Don’t get me wrong, I love to read about celebrity gossip as much as the next person; but why are we focusing on who’s wearing what, when we SHOULD be focusing on the discrimination, anger, and hurt that is being projected onto groups in society? Why are we focusing on who someone is dating when we SHOULD be focusing on the people around the world who need our help? Maybe it’s because we are too scared to admit that our world is broken, and too ashamed to know that it is our actions that have broken it; or maybe it’s because it’s easier to focus on these insignificant and happy things, rather than facing the turmoil in our governments and the hate being projected in the media. That being said, I think that this world could be an incredible place. I know that there are so many people in it who want to change the status quo. And I think that this time in society is going to bring about that change. Despite the horrendous traumas that have impacted our society, it is these events that are going to bring about the greatest warriors. The people who are suffering are also the people taking a stand, and I am one of the many who is willing to stand with them, and I think that is just amazing.
What are your inspirations & goals?: Honestly, I have never liked this question; not because it’s a bad question, but because I never have an answer for it. I can honestly say that I have no idea what I want to do with my life, and you know what? That’s ok! It took me an insanely long time to come to terms with the fact that it is perfectly acceptable to NOT know what you want to do, or where you want to end up. All that matters is that you become the person who you wish to be, and that you’re happy. I know that I love interacting with people and listening to them about their achievements and struggles; it’s why I was drawn to the social work/psychology field. I also know that I want to help change the world, in whatever way I can; even if that means only changing one person’s world. I want to live a life that showcases my love for others and if possible, makes a change in our society/world today. Ultimately though, I just want to be happy, and have fun. This is the only life I get, and finally, I am ok with saying that I simply want to have fun and be happy. I think showing others that having that thought is ok, is one of the best impacts I can make. People need to stop living to make others happy and proud, and start living for themselves! Why do we all weigh ourselves down with anxiety and fear of what others think, when we should purely be living and doing whatever makes us the happiest?
How would you impact the world?: Does anyone ever really know how they will impact the world? I would hope that I impact it in a positive way. I guess the dream would be to impact the world through my writing or my photography; I started my blog (that I should really get back on top of) as a cathartic way to express my emotions and the situations happening in my life, but it turned into something more; I’ve received comments and messages from people about how they were going through something similar and that it was nice not to feel so alone, or to see their pain, happiness, anger, whatever, expressed in words. I love writing and pouring my heart out, but I love it even more when I see how it can help and impact others. It’s the same with my photography. I fell in love with taking pictures and loved seeing the beautiful photos I could create even with just my cellphone. I think that my favorite thing about photography is how it’s possible to capture the beauty in even the simplest things when you look at it through the right angle. I think the same mindset can be projected into the world. Yes, horrible things are happening and they need to stop, but by turning your head (or your mind) just a bit, you can overcome the anger and the pain that you feel, and focus those emotions into a powerful force to help others. You can turn something horrible, into a beautiful movement. I want to impact people in the world by helping them express themselves, and by helping them see the beauty in even the simplest things. I want them to channel their emotions into making the world into the loving and indescribable place that I know it has the potential to be.
Struggles In Life? : Of course, I think we all have struggles in life, but I’ve learned that it’s better to focus on how I’ve overcome my struggles rather than the negatives of the situations themselves.
How do you feel about yourself? Any changes you would make? : It’s taken me a long time, but I can honestly say that I finally feel good about myself and who I am. Sure, I am always going to want to change something physical about my appearance, but I think that who I am as a person, and how I treat others matters more than how I look.
What does love mean to you?: This is such a loaded question… Love is something that I’ve never lacked in life, but it’s also something that I haven’t ever fully experienced. I think that there are many types of love: familial love, romantic love, passionate love, and that type of love where you would do anything for that other person. I admit that I am a romantic at heart, so I am waiting for that great love story to happen to me someday, where someone comes and sweeps me off my feet and makes me feel happier and safer than I’ve ever felt before. Until then, I know that I’ve got love everywhere else in my life; I have incredible friends and an amazing family. In the end, I think that love means a feeling of peace, happiness, and safety. There’s a certain vulnerability that comes with being around someone you love, and I think that love is itself the feeling of being ok with that vulnerability and allowing it to be seen by someone who you know would never hurt you. That’s what love is to me.
Name : Raychel Duncan
Instagram : @raychelduncan