28 April 2013

Chain emails

Digging through some of my mother's old stuff, I found something interesting. It was a chain email. I usually don't find them funny because of the implied threats at the end, but leaving out the last part this one was actually quite didactic.

1. Give people more than they expect and do it cheerfully.
2.Marry someone you love to talk to. As you get older, their conversational skills will be as important as any other.
3. Don't believe all you hear, spend all you have or sleep all you want.
4. When you say, "I love you", mean it.
5. When you say, "I'm sorry", look the person in the eye.
6. Be engaged at least six months before you get married.
7. Believe in love at first sight.
8. Never laugh at anyone's dreams. People who don't have dreams don't have much.
9. Love deeply and passionately. You might get hurt but it's the only way to live life completely.
10. In disagreements, fight fairly. No name calling.
11. Don't judge people by their relatives.
12. Talk slowly but think quickly.
13. When someone asks you a question you don't want to answer, smile and ask "Why do you wan to know?"
14. Remember that great love and great achievements involve great risk.
15. Say "bless you" when you hear someone sneeze.
16. When you lose, don't lose the lesson.
17. Remember the 3 R's: Respect for self, Respect for others, Responsibility for all you actions.
18. Don't let a little dispute injure a great friendship.
19. When you realize you've made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.
20. Smile when picking up the phone. The caller will hear it in your voice.
21. Spend some time alone.
22. Open you arms to change, but don't let go of your values.
23. Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
24. Read more book and watch less TV.
25. Live a good, honorable life. then when you get older and think back, you'll get to enjoy it a second time.
26. Trust in God but lock your car.
27. A loving atmosphere in your home is so important. Do all you can to create a tranquil harmonious home.
28. In disagreements with loved ones, deal with the current situation, don't bring up the past.
29. Read between the lines.
30. Share your knowledge. It's a way to achieve immortality.
31. Be gentle with the Earth.
32. Pray. There's immeasurable power in it.
33. Never interrupt when you are being flattered.
34. Mind you own business.
35. Don't trust a person who doesn't close their eyes when you kiss.
36. Once a year, go someplace you've never been before.
37. If you make a lot of money, put it to use helping others while you are living. That is wealth's greatest satisfaction.
38. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a stroke of luck.
39. Learn the rules then break some.
40. Remember that the best relationship is one where your love for each other is greater than you need for each other.
41. Judge you success by what you had to give up in order to get it.
42. Remember that your character is your destiny.

I can't say I agree that all of them are good teachings but most of them are. And even if they don't change your life, it will change the way you live it and feel about it, and that makes a whole lot difference.

27 April 2013

Conflict

Home has become again a place I don't want to go back to. I think I'm starting the feelings of a kid whose parents are divorcing or separating. It's not like I'm going through the same, no, my parents' marriage is well, considering. But I can certainly understand the feeling.
Every day is a constant frustration, every day I keep hearing my dad do the same analysis of the mistakes my mom and I do. It's not like he's the 'bad guy' here. There is no bad guy or good guy in reality, there is just different points of view and different sides of the same thing. I can understand his frustration and his anger at not being able to do anything to change the facts and i think, in his perspective no one else is willing to make the effort to make a change. I used to think like that too, but I now I think there's just no helping it. My mom is sick, it's not like she doesn't want to do things straight and right, it's because she just can't. I know that, I accept that, and I still get frustrated and angry some times. I can't say much to criticize my dad anyway because I know he has to deal with this way more often than I do. I only come back home at weekends and holidays and I'll already sick and tired of all this, I can imagine how he feels.
People need to let the anger out and maybe that's his way of doing so. I can't say much because I'll either hurt my mom's feelings or my dad's. I can only be quiet and hope that my mom doesn't take it to heart, which doesn't happen and my dad feels better afterwards. There's not really much I can do and I can feel my mom giving up. I'm not even sure it's worth having her alive. I don't know if it would be easier for her or for me if she just died.
Every day I'm confronted with a binary decision: family or career. I'm sure some of them were not what I really wanted, but society doesn't kindly let me ditch my family. I wish I could just leave my family and take all the opportunities that come along. To add up, I have all kinds of frustration like anyone has at school and work, and at home I have my dad nagging about not doing something right and my mom asking me to do something every 10 minutes. I wish I had some peace already.
Geez I need to take a break from my own life. I'm so tired of all the drama. Only life doesn't take a break, it just moves on. All one can do is adapt and survive. Darwin will knock you out if you don't XD. Stress has become so common I think I'm starting to get immune. I wish I could be immune to conflict too. Maybe that's my next target.

22 April 2013

Outcast - Glee original


It's been a while since the last time I heard an original song on Glee. I have to say, this is one pretty good. Have been replaying it quite a few times for the last few days. It's an empowering and inspiring song, I think. Everyone has dreams, just, some times we forget about them. What would we be without dreams? Empty shells wandering around? "We are stronger from every scar." Remember another with something similar "What doesn't kill you makes you stronger." Remember and discover what it feels like to belong to this world, what it feels like to pursue a dream, what it feels like to work hard and accomplish something.
This one is to all the ones that need strength to keep going.

17 April 2013

Boston Marathon

America mourns, and so should all of us. The bombing incident has come to many's attention. It was more shocking than damaging, but still, lifes were taken and people were injured. We pay more attention when those tragic events happen to one of our own. In our country, in our world, the western, so called civilized world. It is shocking, true, scarying true too, but life still goes on. I quote someone else: ''If they keep you from living your life then they've won. They've taken your life away from you right there.''
Something else has come to my attention. "MUSLIMS in the US are watching closely as the investigation into the Boston bombings unfolds, fearing a backlash like after 9/11 if an Islamist link is confirmed to the deadly attack." Do we hate all muslims because one decided to go amock? How many american citizens were responsible for those shootings at schools? Do we hate all americans too? Why should other people, innocent people pay for the crimes of others? They might be just as related as you and me and someone I don't know. Preconception is a wrong way to see the facts.

Lives of innocent were taken. We should mourn that. But more than that, we should mourn all the bombings that killed innocent people that we are not aware of or that we see but ignore. Because it's none of our business, because it's not in our country, because those people are not related to me in any possible way.
We mourn, we remember and we should learn with those events. History repeats. It does, don't try to deny it, but it shouldn't. We are supposed to learn, develop and evolve. We move on. Life is too short. We should live on, with the knowledge and memory of the past, but also with hopes and faith for a better future.

15 April 2013

KillerTracks - Paradise Awaits


Have been really into epic music lately. Also, seriously I needed that. I found out that listening to epic music is a very good way to motivate myself. And also, a good way to find peace of mind. 
I have two exams coming up this week and this track surely is helping me studying. 

14 April 2013

Random thoughts

Here I am trying to study for the upcoming exams. The word of the day being Trying. Just watched The Host movie. It totally put me hooked to the soundtrack. Haven't stopped listening to it so far. Radioactive by Imagine Dragons had me thinking how so many people are writing songs about the apocalypse and the world slowly crumbling. It surely fits the world brought up by the movie. It also made me think how powerful we humans are. War. It is inherent by nature that we fight for survival and fight for what we want. The only problem is, we are powerful enough to destroy ourselves, but we are not wise enough to realize such. We are like ignorant children waving a dangerous gun. You see the scenario? That's us most likely.

The host

I read the book, and recently watched the movie. I have to say. I loved the book. I liked the movie too, but as it is a movie, things felt too rushed, but it was overall a good movie. The thing that made most impression on me was the movie soundtrack. It was so amazing in so many ways. Listening to that, I felt like I could get a hold of a Soul's essence. Among them, the soul track would of course be my favorite.
This track is called "Soul inside" (track 02) Every time I hear it, I get goosebumps. "Soul outside" (track 22) is essentially the same track with a different ring to it, there is more hope into it, I think. I feel so at peace every time I listen to them.
This soundtrack is more than enough to make me watch the movie again.

8 April 2013

Artemis Fowl book series

Today, I found out that Eoin Colfer has finished writing Artemis Fowl books, quite a surprise for me. It's a bit late though, since the last book was release July last year.
I have to say Artemis Fowl books are like Harry Potter. I grew up with them. Harry Potter is known to many, Artemis Fowl books are not that famous, which doesn't mean they not as good.
I remember when I first read Artemis Fowl, it was the translated version of the first book, which they local editor named Artemis Fowl - the gold of fairies. It was quite an exciting reading. It starts with Artemis Fowl, as a juvenile criminal mastermind seeking the secrets of fairies from a land underneath our own. I was eleven and I loved the book. Not because of the fantasy background, not because it involved fairies and mythical creatures. I liked it because of the pace. It was exciting and the most of all, I loved the way the main character was the villain. Book for children usually take the perspective of a hero, be it a true hero personality or an antihero, but you would usually follow the events through the perspective of the good side.
As the book starts with a very amusing prologue roughly describing Artemis Fowl II, I find myself drawn to this character that in a normal situation would be hated (because he is the bad guy!) XD.
Now, I'm a college student, but I still read Artemis Fowl books. It's different now, but I still like them. They provide a very pleasant, relaxing and entertaining reading. Now that I found out Eoin Colfer is done with Artemis Fowl books, I have a feeling of loss. When I was bored, I would pick up an Artemis Fowl book and I would know it would be entertaining, even if it wasn't the first time I read it. Now, the only consolation I have is that I can re read the stories and still enjoy them and luckily their quality didn't walk a down slope. I'm glad this series didn't turn out like one of those long series that you can't seem to see its end and you get more and more of the same, without bringing much new stuff.

5 April 2013

Hard times require and method change

Do you know the times when you find yourself out of time with a lot to do and a terrible headache to add to the loot? I'm like that right now. It's midnight and I'm in serious need of sleep and study. Not at the same time, that would be pretty difficult to do. The thing is, I've already realized I'm trying the insane job of putting too much on my plate. I'll eventually be able to do them all, but none of them will be finished with much quality I guess. So, now I need to set my priorities straight.
Setting priorities is important, it helps keeping track of what is needed and what is unnecessary. Right now, entertainment has fallen to the last of my list. Though is remains there, it's hard to act on it. Entertainment is way easier than having to study or work. So, most of the times, the tendency is to not study. But now, I can't afford it. If I postpone this little time of laziness, I'll be able to lazy around later. I once saw a cartoon picturing a kid sitting in front of a TV and a kid studying. The subtitle read: happiness today, happiness tomorrow. It is true. Working hard today is just an investment. A very good one actually because you know it is bound to bear some fruit. It may not be sweet, but it will bear fruit. Whereas if you invest in something else, it's a bit of a gamble.
For the first time, I feel like drinking coffee. Not to enjoy the smell and taste of it, but because I'm probably going to need it to keep me awake. I'm a defendant of efficiency. I'd rather sleep more and work less hours and more efficiently. But I find myself without those hours. I'm in need of more time at 100% concentration, and that only coffee or tea can help me. But there is always an upside to everything: I get to prevent Parkinson's disease! XD For anyone who'd care to know, google it! XD