A Surprise – A Liebster Award!

Liebster

I must admit that I was quite surprised when I came online yesterday and opened my mail – only to discover that I had been nominated for a Liebster Award!

I never intended for this blog to be read by many people. There are so many talented writers and bloggers out there, this was only going to be my playground, a place for me to practise and keep writing, and somewhere to add my thoughts and musings. However, I cherish every like or positive comment I get and I’m thrilled that my writing, however imperfect it still is, can inspire fellow bloggers or at least cause someone to smile or give a nod in recognition.

Thank you Chris Musgrave for this nomination. I feel truly honoured that you thought my blog deserved this special mention. Thank you!

With this nomination comes a few obligations. First of all I’ll answer the questions asked by Chris Musgrave, and then I’ll add my own nominations in another post as this one is already getting very long!

Now onto the questions:

1. Do you have an evil laugh and how often do you use it?
I don’t think anyone has ever called my laugh evil. Maybe that’s something I need to work on!

2. Do you prefer Sci-fi or fantasy (sub-genres accepted)?
Fantasy all the way! Though, I must admit I’m liking sci-fi more and more. It’s two of my favourite genres in both books and movies.

3. Tell me something that you have done which you are particularly proud of.
I worked as a volunteer with children with special needs for a few years before I started uni, and some of the moments and achievements I experienced there are very special to me.

4. Have you ever devised an escape plan in the event your work/school is taken over by a hostile force?
Not exactly a detailed plan, but I’d be lying if I said I had never thought of it!

5. What is your favourite book/poem and why?
Oh dear, that’s tough! I have already mentioned a few books I really like in previous posts and could go on listing more till everyone’s tired of listening. However, I will stick to the question and just pick one! I read John Marsden’s ‘Tomorrow when the war began’ series a few years ago, and though it is mainly aimed for teenagers, it really spoke to me and managed to keep my attention glued to the pages and wanting more, even after I had finished the last book. As for why? I think there was something refreshing over it. The genre was new for me in many ways and at first I wasn’t sure what to expect, but the amazing character descriptions and the interesting plot lines kept my attention firmly.

6. If you could be anything, what would you be?
That’s hard. Whatever I become, I want to be good at it! Jobs and careers aside, it would be pretty awesome to be the one who found a cure for cancer.

7. Name one thing on your bucket list that you have yet to achieve/experience.
If I made one such list right now, I think most of it would be made up of places to travel to. One place in particular I’d love to visit is New Zealand.

8. What are your thoughts on censorship? Do you think it can ever be justified?
Another tough one. I’d say yes, there are cases where it can be justified to censor certain things, mostly when it comes to things shown to a young audience. The question is just who gets to choose what should be censored and where the lines goes.

9. Who is the one person who can always make you smile?
My fiancé.

10. Are you bored of all these questions yet?
Actually not. It has been pretty interesting!

Once again, thank you Chris Musgrave for your nomination! I’ll post my list of nominees tomorrow as well as my questions.

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The Chase

Cloaked figures hiding,
Pressing close,
Seeking shelter.

Wind over sunburned fields,
Hoofs galloping,
Echoing hills.

Danger is coming,
Evil is near.
There’s no time for stopping,
No greater fear.

Birds in the sky,
Black thunder,
Chasing, running wild.

Through forest,
Over mountain,
Through darkness and fear.

Danger is coming,
Evil is near.
There’s no time for stopping,
No greater fear.

Outnumbered and few,
On knees and on hands
We search in our souls,
United we stand.

This short poem was written with inspiration from one of my favourite books, a book which has been made into a movie not that many years ago. 

Onwards we go

The sound of thunder,
Rain splashing on the ground.
Lightning striking,
Faltering, falling.

Hands reaching for the sky,
Feet on wooden floors.
Branches and thorns,
Mountains to climb.

Rays of sunlight,
Looking through the clouds.
Wind rushing,
Fluttering, flying.

Heads bending in the wind,
Shoulders squared and strong.
Burns and scratches,
Rivers to cross.

Through wind and through rain,
Over mountain and field.
Always moving, never stopping.
Always trying,
Always reaching.
Onwards we go.

Quote of the Day

There is no need for temples, no need for complicated philosophies. My brain and my heart are my temples; my philosophy is kindness.

– Dalai Lama

 

This quote inspired some of my thoughts in my most recent blog post, The Philosophy of Life – In Pursuit of Happiness.

For me, Dalai Lama’s quote is inspiring and though it’s short and the idea is simple, it speaks volumes to me. It brings focus back to you as a person – it’s your life and you make it yourself. You are the one responsible for creating your own life, and in doing so you need to use both your intellect, but also your heart. You need to look inside yourself and figure out what it is you want with life, no one else can make that decision for you.

 

The Philosophy of Life – In Pursuit of Happiness

We breathe, thus we live.

Life is the opposite of death, but for most people it’s also so much more than simply existing. A plant can live and die and so can a sparrow and a bear, but yet we see and treat the lives of different lifeforms differently. Why is that? What makes the life and existence of a dog, a beetle or a tree any different from that of a human being?

Is it simply that we are human, so our focus mainly lies on ourselves? Or has it become like that because we are able to talk and therefore communicate our thoughts and ideals about life to each other more clearly?

Even among us as a group, as human beings, our focus and ideals of ‘the perfect life’ or ‘the good life’ have changed over time. What was important to us, to society, a few thousand years ago is different from what it is now. When survival was not a given, food was scarce, and illness and war were enemies, then naturally life became a battle for survival. For some it still is.

Later, when our basic needs were met, we started to be able to think about other things. Things like happiness. However, just like different times and different societies have had different ideals, what matters most to one individual might not matter as much to another, and it might also differ from what society sees as most important. It has become a matter of defining the quality of our individual lives.

For some survival is still on the very top of the list – food, water, rest and safety can all improve the quality of their lives, but to truly live, in the sense of not only existing, happiness needs to be a factor when determining the quality of life as well.

There’s no real way to talk about happiness without also touching upon the topic of individuality. We’re people with feelings, and no two of us are the same. We are individuals, we have different likes and dislikes, different wishes and wants, and different ideals. Each of us values things in life that we think are important, and therefore each and everyone of us has a unique idea of what will make us happy.

For some it’s family, for others it’s a profession, a place, a goal, an achievement, or likely a combination of those things and more. Some things makes us happy for a moment, like a cool drink on a hot day, but what are those things which makes us truly happy inside? Those things which we treasure in our hearts every single day, and which keep us going through good times as well as bad?

Human beings are complex, and though we have the advantage that we can communicate with one another, sometimes that can also be the cause of the complexity. For better and worse. Giving everyone the opportunity to speak up about what quality of life is for them and what makes them happy, gives us a more complex picture of people than what we have of living beings we can’t communicate so clearly with. But does that mean living for an animal or a plant is any less complex? Or does it simply mean that we cannot understand?

Human or animal, I don’t think there is a simple answer to any question dealing with life. Life in itself is both simple in it’s most basic form – we all live and we all eventually die too, but it’s also a complex matter that philosophers have discussed for decades. And perhaps we do not need an answer. Perhaps finding the answer for ourselves is part of what life is really about.

This post was inspired both by the Day 3 Zero to Hero challenge and the Daily Prompt.