Film Essay: Happy Feet

Disclaimer: This article contains spoilers

Happy feet is one of those films that is cemented in the way I view my childhood. I can remember vividly our family outing to Cineworld, the excitement rising inside of me as we entered Cineworld. The delicious smell of popcorn tantalising my 6 -year-old self, leading me, unfortunately for my parents, to beg and scream for food. I remember sitting comfortably in the chair- legs dangling in the air with a snack box in hand- waiting joyfully for the movie to start. From the opening heart song sequence with Memphis and Norma I was sold, and Happy Feet became my new obsession. As a 6-year-old I was obsessed with Happy Feet and as now a 19-year-old I appreciate it even more. Maybe it could seem a little bit embarrassing that on my 19th year on this Earth I still drop tears at an animated movie targeted at toddlers but there are so many hidden gems and themes in Happy feet that make it one of my favourite movies of all times. I am proud to say that I have watched the film twice this year already and will probably be watching it more in the future. Continue reading “Film Essay: Happy Feet”

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Sophia – A speck of Wisdom

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“I used to think that it was basically suicide to start to care about something. That the moment you open your self to their embrace they swiftly attack you in your heart with knifes made from their words and actions that you can’t explain. “I thought that you cared for me too” you wonder about their intentions and the value that they place on you – you realise that you are just a small speck of their existence. You realise that to them you ARE insignificant. Continue reading “Sophia – A speck of Wisdom”

A Nameless Love

Inspired by the animated movie: Your name.

Love:
If only I was brave enough to whisper it to the air.
To let the vibrations of the atoms send joyful signals to his ears.
But that would only awaken my fears.

I’m a coward.
I’m scared of exposing my feelings for him.
I’m afraid of looking him in the eye
And telling a lie,
A lie that I know that he wants to hear,
<<I don’t love you>>
Those words, not my own
Those words that I know that he secretly holds in his heart
And believes to be what’s in mine. Continue reading “A Nameless Love”

16 things that 2016 taught me

  1. To always take on new opportunities no matter how scary it is.
  2. Success doesn’t come without hard work.
  3. You have power over procrastination.
  4. Procrastination is a choice that leads to stagnation.
  5. You are great just as you are.
  6. Love exists even though we do not know what it is.
  7. Love is a choice, so choose to Love.
  8. Happiness is a choice, so choose a life filled with happiness
  9. There are some nice people in this world, you just need to open up.
  10. Not everyone is an open book and that’s okay – that gives you another reason to get to know and understand them.
  11. Fairy tales never truly end. They live on inside us. They live on around us.
  12. Don’t be shy to express your faith – no one truly knows but believes.
  13. Music heals the soul.
  14. Unending tears should not be a barricade stopping your success. Swim through those troubles.
  15. Believe in yourself. (and all things smarticles)
  16. Situations do not change unless you act.

 

To a year filled with more lessons – Happy New Year !

Weeding out Hopelessness

Michael Landy, a pioneer of the Young British Artists movement, was born in London in 1963. Landy is best known for his performance installation piece “Break down” where he destroyed and displayed all his possessions. In 2008, Landy was elected as a member of the Royal Academy of Arts London and continues to make a big impact in the artistic industry.

Creeping Buttercup’, which is a detailed study of individual weeds, is a part of Nourishment -a collection of etching pieces. It is said that to acquire the materials needed as inspiration for Creeping Buttercup, Landy found weeds growing in the street.

The meticulous study of the weeds signifies the miraculous growth that can occur in an unfruitful / famine – filled land. Just as in an urban street it is unlikely to find a lot of green spaces. Continue reading “Weeding out Hopelessness”

My love for Language

<<J’adore les langues>> is an expression that could be translated as “I love languages” or “I love tongues”. Both translations to an eye that is used to the English tongue might find the two statements to be completely different expressions but they do mean the same thing.

Language is certainly a beautiful thing. A complex system for which one comes to understand the world and to contemplate its existence. Has this ever happened to you: you are sitting in a rocking chair, in your winter gown, by a fire place and a thought comes to your mind. Where does language come from? It has happened to me -minus the winter gown and rocking chair- I sometimes find myself pondering about the phenomena that is the human language. Whether you believe that human languages like any other language ,e.g from non-human creatures, are just mediums for which we use to communicate with each other and thus, only have a social purpose. Or you believe that language is more of an expressive platform that helps us to build our mental faculty so is thus innate.

Any standpoint one takes to define language still does not fully explain the origins of the human language which is forever evolving – the English language has changed so much in the past 100 years. The various human languages can be used to create poetic and meaningful phrases – the mind boggling grammatical systems of the world is yet another example of the beautiful complexity of the human language.

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10 Steps to a healthier mind

It takes time to heal a mind. To grow a mind. Take the time to build your healthy mind.

1. Smile more

The act of smiling can help lift not just your spirits but of those around you-the more you do it the easier it will become. Trust me – smiling to yourself can feel weird at first and awkward especially when you aren’t feeling yourself. However,I have found that faking a smile once in a while can actually make you a happier person. This does not mean that you should pretend that your problems do not exist and use the smile as a mask – accepting issues and situation then figuring out how to solve them with a smile is very different from hiding.

2. Adopt a growth mind-set
You’ve probably heard it a million times but however it is true. Adopting a growth mind-set could be the start of your new journey as a better you. Carol S.Dweck stated that “In a growth mind-set students understand that their talents and abilities can be developed through effort, good teaching and persistence. They don’t necessarily think everyone’s the same or anyone can be Einstein, but they believe everyone can get smarter if they work at it.” This can be applied outside school, of course.

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