28th August 2013

 “Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.” 

Lao Tzu

I think I am going to need to keep reminding myself of this over the coming days and weeks. Today marks one of the biggest changes in my life so far – my move to France for the year- and I hope that I have enough courage in me to adapt to and welcome the change. Wish me luck!

23rd August 2013

“Some folks arrive into our lives and depart footprints on our hearts and we are in no way ever the very same.”

 Flavia Weedn

This is something I’ve realised more often recently. There are people who I have known for years and years and they have inevitably changed me and my life and equally, there are people who I haven’t know for quite as long but they have changed me and my perspectives and feelings nontheless.

17th August 2013

“Success is not built on success. It’s built on failure. It’s built on frustration. Sometimes it’s built on catastrophe.”

Sumner Redstone

More often than not I think that success only feels like true success when you’ve worked for it, when you’ve been through hell for it and especially when it hasn’t come easily. This year’s results season – both at my university and for those taking a-levels- reminded me of this quote. I know certainly for me, success feels even better knowing that I really worked for it. For other people, who were not quite as successful as they’d hoped, that could be a foundation to build upon.

13th August 2013

“The Portuguese call it “saudade”: a longing for something so indefinite as to be indefinable. Love affairs, miseries of life, the way things were, people already dead, those who left and the ocean that tossed them on the shores of a different land – all things born of the soul that can only be felt.” 

Anthony De Sa, Barnacle Love

I don’t think I’ve ever come across a word for this in any of the languages I know.

31st July 2013

 

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Starry Night Over the Rhone, Van Gogh

I’m not a particularly arty or art-aware person, but this has to be one of my favourite paintings. It is a painting of the bank of the Rhone river in Arles, where Van Gogh was living at the time, and I just think it looks so beautifully peaceful. I love the night’s sky. Then the other day, I came across this quote below by a Persian poet, and it reminded of this painting.

“Even after all this time, the sun never says to the earth, “You owe me.” Look what happens with a love like that. It lights the whole sky.”

Hafez

29th July 2013

“When faced with two equally tough choices, most people choose the third choice: to not choose.
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Jarod Kintz, This Book Title Is Invisible

The feeling I hate the most is not knowing what to do, especially when decisions are such – tough and opposing. Then not to choose is kind of a decision in itself, and although that for now is easier, you know that you are still going to have to make a decision about what to do sometime.