Use less “I” and more “we”
There’s something incredibly gratifying about a rainy day.
Life seems to move a bit slower, the air cleaner, and your mind fresher.
For rainy days are a cleanse, a nurture for ground we so tiredly walk on everyday, a time to reflect as the droplets of water press against your window.
I so long for a rainy day, I so long for a day that my regrets can sit beside me instead of against me.
For what a rainy day provides is more than just a hydration for the grass and roots, it provides a state a mind, a state of peace, a time for a breath.
A breath that I ever so disparately desire.
Use less “I” and more “we”
It’s almost towards the end of the year, and although I think this post might be premature, there’s a lot to said about the past year in my life. Usually, it’s around the end of December where most people do these “end of the year reflections.” For me, as a self-declared non-conformist, I’ve decided to reflect sooner. Why? Because let’s be honest I’m nerd, and second being back home at my parents’s house for a extended period of time for Thanksgiving has bought the changes into in perspective more than ever. But it’s mostly because I’m an over-achieving, slightly odd, mostly weird, entirely a dork.
Self-deprivation aside, this year in word has been “change.” It’s been a huge year of changes. From graduating college, starting an grown-up job, living in the city entirely independent to becoming that one friend who falls asleep at 9pm because she has to be up early for work all the time. Yep, that’s me. Officially old and officially accepted it’s okay to stay-in on a Friday simply because you are tried. Call me boring.
However, being an adult is not all that boring at all. This year I’ve learned I love my job, my friends are now my new family and more than ever I’ve finally built up the courage to do what I want out of my life. Sure, it took a few destructive relationships, and few zillion gallons of coffee for all-nighters studying for exams. Who says milestones doesn’t come with a some emotional and social causalities, right? Correct.
There’s just something else about trying to do it all on your own. Expect for when your basement floods and the first person you call is your dad, but other than that completely independent. I feel like I’ve grown into myself, and finally have the chance to learn who I really am. Sure, it will take time, but I truly feel like I’m getting there.
Being an adult is awesome so far. So what if my ideal a Saturday morning is sleeping in until 9am and listening to NPR as I clean my kitchen. Let’s be honest, as I grow into this person my diet will still always be of a 6 year old kid (Goldfish and string cheese).
This year was unlike any other year in my life so far. I have developed new life-lasting bonds, but most importantly I’ve begin to develop a bond internally that I didn’t have before. Those two elements have made this year so incredible.
Fact: I am a cheeseball. Deal with it.
The Girl Who Just Wants To Learn of the Day: Meet Malala Yousafzai, a 14-year-old Pakistani girl shot by the Taliban this week on her way home from school — ”A bullet struck her head, but her brain is safe,” one of her doctors reported.
A Taliban spokesman says that if she survives, they’ll come for her again:She was pro-West, she was speaking against the Taliban and she was calling President Obama her idol. She was young but she was promoting Western culture.
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1. Dead in the Boat- Elbow
This makes for the perfect fall album for a number of reasons. First, like all music that comes from this British band, the instrumentals are magical. The use of a variety of instruments both in an upbeat and slower pace throughout the record precisely captures what makes this band so great. That and the fact that Elbow always does a great job of creating something new without steering away from its core of simple vocals and complex sound. Definitely a great addition for fall.
2. Love This Giant- St. Vincent & David Byrne
This is easily of my favorite albums of the year. It’s opening track ‘Who’ catches your attention with a beautifully composed triumph and David Byrne’s distinct voice and St. Vincent’s funky voice. The first alone, should convince you to buy the entire album. The uniqueness of each track is what makes this record flow and easy to listen too. Yes, I think the vocals of this record are great, but I really think that the instruments and composition is what makes it of my favorites of the year. The composition of each track is so carefully crafted, at times it feels like you are listening to multiple different tracks in one track. It’s perfection.
3. Coexist- The Xx
It’s hard to believe that Coexist is only their sophomore album that took the band four years to release. The band’s new album isn’t much different from their debut record, which is a great thing given the time lapse between both records. Coexist is more of a continuation of the band’s first album, the sound and the vocals have not changed much, which makes it easy for listeners to pick up right where they left off with The Xx back in 2009. The record is fairly an easy listen, perfect for slow pace fall Sunday.
4. Valtari- Sigur Ros
Okay, granted this album was released in May it still makes for the perfect fall album (well, actually it’s perfect for anytime in the year). Sigur Ros has its way of making music so clean, while still using a variety of different sounds to add depth. Each track is a continuation of another, almost as though the album is telling a story using purely instruments and very soft vocals. It’s a perfect record to listen too while taking a long walk during a brisk fall morning.
That’s it for now, part two will come soon! Promise!
If you aren’t ever challenged you won’t ever know what it means to be successful.
People will disappoint, but be kind and be better.
You can’t always go back searching for the truth. Sometimes even the memories created with a series of disjointed truths should remain untouched and unexplored. Certain memories should simply remain memories that begin to merge with dreams as they grow old and sanctification replaces suspicion. Let the mystery of unanswered questions flourish, for it could provide a future excitement.
Ignorance at most times looks to you as a fool, but for it to be bliss you look back at others as they look to you.
Transitions fade the promises made from a time where there was no thought in memories being made.