A list of things I learnt recently:
1. Appreciate the little efforts you do! Even if it includes waking up in the morning, dressing yourself up and making it through the day. A lot of people can’t even make it till there, and you can. Pat yourself on the back for it!
2. It is okay to feel the way you are feeling. It may be anxious, depressed or even sad for a while “(its a phase)”. Let yourself be for a while.
3. Accept your thoughts. Do not ignore them. Give them the space to breathe and slowly crush them. Do not crush them immediately. Your feelings will feel bad.
4. Take baby steps to make your way to a positive mental health. It’s important to take those, because if you try jumping to bigger conclusions, you’ll slip and hurt yourself in the process.
5. Cry your heart out! It’ll lighten you and try converting this energy positively. If you’re able to do that, appreciate yourself. You’re good, don’t worry.
6. Listen. Be there for people when they’re trying to tell you something. Hear them. They’ll always appreciate. They’re wanting to tell you something.
7. Compliment yourself. Write down your little achievements that you achieve through the day. It’s okay if you can’t stand in the front of the mirror everyday and tell yourself every morning that you’re beautiful and you’ve made it. Write it! You’ll be able to justify too! There’s little hope in that too, hehe.
8. Many people won’t be there for you, but your parents will always be. You’ll always have their back. If you know you can’t fall back on someone, you should know that you can fall back to your parents.
9. Do what you like and what makes you happy! If you don’t like going somewhere, don’t! Relax, Ishita, it’s okay. You don’t need to validate yourself to anyone. You may feel guilty later, but it’s okay. Don’t blame yourself for it. Take it positively and think, “I was happy that moment, it’s fine.”
10. Breathe. There is nothing more important than breathing and being grateful for the little things you have, a good life, a good family and a very good upbringing. For each of you!
11. There will always be people trying to pull you down, do not let them cross you. [Cont. in comments]
Here is another piece that was written from my writing group's prompt of 'running.' This character is something I plan on exploring more later after my current WIP is done. Kind of vibing off of some Quantum Leap themes here. . .
The book fell open and without thinking I absorbed the first sentence that attracted my gaze. I should have known better. .
It would stand to reason I’d be used to the feeling of ‘jumping stories’ by now, but the shock of being yanked backward out of yourself at unfathomable speed while simultaneously smashed into the wall of your own body was nauseating no matter how many times I experienced it. Pair that with the fact that this time I fell into a body already in motion and my brain and stomach both melted with the effort to catch up with the change in stimuli. .
My heart was exploding, and my breath came in shallow gasps that stabbed at my throat and lungs. I was running--no, sprinting, through a dense forest descending into early evening darkness. The air was damp with fresh rain and I dodged large clumps of sword ferns and rotting logs, the automatic reactions of a terrified animal in flight. .
I didn’t have the luxury to sit with my thoughts and gather the pieces of my current identity, there was a reason my body was running for its life. I just hoped that reason would reveal itself soon, preferably not in a life-threatening kind of way. As I splashed my way across a small creek and scrambled up the sloppy mud-drenched bank, fragments of information began to bloom inside my mind. (CONTINUED IN COMMENTS)
Be brave. Let your guard down. You deserve to be loved in the right way.
Dear Elena Gilbert,
You are a great human and a true friend, Elena. It's a blessing to know a person as selfless and loving as you. Nothing and no one could replace the people you have lost. You were brave enough to get through all of that.
Love is a giant leap of faith and you chose to give it a chance even after losing your parents whom you loved the most. I realize that, in our life, we take a lot of things for granted - family, friends, life, everything! You taught me to value every little thing that surrounds us.
It must be really hard being a doppelganger of the most evil of the vampires. You have had your share of troubles and ordeals. It was so inspiring to see you grow out stronger in spite of all your grief.
Your compassion is what made everyone fall in love with you, even a humanity-less vampire like Damon. Your life has been hell of a ride and in spite of that every time you came out mightier and patient than before.
Stefan came into your life when you really needed someone to take care of you. Both of you were so good together that everyone started loving you as a couple but then Stefan switched off his humanity and went away. You were shattered. You confided in Damon to be your solace. He became a close friend and then very soon we knew that you love Damon.
It feels really weird to realize that you love a person whom you had always known to be bad and selfish. But it was true love. It wasn't in your control and that's when the most popular Love story of the 21st century started.
Elena, your journey from being a human to a vampire and back to being a human was full of twists and turns. You stood up to all of it so bravely and amazingly. You are, were and will always be the one and only Elena Gilbert.
P.S. I'll always love #Delena
All the love,
Open letter by: Aarifa.
8 hours ago
Why do we fall in love? Is it the idea of being in love, the idea of falling? Is it the person? Or is it what she does? Why do you feel? What kind of love is it? Superficial? Or like a love that makes you feel you've loved the same person in the exact manner in a million lives before?
You feel empathy for her and want to give out all the love you have. Or maybe you feel empathy for yourself, you have so much love inside, you'll go crazy if you don't let it out. You both are two pieces of a jigsaw, broken in manners, so as to fit each other, and yet separated by a reality so explicit, that a jigsaw can only help but imitate. And so you set aside your own pieces to create a better reality.
But then, why do you still screenshot her pics? Who would you show them to? Would the still not deleted chats still resonate tonight like they did the first time? Won't these weights drown you? Don't you want to be free?
I have known the light on the "superficial" surface. It is fierce and blinding. It crushes, "burns" and buries those who can't match its speed. And I want to drown, infinitely deep and down, "falling" endlessly, as slow as a feather, into her eternal serendipity, while everything around me rushes and vanishes into the light, until all that remains is a void, full of her memories, memories twisting in the turmoil of my dopamine. .
Because, you see, may be I have loved her in a million lives before, and may be, the world may be round but, certainly, you can never reach where you started from.
3 minutes ago
Realising your freedom is one of the most liberating things you can experience. Nothing should make you a prisoner. Not even love. If I could sum up what my new poetry book #InThisMadness is about, it’s that.💙
Finding Beauty in Negative Spaces
I pray when I wake up tomorrow, I'd see another bright day—
a day where you see people moving around,
cars causing traffic jams,
bosses trying to get to your nerves,
trains packed with people.
a day where you eat at your favourite ramen house,
meet with friends at a coffee shop,
walk hand-in-hand with your special one,
drink milk tea with your family.
I pray that even if we go back to normal, we'd be bringing this experience—
to think how beautiful the earth was when we are not abusing it,
to appreciate the presence of the people around us no matter how much they hurt us,
to remember to save money for times that we need it,
to cherish the lives of your loved ones.
So I pray. I pray. And I pray.
You know, I want to see another sunrise,
another high noon, another sunset,
breathe natural air with people I hold dear.
I pray that I wake up and this is all over.
I pray that I wake up and everyone is alright.
I pray that I wake up and we have nothing to worry about.
But how much harder do I have to? - R
A carpet of woodland anemones was the surprise this week on our lockdown exercise walk.
At least this uncertain period is forcing us to take advantage of seeing some of the beautiful things on our doorstep as we try to get our hour of fresh air every day.
How are you coping with the virus restrictions? I know pretty much every country has them now.
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Sounds damn weird i know. The time we're going through is tough for all of us someway or other but I feel something very special about it ! It's Ramé.
So here I'm standing with a bunch of things embedded in my head : the stock of memories of past and the thinking of future. Thinking and thinking and being a bit productive is all left to do. Ahh and it just striked my mind, there is something interesting we all can do. To do the unaccomplished tasks and thinking about what actually makes you happy.
I'm very fond of all the three things you can see, so basically a 'NEP-CTO-RO-PHILE' I can say.
The sky and the clouds have a story to say everytime I shift my gaze to them and I must tell you the story's are quite interesting
The night is the saviour to the soul. The omniscient of all the the secrets hidden under this happy face
And sunsets, they're a must watch. To watch it setting , sipping the freshly brewed coffee is the best feeling ever.
So now, I want you all to sit and think 💛
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#FacebookMemory that we can use today for some inspiration and positivity. Sharing a piece I wrote, on this day in 2017
Cracks are beautiful. The flaky fissures recite a poem that beautifully strum the strings of the heart and stir a melody within. When I see these walls; the way they stand firm and resolute despite these lovely freckles, all I feel is that we humans often get bogged down by a mere chip in our soul. We feel defeated each time life throws us curves as we are compelled to tread the unknown serpentine paths. We feel lost.We feel broken. We feel lonely. We forget to look at the brighter side. We forget that these cracks, these chasms are transforming us. We forget that there is perfection in imperfection. These flaws remind us that there is beauty in vulnerability. The layers are chipping off to give way to a new 'you'. And therefore each trial, each hardship prepares you for a destiny, a purpose that you were meant for and each broken crack heals with time. The healing is a journey and that journey matters more than the destination. Those cracks matter more than the parts that mend overtime. And that's why broken parts shall always have a melody more beautiful than the songs of an early morning cuckoo. Because underneath all those chipped crevices and dents, lies the undiscovered newness of a beauty like an unfinished masterpiece of an accomplished artist. .
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Feeling a little dark with this one.
Dear Farhan ( 3Idiots ),
I still remember you jumping out of a plane faking a heart attack just when Rancho was found in some lone place and all along "Behti Hawa Sa Tha Woh" we got introduced to you.
You are the typical child of every Indian family whose parents have pre-decided the future of joining the engineering in a well-esteemed college. You've had this passion of becoming a wildlife photographer and that was eventually brought to you by Rancho or you know Phunsukh Wangdu as the world knows him by. Rancho enabled you to find where your heart belonged to and he even secretly posted the letter to the Hungarian Photographer- André Istvan. Normally anyone would be furious but you were all mixed emotions as your fear of what your Abba would say has always become an obstacle.
You and Raju were lucky enough to have a friend like Rancho who was never hesitant about correcting you and conquer your adversities. You had him as a sidekick and together you did so many adventures together-ruining Chatur's speech, crashing a wedding only to find yourself next day in the principal's room, taking a photocopy of Virus' paper for Raju to save him from committing another mistake and even agreeing on marrying his sister only to make Raju to respond.
Farhan you've come a long way from hesitantly studying engineering and your journey hasn't been easy. From nearly facing death, taking old man's ashes to the toilet, making the bride run away from her wedding and finally all the way to Leh, the desperate moment you found your friend alive. You've been an icon itself.
Farhan, our story is similar. The minute you decided to confess to your mom and dad about your love for photography and assuring them that you'll never end your life has created a small hope for people like me, that you can choose your own path and come out of what doesn't give you happiness, if you get the right motivation and the right person to show you. "Allow me to follow what gives me happiness dad, all these days I've done things just to keep you happy." This one statement is enough for how far you can go to keep your parents happy.
*CONTINUE IN COMMENTS*
Up and working early while it's quiet. Hoping to get another chapter finished today and proof the one that is almost ready to be uploaded. Wishing everyone a safe and productive day.
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