Dreamer 3/11/2015

What is it you want most in the world? Are you pursuing it? Are you still planning to? Or are you already just a few steps away from the realization of your dreams?

The future is still so vague. It is simultaneously close and out-of-reach, scary and exciting. At whatever point you may be in life, you can never truly say that the future is just close or just scary. It is simultaneously everything and nothing.

How close are you to your dream? Do we ever say “this is it” when it comes to our dream? Does our dream come with a start and end point? The truth is, no matter how much time we spend pursuing our dream, we can never truly say that we have achieved it, until it is too late for us to appreciate it in all its simple glory. We do not see an end point in our dream.

So, does that mean that we have to live the rest of our lives unhappy? Uncontented? No.

We must always remember to find happiness even in the midst of pursuing our dreams. We must not only yearn for the happiness we will achieve once we accomplish everything we want to accomplish.

Dreamer, you will not be happier when you get somewhere else. Do not stop pursuing whatever it is you want the most, but remember that as long as you try to look for happiness somewhere else, you will never be happy with wherever you are.

Dreamer, what I’m trying to tell you is that: allow yourself to fly if you want to go higher, even if you have to make your own wings to do so, but, remember to treasure the moments in-between your attempts to fly so that if you find yourself unable to fly, you will not be unhappy nor will you feel that your life spent pursuing it was a failure.

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Go After That Dream 3/22/2015

The world will shatter your dreams
Step on your hopes
Spit on your hard work
And laugh at your failed attempts

The world will not slow down for you
It will not go easy on you
It will not be patient with you
It will swallow you whole

But don’t be disheartened
Don’t ever stop trying
Don’t let failures faze you
Pick up each broken hope and mend them

For no one ever succeeded without first failing
So, regardless of how many times you fail
Stand up, mend your wounds,
And go after that dream


Note:

I submitted this piece to a student publication I’m writing for and it was published a few months ago. This is, however, the unedited version.

My (non-existent) love life according to Murakami and Lang Leav

Hi! It’s been so long. How have you been? Are you still writing?

I’ve been very busy lately, and now I’m close to graduating from college! (Only two more semesters, several more thesis revisions, twenty or so more major exams, and less than a hundred papers to write before I graduate!)

So what am I doing here, then, if I am busy, you say? Well, I just came here to procrastinate a little. Just a little. I’m writing this feature story right now and I’m about to die of demotivation. So, with that said, I’m sorry to inconvenience you with my caffeine-fueled procrastination.

Anyway, I was browsing through facebook when I came by a post saying: Pick up the nearest book to you, turn to page 45. The first sentence explains your love life. Seeing as I’m desperately procrastinating at the moment, I just decided to do it. Just because it’s cold and my coffee is getting cold and my article is nowhere near finished and I don’t feel like writing at the moment.

So, here is my non-existent love life according to Haruki Murakami and Lang Leav:

That summer, after he returned to Tokyo from Nagoya, Tsukuru was transfixed by the odd sensation that, physically, he was being completely transformed.

– Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage, Haruki Murakami

Well, Murakami, isn’t that completely spot-on? Doesn’t everyone feel that odd sensation when it comes to love? 🙂

I saw it once, I have no doubt; but now can’t place its whereabouts.

– Déjà Vu | Lullabies, Lang Leav

This is relevant, even to me, who is sans love life. ☺

Do you want to do a little procrastinating, too? 🙂