It has been said that our lives are like stories that we write as each minute passes. If life were a book, then there would be characters in our narratives. These characters are the people we are surrounded by and choose to surround ourselves with.

I hear so many stories about the will to survive and fight cancer, the stories of a mother’s undying love for her children and how when it is put to the test, her love will always win no matter what. I’ve heard the plights of children who have come from nothing and have now become happy through a long and difficult journey. I’d like to say I have a monumentally inspirational story that made me wake up and see everyone around me in a new light. I don’t. But I do know we should be ever grateful for the people in our lives.

We are fortunate to have loved ones and unfortunate to have those people who think they know us but don’t; yet they have the audacity to judge away.

There are those who go out into the world to achieve for the sense of accomplishment…and there are those who do the very same but for that euphoric feeling of victory when they crush and put down others.

There are all kinds of people. There are the people who have everything and still feel the need to crib. Who don’t realise how truly lucky they are and use harsh words. People who thinks it’s all about them. People who couldn’t care less or say something as simple as have a nice day. People who have so many facets you can’t even keep track. To all those who who are the reason someone goes home and cries; you don’t know the pain you cause but you should. You wouldn’t be able to handle it if the tables were turned. You are the shackles that hold others down.

But it’s nice to know there are others. The complete opposite of the afore mentioned. People who are not that much better off than before but are still happy. Those rare people who take the time to write loving and meaningful messages and tributes to light up a few faces and make them smile for as long they are reading it…maybe longer. People who make you smile by doing the simplest thing. People who make you feel like it will get better down the line. To all these people, to the REAL people: you are wonderful and you do make an impact on others lives for the better. You are our life jackets.

So when you find you find yourself drowning in a sea of despair, loneliness and insecurity, don’t let the shackles strapped to your ankles drag you down. Break free of them and use a lifejacket. Then take a deep breathe when you reach the surface. Hold on to that lifejacket and don’t let it go. And lastly and perhaps the most important note to be left with, save the others who are drowning as well. BE A LIFEJACKET.


Caged in Paradise

The second installment of my three part series post 🙂

Sometimes what you find is not what you want…

Caged in Paradise

Milton wrote of a paradise lost

and it seems that is what I’ve found

Only she’s not here with me

As I lay disheveled on the ground

The white walls gone

The sunlight filters in

I think I’m being punished

For my abundance of living sin

Because what better punishment

Than being given everything you dream

Without anyone to share it with?

Paradise is not as it would seem


3 Ways to Power through the Flu

I’ve been down with the flu and this was certainly not the week to be sick! With role plays in class, exhibition stalls to set up and assignments in almost each subject due, I really don’t know how but I made it! I even went to the animal shelter I’ve been volunteering at to help clean the kennels and bandage injured animals which may not have been a good idea considering how sick I was but I seem to have this attitude that if you don’t admit you’re sick, you won’t feel it.

Unfortunately, I realized  that isn’t true. Like Monica from Friends, I thought being sick was for pansies but she and I are both wrong. After needful nagging from my mom telling me to take it easy and slow down, I came to know that that is exactly what my body has been telling me. I suppose I was much too ignorant to listen.

So now I’m lying in bed, here to tell people some great ways to power through the flu, and hope they won’t get it in the first place!

  • Eat anything hot because whatever it is, you won’t be able to taste it. So don’t spend a lot of money on extravagant food when it’s all going to taste bland anyway. Oh but definitely go for something spicy and sets your mouth on fire. Just to make sure your tongue still works 🙂 And chicken soup is always your friend (even if you’re a vegetarian like me).
  • Lie in bed and watch something that takes your mind off. For me, my go-to sick-in-bed sitcom is Friends. It certainly makes me feel a lot less miserable which is why I guess they say laughter is the best medicine (although my Tylenol begs to differ).
  • If you’re going to class in spite of the flu  because of attendance shortage like me, sit away from people. Not only will you prevent the spreading of germs but having a lot of people around makes you feel more congested and stuffy than usual and that is not a good thing this time around. Sit in the back bench in the corner if you ask me.