Weekly Photo Challenge: Monument

The theme for this week’s photo challenge is monument.  I thought about the photos that I already have stored in my camera and on my laptop and thought that the shots I took during my visit to Philadelphia last year would work for this theme.  Posted below are photos representing the Liberty Bell, Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens, and Washington Square (Park).

The Liberty Bell

The Liberty Bell

Philadelphia's Magic Gardens

Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens

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Tomb of the Unknown Solider in Washington Square

Tomb of the Unknown Solider in Washington Square

 

I found these pieces to be monumental to me, in the sense that they are a part of history in their own way.

 

L.

Daily Prompt: Express Yourself

Today’s topic is this:

Do you love to dance, sing, write, sculpt, paint, or debate? What’s your favorite way to express yourself, creatively?

As most of you know, I write poetry and I made a separate blog specifically for my poetry on here.  I enjoy writing and I enjoy hearing feedback from friends and strangers alike.  There are times when a poem of mine will bring me out of a dark place and put me in a more pleasant mood.  Writing comes naturally to me.  I still thank my mother for introducing this gift and talent to me.  Here’s a poem I wrote just now (thinking of it as I write this post):

Each life is a treasure,

Every person is special,

Although we all live separate lives,

We all share the same air,

The same space,

And the same land,

There are people who die for a breath of air,

While others take away someone’s last,

We walk past strangers on the street,

and live with strangers who are connected by blood,

Life is a circle that repeats itself,

Our purposes are revealed to us over time,

No one is exempt from the demise they will face,

When their curtain closes for good,

We should all cherish our time here on Earth,

and accept our fates as they come.

 

L.

 

Daily Prompt: Young At Heart

I’m happy I checked the daily prompt for today.  It’s been a topic that I’ve been thinking about a lot lately.  The topic for today is:

What are your thoughts on aging? How will you stay young at heart as you get older?

I can always count on people to think I’m younger than what I really am.  16? 17? No? 22?! Really?!  I never get tired of people thinking I’m still in high school, even though I’m a recent college grad.

Age sits well with me.  The younger generation today is not worried about settling down and starting a family, at least I’m not.  When I was a kid, I had it all planned out: college, job, marriage, kids.  Now I’m out of college and all of that has changed.  Aging is something that we all go through, but we all experience it in different ways.  For me, I’m realizing that nothing is going to be easy since I’m moving into adulthood.

Maturity doesn’t come with aging either, and I know I still have some things to learn, but I believe I’m pretty mature for my age.  I do feel like a homebody now since I don’t really get out much anymore.  Maybe when you age, you figure out what works for you and what doesn’t.  So far, I’ve learned that I do not want to be surrounded by people who don’t really care about my well-being or my needs or wants or feelings.

There are a lot of changes that happen to a person when they age aside from the physical changes we see.  There are mental and emotional changes that we all undergo, too.  Some people find out things they never knew about themselves.  For instance, I realized that I can be a very dedicated person, I just need a little motivation to get started.  I do know that I will embrace all of the grey hairs that will be coming my way and that I will not gravitate toward any type of anti-aging serum.  Plus, when I’m 60, I might look 50! Who knows?

The things that I will do to keep my body and mind younger are pretty simple.  Exercise, eat well, listen to my favorite artists, watch my favorite movies, write poetry, go explore the world, and try to check off everything on my 2 bucket lists.  And yes, I have 2 bucket lists that I started back in 2012.  Since I don’t plan on marrying young or starting a family anytime soon, I’ll have plenty of time to work on completing each of the activities.

Aging is a privilege that is not entitled to every person.  Hopefully I can really appreciate it as I get older and embrace my future wrinkles and grey hairs.

-L

Weekly Writing Challenge: Object

The theme for this week’s challenge is to focus on an object and write about it.  There were several different ideas posted on the page but the prompt box idea stuck out to me the most.  I wrote up a lot of objects on my paper slips so I think I might make this a thing where I use my p-box for other posts on here.

The paper slip I pulled out of my popcorn box prompt box had “poetry” written on it.  How ironic.  So, here we go.

8:22 p.m.

Poetry is something that just comes natural to me.  I am not sure of the exact age when I wrote my first poem, I usually tell people I started writing during my middle school years.  It is a great exercise for one’s mind and can help with dealing with stress.  Poetry is hard for me to really describe because a poem can be found anywhere and can be written by anyone.  For example, the word blue just popped into my head and from that word, I will write this:

Comfort can be found in the wind,

 by looking up at the sky, 

Resting your body in a pool of cool water, 

can shift your troubles from your body,

and to the pool’s edge,

where you can relax and just unwind,

Unpleasant moods can be lifted and changed,

to ones that involve smiles and laughter,

Comfort is the easiest thing to lose,

and the hardest thing to gain.

It is pretty hard to write about poetry when it’s something you just do without any thought to what you’re writing.  Not sure if that made sense to any of you, but it makes sense to me.  Writing in this way can relieve stress and put you in a better mood.  Especially if you write about something that has been bothering you or about a bad experience you’ve had.  Well, my time is up.  This challenge was kind of difficult, but I hope you all enjoy reading this!

8:34 pm (had to double check everything!)

L.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Treasure

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The theme for this week’s challengeWhat do you treasure? What’s most important to you?

I instantly thought of this photo that includes my brother and my mother when I was a little baby.  It’s one of the few photographs I have in my possession of us together.  Every year of college, from freshman to senior year, I would have this photo displayed either on my dresser or my desk in my dorm room.

This has been one of the photos I would see everyday after waking up and before going to sleep.  I guess it’s important/a treasure to me because I like to hold on to the memories I have of living in California with them.  Of course our small family struggled here and there, but we lived through those tough times together.

It’s also one of the few photos I have of my mother.  Since her death in 2001 when I was only 9 years old, it’s been difficult for me to remember what she looks like.  I also cannot remember her voice, which sadly cannot be captured in a photo.  I think that is why I treasure this photo so much.  Even though the people in the photo have changed, the photo itself has remained the same.

 

L.

Books for One, Please!

I decided to do some reading after dinner tonight and realized I didn’t make a post on here last month after I went book & music shopping.

I picked up Rodriguez’s cd Cold Fact after learning that Barnes & Noble had it in stock. A music marketing class I took last spring semester introduced us to the documentary that was made about him. I fell in love with Sixto Rodriguez’s music after that so I’m happy I was able to find his cd in stores. If you haven’t seen the film yet, go check it out. It’s called Searching for Sugarman.

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The rest of my purchase consisted of three books: The Story of My Life by Helen Keller, Kurt Cobain by Christopher Sandford, and Humans of New York by Brandon Stanton. I ended up spending a couple of hours reading through the HONY book. I already was aware of the project since I followed it on Facebook. That’s another great book to have, especially if you like reading about other people. I also enjoy just looking at all of the different clothing and hair styles that are featured in the book.

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I haven’t read the Kurt Cobain book yet, but I plan on starting it after I finish up with Helen Keller’s book. I’ve been reading it on and off but I’m enjoying it as well. I didn’t know too much about her before buying this book, but I find her writing style very easy to read. In the back of the book are letters that were written by Keller when she started learning how to write after becoming blind. I think it’s remarkable that she was able to learn all of this despite her condition as a child.

I just wanted to share this with you all since I rarely make posts about the books I’m currently reading. Books about people and their lives really interest me, whether I’m familiar with them or not. I’ve always wanted to write an autobiography myself but I don’t know where I would begin! Maybe I’ll find some inspiration after I finish reading Keller’s book.

Hope you all are enjoying your Monday night as well!

L.

Daily Post: Take That, Rosetta!

So the task for today is this:

If you could wake up tomorrow and be fluent in any language you don’t currently speak, which would it be? Why? What’s the first thing you do with your new linguistic skills?

French!

That’s the easiest answer for me.  I took French classes in high school and in college, but sadly, I am not fluent in the language.  I love it, though.  Very fun to pronounce words in a fake French accent, but I would rather have the real thing!

I want to visit France one day so it would come in handy to know some phrases.  If I was fluent, it would be even better.  One of the few sayings I took away from French class was this: “Je ne sais pas.”  This means “I don’t know.”

One of the first things I would do is walk up to a stranger on the street in my town and speak to them in French.  Nothing else, just start off with “Bonjour! Comment allez-vous?” (Ahh, I remembered something else!)

I would basically just annoy woo everyone with my newly acquired language.

C’est La Vie!

L.