Monday, May 28, 2012

We search the world looking for acceptance. Acting like hungry animals in a jungle, hunting to find true happiness. The people we meet, the challenges we face. I wouldn’t get through any of it if it weren’t for you. The words we share, are our words only. Each day we spend, I know we will see a million more. Those moments of absolute raw laughter, we are both so short of breath – it hurts. My eyes see you for who you really are, I welcome your flaws. Walking such different lives and feeling such similar experiences – would only happen with you. Singing the words to our favourite songs makes me think of how much I miss you. Love you big sis, don’t ever change. xxx

sketching for peace...

Sunday, May 13, 2012

"Never be afraid to fall apart because it is an opportunity to rebuild yourself the way you wish you had been all along"

- Rae Smith

Monday, April 30, 2012

Still the most intelligent lyrics i've ever come across. x

"Everybody is free to wear sunscreen"
    by Baz Luhrman

Ladies and Gentlemen of the class of '97,
Wear sunscreen. If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it. The long term
benefits of sunscreen have been proved by scientists, whereas the rest of my advice has no basis or
reliable then my own meandering experience.  I will dispense this
Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth. Oh, nevermind, you won't understand the power and
beauty of your youth until they've faded, but trust me in 20 years, you'll look back at photos of
yourself and recall in a way you can't grasp now how much possibility lay before you and how fabulous
you really looked. You are not as fat as you imagine.
Don't worry about the future, or worry, but know that worrying is as effective as trying to solve an algebra
equation by chewing bubblegum.
The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind: the kind that blindsides
you at 4pm on some idle Tuesday.
Do one thing every day that scares you.
Don't be reckless with other people's hearts; don't put up with people who are reckless with yours.
Don't waste your time on jealousy.  Sometimes you're ahead, sometimes you're behind.  The race is
long, and in the end, it's only with yourself.
Remember compliments you receive; forget the insults. (if you succeed in doing this, tell me how).
Keep your old love letters; throw away your old bank statements.
Don't feel guilty if you don't know what you want to do with your life.  The most interesting people
I know didn't know at 22 what they wanted to do with their lives; some of the most interesting 40 year
olds I know still don't.
Get plenty of Calcium.  Be kind to your knees -- you'll miss them when they're gone.
Maybe you'll marry, maybe you won't.  Maybe you'll have children, maybe you won't.  Maybe you'll
divorce at 40; maybe you'll dance the funky chicken on your 75th wedding anniversary.
Whatever you do, don't congratulate yourself too much or berate yourself, either.  Your choices are half
chance, so are everybody else's.
Enjoy your body: use it every way you can.  Don't be afraid of it or what other people think of it; it's the
greatest instrument you'll ever own.
Dance...even if you have no where to do it but in your own living room.
Read the directions (even if you don't follow them).
Do not read beauty magazines; they will only make you feel ugly.
Get to know your parents; you never know when they'll be gone for good.
Be nice to your siblings: they're your best link to your past and the people most likely to stick with you in
the future.
Understand that friends come and go, but what a precious few should hold on.  Work hard to bridge the gaps
and geography and lifestyle, because the older you get, the more you need the people you knew when you
were young.
Live in New York City once, but leave before it makes you hard.
Live in Northern California once, but leave before it makes you soft.
Accept certain inalienable truths: prices will rise, politicians will philander, you too will get old; and when you
do, you'll fantasize that when you were young, prices were reasonable, politicians were noble, and children
respected their elders.
Respect your elders.
Don't expect anyone else to support you.  Maybe you have a trust fund, maybe you'll have a wealthy spouse,
but you never know when either one might run out.
Don't mess too much with your hair or by the time you are 40, it will look 85.
Be careful whose advice you buy, but be patient with those who supply it.  Advice is a form of nostalgia;
dispensing it is a way of wishing the past from the disposal--wiping it off, painting over the ugly parts, and
recycling it for more than it's worth.
But trust me, I'm the sunscreen.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

"our truest life is when we are in dreams awake"

- Henry David Thoreau

I love this image. it reminds me how beautiful imperfection can be. 

"One of the most difficult things in life is seeing people for who they really are.
You will always come across people who aren’t ideal.
They will test you, or make you an angry hostile version of yourself.
People may use you when it suits them and remain the selfish ones who make you feel worthless.
Others will be the teaching type who you will look up to and learn valuable lessons from.
However the thing that I find most precious and worth getting out of bed for – is the fact that there are people out there who make me want to be a better person.
They make me laugh at the simplest of things.
They push me into a scary but exciting direction, which is out of my comfort zone… without which I would never achieve anything different.
My capabilities are endless with these personalities surrounding me.
They help me understand other walks of lives.
They turn my basic questions into interesting conversations.
They motivate me to do better – without making me feel stupid.
When I’m feeling low they nurture me and pick me right back up.
These people are it.
They are everything I want out of my life right now and finding them is such a beautiful thing."


Tuesday, April 10, 2012

"Let it be.
Let the mirror fall and smash into a thousand pieces.
When the time comes to pick up the pieces…
Slowly look at each piece to acknowledge the different shapes they have formed into.
You will notice not one of the pieces will be the same.
Each will have it’s own unique way of shattering and forming a new shape.
In only milliseconds.  
As dangerous as these pieces are, we should try to find them intriguing and interesting.
We can learn so much from broken things, as we do from broken relationships.
They are dangerous, unfamiliar and confusing.
We will always try to mend them a couple of times but they are sometimes better left broken.
Let it be. Let life be. Let the mess turn into a lesson you will never forget."

"This life is a rush of extreme feelings. Love, hate, jealously, desire, admiration...The list goes on. The hardest and strangest thing I have had to realise recently is; we are far better off accepting these feelings and working with them, compared to when we try to deny them. If we attempt to fight the emotions that our body wants to feel, then the end result will be having deep built up issues long term. I recently experienced a break up, and as they are horrible things to go through…I felt it was absolutely necessary to let myself feel heartbroken, upset, angered, regret, alone etc.
Society has drummed into our minds that we need to fix these feelings and that they are not meant to be there. However, that’s wrong. What was hard to realise -  is that it’s healthy to go through those stages. Accepting those emotions is the difference between the fake happy version of myself, and the real true version of myself. I’m so much happier in the long run being true to my feelings and myself. The gut feeling is the most powerful instinct I’ve ever experienced. It has never been wrong in my eyes. Staying true and honest to your needs and wants is the most precious gift to ones self."