Blank spaces

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We all have an endless supply of blank spaces to fill. Spaces to shape who we are. Spaces to discover and explore. Spaces to learn and think. Spaces to try and fall and try again. Spaces to imagine and build. We all have endless opportunities, possibilities, and fates. We’re not stuck on one road or labelled as one person. We can be whoever we want to be, do whatever we want to do, and more. Let’s not limit ourselves. Let’s let go. Let’s make the most of it. Dwell in possibility and fill those blank spaces.

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Three Lessons to Take from Minions

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We might not be able to understand much about what Minions are saying, but what they show us speaks louder than words. I recently went to see Minions in the cinema, and I picked out three lessons we can learn from them:

  1. Always look out for each other – Whether we’re just offering a bit of comfort, courage or company, or whether we’re valiantly saving someone from getting blown to pieces, we should always take care of each other. It could make all the difference to that person, whether we realise or not.
  2. Be brave – It’s easy to get comfortable where we are because that’s what we know and that’s where we know we’ll be safe. But that doesn’t mean we’ll always be fulfilled and happy in that safe place. Don’t be afraid of stepping into the unknown and taking opportunities to experience more of life.
  3. Never give up – Life won’t hand us everything we want. But that doesn’t mean we can’t ever have it. Even if things feel like they’re not working out, sometimes we just need to take our time. We’ll get there in the end if we stay persistent. And it will be worth it.

Have you seen Minions? What would you add to the list?

Thought of the Day: Taking

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What do you take in life? To me, what we take defines our being and our happiness and success in life. We should take chances and take as many opportunities as we physically and mentally can. We should not take advantage or take for granted the life we have been blessed with. We should take advice and take the help we need, even if we do so begrudgingly or awkwardly. We should not take life too seriously, but also not take from other people that which hasn’t been given to us. Most importantly, we should remember to take our time and take a breath, because life is most of all a journey, rather than a destination, and we’re just picking up pieces on the way.

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Thought of the Day: The Right Time

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There never will be a right time. Yes, there will always be a time when we will be smarter, more experienced, and perhaps less busy, than we are now. But there will also be a time when we are older, more invested and committed, with opportunities that come and go too quickly. The more we waste our time, the less we have of it, and the less we have of all the prospects it brings. Time is unforgiving and waits for no one. The closest place we have to the ‘right’ time is now. Now is the time to start. Now is the time to conquer. Now is the time to work. Now is the time to mend. Now is the time to let go. Now is the time to express how you feel. Now is made up of infinite possibilities, so let’s use them.

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Midnight Motivation: Ands and Ors

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It might be considered greedy, but life calls for us to dabble, to experiment and to dip our fingers in everything we can. We can have a balance between work and home life. We can desire jobs that bring us security and satisfaction. We can find happiness in a wealth of life’s offerings. We can dedicate our free time to more than one activity. We can define ourselves in many different, even contradictory, ways. We are an array of emotions, passions and wishes. Let’s not limit ourselves by thinking that our life consists of one purpose or one goal. Let’s not restrict ourselves with one ambition or one focus. Let’s not suffocate ourselves by building walls and ceilings. Let’s stop focusing on stop signs and shut doors. Let’s instead absorb as much of life as we can by finding possibilities and opportunities. Let’s start using ands instead of ors and with that our motivation for life will soar.

Thought of the Day: Inner Strength and Worth

I’ve recently begun a summer job, and I’m very conscious of what other people are thinking of me as I work, of the work I’m doing and the position I’m in. It’s interesting how we reflect our own anxieties onto other people’s perspective of us, because I realised that those things I was conscious of were my own fears about myself and I was making it out to be that everyone was of the same mindset as me. There might be some people who are, but what I needed to face was my own anxieties, because what other people think of me shouldn’t matter. I have been put in this position and I should do everything I can to make the most of it, put everything I can into it, and learn as much as possible. Don’t let fear keep your from opportunities and from positivity. Don’t let the possibility of something keep you from the reality. Let us revel in all the blessings we have been given, let us believe in our own abilities and worth, and let us focus on the brighter prospects and possibilities of life.

Run Your Own Show

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Since watching Ben Affleck collect a number of nominations and awards for Argo at the BAFTAs in February 2013, including nominated Best Actor in a leading role and winning Best Director, I’ve become much more aware of the number of actors and actresses creating their own films and TV shows to star in. Lena Dunham is both a main character and creator of the comedy-drama Girls, as is Mindy Kaling in The Mindy Project. When researching this, I found out that this was common in the film industry, with Barbara Streisand, Woody Allen, Tom Hanks and others starring in films they directed. At first this seemed to me a bit conceited, but the more I thought about it, the more I began to realise that they were just creating an opportunity in their chosen discipline, making something they were truly passionate about, they had a clear vision of how to execute their goals, rather than waiting around for the perfect projects to come along.

In this vicious cycle of thinking, I wondered why, in these times of recession and unemployment, we can’t create our own opportunities too. In today’s world, we are overwhelmed with the false hope that life happens and we will be rewarded at some point, that everything happens to us by externally driven forces and therefore we don’t have to work for anything. Similarly, we are bombarded with the negativity on how hard it is to get a job and create the lifestyle we want, which only lessens our appetite for the journey to our goals. We too easily cower away from success when something doesn’t go according to plan. But, after all, its dedication and perseverance, coupled with failure and vision, that lifts you to success, and only you have the power to nurture these traits within yourself.

The time for creating your own opportunities can spark from a moment in your life where you feel idle and helpless; but unemployment, for example, doesn’t need to be thought of as a waste. The desire to create your own opportunities can also come from a time when you are at a crossroads, or need a change in direction, or simply cannot find the place you want to be in. If you are lost, don’t stay in one spot and hope somebody comes to find you, but make use of your time to figure things out for yourself, because it is you who is living your life. For example, create a blog, whether its one full of photography and collages, or one of random musings and lifestyle posts. If you prefer talking, create a YouTube channel. Learn a new language or get to grips with a useful computer programme to enhance your employability. Volunteer for an organisation that you are passionate about. Self-advertise and create a greater media presence on social networking sites. Use connections or contacts and reach out. In the end, it all comes down to whether or not you decide that every moment is worth seizing, and that you should take possession of those idle times, in all aspects of social life and work life. You can be both a character and a creator in your own life and the bigger picture.