Friday, March 28, 2014

20.entry: Here`s To Us! Letting It All Go.

Life is a constant battle! We win some, we lose some. The prize is simple: Happiness!

Hello, 

In today`s blog post I would like to just stop for a second and express my gratitude towards everyone I have ever known and everything that has happened to me. 


Like I said, life is a constant battle, and no matter how good you are, you have your allies and your enemies. They will ether help you win or set you a trap, but the funny thing is, you can never be 100% sure, who will put a bomb under your feet, a friend or a foe. Anyways I am not here today to talk about war strategy and battle operations. I am here simply to say thanks to everybody who has put me down in life, who betrayed me and who loved me and cared for me. Because no matter the good or the bad, it made me who I am today, and I love it, I simply love who I am and where I am heading. 

And also by acknowledging every bad thing, all the bullies that hurt me through life and all the friends who put a knife in my back, also I am letting it all go. I am freeing myself from all the hurt and the pain you have caused me. I love my hurt and pain, really I do, it was such a motivation for me, and it will keep me going for so long. But I don't need it anymore. I am done being the underdog, the one who was too afraid to stand up to his enemies and to his friends. I mean I have done being underdog a while ago, I am just writing about it know. 


So I hope I have you hooked now, because there is so much I have to say. I believe we all have old scars that we see in the mirror or feel on our soul. We all carry scars, inside and out. But that's the charm of it, we try to cover them up to look perfect, but under all that we are cracked up like a broken Chinese vase. So what I suggest is, we fix them, we show them proud and just let them heal. We all have regrets, things we wished we did different, but now is not the time to think about that. Now its time to enjoy the present and look forward to future. They always say, let the past be your teacher. But what they forget to say is that you have to let it go as well, to be happy. I am all up for learning from mistakes, but if you are gonna remember only the bad things, you will never move forward. You will be stuck, cooked up on some bullshit that happened 15 years ago. Well, don't! Its not worth it. You are who you are, that's final. Now lets build up from here. 



You know, when I was little I was playing with Lego`s a lot, and if I messed up something I was building, I just tore it all down and started from scratch. Yeah it might have taken me a while, but the castle that was built at the end, was so much better and the foundation was strong. The messed up one, could have looked pretty, but the insides would hurt. So don't be a pretty castle, with messed up bricks. I hope you got where I am going with this story. The point is, you can always start from scratch, no matter what has happened to you in past, you can always turn it around. You can rebuild yourself from the first brick. 


So a lot of bad things happened to me, but they had to everybody. Every single one of you who is reading my blog has some unfinished business, some troubles or enemies from the past. Just thinking about it can hurt you, right? Well think about it again, and say to yourself: "I accept my past, I accept whatever happened to me and I am fucking letting it go. I am happy now. (We are still talking). I am thankful to everybody who I have met, friends who loved me, enemies that made me stronger, because I am still standing: And I am standing proud. I give my love to everyone and I accept your love. I love myself."

AaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaanND, Its gone!



You have cleansed yourself of all the bad energy. My work here is done! 

Now I am just kidding I am not going anywhere, I will be here to guide you and tell you all about how we will change the world for better. Because it starts with us, inside, like a little flicker of a flame. Now light it up and lets make the world a better place for ourselves and our friends and those who will come after us. 


And for the end I would just like to share this song with you. Yeah its Glee again, go figure right. For me its about letting it go. I will raise my glass (with whiskey) and I drink to all of you, who I have ever known, who made me who I am, and let me thank you again. And I do wish you all well. We might never meet again, and maybe its for the better, but sometime in my past you have changed me and helped me become the person I am today and I am truly grateful. Cheers mates. Here`s to us!




Sunday, March 23, 2014

19.entry: Popularity - The Destroyer Of Individuality

"I never wanted to be popular. I always judged my steak on how it tastes rather then on how it looks."


As you can guess today we will discuss about the phenomenon of our society, so called popularity. Be honest and ask yourself; do you want to be popular, do you want for people to love you for how you look and how you act? I get the feeling of popularity, it feels really good and make you feel special and loved, but be careful, because what do people really love about you? Your looks or your status or how you can help them to the top of social ladder? I have a feeling that in today`s society some people have lost their moral compass and don't really care about the content of a person, but rather they care about how they look and if they would look even better together. It safe to say many of you have watched the movie Mean Girls, starring Lindsay Lohan. So you know what we will talk about today. But still many of you don't quite get the point just how popularity can screw you up and makes you into some Barbie/Ken, appreciated by society, adored by men/girls, hated by girls/men, and talked about by everyone. So ask yourself again, do you want to be plastic without any real content?



They look really pretty right! And I bet they must be really popular, and that gives them power, power to change the way people act, think and look, and that is a power way to terrifying to be held by somebody who doesn't know the meaning of it. 


I knew a girl in my elementary school who was pretty. Every guy wanted to be with her and every girl wanted to be her. She was everything you can dream of, but now, now nobody knows her anymore, she has been the it girl, but the problem with being on top is that, one time you will fall back down again, and if you hurt that pretty face of yours, who is gonna love you then if you had no real character before and no brain? 



So to get to the point now. I believe popularity hurts us and our individuality, and individuality of others, because when you are popular, you set the standards for everybody else, and these standards are wrong in so many ways. They go from using drugs, alcohol, spending money (you don't have) on brands, being mean and vengeful, and being vapid. People will want to be you, so they will do things you do and I ask you kindly, to respect the power you have in you and make this world better. 


I feel its much more important to be who you are then to be something everybody will love. Because for not being who you are, you let that part of you die and while you are popular you wont care, but when the looks fade and all that's left is an empty head and dark heart, ask yourself, who is gonna stand by your side then?
I see so many young people, who are so talented but they are afraid to be who they are because its not hip at the moment and because they are afraid of what others will say and think, and it makes me sad that people have to live in such a toxic environment. But that's all our fault. We give others power to control us, we make them popular. Because you can be king but you still need a crowd to listen to you and to obey you. 
So I want to empower you, it doesn't matter if you are popular or not. What matters is, the people who love you for you and your capabilities and your soul and character. Be the good person, the one people can look up to and inspire them everyday to be better, to help each other, not to put people down. Don't tease the weak, don't bully the helpless, rather stand by them and help them up, and people will see you and follow your lead. That's a true leader, a true popularity, a true character. Because imagine if the roles were reversed, and you were the one on the ground, would you love to be kicked or would you rather be picked up and helped. Every time you insult somebody in school or anywhere, just think, what if it would be me? 
Be a strong individual and stand by your values and norms and by your character. Because those who don't stand for anything will fall for everything. 



I get the bullying in schools is a real problem, and popularity of some individuals just helps to ignite the fire. Be the smart person and put out the fire and stop all the violence. If you have to be popular at least be good at it and help others!

I know I cant make you change yourself, but maybe at least you will think next time, before you give orders to your minions to destroy somebody! 



And a warning: Popularity will fade one day, your knowledge and character on the other hand wont, so invest in long term prospects and make the best of this life, because we only get one.



Thursday, March 6, 2014

18.entry: Traveling to the Ends of the World (Travel is the only thing you buy, that makes you richer)

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” 

Hello dear readers,

So I am back from my holidays, which gave me an inspiration to write a blog about traveling. I am quite fond of traveling, actually, to be honest, I wanna travel the whole wide world someday. I just need to get away sometimes and go to some unknown country and get lost in the crowds of people or in the nature and be away from everywhere I know. Because only by spreading out your wings we can learn to fly. 

                                                         
                                                                            Lisbon

I have been traveling since I was little, I always liked to wonder around and find new places. I still remember the first time I was on a plane. I was 7 years old we were departing for Turkey and I was crying my eyes out and screaming that the plane will fall down and we will all die, well that didn't happen, but I got a tiger doll out of it, which of course I still have. That was my first real travel adventure and since then I have seen quite a few places, but still there is so much out there where my heart wants to go. In high school I have started to travel on my own, without parents and I have built up on my independence. Soon I wanted to go further and further away. So now my big plan is to go study in Australia for a semester.

         Pre dinner in Setubal (Portugal)

                                                         The making of Argan oil (Marrakech)

So why is traveling so good? Because it broadens your mind and opens your soul. You get to see and feel everything they thought you in school. I mean school is fine, it gives you knowledge, but traveling really opens your eyes and mind. You get to find yourself while traveling, you can do everything. I know sometimes it can be scary to venture off on your own, but only like that you get to meet new people and discover new culture. It is just absolutely fascinating what wonders are hidden outside our house and behind borders of your imagination. Like I said I have seen quite a lot of Europe already and I have been to north Africa and USA, but that is hardly a little piece of the puzzle of our world. 



                                          Cabo di Roca - where land stops and sea begins



If you ever have an option to go traveling, please for your sake, go! Lose yourself in the world around you and wonder off into unknown, because by doing so you will change into a better person, you will see the good and the bad that the other cultures have to offer. And you will grow as a person. If I look at myself now and how I was a few years ago I can surely say I have changed a lot and I believe traveling had something to do with that. Because only by leaving behind everything you know you can really get to be on your own and reflect on yourself. 



                                                                      Marrakech (Marocco)

I know you have all probably heard all the horrible stories on what has happened to people when they were traveling and mostly they are true . Bad things can happen to you if you are traveling, but so can they happen if you are crossing the street in your home town and a reckless driver hits you. But you must not let the bad things slow you down. Just recently I have been in Portugal and while I was there I rented a car. And one day I decided to go to this city just outside Lisbon and I left the car on the secured parking lot and when I returned to the car I found out that the car had been broken into. So yeah bad things do happen, but so do the good things. And at the end of the day I was still happy because well they didn't take anything of much importance and things like that happen, so it is useless to obsess about them. And you know one good thing about traveling is you can always return back home to your family and friends and tell them all about your journey and enlighten them about what you have experienced.

So have I convinced you to buy a plane ticket? Well I hope so, because we only have one life to live, and it would be a waste if we wouldnt travel as much as we can. 

                                                              Pena National Palace (Portugal)

“Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.” 

"We travel, initially, to lose ourselves; and we travel, next to find ourselves. Pico Iyer"

So last words of wisdom: Travel as much as you can, but remember to always know where you came from!



P.s.: All the pictures are from my trip to Portugal and Morocco.