Understanding Life • The For Better Or Worse Life Promised

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“For as long as we turn our head to the bad of reality, we’re missing our chance to stand up for the good.”

We live in a fast-moving world that often forces our heads to turn to the bad instead of the good. But we cannot live this way. We cannot focus on what’s wrong when there’s so much that is right. There is so much to believe in.

We must stop and look around.

We must stop and look around or we’ll miss a puppy see a flower roll in its first flower bed or a baby take its first steps. We’ll miss the ‘thug’ on the bus give their seat to an elder, or your neighbour – smiling wide – as they hold open the door. We’ll miss one homeless person share their sandwich with another and a child’s face light up, with a new teddy in their arms.

We have the ability to see what we want.

With every step, we remind ourselves of heartbreak and pain. The humans that start war and the evil on the news. We look away to avoid a society we’ve been taught to hate. Of course, this world is full of broken people.

Misguided people.

But, for as long as we turn our head to the bad of reality, we’re missing our chance to stand up for the good. We’re missing the for better or worse that life promised.


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Understanding Life • Beauty In A Gloomy Day

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“Thunderstorms aren’t sadness just like happiness isn’t the sun.”

Not enough people appreciate the beauty in a gloomy day.

The sky teases us for hours with raindrops and distant thunder. It’s a day of suspense. A beautiful build up. We carry on, living our lives beneath a chaotic mess, and we live knowing the end is worth waiting for.

We live, knowing our pain is as permanent as rain.

They both go away as graceful as the sky fills with colour after a storm. As unexpected as a flash of lighting. As quickly as a pavement of chalk beneath rain.

So don’t worry.

Once today’s pain is yesterday’s – you’ll be given a clean slate to make a mess.

Thunderstorms aren’t sadness just like happiness isn’t the sun.

Just like people who leave the clouds in the hands of the sky see a different allure than those who hold the clouds on a string.


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Understanding Life • Words Will Haunt Forever

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“Sticks and stones may break your bones but words will haunt forever.”

Sticks and stones may break your bones but words can never hurt you.

Physically.

Words can’t be stitched up by the doctor. Leaving a faint scar in 3 to 6 weeks.

Words can’t be removed with the relief of tweezers, the cold tingle of numbing cream or a cherry lollipop and Flintstones band-aid. Words can’t be healed with a soft kiss from a loved one. They can’t earn you a day at home. The chance to rest your sore, tender head on a mountain of pillows.

Words are a violent slap that leaves pain long after the swelling go down. They create a label. An enemy. A definition. A restriction of who you are.

Words are powerful.

Even if you don’t believe them, even if they depict an old you, the words that hurt you once before, are there. And they’re holding on.

So, while sticks and stones may break your bones – words will haunt forever.


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Understanding Life • Perfection Is Imperfection

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“What society won’t tell you is that perfection is imperfection, and imperfection is perfect.”

For our entire lives, we’ve been taught to seek perfection.

We’ve been taught to seek a flawless, effortless, and unbroken life.

But what is perfection?

Perfection is when you see crooked teeth beyond the gap of their smile. It’s the scar on your arm from the time you fell out of a tree at age 8. It’s the way you hold your fork the wrong way, the song you only listen to when alone, and the foolish phobia you’ve hidden for so long.

It’s the way your mom’s voice echoes through the house around dinner, and your family bickers on Christmas morning. It’s when someone stutters amongst excitement, and the times you fall asleep, mid-sentence on the phone.

It’s the way you snore in your sleep as you dream of perfection, but what society won’t tell you is that perfection is imperfection, and imperfection is perfect.


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Understanding Life • Don’t You Miss The Way Things Were?

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“Don’t you miss the way your camera refused to let you live behind the lens? A simple snap is no longer enough.”

There’s no denying the fast changing world we live in.

Social Media and technology have (and continue) to take over our lives and is quickly destroying the little things as it grows. We’re now nostalgic for the things that are only a memory. The simplicity we once took for granted.

Don’t you miss the way your camera refused to let you live behind the lens?

A simple snap is no longer enough. You now need angles, poses, props, and unnatural moments. Consider the life that’s getting lost between reality and your phone screen.

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Don’t you miss wandering through the high shelves at Blockbuster?

Friday night’s spent glancing at movie-after-movie.

You shamelessly wore your sweatpants and flip flops while clutching your freshly-picked-up-food. We’ve now lost adventure to convenience and the sound of laughter to the hollow clicks of our remotes.

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Don’t you miss the late-night-echo of your computer starting up?

You turned on the computer and cringed as the start up sound echoed through the house. Your bed was empty. Your heart was racing. You couldn’t check your favorite sites from your phone. You had to sneak out of bed (and back in) within hours.

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Don’t you miss when you could escape the online world?

And the people in it. You could leave the chaos outside. You could leave the drama, the bullying, and the gossip, as words behind a computer screen.

Text messages have now become haunting. They now leave us unable to run without the promise of being chased.

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Don’t you miss the first scribble in a brand, new, Agenda?

Fresh sheets waiting to be personalized.

Marked with doodles from class boredom. Hearts filled with crushes. Personalized script with weekend plans. Pages ripped out to pass notes to friends.

Simple.

Don’t you miss the way things were?


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