A Lesson You Wish You Had Learned Earlier in Life

We can all try saying that we have no regrets. That whatever happened was somehow “for the best” and that “in the bigger picture” and “in the long run” we are better off even after having done things one would term as regrets. We can say it with conviction, with humility and also quietly, but I doubt if we ever really mean it. Like really really mean it.
Try saying this:

“No, I do not have any regrets. I believe that everything happens for a reason. Sure I’ve done things that weren’t very good, but doing all those things, right and wrong, has made me the person I am today. And I’m proud of what I am today. So no, I do not have regrets and I wouldn’t like to significantly change something about my past.”

Now look at what you’ve just said. At all those words and the meanings they hold. Doesn’t one event come up like a lifebuoy on the ocean of your mind, instantly claiming attention and ridiculing what you’ve just read?

I think we all have regrets, we all have those little annoying events in our life which stick out like sore thumbs;  reminding us of our bad decisions. Some of us let them overpower us, let them decide the course our lives would take. Some of us forget that they ever happened and decide to live our lives free of their haunting shadows. And still, some acknowledge their presence, repent their existence but in no way do they let them change their tomorrow.

The lesson I wish I had learned earlier in my life is a very basic one, but one which I think many of us suffer throughout our life: I wish I  had recognized my true worth earlier in life  and not accepted any less than what I deserved.

Self-worth is something which is continuously under attack from outsiders. We literally need to take up arms, and retaliate when it becomes necessary. Under no condition should we take abuse and humiliation over the things that make us different, that define us. We shouldn’t take  less than what we deserve,and even if we are forced to, we should do everything in our might to change it. Because once self-worth is gone, it rarely ever comes back.

Stay strong. 🙂

Review: ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’ by Jeff Kinney

Hello everyone!

Hmm…I kinda don’t like the greeting my posts have. :/ It’s like I’m a presenter on some monumental stage and have a million people staring at me..uh. Not happening. Anyway!

So on the first day of 2012 (It’s so creepy, writing 2012) I went and bought myself 3 new books, out of one I’m going to review here. I read it in about 3-3.5 hours flat which I think says a lot about how interesting it was. But as lazy as I am (VERY) it took me a while to get this post together and press ‘Publish’. Here is a shot I took of the back cover and some pages from the book because I wanted to share all the artwork included in the book with you guys. There’s at least one illustration per page for the whole book. And after that I get to speak my mind about this book. 🙂 Have fun! Oh and also, I’m sorry the angle of the camera and everything is kinda clumsy, hope to get better someday 😀

Images from the book:

Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Book 1)

Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Back cover)

Illustrations inside the book

My take: THIS is the kind of book that I would sit down and read in one go. Not because of how thrilling it is but because of the wonderful way in which it is written which doesn’t make the writer feel as if they are on a past-paced journey towards a climax, but instead takes them from page to page laughing out loud and thoroughly interested with what was going to happen next to the character. The book is the first one in a series of six (I will be sure to follow them all) and is narrated by Greg Heffley, a sarcastic, wise-cracking “wimpy kid” living his oh-so-troubled life in middle school with his best friend Rowley who is an innocent friend, not at all “cool” according to the standard of the school. Greg is one who continually tries to direct away the bullying and such which is part of middle school and rise to higher echelons of popularity.

The book comprises of 217 pages and I was laughing out loud at more than half of them. The narrative is full of sarcasm and irony and one can easily relate to the middle-school experience. The illustrations really bring the punchline in many jokes and are a great way to make the reading experience richer. From being acutely embarrassed of the nickname “Bubby”which  his little brother gave to him, to being caught and ridiculed doing something silly by his older brother Rodrick, Greg is something of a magnet to hilarious situations. His high ideas to attain wealth and fame get him more trouble and get more laughs out of the reader.

A lot of people ask of how to become readers and get into the habit of reading regularly, and I advise them to start with something like this: a light, hilarious book to keep them entertained and show them what a book brings to the reader.

You might like it if:

  • You enjoy humour.
  • You appreciate books about middle or high-school humour.
  • You would enjoy having illustrations aid the text.
  • You’re trying to become a more regular reader.
Also, children 9+ would enjoy this book a lot.

You might not like it if:

  • You are not one for humour.
  • You do not like early-teen literature.

I hope this was helpful and I hope you enjoyed it! 🙂

Take care!

The Most Important Thing I Learned This Year

Happy New Year 2012!

As cheesy and typical as this may seem (why does everything I have to say sound so darn cliched?! :@) I learned first-hand to literally leave alone the things I couldn’t get and embrace what I could have. I’ve had to make hard decisions relating my career and other things in 2011 and I just trusted God and jumped in with both feet. And it has paid off. I have wonderful thoughts of 2011 and even better hopes for 2012. 🙂

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