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Quote Me

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Asking me if I have a favourite quote is like asking the Cookie Monster if he has a favourite flavour…pretty pointless.

Like songs, I have many favourite quotes, one for every situation and emotion probably but there are those that have followed me through life like a stubborn STD, always coming up when I least expect it and reminding me why I first fell in love with literature and the written word. I’m that girl at work who is drowning in all the Post-It notes stuck on and around her cubicle, with little encouraging and funny quotes scrawled on them. From the thousands of stories I’ve met in my life to the hundreds of movies I’ve seen I hear timeless lines every day. I won’t even mention the songs I listen to nor the poetry I watch.

I mean, who doesn’t still swoon every time they hear Julia Roberts saying, “I’m just a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her,” in Nottinghill?

Beauty Quote

The first quote that made it into this category for me had to be Jean Kerr’s witty gem about beauty.I loved it the first time I heard it and I have continued to love it since. Funny and still very true, it made me see things a little differently, and I think that’s what I love most about it and others like it. If a few words can make me laugh and still teach me something new, what’s not to love about them?

Another quote that makes it into this category for me has to be from William Shakespeare’s Macbeth. I’m not sure why but Shakespearethere was just something about this particular line that, when I read it, I fell in love with how Shakespeare structured words to create magic. Between this line and the rhymic couplet from Sonnet 116 – “If this be error and upon me proved, I never writ, nor no man ever loved” – Shakespeare showed me just how timeless words can be, even when they have changed.

So although I will never have a favourite quote, it is only because I have such an appreciation for the written word. Everyday I am finding new quotes to love and cherish and I hope you will too.

* Unless it is mad passionate love, it is a waste of time. There are too many mediocre things in life. Love should not be one of them.

* Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you love. It will not lead you astray. – Rumi

* Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.

“For June who loved this garden. From Joseph who always sat beside her.” - Notting Hill

“For June who loved this garden. From Joseph who always sat beside her.” – Notting Hill

 

Do you have a favourite quote that you could share with us?

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Kick It

So…the 11th item on my bucket list…

I don’t know about you but my bucket list has never been all that specific. The items on my list were never placed in any particular chronological order, but if I had to start rearranging them, I would definitely say the 11th item on my bucket list would be swimming with a whale.

When I was about 12 years old, I came across a picture very similar to this one, of a man underwater, his arm was reaching up, running his fingers along the underbelly of a giant whale swimming past, right above him. I was so enthralled with this experience that I immediately declared that one day, I would swim with a whale, and I would not have lived until I had done this. This was long before the time of bucket lists and the like, but even then I knew that this was a must-do experience before I kicked the bucket. Even now, so many years later, I still see pictures of whales or something like this one of Marco Queral and a humpback whale and I think what an incredible experience it must be to be in that completely different world with something so foreign and so much bigger than you, and still feel like you can reach out to it and connect with it.

I never became a marine biologist, despite my love for the watery critters, but my need to one day swim with a whale still burns bright. Every time I mention this dream, my friends and family look at me as if I have lost my mind, but this is one dream I am so sure of, if it should happen that I do not make it out of those waters, I will have died a happy and fulfilled woman. So if there are any generous philanthropists out there looking to make a young lady’s dreams come true, make it happen, I will forever be grateful.

 

Any of you got any interesting or amazing things on your bucket lists? Please comment below.


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Stroke of Midnight (Courtesy of 365 Days of Writing Prompts)

When the rest of the world was counting down to their new beginning and screaming sentiments to each other, I was on my phone, distracted by my lack of network reception and I didn’t notice until two minutes into the new year that it had already begun.

There had been no loud chorused countdown, no hugs and kisses shared with strangers and no fireworks, none of the New Years Eve staples. I wasn’t having the best of times, but then again, I can’t say I had the worst.

I had foregone my youthful need for noise, friends and chaos and instead chosen to spend New Years Eve with my aunt and her friends and although when my friends asked why I wouldn’t be celebrating with them, I couldn’t explain it, I knew it was something I had to do.

You see, my aunt lost her husband and companion of over 20 years, three years ago, and she has given me a whole new perspective on the dynamics of loss. I thought I had the concept covered, having lost my father at the age of 9 and multiple family members in the following years, I thought I knew loss pretty well, but she is a tricky little monster. No matter how many times you come face to face with her, she still manages to blindside you every time she comes around.

I have lived with my aunt (and previously my uncle) since the age of 10, so when he passed, I lost another father, but she lost a life partner. She lost the person she was supposed to grow old with, the person who took care of her when she was sick and the person she went through every New Years Eve with.

It took her falling sick to realise that she no longer had anyone to tend to every need, something my uncle had done without asking, and she had to learn to do it herself. She had to face the prospect of spending the holidays alone when the kids are off on adventures and of having no one to be her mirror and sounding board in life, a job my uncle had excelled at. Unfortunately for my aunt, she was never the kind of person who could maintain friendships, from a childhood as mostly a loner, she had a lot of acquaintances but her husband had been the only best friend she ever needed.

In the past three years I have watched my aunt experience everything like new, just by experiencing it alone and I’ve seen the fear and loneliness each has brought, from making new friends in her mid-fourties, to buying a smaller house, and even a little hesitant dating. I’ve heard her talk about how she doesn’t know what she will do when the youngest moves out of the house and how terrified she is of ending up old and alone and I understand better now that it is not just a line meant to poke fun and desperate old maids, but a realistic understanding of the impracticalities of spinsterhood. For me, the reality has been sobering.

So this past New Year’s Eve, I sat in a dead restaurant/lounge with my aunt and her friends awkwardly making conversation but also watching my aunt relax, laugh and have fun. I can only hope that her future will be filled with a lot more of those moments.

Subject courtesy of WordPress & The Daily Post: 365 Days of Writing Prompts, which should (hopefully) get me into the habit of writing every day.


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Man confesses to on YouTube to killing a man while drinking and driving

If I can choose any blog post to be my first one for the year, I choose this one. I know technically its cheating since this is not my post, but I feel it’s worth it.
Very touching video and I hope you will all feel the same…

Khaya Dlanga's life on the "internets". All on one blog.

This is probably the most incredible thing I have seen this year.

This man drove drunk and killed a man. He got some high powered lawyers who said they could get the blood test thrown out and he would be a free  man. He refused and instead posted this YouTube confession. He did it to get others to stop drinking and driving. He was found guilty and is now serving a 6 and a half year sentence.

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