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4 Books You Should Read.


I believe that a successful novel is one that makes you feel something. These four books are some of my favourites and should be read at least once in your lifetime.

Like The Flowing River by Paulo Coelho. This is a collection of his thoughts and stories; it is filled with wisdom and grace, encouragement and beauty. He demonstrates the significance of smaller moments, restoring you to the state of which man was supposed to be. The philosophical anecdotes will echo into eternity and I found myself sharing large sections with people. Paulo’s writing style is soothing; his words always offer great comfort and hope. This is the kind of book that you would keep on your bookshelf and read snippets of whenever you are feeling down. It is also a great introduction to his works and would make a wonderful gift. Here is one of my favourite excerpts from the book.
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Why Do We Watch Television?


A lot of people have been recommending Breaking Bad to me and I keep finding myself saying that I don’t have enough emotional capacity to deal with watching it right now.

Saying those words made me think about why it is that we watch television shows and more specifically what it is that draws us to them. Why do we choose to watch something that we know is not real? Why do we watch other people pretending to be someone else?

As we begin to invest our time in shows, it’s almost as if they become a part of us and so coherently, we become a part of them. We feel a responsibility to wholeheartedly dedicate ourselves to a show, we feel inclined to see it through until the end. It’s almost like a relationship; we support it through everything. We watch each episode because it would feel like a waste if we were to give up. We emotionally invest in television shows like we do with people.

It is also interesting how attached we become to characters. We almost treat them like a close friend or family member because there is a sense of familiarity and reality that makes it feel like we have known them our whole lives. We experience their journey with them, we mirror their feelings. We laugh with them and cry when they experience something inordinately cruel. Their pain is our pain. We are a part of each other and we want the best for them. We want justice, we want their happiness.

Although we are subconsciously aware that these characters are not real, their calamities sometimes are. They are a representation of issues that subsist. Television shows draw attention to other people’s perspective, their pain. They make us experience what someone else is going through, what these people are suffering with, in turn making us sympathetic. They teach us to be more compassionate. We can sometimes be in situations that we do not know how to handle and we remember a scene in a television show where the character was going through something similar. Without realising, we can sometimes draw strength from this scene, remembering how the character acted and emulating the way it was handled.

In a way, television shows can teach us how to deal with life, how to exist. Sometimes they are our guidance, they create and capture sentiments. Although we watch them as a form of entertainment, they remind us that our lives are not as bad as we think. They reiterate how lucky we are and we watch them to get away from our own predicaments. They can shape who we are as people. 
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Tonight's The Night, Dexter.


Yesterday, I watched the finale of Dexter, a television series that I have been fixated with. Upon watching the finale, I was left extremely heartbroken and I was unable to think about anything but the travesty of this episode. I woke up this morning experiencing an intense sense of sadness over the finale and although I reminded myself that it was only a television show and nothing to be upset about, I could not stop thinking about it. I began to wonder how a television show could cause me such sadness and how it could affect me to the point that it was dictating my emotions.
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Forbrydelsen (The Killing).


For the past few weeks, I have forgotten about life and engrossed myself in Forbrydelsen (The Killing), a Danish crime series. Although it has been a while since I watched the final episode, I am still reeling from the immaculacy of the show. Forbrydelsen deserves a standing ovation for its brilliance.
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3 of My Favourite Poets.


Poets are the best of people; their eyes and souls are open to the beauty of the world. They see without really looking, they find without seeking and they have the ability to encapsulate the splendour of a moment within a few words.

Most people think that poetry is all about flowers and nature but rather it is about life and the art of living. Each syllable, each word, each space, each line, each stanza has been carefully constructed; everything within poetry is meaningful and this in itself demonstrates how small quantities have the ability to be majestic and evocative. The words will always bring new meaning into your life because the emotions that you are reading with will never be the same. 


You, yourself, bring your own ideology to the words and upon reading, the world appears different. 

The words make a subconscious change in you. Poetry is always filled to the brim with connotation and value; it can never be drained. It's almost like drinking water from a cup and having it automatically refill each time you put it down.
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Why I Write.


In the words of Lord Byron ‘if I don’t write to empty my mind, I go mad.’ Writing keeps me sane; it is a form of liberation. It has become a way of life. There are moments when I cannot recall my thoughts with my tongue; it is the pen that speaks for me. Sometimes the pen has a mind of its own, using my thoughts as energy, writing things that I didn’t know I was feeling. Writing has become an obligation, like breathing. It has become a part of me, like skin.
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Myers-Briggs Personality Test.


I was introduced to the Myers-Briggs personality test and the results have honestly been revolutionary. The test is straightforward and takes approximately 10 minutes to complete. It will then derive your personality type. 

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The Expectations of Being a Woman.


Women have difficult lives; they must yield to what is expected of them by religion, parents, culture and society. Living with such compliance is tough. In the midst of trying to please others, their own happiness is sacrificed. 

When a woman is born, her life is already paved out for her. 
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