thankful lists//the senses

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it’s finally that time of the year when people start sharing about things they’re thankful for (which means we’re all the more closer to Christmas!! SQUEE!!!!)

anyways, a fellow blogger on our school entertainment forums came up with this fantastic writing exercise!! so she decided that she didn’t want to do a generic sorta list this year and thought she could try to create a new way to focus on things she was thankful for. what better way could there be than to use our senses?

so, here’s my list:

the ||SMELL|| of:

  • books
  • potpourri
  • rain
  • practically anything baking in the oven (food, obviously)
  • paint

 

the ||SOUND|| of:

  • music (sorry, i couldn’t resist the reference)
  • pouring rain against the windows
  • laughter
  • everything on my spotify playlist:-))

 

the ||SIGHT|| of:

  • new books (i get shivers just thinking about it)
  • the library
  • my favourite movies/tv shows
  • scrolling through instagram
  • amazing blogs
  • fire (i’m strange, i know)

 

the ||TOUCH|| of:

  • anything fluffy
  • a book
  • my computer keyboard
  • pillows (they’re really soft, okay)
  • my phone in my hand (there’s totally nothing wrong with this)

 

the ||TASTE|| of:

  • chocolate. especially white. 
  • whipped cream
  • strawberries
  • ice cream
  • caramel

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locked love

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she leant her weight against the metal railing overlooking the calm river, feeling the pressure of the cold, thin bar pushing into her arm through the flannel material of her jacket. a small, blue lock rested in her gloved palm. she inserted the key into the hole, twisting it absentmindedly.

her gaze flitted over to a laughing couple a distance away.

let me, let me! i want to do it,” the girl pouted prettily, pushing her hair away from her face impatiently. “come on.

okay, but i get to attach the lock to the bridge.

fine. gimme the key.” the boy fumbled in his pocket for a moment, before producing a delicate, silver lock. he turned the key—it was fitted in already—and yanked it open. he knelt down in front of the wire fence, and fixed it amongst the many others, most of them already rust-edged.

here,” he handed the key to the girl, who took it gingerly, as if it were fragile. perhaps it was.

love lock bridge, this place was called. it was believed that during the first world war, a schoolmistress, fell in love with an officer. they loved each other deeply, and got engaged. as fate would have it, the officer was called away to war, and fell in love with another woman. as a consequence, the engagement was broken off. the poor schoolmistress never recovered from her heartbreak, and died soon after.

as young women from her village wanted to protect their own loves, they started writing down their names, with the names of their loved ones, on padlocks and affixing them to the railings of the bridge where the officer and the schoolmistress used to meet. and the tradition stuck since.

i always thought it was the most exquisite story. love. that was what those locks stood for. i hadn’t known that in a while.

the young lovers were a few metres away from me now. they had stopped, and were sharing a passionate kiss, folded into each other’s loving embrace.

i glanced down at the lock nestled snugly in the palm of my hand. my fingers grazed over the two faded names written in black sharpie on its surface. my hand clenched into a fist, as did my heart.

the key flew high in a smooth arc, a dazzling sun ray glinting off its surface, before landing with a barely notable splash in the water, soon followed by the lock. they sank under the soft, pulsating waves, and they were no more.

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heeyy, there!!
well, this was surprisingly fun to write. i’ve been trying to write more recently, but i felt strangely unsatisfied with what managed to produce. perhaps it was a different kind of writer’s block. *shrugs*

i hope you enjoyed reading this as much as i did writing it!!

liebster award!!

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hey, guys!! so i was nominated for the Liebster Award by the wonderful Allie!!! she is an AMAZING poet, and YOU SHOULD TOTALLY CHECK OUT HER BLOG!!

THE RULES:

  • make a post thanking and linking the person who nominated you.
  • include the Liebster Award sticker in the post.
  • nominate 5-10 other bloggers and notify them of this in one of their posts.
  • all nominated bloggers are to have less than 200 followers.
  • answer the 10 questions posed by your nominator, create 10 questions for your nominees to answer. (or, you can repeat the same questions.)
  • copy these rules into your post.

my answers:
what gives your life meaning? we-ell……..i guess it’d be the people around me—my family, my friends, teachers, and especially the people i call “enemies”.

you know what they say, “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.” it’s a excessively overused phrase, and YET, its meaning is one that makes it undeniably memorable. surely, our lives can’t all be glitter and fluff (it’d be spectacular though, i’m sure). it would get boring eventually (that’s not the point), and so we need some (not too many, please) aggravating people to spice things up (okay, so that’s not really the best word to use, but???) and to change us for the better.

so, annoying people (+things) = a meaningful life. fantastic.

what has brought you joy and happiness lately? books. and movies. and tv shows. a lot of them. also, christmas is coming!!!!!!!

how old were you when you felt like an adult? never. kidding, i’m only 15 (but really, mentally 5). really, there is so much in this world that i know literally nothing about. so many places i’ve never been, things i’ve never seen, stories i’ve never experienced. yeah……..nah, i don’t think i’ll truly be ready to feel like an adult anytime soon.

what is something you ask yourself all the time, that no one else asks you? what i’m doing with my life. a lot of times, i feel like i’m just wasting my life away, watching tv shows and reading too many books when i really should be putting my priorities on studying and discovering new ways to serve my God with my life.

why did you start your blog? writing and art have been my best forms of expression since i first found interest in them. they keep me sane when i study (ha). writing clears my head, and often helps me to understand people better. so…yep.

what change in the world would you like to see in your lifetime?  i highly doubt this will ever happen, buuuut i do wish for a place where people aren’t self-centered and proud. a place where people are sincere with each other, and hide nothing. a place where no one has any cause to fear.

how are you helping bring about that change? to be truthfully honest, i’m not. but then, i’m not really in any position to do much. so i guess i’ll just keep on dreaming for now. and maybe one day, i’ll be in a place where i can do something.

who is your hero? naturally, my choice would be Jesus Christ. i mean, he died to save us from evil. is there anyone who can beat that? i think not.

what are you passionate about? words. i believe words are one of the most important things ever to be created.

what is something you are grateful to have learned the hard way? that finding the right balance between art, writing, reading, and studying though very, very tedious, is actually really important, if i want to have a good future, yet stay sane.

what do you find inspiring? music, books, movies, and blogs. music is a beautiful thing that sends me into a creative mode and helps me to concentrate. books are relaxing, and rests my brain (in spite of all the thrill and excitement found in most all of the ones i choose). movies make me happy. period. blogs (especially writing blogs) give me different perspectives on life and other stuff.

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my nominees:

A Journaling Pencil

Anna vs Life

Teen Girls that Write

Cotton & Dorian

All Alliteration

these five bloggers are amazing people with fantastic writing abilities. i hope you all enjoy their writings as much i do!!

questions for nominees:

  1. why did you start your blog?
  2. what do you think would be the hardest thing for you to give up?
  3. what inspires you?
  4. if you had one wish that would come true, what would you wish for?
  5. what is your greatest pride?
  6. what makes you happy?
  7. what are your goals in life?
  8. if you could go back in time, what would you change (if anything)?
  9. what is your idea of a perfect world?
  10. why do you write?

soo…..that’s it!! thanks to y’all if you actually manage to survive reading this far (HA)