Where will I be in 10 years?

My last year of school has just begun. We’re calling it the beginning of the end and I expected to be freaking out. Strangely enough I’m not. It’s almost like I’m ready for whatever comes next. I’m standing in the face of countless possibilities. So whats a better time to try and chalk out what my life might look like.

I don’t know where I’ll be or what I’ll do. But I do hope that I’ll be happy doing whatever it is. Whether I end up an author, opinionated journalist or whatever else it may be there are somethings that I certainly see.

I see myself sitting in a friends-esque cafe chatting and laughing. I see myself discovering the world, satiating my wanderlust. I can imagine the candid conversations I will have with people I have never met and will probably never meet again. I see myself falling in love and out of love and hopefully in love again.

I know that these predictions are just the fantasies of the dreamer within me. Too idealistic to be true. And even with some stroke of luck this is what my life ends up looking like it will come with a dose of hardship.  I just hope that ten years later I’m as happy as I am now.
This post may be a far cry from what my life looks like in 10 years. At the very least it may be something worth looking back at as a point of comparison. As of now the only thing that I do see in my future is studies. So until next time. Whenever that is.

 

ANGER

Some say the world will end in fire. But so much of the world was created by it. Anger what a wonderful and terrifying emotion. It can destroy. It can create.

So many people think that the world would be a much better place if everyone would just stop being angry. Angry with their lives. Their parents. Their jobs. Themselves. It just leads to frustration, at least that’s what they say. Just let go. Be calm.

However they don’t realize that the moment you stop being angry, you stop caring. So what if that child is being bullied? So what if you don’t get what you deserve? So what if that woman is being raped? Not being angry means you accept the way the things are and that you agree with the status quo.

It not less intense emotions that bring about change. It’s not displeasure that will compel you to protest. It’s not annoyance that will make you fight for change. The French revolution was not a result of people being unhappy. The feminist movement was not fueled by irritation.

It is pure unadulterated anger that forces people to fight and to ensure that something changes. Without anger there would be no change. There would be no democracy, there would be no women’s rights.

Yes life would be easier without anger. Will there be world peace though or will there just be people accepting subjugation and exploitation.

“We didn’t start the fire . We didn’t light it. But we tried to fight it.”              – Billy Joel

Why I Write

I write because the characters in my head need to have their story told. Their lives are far to exciting to be ignored. So I have to muster up the courage and tell you about them in the best way that I possibly can even though sometimes the stories in my head may come out all wrong.

I write because it makes me think. If I’m looking for something to write about  I end up paying much more attention to whats happening around me. It is from everyday situations and conversations that I get ideas for my next post, story or article.

Mainly I write because I have a lot to say. Writing lets me sort out everything that is going on in my head and finally get what is important out. Nobody has the time to listen to everything that I have to say but hopefully people will bother to read what I do end up writing.

I write so that I can connect to people whom otherwise I would never meet. I write in the hope that someone living a life that is entirely different from mine can find something to relate to. People say that they read to know they are not alone, I write to know that I am not alone.

I write so that I continue to believe that I am creative. I write because eventually I want to write somebodys favorite book.

Pinterest Quotes that just don’t make sense

Pinterest is a place filled with DIY projects I will never be able to do, rooms too pretty to have been lived in and way too many quotes. Sure I love quotes myself. Few words that say so much, whats not to love. But some quotes on pinterest just don’t make sense and here are a few.

“Never give up, ever.”

Sure if you want something you should try very very hard to achieve it. But sometimes it is best to know when to take a step back and say that ok I’ve it all that I had and it’s just not working. Infact somebody once told me that after giving it your all if the project doesn’t work its not your fault. Too many variables are out of your control.  They do say that insanity is doing the same thing repeatedly and expecting different results.

“Trust no one.”

People will betray you and people will break your heart. However heeding the advice of this particular quote won’t protect you it will just ensure a very lonely life. Trust is something that has to be earned but how can anyone even hope to earn it if they’re not even given a chance. So in response to this quote I’ll just say, let some people in and make some friends. You won’t regret it.

“Better days are coming they are called saturday and sunday.”

Okay so I have believed in this for a significant part of my school life. But recently I have started enjoying school more. I think that this is because I finally like all the subjects I’m studying. So instead of waiting for the weekend we should enjoy our weekdays more. Instead of hating monday we should try and do something fun. I think that if you love what you do it ceases to seem like work.

So despite this little rant, I really do love quotes. Yes, even the pinterest ones and I will keep repinning them. These words fueled by teenage fantasy do catch my fancy more often than not. Even though some people think that they are meaningless I think that they are a cute and quirky way of expressing yourself.

Beauty is not a size

One thing that mainstream media sorely lacks is people who are not size zero. Each and every picture showcases a man or a woman who has the perfect body. It defines beauty in an extremely narrow manner. If you are not these specific measurements you are not beautiful or sexy or even pretty. At least that’s what the media wants you to think. This is extremely harmful for everyone involved.

It creates unrealistic standards that no one can achieve without taking some serious steps. For example, the 6 or 8 pack abs that many actors have are not natural. They are not achievable if you do not go a no salt diet for at least ten days and even then they just last you those couple of days. Unless of course you resort to steroid or other such stuff that has the same effect.

The most common and arguably most harmful effect that this has is that it creates a negative body image for the people who are influenced by these T.V shows , magazines and movies. It’s a common misconception that it is just adolescent girls that suffer from these beauty standards. In fact they are just as detrimental for men, who feel the need to live up to these expectations.

The studies that have been conducted on this issue are truly terrifying. In extreme cases this is also a cause of many eating disorders. Not over-simplify anorexia, bulimia or any other eating disorder, the root cause is often the feeling of not being good enough. And this is something that this constrictive view of beauty leads to. People often believe that being fat and being beautiful is exclusive of each other.

I fail to understand the reason behind doing this. Why do we have dolls with such unrealistic proportions, why are even Disney princesses photo shopped to have such tiny waists. These may seem like just toys and movies but they leave a significant impact on children. This is what they begin to perceive as normal and they are bound to be disappointed that they themselves aren’t that size.

The solution to this however is not skinny shaming. Rather it is accepting that we will always have different body types and we are all beautiful in our own way. We need more actors, musicians and frankly anyone in the public eye promoting body positivity. Meghan Trainor in her own way is doing her bit. I appreciate the message that she is trying to send but in her song she does say that it’s okay to be fat because guys like it that way.

People should be happy with their body not because other people prefer it a particular way. But because that’s just the way that you are and it is absolutely fine. No body type should be considered more desirable than others, that just doesn’t make sense. And people need to realise that beauty is a lot more than just a handful of numbers.

Judgements and Labels

Something that I do and I think most people do is judge people. We usually make these judgements because of a singular incident and with a solitary glance. Without thinking twice people seem to have already formed opinions about other people. This tendency of mine is something that I have only just become conscious about. Many time I catch myself judging someone and I say to myself (in my head) that I don’t know a thing about this person so I should stop thinking that I do.

The problem with judging someone is that we don’t give them a chance to show us who they really are instead we make mostly baseless assumptions about them. And thats not even the worst part, as soon as we judge people we start to classify them. We put them into boxes and label them. A singular trait defines their entire personality. It’s almost like deciding who a person is based on what they like to eat, who their crush is or something just as absurd a that.

This entire concept is so constrictive. It reduces a person to a handful of traits. It prevents us from looking at the big picture you know the entire person. It sometimes also forces people to act in particular way so that they can be put into a particular box just so that they can fit in. I don’t know if this is specific to kids in school because I’ve certainly seen it there. This is harmful for anyone who is even slightly different. Anyone who does not fit into these neat little boxes, and frankly who does?

Big Talk

big talk

It continues to astound me how we spend so much time talking about stuff that doesn’t really matter. Like do we really care about Ariana Grande drinking coffee or what Kim Kardashian names her kid. And we spend so little time talking about what actually matters. It seems  like there are not a lot of people who prefer small talk to big talk, and that is something I’ll probably never understand.

To anybody who is still wondering, yes I would rather talk about aliens, gods and why we are actually here. Okay eventually curiosity does get the better of me and do end up gossiping and you can never really escape small talk. It’s not all that bad but surely talking about stuff that actually matters must take precedence. I understand that you can’t completely do away with all forms of small talk but I really do wish that we would spend more time talking about things that matter.

I’m not saying that all conversations need to discuss theories and the supernatural in fact I think that the best conversations oscillate from being absolutely ridiculous to being rather intelligent. I feel that because of small talk we leave a lot of things that actually matter unsaid.