Words worth hearing vol.6

Living an exciting life can certainly inspire creativity, but for many it is the monotony of the routine, the steady plodding through the day that sparks the mind to find solace in the imagination.

Be regular and ordinary in your life, so that you may be violent and original in your work.

-Gustave Flaubert

To write is the joy and the torment of the idle

-Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette

Share your stories

Stories shape us.

Since the first Humans began to communicate we have been sharing our thoughts, emotions and daily adventures through a host of mediums; cave paintings, pottery and simple drawings in the dirt.

The stories we tell ourselves and others help us to understand the world, to expand our limited perceptions and reach out across the void and touch, however briefly, the life of another, real or imagined.

The most important thing all of us can do is continue to share these stories for they are the bedrock of community.

Whether you are a writer, musician or painter never stop sharing because now more than ever, Humanity needs your stories.

Understanding through Art

Art, in its many forms, can touch us deeply in the most beautiful of ways, or leave us scarred and ashamed.

Reminders of human atrocities are scattered throughout History side by side with acts of courage and kindness.

Whole countries lay down to sleep every night with the memories of war and its consequences. Some have been defined by those wars in the minds of all other peoples, replacing an entire history with just the one period of time.

Artists, whether through painting, music, film and other mediums, attempt to imprint the feeling of these moments in time through their respective art forms.

To draw the suffering of a Vietnam war veteran onto paper, showing his pain through the weary lines of his face and sadness tinged eyes.

To encompass the anguish of a Mother who lost her child to starvation during the war in song and dance.

To force viewers to truly see and work through the emotions of a terrible situation through a documentary or biography.

Art can help us to understand these terrible moments, so that we can develop our empathy and stretch ourselves out, expanding our perspective.

In that understanding comes the ability to see the world for what it truly is, a harsh, unforgiving place, but also one of breathtaking beauty.

Appreciating the little moments of compassion and joy comes only after seeing how bad things can be. I for one am glad to have had the relative boredom of my life, especially after seeing the pain that many people around the world have had to endure.

And I am thankful for the opportunity to learn and grow from the experiences others have been kind enough to share with me, and I hope I can use this knowledge to further my own art.

I hope you all have this opportunity as well in your lives, so keep your eyes and ears open, because these stories, this art, is everywhere.

 

Beginnings

The beginning is always the most difficult.

We can fantasize about something, plan it out in the most excruciating of detail, compile note upon note with the intention of having the most perfectly executed start, and then never get off the couch.

It’s the fear. It drives our procrastination, can make us drown ourselves in an information flow, justify a thousand delays. We can reason ourselves out of anything we want to because of that damn fear of failure, fear of humiliation, fear of not holding up to the standard we imagine within our minds.

At the end of the day there is no other thing to do but just begin.

Whatever it is, just start from the beginning, and work at it.

No magic, no 6 easy steps, just begin.

Words worth hearing Vol.5

There is so much beautiful wisdom hidden within the pages of novels and I find they are simply not shared enough.

The stormlight archives by Brandon Sanderson is one of my favorite series, here are some great quotes from his characters(A.K.A himself:D)

“The most important words a man can say are, “I will do better.” These are not the most important words any man can say. I am a man, and they are what I needed to say.

The ancient code of the Knights Radiant says “journey before destination.” Some may call it a simple platitude, but it is far more. A journey will have pain and failure. It is not only the steps forward that we must accept. It is the stumbles. The trials. The knowledge that we will fail. That we will hurt those around us.

But if we stop, if we accept the person we are when we fall, the journey ends. That failure becomes our destination. To love the journey is to accept no such end. I have found, through painful experience, that the most important step a person can take is always the next one.

I’m certain some will feel threatened by this record. Some few may feel liberated. Most will simply feel that it should not exist. I needed to write it anyway.”

-Dalinar Kholin

Expectation wasn’t just about what people expected of you. It was about what you expected of yourself. Someone has to start. 

-Shallan Davar

DragonBall: Inspirational story or dumb action show?

I’ve been torn on the subject of Dragon Ball for most of my life.

Very few series have attained the stardom it has, yet from a story perspective it isn’t too phenomenal. So what exactly drives people to adore it?

Is it just childhood nostalgia, or something deeper?

I think for many children, Dragon Ball and its subsequent continuations, was an inspiration.

Showcasing a cast who, no matter the odds, continued to focus on self improvement and continual growth. Regardless of how powerful their opponents were, they kept trying to get stronger and stronger, to protect their friends and family, almost never for personal gain(except perhaps Vegeta from time to time) .

That indomitable will that drove many of them to stand up to a myriad of increasingly powerful foes, no matter how outmatched they were, is sadly lacking in most of our day to day interactions with people.

I don’t think anyone can watch Gohans pain and see him internalize it and use it as fuel to finally attain super saiyan 2 for the first time without feeling some kind of wild exultation at his accomplishment.

We all look for mediums in our life, whether through books or film or games, that can fill that deep seeded need we have for inspiring heroes, people we can look up to during hard times and use a guiding light out of the darkness that can overwhelm our lives.

As children, we gravitate to these stories. Although Dragon Ball can be incredibly dumb at times, it still is incredibly motivating.

At least it was to this little boy, who is re-watching the entire series from the beginning while travelling, and loving it just as much as I did as a child.