Memento mori. “Remember that you will die.” Admittedly, this isn’t the most pleasant topic. There is, however, great benefit in meditating on the reality that at some point, you will in fact die. It motivates you to live the life right now that you want to be living. Meditate on this, and write out your thoughts. Does death scare you? Does it motivate you? It’s okay to be honest. Read More
I suppose everyone knows what happened in Paris last night. It’s extremely sad – of course, but posting a picture about you smiling in front of the Eiffel tower, captioning #prayforparis will do no help. Changing your profile picture to the colors of France will do no help. I can’t help but feel hypocrisy all around me everytime something bad happens and social media becomes this large overwhelming bubble of empathy and condolence.
I even feel hypocritical writing this.
Because nothing I can do will do any help. What’s more, nothing governments can do will do any help. Yes, they are expressing their symphathy, condemning terrorism, strengthening security, but I’m totally sure that this is not enough. Terrorists are and will always be ahead of us no matter what. Attacks will happen. And what will be the response eventually? Starting a war, I guess. Possibly World War III. And it will be worse than any other because those weapons nowadays can kill more people than ever. Whole towns can be exterminated in one moment. In the past, battles were between soldiers. Now? You drop a nuclear bomb on my capital city, killing countless innocent people, so I will drop a nuclear bomb on your city to do the SAME? That’s pointless and so not fair. That’s not war.
My father told me after 9/11 that we will see WWIII happening in our lives. Then, this idea seemed terrifying but unimagineable. But now… it doesn’t seem so far.
There’s also no point in hating refugees. Yes, it IS possible that we let these terrorists into Europe, but it is certain that if we wouldn’t have done it, they would have found another way in. There were, are and will be evil people who – no matter what the reason is – will hurt others. It’s awful and we CANNOT do anything about it. This fact upsets me the most.
I will not tell anyone what to do, what to think. I personally won’t pretend I understand every aspect of this current foreign political situation, and I won’t hate on anyone. There’s nothing more I can do.
Okay, I know that it’s been more than a week since the last post, and it doesn’t even count as a challenge anymore, I’m gonna carry on anyways. Being busy is enough explanation? Hope so.
On this day, simply write about your day. This may seem especially boring, but write out the events of your day. What time you woke up, what you had for breakfast, what your commute was like, what you did during at work, how you spent your evening. If you’re journaling in the mornings, write about the previous day. The beauty of this exercise is that you may discover something that you hadn’t realized. Maybe you weren’t very productive at work, and reflecting on it can allow you to analyze why. Perhaps you finished a big project on the house when you got home; you can think about what motivated you, how it made you feel to finish something big, etc. Don’t discount the seemingly simple task of writing about your day. Read More