Hello, fellow dreamers. Whether you were celebrating Christmas, Hannukah, Kwanzaa, Festivus, or just enjoying the winter aesthetic, I hope you enjoyed the holidays. Soon I will be discussing the other joys I experienced this year, but for this post, I will be expressing my wholehearted joy regarding my holiday gift.
This year I had been gifted a professional camera from my honourable Saint Nick. Of course, to reciprocate, this person was my first subject. It has only been three days with this wonderful device. I’m sure I spent a whole day simply reading the instructional manual to see what I could learn that my previous experiences with professional cameras hadn’t taught me yet.
Above I’ve inserted a sneak peek of my cozy home. I was just getting started with the dishes when I realised how beautiful the afternoon sunlight was, shipping past the shades. It’s moments like this that make me appreciate the art of photography. With a camera, you can capture the mood of a person, or use further technology to emphasise such a mood.
So with that, I’ll remind you all that I hope you enjoyed the holidays, and that things will improve in the upcoming year.
Oh, how it has been quite a while! In simplest and quickest terms (because at the moment I have limited time to write this post), I’ve been busy. And I won’t even bother to think about where I could be with this blog if I had given myself the credit of integrity to continue with it.
But in other news, I am on Thanksgiving break. So while that’s going on, I would like to wish everyone a happy Thanksgiving and that I have finally done some solid brainstorming on two main characters for my new developing story. I know that I may have mentioned before that my interests as pertaining to literature and storytelling lie mostly within the psychological thriller/horror genre, but lately, I just have been feeling the need to withdraw myself from that area and try something else for a change. And in lieu to that, this developing story that I speak of will be a romance!
Of course, me being me, both parties in the romance have dark pasts of some sort, but their pasts will be discussed faaar into the story. Overall, it’s going to be a romance and I’m excited to see where it ends up. I will write more on this soon.
We’ve lost quite a few iconic figures in the last few months, but I chose to quote Muhammad Ali this week for a few reasons. Up until a month ago, everything I heard about him confused me. A braggart, a great fighter, a historical figure, stood up for what he believed in. For the longest time, thoughts floated around in the back of my head as to how all this would add up. After finding out he’d passed away, I finally decided to pick up his autobiography, The Greatest: My Own Story. I’m finally finishing it up, and I’m glad to say that I have not been disappointed. While I am still taking some time for myself to process it, I’d like to talk about one quote in here that turned on a light bulb.
“It’s funny, but those who hate me inspire me the most. As long as I know they’re out there.”
– Muhammad Ali
Now, if there’s anything I know after reading his book, it’s that he loved to talk, especially to the people who wanted to write him off. It was perhaps his greatest motivation, especially having grown up knowing the oppression of people of colour. Having gone through that, he never shied away from proving the haters wrong. He wasn’t afraid. He stood up, and not just for himself, but for the masses who knew oppression.
While I can’t say I can relate, I know what it’s like being hated. Unlike Ali, my first instinct was to retreat. But I knew better than that. I decided to stop letting people call me lazy or incompetent, so I did what I could and made something. All starting with nothing.
I’m sure all of us have had unfortunate things happen to us, and the gravity of it may vary. Some of us have been affected more severely than others, but we have the power to decide whether or not we want to let it consume us. It’s then should we build the integrity to do something against our sorrows.
“We are products of our past, but we don’t have to be prisoners of it.”
While it is possible to disagree with this quote, I am addressing this quote to those who still have at least some glinting light left in them. That light may be your salvation, and once you’ve followed it, you have moved on and allowed an unfortunate past fall behind you. I often like to look back, not with grief or with shame or regret, but with pride. I survived, and I get to keep going on a strong note.
I apologise for this post to be short, especially when I am terribly inconsistent with these posts.