Thoughts on death
Regardless of whether you think there is a place you go to after you die, you know that your current life is not meant to last forever (unless for some reason you happen to become immortal). We all have a time and day that is meant for us to leave our earthly existence behind. I’ve recently been thinking about death, but not in a negative way. I mean, it is a fact that I, just like you, am going to die someday, either sooner or later. It will happen. Of course I could postponed my death if I am cautious, but either way, I will die someday. And that simple thought is interesting to keep in mind. We’ve all heard the statement “live as if you’ll die today”. Maybe the “today” might rush us and could affect our decision making process. But what if we simply live each day knowing that we will die? How different would we live our lives if we know that we all have an expiration date? And notice, I’m saying we. Not to make you cry, but your family members also have an expiration date, as well as your boyfriend/girlfriend, and your best friend. The people you care about the most or stopped caring for won’t be around forever, and you won’t either. I can’t help but wonder how much will change if we live with that perspective. Will we love more? Will our priorities change? Will we still care about mundane things? Will we still hold on to hate or will we forgive? Will we value life more? Will we be more grateful to others for their current presence? I wish I could conclude this with some wise words of advice but I got to get back to writing a final paper… so I guess a “live long and prosper” should do the trick.
55 Reading Questions
- 1. Favorite childhood book?
- I read Harry Potter when I was 11.. does that count? if not, then The littlest angel (forgot who it was by though : / )
- 2. What are you reading right now?
- Crossed by Allie Condie
- 3. What books do you have on request at the library?
- The Shining by Stephen King
- 4. Bad book habit?
- Mmm... sometimes I "accidentally" peek into chapters... you know when the book falls right open and you trip and your face happens to fall right into the chapters that you haven't read yet... but such incidents stopped happening from some time now...
- 5. What do you currently have checked out at the library?
- Forgot the title but it was a Physical Chemistry textbook
- 6. Do you have an e-reader?
- 7. Do you prefer to read one book at a time, or several at once?
- One book at a time
- 8. Have your reading habits changed since starting a blog?
- mmm more like since I started grad school
- 9. Least favourite book you read this year (so far)?
- Teaching Digital Natives by Prensky aghh that book made me want to punch someone in the face
- 10. Favorite book you’ve read this year?
- Matched by Allie Condie
- 11. How often do you read out of your comfort zone?
- Not very often
- 12. What is your reading comfort zone?
- 13. Can you read on the bus?
- Heck yeah
- 14. Favorite place to read?
- My bed, more specifically my bed at my hometown-house-room
- 15. What is your policy on book lending?
- The way the book looks when I lend it to you should be the same way when I get it back from you... and.... you better love it as much as I did or else... what's wrong with you??? jk... After I get the book back I expect thorough feedback on what you thought of it and all reactions (feels) experienced while reading it and after reading it.
- 16. Do you ever dog-ear books?
- 17. Do you ever write in the margins of your books?
- Mmm unless their textbooks (only sometimes, not always) usually use post-its
- 18. Not even with text books?
- See question 17 : P
- 19. What is your favourite language to read in?
- 20. What makes you love a book?
- Oh my goodness! I'm hyperventilating because I've never been asked this question in my life and its just so asdkjfaklsfja.. Okay, first of all, it's not the cover, it's not the size either (size doesn't matter to me when it comes to books). It's the content of the book what makes me fall in love with it. The complexity of the characters, as well as the story and how it is being unfolded. I love books, especially novels, in which the author either creates a character that I can connect with, or a character that I can fall in love with, or a character that I can't help but admire, or all of the above. I also love stories that have a message that makes me reflect on my own life, and make me laugh and cry and just feel a set of emotions. I love books that have cliffhangers at the end of each chapter, and that have me guessing what will happen next. If I'm wrong on m guessing, then that will make me love a book even more. I love books that are both easy to read and are somewhat written in a metaphoric language. I love books that help me learn anything about life and the world itself (science, self-growth, autobiographies, you name it!)... okay... better move on to the next question.
- 21. What will inspire you to recommend a book?
- If the book created an emotional impact on me, or I just happen to think that it is a well thought story, then I'll recommend it. Sometimes I recommend books that I really don't like as much, just to get a second opinion.
- 22. Favorite genre?
- Fiction narrative
- 23. Genre you rarely read (but wish you did)?
- Narrative nonfiction
- 24. Favourite biography?
- Don't really have one
- 25. Have you ever read a self-help book?
- The 7 habits of highly effective teenagers by Sean Covey
- 26. Favourite cookbook?
- Don't have one
- 27. Most inspirational book you’ve read this year (fiction or non-fiction)?
- mmm... I may have to wait till the end of this year to answer this question.
- 28. Favorite reading snack?
- .... Green tea? ohh... homemade cookies!
- 29. Name a case in which hype ruined your reading experience.
- I can't recall of one..
- 30. How often do you agree with critics about a book?
- mmm probably most of the time, not always
- 31. How do you feel about giving bad/negative reviews?
- Meh, it's just my opinion, take it as you like
- 32. If you could read in a foreign language, which language would you chose?
- 33. Most intimidating book you’ve ever read?
- Advanced Organic Chemistry Part B.. : P jk... It by Stephen King
- 34. Most intimidating book you’re too nervous to begin?
- Don't have one ..yet
- 35. Favorite Poet?
- Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer
- 36. How many books do you usually have checked out of the library at any given time?
- Around 3
- 37. How often have you returned books to the library unread?
- Not so often
- 38. Favorite fictional character?
- Asdajfaksljdfa just one?? I have so many!!! the first one that popped into my head was Augustus Waters, so I'll go with him.
- 39. Favourite fictional villain?
- AAAHHHHH!!! I'm sure after reblogging this, I'll remember another villain that I love... ugh... tv series and movies are going through my head... but villains in books... mmm is Draco Malfoy considered a villain? because I do love his character development. Gosh... I'll probably think of one later on..
- 40. Books I’m most likely to bring on vacation?
- Most likely, any fictional novel I haven't read yet.
- 41. The longest I’ve gone without reading.
- Mmmm an hour? okay maybe 3 hours
- 42. Name a book that you could/would not finish.
- The first book from the Mortal Instruments... I kinda got bored : /
- 43. What distracts you easily when you’re reading?
- Loud noises... or if it's too hot or too cold, I can't concentrate
- 44. Favorite film adaptation of a novel?
- Sarah's Key
- 45. Most disappointing film adaptation?
- Half blood Prince
- 46. The most money I’ve ever spent in the bookstore at one time?
- Ugh... don't get me started.. but it happened before I discovered that I could also buy textbooks online...
- 47. How often do you skim a book before reading it?
- Most of the time
- 48. What would cause you to stop reading a book half-way through?
- If the story or the characters dialogues are too cliche
- 49. Do you like to keep your books organized?
- 50. Do you prefer to keep books or give them away once you’ve read them?
- Keep them : ) I'm planning on having my own library, once I buy a house.. someday it will happen
- 51. Are there any books you’ve been avoiding?
- The Twilight Saga
- 52. Name a book that made you angry.
- See question 9
- 53. A book you didn’t expect to like but did?
- The Da Vinci Code
- 54. A book that you expected to like but didn’t?
- The Last Apprentice: Revenge of the Witch by Joseph Delaney. Also, The Keys to the Kingdom book one by Garth Nix.
- 55. Favorite guilt-free, pleasure reading?
- Anything by Dan Brown
The end of the world is near
people around me smell like fear
the battle is about to start
and I just glance one last look at the stars
they were shining so bright
they were giving me life
That’s when I knew I should fight
Suddenly, the moon called my name
so I went to her without shame
“Why aren’t you ready for battle?” she asked angrily
“because i don’t have a sword” I answer sadly
“You would be given what u need” she said
“But before that u must make a promise”
“I’ll do anything my moon
even if I have to meet my doom”
“Before the battle u will fall in love
with a man who is willing to give u his heart
You will kill this man after he says
that he will love u until his dead”
“I will my dear moon
and I’ll bring you his heart as proof”
Sometimes, I daydream about us living in a small white house with a red door surrounded by a picket fence, just like the ones you see on TV. Something cozy and simple. I daydream about waking up next to you, opening my eyes just to see you already looking and smiling back at me. I daydream about us lying in bed watching a movie, or a TV show, or just reading quietly a good book. I daydream about us traveling the world. I daydream about our children, and how I will teach them how to ride a bike and swim. But before the house, or the traveling that we might do, I care about us. Because without us, those things might not occur, and if they don’t, it will be okay because at least we have each other. However, you should know that before caring about us, I care about you, because without you there will not be us. But, even before I care about you, I need to care about myself, because if I don’t, I will not be able to care about you. So that is why I am eating healthy, working out, and cultivating my mind and spirit… and also, that is why I’m daydreaming, because I need to hold on to the hope that there will be an us, someday in the future. But if us never happens, at least I know that I lived my life taking care of myself, probably by chasing an unreachable daydream… but nonetheless, a beautiful and worthy daydream.