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Friday, January 11, 2013

Unquoting Quotes!

What's that you do when you're suddenly going through an emotional overflow? I thought I'd write it out, because that's how I'd feel better and weird thoughts must always be discarded as soon as possible. You can't afford to let them germinate inside you, because they'd just grow, feeding on your anxiousness and sadness. That's a simple philosophy I have, keep in the good thoughts, discard the bad. I've just realized that how you discard them, is something you have to think about. I spent about half an hour in total, thinking about exactly what to write on. Should it be on happiness, or friendship or another Mixed Signals something, but honestly, it's hard to point at one single thing when you have thoughts about so many inter-related stuff. I don't think I want to write about friendship. I'm totally confused about it. Maybe I should let it rest, it's not really necessary to understand everything, right? 

Then I thought I'd just log on to goodreads and read some quotes from the books I've read. I love goodreads, by the way, that wonderfully bookish website! As always, it managed to steer my thoughts in what I hope is the right direction. For one, I looked up quotes by Frances Hodgson Burnett, an author whose wonderful children's classics, The Secret Garden and A Little Princess are books that I think, are absolute treasures. I don't know why I love children's books most and those that have kids as protagonists. It seems more in sync with the real world than the other fiction books I read. Honestly, it's like children look at things from a far deeper perspective than adults can and personally, I find those books more satisfying than anything else. For instance, consider these lines from The Secret Garden:

“One of the new things people began to find out in the last century was that thoughts—just mere thoughts—are as powerful as electric batteries—as good for one as sunlight is, or as bad for one as poison. To let a sad thought or a bad one get into your mind is as dangerous as letting a scarlet fever germ get into your body. If you let it stay there after it has got in you may never get over it as long as you live... Much more surprising things can happen to anyone who, when a disagreeable or discouraged thought comes into his mind, just has the sense to remember in time and push it out by putting in an agreeable, determinedly courageous one. Two things cannot be in one place. Where you tend a rose, my lad, A thistle cannot grow.”  

See? This is precisely what I had been meaning to tell someone, but I couldn't form the right words, in the right sense. This is also the reason why I love books! You read and you find your own feelings reflected in some lines, somewhere in between, in just the right manner. Read these lines again and again if you must, just remember to discard the disagreeable thoughts and immediately fill up that void with a courageous one, because one small thought that upsets you, if allowed to wallow inside, will create a mountain of negative things disturbing you and the people around, even those who're trying to help and those you're blind towards. 

This second one is from A Little Princess

“When people are insulting you, there is nothing so good for them as not to say a word -- just to look at them and think. When you will not fly into a passion people know you are stronger than they are, because you are strong enough to hold in your rage, and they are not, and they say stupid things they wished they hadn't said afterward. There's nothing so strong as rage, except what makes you hold it in -- that's stronger. It's a good thing not to answer your enemies.” 

Rage, anger, jealousy, all breed discontent, for nothing in return. If you're letting yourself get 'carried away' because you can't control your rage, maybe you're not strong enough. When I say "ignore" is my mantra for all the things that upset me, sometimes you silently disagree, because you think it's being weak. Sorry, it doesn't. It just means I don't have enough time to focus on non-sense stuff. I'd rather focus on what's important to me. 

The third and final quote in this post is again, from A Little Princess and among the best lines I've read in a long time. It's quite simple, childishly innocent, but something I believe might be true, after all. I'm a believer in fairy tales.  

“Perhaps you can feel if you can’t hear,” was her fancy. “Perhaps kind thoughts reach people somehow, even through windows and doors and walls. Perhaps you feel a little warm and comforted, and don’t know why, when I am standing here in the cold and hoping you will get well and happy again.” 

Well, this is for all those I care about, or have cared about at some point. I may not be too verbal, but I do always wish when you're sad, that you'd be happy again. These lines just beautifully shaped my thoughts, in a way, something I hadn't been able to think before. 

This is why I love reading, love stories and fairy tales and fantasy and fiction. These have amazing truths in them that you can't help wonder how they manage it. They have this amazing sense of power, so that you feel light and happy and second, you come to know that it's not just your life that's having problems. You're still much better off than many others and it would do you well to understand it. Enjoy your life to the fullest, while you still can! :) 

PS- First week of college (which won't be over till tomorrow) was hectic and boring. Just the tiniest bit okay, but maybe not.  

Friday, January 4, 2013

Resolutions 2013! ;)

Wishing all you lovely people a very Happy and a fantabulously-awesomely-awesome New Year! Hope you're having a great start to the year. If anyone cares to know, I am quite enjoying myself so far. My idea of enjoyment? Stay under warm blankets and just read! If you get bored, keep the book aside and pick up the laptop, stalk people use Facebook, or listen to music. Needless to say, I'm so in love with holidays that I just-don't-want-next-week-to-come! I don't want to go to college, don't! :| Anyway, till the time I have left to live like a normal sweetie girl (stop snickering, you), I'd be smiling and laughing and doing what I call 'fun'! Alright, it's a new year and those of you who've been here longer than a year might remember that I'd posted a huge list of stuff, not resolutions, but something like that, things I'd like to do in 2012 and also in my lifetime. To see the whole post, click here. Let's just do a yearly review, before going on to resolutions for this year?

Same time last year, I thought I'd:
1. Mend cracks with a friend: Uhh. Catching up with some old friends on Facebook counts? Well, even if it doesn't, I don't mind. I've had some renewed definitions of who really are friends this year, and I'm happy enough to know the difference. :)

2. Cut that fast food: Except for the occasional KFC burger (and okay, pizza too), I'm not eating out much. I'm anyway not a fan of fast food, so this is quite alright.

3. Freewheeling: Bicycling basically. No, I didn't get a bicycle and the only one time I used someone else's, I got two dogs running after me like totally stupid perros!* I guess we'll just postpone this to the time when we have some animal control in this city and we, the citizens can walk freely without thinking about possible animal-hazard.

Puzzling: Didn't happen!
Creating your own signature scent: Didn't get anyone to accompany me to the old Delhi apothecaries for ingredients :|
Play with Clay: That pottery club is too far!
Back to your Mother Tongue: Sorry, didn't happen!

Actually, let's cut it. I couldn't make any of those things happen. Topic closed.

Moving on to some promises suggestions I'm making to myself for 2013, considering you know, how I'll have no respite from college and the useless work all through the year. Really. At this moment, normalcy and fun seems a far fetched reality. Still, I'm going to dream and hope for something good! *Stubborn* you see ;)

1. Don't let anyone, ever, bring you down. I've had a lifetime's share of unfairness and people taking advantage when you're being 'nice'. Doesn't help much, as far as I can see. Simply help those who deserve it,  and love those who love you back. Drama over.

2. Learn when and what to say. Excitement is the culprit. I just have to get comfortable and then I'll definitely say something silly/idiotic/non-sense. Work-on-it! Though I have to say, I have been a bit better in this case, mostly because there aren't many people anyway with whom I get at 'that' comfort level, so yeah. It's in progress. 

3. Don't go overboard with teasing. Alright, I love teasing, just those whom I really like, mind you. And not in a harmful way either, just in a light manner, for fun. But I'm not able to stand the same thing happening with me for long. So I guess, even if some people don't get visibly upset or moved in any way, I should still curtail it, right? 

4. Write more. Look, even though I still am writing here, I know I need to do some serious practice if I don't want to let my sadist college snatch this thing from me. Aright, I'm being dramatic, because nothing can really snatch something you can do, but still. Lack of practice makes it worse. So, weekends are reserved for writing. Whatever it is. A review, a blogpost and I hope, I start with story-writing too. I really want to start! 

5. Actually write some Theandric Thursday posts. I can safely be called the worst host ever! Anyway, those who haven't read any TT post, click here see what it is! That's my first TT post and re-reading those comments has made me emotional :') It's not the best TT post, though. Click on Theandric Thursday under 'labels' to see other posts. I will write more. *serious face*

6. See the good even in the bad. College, for example. However much I dislike it, I'll have to do my best to see the positive aspects of it. Friends is one, studies should be another. C'mon girl, think about it. People don't even get an education and you're getting one and cribbing about it! If it gets too much, leave out some things, won't matter much.

7. Focus on improving personality. As much as I like staying the way I've always been, it does make a difference when you're actually doing something for real improvement. Cut the stubbornness, know how to improve and work on that. 

In short, yeah ;)
8. Read and review more books. I'm targeting two posts a week on my book blog (if you're fond of books, please go see that!). If not two reviews a week, then one review and one anything. It's going good and I intend to keep it that way. ;)

9. Well, 9 is a good number and even if I don't have a solid point, I had to make the points to 9! I'll just be me, like they say be yourself and won't do anything for purely selfish reasons. And yes, I've sort of decided to make at least one person, a non-reader, read a book. Fiction! And well, I'll just be good. ;)

This is the first post of 2013! I took three days to write this! And I'm saying it like it is a good thing, stupid me. I guess it's just pre-college nervousness. God, I wasn't even so anxious when I had to go to this college for the first time. I'm so weird, really! ;)

What have been your goals for this year?   

PS- *Perro: Dog in Spanish.  


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