Thursday, April 02, 2009
"I promise to keep on living as though I expected to live forever. Nobody grows old by merely living a number of years. People grow old only by deserting their ideals. Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up interest wrinkles the soul."
-General Douglas MacArthur
This is so true for me; I have always believed that age is only a number. As I have grown up, I have realized the people who are healthy and active never seem to be as old as they actually are. This is something that I have witnessed in my grandmothers. One has been able to remain young and in very good shape, while the other hasn't "aged" well at all. The first was an athlete through most of her life while the other wasn't. I have seen myself following in the footsteps of the first and hope that I remain too.
When I go out with my friends, while other the others may not be IDed I am. We hold this as an inside joke because I am not the youngest in our group. I believe that this is because, not only do I try to stay healthy, but I also have a possitive outlook on life and want to remain young forever.
Monday, March 23, 2009
I'm grateful for the opportunity to live on this beautiful and astonishing planet Earth. In the morning, I wake up with a sense of gratitude.
This is so, so very true. I find that when I get up early I feel much better than I do if I sleep in. This morning is a whole new start for me. Spring Break is over and I need to get back into the swing of things. For me this means a new swing, not the old. I had formed a habit of not getting up early and when spring break hit, it became even later. My body felt horrible and lethargic and I just did not feel like doing much of anything. So, to start my week today, I forced myself out of bed a 5:15, this never use to be difficult. I got out of bed and as soon as I put my feet on the floor, I realized that I miss getting up early and my cheery self found me again. I am happy for the new day and ready and raring to go.
Sunday, March 22, 2009
I learned this, at least, by my experiment; that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours. He will put some things behind, will pass an invisible boundary; new, universal, and more liberal laws will begin to establish themselves around and within him; or the old laws be expanded, and interpreted in his favor in a more liberal sense, and he will live with the license of a higher order of beings. In proportion as he simplifies his life, the laws of the universe will appear less complex, and solitude will not be solitude, nor poverty poverty, nor weakness weakness.
If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.
-Henry David Thoreau, Walden (chapter 18)
In my mind dream and goal walk hand in hand. I strive to reach these everyday and one day, I will reach my ultimate dream and be overjoyed. Until then I take baby steps and am thrilled with my little successes.
Saturday, March 21, 2009
All good books are alike in that they are truer than if they had really happened and after you are finished reading one you will feel that all that happened to you and the afterwards it all belongs to you; the good and the bad, the ecstasy, the remorse, and sorrow, the people and places and how the weather was.
I love reading; it so engrosses my time and makes me feel at peace. I find that reading also helps me keep from eating all the time. Eating for me is a boredom thing at times and I would rather not participate in the boredom eating. Instead, I read. I have always been a good reading and can finish a good novel in a couple of days. Does this mean I read too much...At times, yes. I find it hard to pull myself away from a book to have a good workout; however, if I workout first I feel even more relaxed. My favorite place to read is outside whenever possible. I love the outdoors and will read there whenever possible.
Friday, March 20, 2009
Coffee falls into the stomach ... ideas begin to move, things remembered arrive at full gallop ... the shafts of wit start up like sharp-shooters, similes arise, the paper is covered with ink...
-Honore de Balzac
Coffee is my life, without it I don't think I would be able to function. I love to go to coffee houses to hang out and listen to the wonderful music. I can't say that I really have a favorite, I just know that I generally have a cup with me all day. At night I switch to decaf (don't worry).
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