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Paradox

12 Mar

“The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings but shorter tempers, wider Freeways, but narrower viewpoints. We spend more, but have less, we buy more, but enjoy less. We have bigger houses and smaller families, more conveniences, but less time. We have more degrees but less sense, more knowledge, but less judgment, more experts, yet more problems, more medicine, but less wellness. 

We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little, drive too fast, get too angry, stay up too late, get up too tired, read too little, watch TV too much, and pray too seldom. 

We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values. We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often.

We’ve learned how to make a living, but not a life. We’ve added years to life not life to years. We’ve been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet a new neighbor. We conquered outer space but not inner space. We’ve done larger things, but not better things. 

We’ve cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul. We’ve conquered the atom, but not our prejudice. We write more, but learn less. We plan more, but accomplish less. We’ve learned to rush, but not to wait. We build more computers to hold more information, to produce more copies than ever, but we communicate less and less. 

These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion, big men and small character, steep profits and shallow relationships. These are the days of two incomes but more divorce, fancier houses, but broken homes. These are days of quick trips, disposable diapers, throwaway morality, one night stands, overweight bodies, and pills that do everything from cheer, to quiet, to kill. It is a time when there is much in the showroom window and nothing in the stockroom.” –George Carlin

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Some Bullshit Concept

25 Feb

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Constant Personal Evolution

25 Feb

Woke up this morning in one of those states where you fervently cling to your dream. Where on some subconscious level you know that whatever you’re dreaming of is not the reality you know in your conscious state.

I snoozed four times before I finally grudgingly left my bed to make a cup of coffee. I crammed all the information that I needed for my religion test and set out to catch the bus.

Outside, the sun had decided to finally make an appearence which lifted my spirits a tid bit. Lost in my reverie, I almost missed my stop. I quickly hurried out before the door closed.

I was the first person to arrive and set about making my desk ready. I wrote my exam with ease and was fairly confident, until we started talking about the questions afterwards, where I quickly realized I had in fact made quite a few mistakes. Disheartened I spent the rest of the class only half listening to the discussion were were having about Ramadon. I can really get down and out when I don’t live up to the expectations I have set for myself.. BUT I also have learned to accept that I tried my best and that’s all anyone can do.

Finally, I finished off the morning with my ever amusing English class. I relish the two hours on a Monday where I can just sit back and relax, instead of being fully concentrated on the teacher and taking part in the discussions.

My last class was canceled and I happily left school to head home and relax. The journey home, without my music left me once again to my thoughts.

I sat waiting for the bus pondering what really makes up a person’s identity. I don’t believe that the true essence of a person lies in any materialistic items they posess. Then I got to thinking. Is a person the sum of all their failures and triumphs combined? Or only their triumphs? or just their failures? Are we what we love? Are we the things we find most important in life? Do our personal set of morals define our character?

I believe that we cannot say for certain at any time in our lives exactly what makes us the person we are. We are in a constant state of change. We are shedding old beliefs as well as aquiring new ones. We are the sum of our deeds but also our aspirations. I am not the person I was yesterday but also not the person I will or could be tomorrow. I say could because not everyone wishes to change. Some are happy as the person they descovered themselves to be in their twenties.. or forties and therefore stop this constant personal evolution. That being said though, sometimes events in our lives change us and we have no control of that change. I can think of the most common example, loss. When you lose somebody close to you, you are changed whether you want to or nor you will never be the same person you were before you lost them.

I will always try to better myself while at the same time accepting myself for where I am at. I am far from perfect but I’ve grown to love the person I have become. It’s not always easy but as I said I am a work in progess.

“The Greatest Thing You’ll Ever Learn Is Just To Love And Be Loved In Return”

24 Feb

Another day done and over with. I’m off to bed, with about a million thoughts racing through my head.

Before I sleep I always think about everything. Sometimes it takes hours before I can finally fall asleep. I think about my day, the interactions I had with people. What I said and didn’t say, what others said and how I reacted in different situations.

I think about my life, my dreams, my fears, my hopes and aspirations.

I wonder about the people I have met in my journey through life. What they are doing in that exact moment. Are they happy? or sad? What’s something that made them laugh that day or even something that weighed heavily on their mind.

I can honestly say I am grateful for every encounter I have had, whether good or bad, it has made me into the person I am today.

I will leave you with one of my favorite quotations: “The greatest thing you’ll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return.”

Another Lazy Sunday

24 Feb

Berlin Calling Album

So it’s another lazy Sunday here in a very cold and gray Munich. I find myself unable to concentrate on the rediculous religion notes I should be studying. Instead, I’ve been listening to the Berlin Calling album and letting my thoughts wander. So much has changed during the short 3,5 years I’ve lived abroad. And on days like today I catch myself staring out my window, my view somewhat obscured by my vibrant Orchid, which is in full bloom. I need summer. I need to feel the warm rays of sunshine on my skin. I want to sit along the Isar and feel the soft breeze blowing in from the Alps caress my skin…