A Poem A Week #34

A Poem A Week #34

They say that I lived;
I say that I never did,
Or they never lived.

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12 Reasons why Life is Good (even if doesn’t seem so)

12 Reasons why Life is Good (even if doesn’t seem so)

Life is never perfect. It’s never always great either. Perhaps hardly good, at least in your opinion. Here’s one good thing about life: you’re entitled to that opinion. If you say life isn’t good, well alright then. If you say so. But perhaps I can slightly change your opinion…

  1. You’re reading this. You know what that means? You have a computer, you have internet, you have the money to have the computer and internet, and you have the time to spend on the internet. Isn’t that good?
  2. You’ve got a friend here. Hello, that’s me. Maybe I don’t know you personally, but I can be a friend if you’d like.
  3. A sunrise and sunset is never not beautiful. Isn’t it extraordinary how we can see these things hundreds of times but still be in awe?
  4. Books. Unless you’re not the reading type, then…
  5. Stories that help us escape. If that means a book or a TV show or a movie franchise or a video game, then there you go. It’s something that lets you escape the world for just a little while.
  6. Music that makes us dance and sing. Music soothes the savage beast.
  7. The oncoming of Fall. We all know what that means: pumpkin spice lattes, scarves and boots, fuzzy socks in the house, the exscuse to have a warm fire on, snowy photoshoots, days off due to weather, etc.
  8. Those days off. Whether it is weather-induced or not. Don’t waste them!
  9. The opportunities are there. Can you see them? You have to go looking. You might think there’s nothing left for you, but have you even tried?
  10. Guilty pleasures. You know what it is.
  11. Coffee and tea. And if you don’t drink either…well, you probably have an alternative (although I hope it’s not soda…).
  12. This too shall pass. Ecclesiastes 3:1 says, “To everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven.” Nothing will be forever, and that’s what makes life good.
21 Things a 21-Year-Old wish she knew when she was 20

21 Things a 21-Year-Old wish she knew when she was 20

I’ve been 21 for a few months now. No, I don’t really feel old. Begal the legal drinking age is not all the big hoopla that everyone makes it out to be. Adulting is kind of boring, although I feel more an adult than I did at 18 (why is that considered the “adult” age, anyway?). Yet, despite this age, there are SO many things I still don’t know and wish I did know, especially before I became this age.

  1. Don’t stand on ceremony. By this I mean it is not a requirement to be overly formal and, dare I say, pretencious to get what we want. I’ve found that people are a little more willing to converse with someone who is not uptight.
  2. Feeling like an idiot from time to time is healthy. Perhaps I did know this subconciously, but I chose to remain ignorant of its wisdom.
  3. Don’t stay put. Oh dear fellow young people, don’t stay where you are! Please have at least one adventure before you turn 21. It will just become harder with each passing year.
  4. Start a retirement fund…now! Did you know if you start saving just $4,500 each year at age 20, you’ll have $1 million by age 65?
  5. Living alone is great! It has its perks.
  6. Living alone sucks. It has its downfalls.
  7. How to let go and move on. The elusive art of “let it go” didn’t seem to come to our attention until Elsa sung about it.
  8. How to meet people. It certainly is a skill, not limited to the social butterfly.
  9. Don’t be stingy. You’ll never be content.
  10. Volunteer! It looks good everywhere.
  11. There’s nothing special about alcohol. But there’s definitely something potentially dangerous about it, so show some respect.
  12. The basics of investment. And all things money!
  13. The years fly by. Please don’t let them pass you up.
  14. There’s no harm in taking a break. Burn-out is a rough path to tread.
  15. School rocks! Learning is fun 😀
  16. Start that business now. It will take a few years to get off the ground, so do it. Now!
  17. If you’re not good with kids…go work with kids. You don’t have to be a full-time daycare teacher. It’s just a very good thing to know, as children will eventually cross your path in one way or another.
  18. Establish your dating standards now. It saves a lot of time and awkward conversations. Not to mention possible heartbreak.
  19. Take care of yourself first. You can’t help someone else until you’re steady on your feet first.
  20. Learn a second language. It does wonders for your general learning capacity. Plus you have a step up in job applications.
  21. How to wait with grace. Waiting sucks, especially if its for your dreams to come true. There’s a graceful way to do it.

 

What things do you wish you knew before you were 21?

Go slow to go fast

One of the best pieces of advice I ever got was from a horse master. He told me to go slow to go fast. I think that applies to everything in life. We live as though there aren’t enough hours in the day but if we do each thing calmly and carefully we will get it done quicker and with much less stress.
-Viggo Mortensen

 

The streaming reason for living

“Who wants to become a writer? And why? Because it’s the answer to everything. … It’s the streaming reason for living. To note, to pin down, to build up, to create, to be astonished at nothing, to cherish the oddities, to let nothing go down the drain, to make something, to make a great flower out of life, even if it’s a cactus.”
—Enid Bagnold

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