All posts tagged: world

| making my heart sink: a story of the past verses a real life experience |

“I read it when I was 14, which was probably highly inappropriate.” – E. MacCarthy At 25 it’s hard for me to understand how a 14 year old could ever understand this book — let alone write it. I look back to when I was in middle school: What was my outlook on life? What were my passions? Who was I? What were my thoughts on life-changing events for the world? —- Today I was asked where I was on September 11, 2001. I was 13 years old. I was at school. We heard about the attacks. I was scared. I don’t remember having an opinion. I’m still not sure that I really do. I don’t know whom to believe which makes me slightly indifferent to such a powerful event in my country’s history. It’s disappointing that reading a book about events I wasn’t even alive for bring me such heartache, while speaking about September 11 leaves me giving a shoulder shrug and a detached response. Reading the Diary of a Young Girl | Anne …

| the beauty of couch surfing |

When I say that I use CouchSurfing [CSing] to meet new people when I travel or while living in my own city, I get mixed reactions from isn’t that really dangerous? to wickedddd. When I first heard the idea of CSing it seemed a bit odd to let a stranger into your home, possibly give them keys and trust them openly with your things. But then I realized that’s essentially what you do with moving into a shared apartment with strangers – except you live there a bit longer than a few days. I started little by little with CSing and decided to make a profile. I went to visit a friend of a friend in London and we made references for each other and so it began. She was the first one of my friends to actually use it for real while traveling through Spain, and little by little I started to become more involved and more open minded about the idea. Since then I’ve travelled through nine different countries using CSing to meet locals …

| HAPPINESS, FOUND |

Twenty-one days ago my friend and I watched a video talking about happiness. The speaker said it’s not about looking forward to happiness, it’s about creating it in the here and now. We can’t attribute happiness with achievement and success, because once we attain those objectives we’ll only set new ones – continuously pushing away our “ideal” happiness. Unfortunately, this is how most people operate. I only hope that everyone I encounter I’m able to help them realize that its how they choose to celebrate each moment that will bring them happiness and it’s not something we have to push away until we achieve something in particular. After watching this video the speaker left us with the challenge of finding happiness by taking the following steps in our day to day life: 1) Exercise 2) Do Random Acts of Kindness 3) 21 Days of Gratitude – Write down 3 things a day that you’re grateful for … 4) Journaling 5) Meditation So – along with my regular exercise, journaling, small amounts of meditation (whether its …