“Out of the night that covers me,

Black as the pit from pole to pole,

I thank whatever gods may be

For my unconquerable soul.


In the fell clutch of circumstance

I have not winced nor cried aloud.

Under the bludgeoning of chance

My head is bloody, but unbowed.


Beyond this place of wrath and tears

Looms but the Horror of the shade,

And yet the menace of the years

Finds and shall find me unafraid.


It matters not how strait the gate,

How charged with punishments the scroll,

I am the master of my fate,

I am the captain of my soul.”


-William Ernest Henley

I believe this poem speaks to many people as well. Very powerful, a little bit harder to fully understand (than Bukowski’s No Help For That) being written in the late 1800’s. But I’m sure you understand the meaning of it. If not, try to read every line, carefully.

I found this when I was down in the dumps, around my Junior year of high school. I actually forgot about it for a long time, until I actually found it again a couple of days after I graduated. I thought it was perfect timing.

It actually surprised me that I never got taught this in school. If you remember high school, whether it was good, bad or in the middle. You may have felt lost, and terrible, like me. I feel like If I was able to learn and fully understand this in school, I think it would have helped me and many other teenagers.

We live the life we choose. It is hard. Life isn’t fair a good amount of time. But it’s worth it!

I’ve said this many times before. I believe everything happens for a reason, through the good and even the bad times. It says right there in the poem, that person never gave up, through the blood, sweat, and punishments. & That persons life is their own. Like yours is your very own as well.

You can’t blame anyone else for your life. We all have choices, we all have paths. Its ours whether we want to take it or leave it. Yes the journey of life is incredibly hard for the things we want. We have our goals that take a long time to get. That’s the point of taking so long, its fun, its hard, It is the journey of life.

Also I feel like today or maybe its just me and my peers feel like we need a savior, a knight shining armor, someone to save us from ourselves and from falling into our deep hole but this poem had no ‘savior’ It reminded me I have to save myself, you can’t plead for someone to save you when you can’t even help yourself. I’m not at all trying to say not to ask people for help, but I don’t believe someone could “SAVE” me when I can’t even try to save myself.


  I hope when you are older you are proud of your accomplishments, proud of the obstacles you jumped through, and even the mistakes you failed because no doubt you learned from them.

Sincerely Yours Jolee G.


Reality Show Rant.

I may be the only one of my generation who doesn’t like reality shows. Please tell me I’m not the only one.

Every time I turn on the TV, change the channel, or even look at the TV Guide, there is a numerous amount of reality shows or competitions exploiting peoples privaces, and/or exaggerating their drama. I just really can’t stand reality shows, I guess the people who signed up for the show, signed up for the money and signed up for their drama. It makes good ratings and good publicity, and gives the “stars” their names.

I hate seeing channels I used to enjoy like MTV, WeTV, even the History channel, having shows that don’t really relate to the channels true intent. MusicTelevision? They only play Music in between shows and a couple of hours during the mornings. WeTv, now filled with Bridezilla and other wedding shows. History, is now mostly antique shows, I actually did like the history and documentaries, which I actually learned from.

I really don’t care about other peoples drama, I have mine of my own, thank you, and it seems like the producers overdue the drama within commercials and dramatic breaks in the middle, that later you realize its not even that serious. Every single channel I have has any sort of drama filled useless shows. I mean I’m fine with Food Network or Bravo having competitions, or stories. I guess I just want to be able to watch sitcoms, drama shows, or even music on the TV without seeing commercials of useless shows.

It’s truthfully probably just me, I’m a peace lover, I have a strong dislike for violence and drama of all sort. I mean I do like shows like Desperate Housewives, and Parenthood, and I understand things like that do happen to people, and based on true things but it’s not 100% real and doesn’t exploit real living people. I just don’t personally enjoy seeing real people go through that. Watching people party, seeing families torn apart, watching marriages being destroyed, all the cheating and lying.Yes real people go through those problems but why show it? How do people not want to deal with that for themselves, and how do people enjoy watching that. That later they become famous for it!

So many stars and celebrities are becoming famous for their drama. Without Kardashians show, the Kardashians and the Jenners wouldn’t be famous as they are today, sure the dads were famous before, and Kim’s sex tape. But that show made them. How were they all famous before that? And  Teen Moms and Jersey Shore. Most of those people wouldn’t be famous without their show. All for money. Plus the fact that Kim Kardashian thinks she deserves her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, that is a bit ridiculous

I made this probably useless rant, because I’m sick of people becoming famous for nothing, and seeing more useless shows build up! I’m fine with competition type shows like Project Runway and America’s Got Talent because everyone who gets on those kinds of shows actually have talent.

People who have talent should be on TV, not people with “drama”. Everyone in the world has drama of their own. Please Networks, stop making these shows. I guess people, or even you may enjoy it, maybe it is a show you just want to not think about, and you may even like the drama. I just don’t like any part of it. To me its just people doing dumb things, and getting paid for it.

Sincerely Yours Jolee G