An autobiography of sorts
My name is Sebastian Blum. Since this is an autobiography of sorts, I will now tell you a little about myself in order for you to, well, know me. I am from Australia and I lived there for just under 15 years. I miss it and everyday I think about my friends and my old home. I came to Michigan due to my step-dad, and for those that wish to look further into this please check out the article done by RaeLynn Watkins. To put it lightly, I do not like America nor do I feel comfortable or happy to live here. Many can back this up since all I do is complain about Michigan and it’s flawed ways. I like many authors that include Alan Moore, Stephen King, H.P Lovecraft, and Edgar Allan Poe. I don’t read too often because I tend to watch a lot of movies and analyze them. Some of my absolute favourites include Blade Runner, Back to the Future, The Goonies, Indiana Jones, Star Wars, Her, Interstellar, Memento, Inception, Frantic, The Mummy (1999), Blue Valentine, La La Land, Lars and the Real Girl, and Forrest Gump. When I say analyze, I mean that I look further into a movie’s meaning and themes along with the cinematography. All these fascinate me because I believe that if you are to portray art, do it right. The cinematography for let's say Blade Runner (1982), focuses on a cyberpunk noir setting and evokes emotion by the amazing soundtrack by Vangelis and of the imagery, which is spectacular since at the time CGI was not even a possibility. The film explores themes of what the definition of humanity is and why Replicants (androids with a lifespan of 4 years and are illegal on Earth because of a revolution being started. They are practically slaves and seen as so) seem to show more life and love for life than humans. I should stop here, but I just wanted to let you know that I am a serious moviegoer. I also love and respect art as a whole. When I see a painting, I love it, but I might not love at as much as another. Art is subjective and I, of course, see all of it as amazing, but sometimes art is just disrespected. When one writes a story without care, when one paints an image with no purpose, when one does not use emotion when portraying art, then I truly get angry. I also loathe those who write, paint, dance, and act, just for money and not because of passion. Many have told me that I am a strange and bizarrely insightful, and I take much pride in both. I pride myself in being different from everyone and seeing things in ways others have not considered. I take pride that I try to apply philosophy to my “work” and in how I see things. I in no way claim to be better than everyone else or say that I am intellectually more superior, though I have said both in the past (oops), I don’t truly think they are fact. Everyone in their own way is unique, different, and we all even see colours slightly differently to one another. Blue may been seen one way for me, but to another it may be a shade darker, lighter, or something else altogether. I tend to have deadpan face for no particular reason. I believe that most people are put off by this and see me as a person who is mean, this has been said before by Skylar in my Journalism class (good time to be alive). I see myself as a fairly kind soul who is a little too serious and who sees too many flaws in both people and places. This is an involuntary action that I have picked up from the time that I have been here. I also have learnt to lose things and somewhat accept it. I can end a friendship instantly and not even care, I have lost that emotional connection. I had to leave everything I had ever known and loved. I left the girl I love so much and I know deep down in my heart that I will never see her beautiful smile, or her amazing personality ever again. I’ve lost enough that losing more is nothing. I don’t really aspire to be anything because I have not yet discovered who I am as a person. Recently I have been watching the TV show on the History channel called Vikings. It is based around Ragnar Lothbrok, a farmer who becomes king and slowly wishes for death. It is a truly amazing and visually stunning show, but also very influencing for me. I try to act like Ragnar a lot. I have even started following the Norse religion because of him. I have tried to copy how he talks, walks, and even blinks. I suffer from an “identity crisis” and when I watch a movie or tv show, sometimes I wish to be that character. Maybe it is due to the fact that I don’t see my life as something interesting or that I see there lives as something so fun and enjoyable that I long for it. I feel as if I am going crazy sometimes. I can’t even call myself Sebastian because Sebastian is just a boy that is made up of different characters that try clawing for the spotlight and to take over how I act. I’m not mentally ill, but this can’t be normal. I’m okay with this however. I embrace it. Never fight a battle you know you can’t win. Every day I come to school and I’m just so tired. Every day is the same thing with very little to make it different. The greatest parts of my day is when I get to go home and see my mum. School is so full of things that are so unnecessary that it makes my head hurt. Somedays I wish I didn’t even have to come to school because put so much energy into it and I feel as if it goes unrewarded. School is a battle of who has the best grade not who is learning. One days teachers will realise how much crap they have fed us and they will feel sick knowing that for all those years they taught us stuff that did not matter. Does this mean all is unimportant? No, but too much is. I could go on all day about what I like, don’t like, feel, and don’t feel, but this would be an overkill example of a simple autobiography for a school newspaper. I hope those who have read this understand me more and how my mind works, but you will never truly understand what goes on up in there. Only I am allowed to know that. -S

Sebastian Blum, Contributing Writer

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