"So one by one, they turn from me. I guess my friends can’t face the cold. But why I froze not one among them knows and never can be told."
Snow Patrol, This Isn’t Everything You Are
I love this song because it’s lyrics hint at something I think we should all know. Your birth or your past do not dictate who you are or who you could be. There is always space for growth, you always have the power to carve you’re destiny. When life tries to crush you; endure, grow stronger and when you are ready, fight back.
Silver Lining - Hurts
“So I want to end as I began, with a vision of two futures.”
Dear Future Generations.
Even as I put pen to paper I am unsure as to whether I should be writing a letter of apology or of praise. I’m sure history remembers this decade as the tipping point. The moment where our world crumbled into ruin or rose above the challenges we faced. Despite the current reign of recession, racism, discrimination, famine, war, terrorism and global warming, I still have so much hope for the future. These problems we face today are great, there is no denying that and I’m sure history remembers these difficulties. But they don’t leave me despairing at the thought of what tomorrow may bring. In my opinion mankind has the potential to not only overcome these problems but effectively eliminate them from our world. I truly hope that forty years from now such a utopia is not just a hope filled fantasy but fact.
The global recession is such a huge problem nowadays. Every sort of person from any walk of life is struggling to make ends meet. Long gone are the tiger economies that roared in the past and now people are left to wonder, will we ever live so intensely again? While this may not be the greatest threat humanity has ever faced it is the most pressing issue on everyone’s lips. You cannot blame people for trying to guard their pockets when they’ve got several other mouths to feed. My only hope is that by the year 2050 this recession has long since been resolved and is nothing more then a faded memory from what felt like an age ago. Hopefully money will flow much more freely than it does now and that the harsh lessons we are learning today, will never be forgotten.
Racism and discrimination too, are such huge issues today and much more personal for me as in some shape or form it is something I seem to see each and everyday. I will never understand why people are so prone to hating their fellow human beings? Why are people so afraid of that which is ever so slightly different? I can only hope that forty years from now humanity has grown passed this fatal flaw. I hope that we have become one big human family and that we not only accept each others differences but learn from them too. No one should be discriminated against for any reason! No one should be subject to racial slurs! I sincerely hope you future generations have realised this and are working together to build a bright future for yourselves.
Global warming and famine frequent our news headlines nowadays along with war and terrorism. These problems seem to amplify one another. To solve one, you must solve them all. I know there must be a solution to them. But I cannot think of it yet. Please tell me by 2050 that someone has. Please tell me that people no longer starve in the streets as a ruthless tyrant wages war with rebels! Please tell me that natural disasters no longer strike cities with such force it takes them years to recover or that people no longer merely accept a suicide bomber as a common occurrence.
When I cheer and celebrate to ring in the year of 2050 on a New Years Eve far from now I want to see a prosperous, healthy, world at peace. I want to see minorities breaking bread with former persecutors, I want to see a world where war, famine and global warming are a thing of the past. But unfortunately, to want and hope for something is not enough. As of this moment I am going to try my best to make my hopes a reality. But should I fail, I implore you to take up my mantle and strive to make this world a better place. Nothing is impossible, our hopes will become a reality!
I had forgotten, but I remember…
To quote 30 seconds to mars;
I do believe in the light
Raise your hands into the sky
The fight is done
The war is won
Lift your hands towards the sun.
That’s right! It is all behind me. The sun shone today and after nearly a year I finally felt like myself again. I finally felt damn happy. Of course there are still sly comments, paranoia and dark thoughts but it doesn’t matter because I feel good now. Once again I am strong enough to stop such things from keeping me down.
Two days ago a friend accepted me when I felt unworthy of his friendship. When I hated myself. This is why I can put the bad feelings behind me now. The only thing that last year has taught me is to not let sorrow get me down. I know I can’t be happy everyday but that won’t stop me from trying. I’m going to smile and laugh as much as I can because that is me. That is who I am. I had forgotten it but I remember now! Once again i’m the eternal optimist with slightly pessimistic thoughts. Sure, I’m still conflicted and confused, but I’m happy now and no one is taking that away from me. The fight is done, the war is won, lift your hands towards the sun.
State of mind
So my mom gave me a big old speech today on the power of your mind, frequently coining the phrase “mind over matter”. Essentially, it boiled down to her telling me that when you wake up every morning if you say to yourself “I AM GOING TO BE HAPPY TODAY” then for the most part you will be and your brain will start producing those sweet feel good chemicals. I think usually I do that. Now some of you will point out my blog is pretty dark but that’s why my blog exists. I vent out the negative emotions here, in colourful language, to prevent darkness from impacting on my life. But this all got me thinking, is it healthy to ignore or vent sadness? Surely the healthiest thing to do is face sorrow? Thoughts guys?