Part I: Seriously, though. My students (the girls, primarily) are ALWAYS taking selfies. Just yesterday at the end of a class period, I watched a student take a selfie of herself and I thought to myself, "She looks so stupid doing that. I wonder if she realizes it. What a narcissist! I bet she doesn't even know what narcissism is... I hope this trend ends soon because it is SO DUMB!". And then, thank God, the bell rang.
Part II: Remember a few weeks ago, at Nelson Mandela's funeral, President Obama and what's-her-name? posted a selfie on Twitter and it was a viral sensation?
Part III: I am reading a book right now, WONDER, by P.J. Palacio.
Part IV: I came across this video on another blogger's website:
It's longish, but SO worth the 8 minutes. I got tears in my eyes as I listened to the BEAUTIFUL girl with braces, glasses, and the slouchy beanie describe herself. And the girl with long dark hair that said, "...When they talked about their insecurities- when the said they were insecure about things- those were the things that made them different. But the things that made them different made them unique. And...that made them beautiful." HOW PROFOUND!
Part V: I realize now, that I am thinking about selfies all wrong. It really hit a nerve when the same girl (in the video) said that in taking a selfie, you are showing the world that your own beauty, that you are "....strong, brave, and happy with yourself." Oh. Wow. I guess I was wrong. So here you go, my first selfie: