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Things that Inspires me

Inspiration: Stimulation of the mind or emotions to a high level of feeling or activity.Flowers

What inspires you? What inspires you to be e better person or to seek the unknown? It can be something as simple as a blooming flower or as profound as an insight that changes the way you view life. In these times, with a volatile economy, the wars on crime and drugs, the high divorce rate, the abandonment of children, we can all certainly use a little inspiration!

My List; Let’s start at the beginning:

-Babies: There is something about the innocence of a baby, they’re tiny, chubby cheeks, perfectly developed fingers and toes, their little pink tongues, and their innate knowledge that they are safe in their mother’s arms, that’s inspiring.

-Love: The love I feel for myself and for others allows me to constantly work to be a better person. Little expressions of love and respect that are witnessed between two people who do not know they being watched are just inspiring.

-My Country: Yes, we have our fair share of political drama, crime, our not-so-good national soccer team, but we do have a beautiful country, our diverse cultures and phenomenal people.Becoming a better citizen gives me hope for a better generation to follow.

-Seasons: The changing of seasons-out with the old, in with the new; tiny blooms, hot sun and crisp autumn leaves, all evoke strong feelings of new beginnings and helps me to remember that change is good and inevitable.

-Art: Art of all kinds, paintings, music, or poetry, can unite and inspire humanity and can comfort and restore the lonely and exploited souls.

-Books: As a lover of books, I cannot resist the smell of the pages in a new book! It is warm and crisp and oddly sweet and dusty. It creates an excitement knowing each chapter holds new inspiration.

-Random acts of kindness: A door being held open for me when I’m 10 feet away, a helping hand when mine are  full, even a smile of acknowledgement all inspire me to “pay it forward” and help the next person.

-Excercise: Ah!If I could just bottle that feeling I get from a good run, I could conquer the world, or at least that pile of washing that was left in the basket, not ironed!

-Writing: The inner workings of my mind as I process thoughts into written words. It often inspires deeper thinking, a looking inward, and constant re-evaluation of who I am and who I want to be.

-Healthy senior citizens: Now this is something that I could see a hundred times a day, and feel inspired a little more each time.When I’m at the gym, seeing an older person run twice the distance that I did, or gliding on the elliptical like it’s natural (I hate that thing!) That’s inspiration right there!

Inspiration comes in so many forms and most times when you least expect it. What inspires you? Seek and find your inspiration and then spread your wings and soar!

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Facing the Fear of Death with Eyes Wide Open

If there exists one experience that, throughout history, around the world, generation after generation, binds mankind together, it is death. Death is something we all must face — no exercise or diet regimen, no meditation techniques, no amount of money can avoid it. It is the great equalizer.

 
To me, this is a topic I choose to not think about too often. The one thing I do think about though, is not dying. I don’t want to die! At least not now! I still want to have kids, put them through school, play soccer with them, watch them on their first dates. I want to grow as a person. I still have so much to do. I’m not ready – But then, who is?

 
Death forces us to let go of everything. We must accept this and go peacefully. If we cling to people, or to things, or to our hopes and dreams, then death will be a moment of agony. We don’t know what will happen next, but it makes sense to accept the inevitable, and let death be a peaceful letting go.

 
We fear death because we spend our lives clinging to things of this world. We strive for more money, we bond with friends, and most of all, we become attached to that voice in our head that we call “me”. We see our happiness as being dependent on these things, and conveniently ignore the grim reality that it could all end in an instant, for death can come at any time.

Seeing that no one knows how much time we have left, it’s best to start living, today, if you have just been alive all this time. DO NOT take people or TIME for granted. It can be snatched away from us at any given time.

Born in the 80’s – Childhood memories

For me, being born in the 80’s was one of the greatest things ever! I personally feel that we were the last generation of kids who actually “lived” a kids life.There are so many fond memories from being a kid that I’m not even sure where to begin.

So I’ve decided to list all my favourite childhood memories, and hope that one day my kids would read this and laugh til their tummies hurt

    • Playing outside ALL of the time, and only going into the house when you were called to bath
    • Break dancing on polished floors (more like believing that we could)
    • Having our hair crimped and combed over to one side
    • Wearing a banana slides
    • Using plastic bangles, and we’d burn it and stick it if it broke

      Plastic bangles

  • Every girl had a crush on one of the guys from New Kids on the Block
  • We remember what Michael Jackson looked like before surgery
  • Everybody knew MC Hammer
  • I still know the words to “Ice ice baby”
  • We would make cassettes for our friends (recorded off the radio)

 

Our cassette collections
  • We almost never watched tv, (only 3 Channels)
  • Reading Nancy Drew, Hardy boys, Famous Five and Sweet valley high
  • David Hasselhoff was the coolest person ever!
  • Favourite tv show, Airwolf, McGyver, Highwayman, The A Team
  • Brakenjan was on at family viewing time 18:30

 

The Three Musketeers aka Brakenjan
  • Wearing neon coloured cycling tights under shorts,
  • (With leg warmers)….Or this is how you wanted to dress
  • Saying wax on / wax off now, sounds like a secret code
  • Still wanting to do karate and ballet
  • Telling each others fortune with a Quack Quack

    “Quack Quack”

  • Owning a lyric book, (I’m certain a lot of it was incorrect)
  • In cricket season, the road would turn the road into a pitch
  • The year 2000 meant we’d be living on the moon with silver suits
  • We had play names, Kelly, Brenda, Dona
  • We took tons of photos and the spools were never developed

 

Sketch of a spool

This list could go on and on….So please feel free to share your childhood memories

Mandela Day

So I decided to start blogging a while ago, but never really got around to actually do it. So this morning I decided to start!

18 July 2012, The 94th birthday of the iconic Mr Nelson Mandela! What an honour it is to be part of this generation!I will be posting pics on how we spent our 67 min giving back!

Happy Birthday Tata!

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