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Musings that fluctuate between pragmatism and abstraction.


— somber ink —
DANGER - KEEP OUT

All those years
I was afraid of getting burnt
until I realized
that I myself
am the fire.

Life gives you two basic things: a torch and a bow with a quiver full of arrows. The torch is your passion, and the bow and arrow is your reason. You may break the bow in half and set both it and yourself on fire, or you may choose to quench the burning torch and rely solely on your bow. You may also choose to light up your arrows and set your obstacles aflame - always aiming forward; always overcoming.

— personal aphorism

thought

Striving for balance, and doing so in gentler, surer and firmer steps everyday, I have learned yet another lesson: it helps immensely to be able to live in the present, to live in the moment, but without being entirely consumed by it; to know that no matter how happy or how miserable one feels in this current moment/hour/day/month, there will be another one waiting, bringing new experiences and new thoughts and feelings along with it. “Memento mori” along with a timeless outlook. Tough line to walk, but I don’t think it’s impossible.

No pictures.

The things I find most beautiful cannot be captured or trapped in a single moment. They are ephemerally temporal and immaterial, and yet deeper than oceans and sturdier than the greatest mountains. Their presence persists even when their perception fades.

Never feel guilty for thinking or feeling too deeply or too intensely. Never listen to those who like to put things in neat little boxes, trying to categorize you and fit you into molds you can’t ever be comfortable in. Never feel ashamed for being sensitive or for being rational and philosophically detached. Never apologize for being a complete human being. If people are either blinded by your light or completely oblivious to it, it means they are not worthy of being in your life. Choose your friends and loved ones wisely. Let them light up your life and return the favor. Eliminate what drains your energy and holds you back. Strive for balance and inner peace, and the rest will follow.

Keep moving forward.

— personal aphorism

To love means to open ourselves to the negative as well as the positive - to grief, sorrow, and disappointment as well as to joy, fulfillment, and an intensity of consciousness we did not know was possible before.

— Rollo May, existential psychologist

Everyone who has ever built anywhere a ‘new heaven’ first found the power thereto in his own hell.

— Friedrich Nietzsche

Sorrow and depression make everything complicated, serious and heavy. Contentment and joy make things simple, amusing and light. While philosophy can lead towards both ends, it is only by (doing our best to emulate) living in the moment that we can experience the latter. I think I’m starting to learn how to do just that. Time to live the way I want, regardless of the circumstances. Here’s to now.

moment

Extend
and retract.
Pendulous leg -
foot barely touching ground.

Say toes are severed
say bone is broken clean;
say death is close ahead:
what then?

Say nothing happens -
I shudder to think.
The pull is overwhelming.

If only these futures would show.

Sometimes I do not wish to see.
Sometimes I simply wish to know.