Let’s face it : life is not as pleasant or as safe as what it was in the past…and if things continue as they are, I don’t see that much will improve in the future.
“What’s the world coming to?”
A rhetorical question often asked in relation to negative changes that occur in everyday life – from television to radio, music to movies, health, safety – the list is endless.
Darkness absorbed the passage way, making it seem endless. They had forgotten to leave the light on for me. Terror gripped my small body, and I shakily made a run for it around the corner to my parents bedroom, tearful and fearful.
That was me as a child.
Now I seem more inclined to pretend I am lead singer for Simon and Garfunkel as I belt out loudly, “Hello darkness my old friend”.
I’ve always promoted the concept of inner beauty, stressing the importance of it to both my children (and pretty much anyone who will listen). So it’s surprising that after being missing in action, yet again, my comeback blog would be this one – something to do with outer beauty. I suppose that sometimes we just need to discuss growth in other aspects of life – not just all the amazing changes that are continuously happening inwardly.
Realistically, this has probably been sparked by the fact that I celebrated a ‘big birthday’ this year and the realisation has finally hit : outwardly I am beginning to age – sadly, Bryan Adams lied and I will not be 18 ’til I die 😛
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“I feel like I should go.”
“Whenever you’re ready.”
“Not yet. I think I’ll have some more juice first.”
She smiled and filled his glass, and then plopped into the chair next to him, sighing deeply. He smiled, raised his glass to her, and said,
“Here’s to us.”
She winked and gave him the biggest smile she could. Then she giggled,
“Happy Valentine’s Day.”
He rolled his eyes and they laughed together. They’d been together for ten years and had never yet ‘properly’ celebrated a Valentine’s Day together.
I watched the movie above (What About Bob?) when I was about twelve-years-old.
The brain of a 12 year-old is in the middle stage of a certain development and “As they move towards the next stage, Identity vs Role Confusion (around age 12), they begin to form values and challenge the self-confidence they have built over the preceding years. During this new phase, they seek to find the identity they will take with them into adulthood, along with the peers they feel reflect their values and sense of self.”
It is therefore not too surprising that I remember quite a few of the scenes from this movie. But there is one thing in particular that I remember….and as per the quotation above, it is also not surprising that it is something that I have carried with me my whole life…..and can still be heard saying repeatedly, “Baby Steps”.
They say you have two choices when it comes to biking :
Ride at your own risk. Don’t ride at all.
The same can be said for life. And here comes that favorite line of mine from the movie Shawshank Redemption :
“Andy Dufresne: [to Red] I guess it comes down to a simple choice: Get busy living, or get busy dying.”
Forget about yesterday – you cannot change it.
Don’t worry about tomorrow – it hasn’t happened yet.
Live today : Be kind to others, and yourself.
He’s a dancer. He is the only male, in an ocean of females, with a particular dance company. His life has been tough and finances are limited. He has incredible talent, and dancing is his passion and dream. When he gets on stage, the raw emotions of his life are incorporated into every moment, and leave me teary-eyed and amazed at the beauty that flows through his body.
We’ll call him Dino.
The little Yorkie from down the road had come to visit, again. My dog was delighted. They make the strangest pair.
She’s three kilograms of fluff and fun; He’s twenty two kilograms of boisterous activity.
And yet, somehow, they just seem to get along so very well that he won’t eat his breakfast until she has dropped by and eaten her share first.
Yes. Can you believe that?
The sky was dark and warnings had been issued.
Around here, we don’t get hurricanes or tornadoes – and an earthquake is unheard of.
No snow in the Winter either, and yet we melt from the humidity in Summer.
But hail. Ah yes, hail. It does so much damage. A storm warning is usually issued because of it. And that was yesterday.
I’ve been missing in action. For me, it’s been a difficult time – but as usual, there is always some amusement to be had from difficult periods in our lives. My last blog post was very significant to my absence thereafter – which is rather funny (both funny ha ha, and funny weird) because I didn’t plan it that way at all.
Another thing that I found rather amusing is the fact that I have been ‘M.I.A’ for the entire season of Winter here where I live.
So perhaps this was made for me…….
The only problem is that I haven’t been asleep the entire time…..although then again, maybe I have. Sleep is more than just eyes closed and snoring….it sometimes applies to a dormant soul and a closed heart – just some food for thought.