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  • Adam and eve by Victor Bregeda

“Ev όψει πειρασμού κάποιος το μήλο θα το κόψει,

μα ποιός φταίει; Aυτός που φύτρωσε, η αυτός που θα δαγκώσει;”

-T. Λαθος

 

“In the light of temptation, someone will cut the apple from the tree,

but whose fault is it? The person who planted it, or the person who took the bite?”

-Τaf Lathos

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For how much longer

For how much longer

will this bubble you’ve been living in

keep growing & growing

until it bursts into reality?

 

For how much longer

will this bomb keep ticking

until all your dreams & hopes

explode into your face?

 

For how much longer

will feelings dictate the mind

claiming right over reason

and leaving no room for discussion?

 

For it is feelings

that fuel the imagination

the spark that sets it into ignition

that burns away all traces of logic.

 

Until you lose the earth beneath your feet

and reality becomes distorted

and all your left is with hope.

But for how much longer?

 

Sometimes I wish I had no feelings.

Sometimes I wish I had no feelings

I’d feel no hurt, no pain,

No betrayal, no shame.

Sometimes I wish I had no feelings.

 

And if I had no feelings,

I’d make the right decisions,

cause logic would be my compass,

if I had no feelings.

 

I’d stop pushing away those who care,

and start pushing away those who don’t

I’d stop keeping close those who I shouldn’t

and start keeping close those who I should.

 

I’d stop making the wrong decisions,

if I had no feelings.

Happiness. Hope. Ambition.

Now, I know I haven’t been posting much, but that’s because I’m kind of at a loss of words. I want to express some things I’ve been going through, but I don’t really know how. I’ve been writing something for a while that I wasn’t pleased of. I want to give a try with poetry, but I don’t really know where to start with that either. So I’m gathering knowledge. Gathering information, watching philosophy videos, reading books, listening to music, in my try to pick out the right words. Upon doing so, I stumbled upon this great post, which I believe was worth a share and definitely helped in getting me in the right direction. I hope I get there eventually.

Cristian Mihai

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When did we become a therapy society? When did it become easier to tell everyone about our troubles, but not our successes? Do you ever think about that?

But what is happiness? How can we attain it?

Well… the idea is that happiness cannot be pursued. It’s not something you receive or stumble upon. It’s not something to be found while actively searching for it.

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Accept or improve? That is the question.

So one of my new favorite people right not is definitely Alain de Botton. Alain de Botton is a well-known, writer, philosopher and the inventor of the popular Youtube channel called “The School of Life” all about philosophy. His talk called “Why you will marry the wrong person” has easily become one of my new favorite talks of all time. It is packed with alternative view points of a vast amount of topics, from addiction to anger to love and much more and I definitely recommend you watch it:

Now among the wide range of topics he touches on there is one that has been on the back of my head and that I have been pondering about. He says that in a relationship (and I would say in any kind relationship, not specifically a romantic one), we must learn to become teachers. You must not believe than when someone is trying to tell you something about yourself, that they are attacking you. In reality, according to Alain, they are trying to make you a better person.

We tend to believe that true love means accepting the whole of us. According to Alain,  it doesn’t. Because we’re humans, we have flaws, and we definitely have areas we can improve on.

Criticism is merely a wrong word that we apply to a much nobler idea which is to try to become a better version of ourselves.

Plato also touched on this issue, saying that we should let our lover change who we are:

Personally, up until now I was against this idea. I believe that we should accept a person for who they are, and even if we believe they have flaws, we should accept them and allow them to change them in their own time (if ever). Because everyone’s ideals are different, and what I consider ideal maybe totally different and incompatible for someone else.

But after watching Alain’s talk, now I’m not sure. I mean, he is right, no one is perfect, that’s for sure. Maybe the answer is a combination of the two, point out things we believe our significant others can improve on, and if they don’t accept it, accept that they don’t accept it.

I personally believe I am a very difficult person when it comes to accepting. I tend to focus on other peoples ‘flaws’, and they often become deal breakers for me. Maybe it’s time I try to improve myself.

I’d love to hear your opinion on the topic. Should we accept others for who they are, should we try to change them? And if they don’t change, should we move on? Please help me out here.

Sailing in Greece

So to revitalize the photography aspect of this blog, I decided to upload a few photos of a trip I took on a relatives boat from Patras, Greece to Nafpaktos, Greece. So here they are:


 

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Right underneath the Rio-Antirrio bridge near Patras. So lucky to have gotten this shot.

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A little bit of black&white Greek pride.

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Entering the port of Nafpaktos.

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The fortress of Nafpaktos.

Coffee.

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Ah, Coffee. We all love coffee. For me personally, my relationship with coffee has been turbulent.

Our relationship has been long-term. I’ve been drinking coffee since I was in elementary school. We’ve had our ups and downs. We’ve broken up twice. But now were together again. Really. I’m drinking coffee as I’m writing this.

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So as I usually do, I’ve been thinking, what makes us drink coffee? Is it just because it wakes us up? I’ve actually talked about this topic with a few people and they’ve actually told me that coffee doesn’t always wake them up like they’d want to. Yet they can’t seem to quit it.

So what is the real reason we drink coffee? What is the real reason we need that coffee in order to start our day?

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I believe coffee is more of a choice we make to not give in to the laziness and really just kick it in the ass. It’s about taking control of your life and not letting the inactive side of you just continue on snooze mode forever. It’s a note to self and to everyone else that you’re ready to kick-ass and to do whatever life brings you.

So next time you’re looking for that next cup of coffee, just remember that it’s 10% the coffee that’s working and 90% your own mentality.

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(Warning: As you may have already seen this post is in the category “Me over-analyzing everything again”. Over-analyzing may have occurred.)

 

 

 

The weather.

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“So how’s the weather?”

“Pretty hot these days right?”

“Woah, it’s freezing, can’t wait for the summer.”

People love to talk about the weather. It’s a nice, simple, go-to conversation-opener, a certain ice-breaker that all people have in common.

I also believe that the way people talk about and handle the weather is a great way of finding out about their personalities.

People constantly complaining about the weather, people who when it’s hot ask for cold, and when it’s cold ask for hot, are people who easily find obstacles in life. They are people who quit easily, with the slightest mishap.

On the other hand, people who embrace the weather are people who truely embrace life and live it to the fullest.

A person who always comes to mind that is a great example of the latter is a great inspiration of mine, Casey Neistat. Now Casey Neistat is a fanatic runner who enjoys running about 10 miles a day.

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Most people enjoy running when the weather is ideal, for them Spring and Fall are the best months for running. But Casey? No. Casey enjoys running most in the hot months of summer. For him, August’s heat isn’t a tormenting time he waits patiently to go by. For him, these are the moments he waits for all year, and when they come, he takes advantage of them best.

So, please, let’s stop nagging about the weather and start seeing what we can do to take advantage of it best.

 

…Art

Now, I’m not really a person of art, but I’ve been contemplating about it lately. What is it that drives us to create art? What is it that makes us connect with art? What makes us admire it?

 

I came across a video that gave an interesting interpretation on art.

According to the video, the history of art is the record of people who could find no one in the vicinity to talk to.

 

And I can see this come across in paintings like Caspar David Friedrich’s.

Caspar David Friedrich, a German romantic painter. His painting were always centered around a person admiring a vast scenery. As grand as that scenery may be, our glance always fall upon the person, contemplating the sight before them.

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Art is about expressing feelings, about expressing pain. As is said in the video, “once we accept loneliness, we can get creative.”

But Art doesn’t just have to be about paintings. I believe in unconventional art. For example, I believe Jay-Z and Kendrik Lamar have done an excellent job in their own forms of art.

I literally believe you can hear their pain in these songs. You can relate to their pain. You see it in their video clips. And that’s what art’s all about.

But of course, art’s relative. Art’s personal. People find art in different forms and shapes. I don’t expect you to relate.

Mental health: The castle of glass

So as we all know Chester Bennington, the lead singer of Linkin Park, past away from suicide.

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Now I don’t really think anyone will ever understand what Linkin Park meant to me. Linkin Park gave me strength when no one else can. When I felt left out, when I felt like no one would understand me, Linkin Park was there, Linkin Park did.

Songs like this:

Literally gave me strength when I was feeling knocked down, when I felt like I was feeling mocked in school, when I felt insignificant.

Or their song called Iridescent:

I remember listening to this in the car on repeat. The more I listened to it the more I let go of my problems. This song was my meditation.

The list goes on and on. Most of their songs have a special meaning to me. Most of their songs mark a part of my life. Most of their songs got me one step closer to where I am now, stronger and more confident than ever.

And now a piece of that is gone. Now we’re in pieces.

 


 

But the reason I wanted to make this entry is not about just what Chester meant tome. It’s broader than that. Another person has gone from mental illness. Another person has fallen into the trap that their mind has made them. Ironic, isn’t it? Our own minds devising these traps, working against us in the cruelest of ways.

I read a description about depression that I really liked. I wish I remembered who it was from, but here it goes: “When you’re depressed, you see things in the world around you. Everything moves normally, blissfully, nonchalantly. The sun goes up, days go by, everything seems normal, except there’s a twist. You’re trapped in a glass box. It’s bolted to the ground and no matter how hard you try you just can’t get out.”

Yet no one seems to notice, nothing seems to have changed. The world continues on blissfully without you.

That’s the only way I can imagine what Chester was feeling like. And not only Chester, but millions of people among us. I believe most people have gone through a similar phase at least once in their life. And then they got threw it. And they grew stronger from it. And they learned from it. But who’s to guarantee that it won’t happen again? And how many times can one take until they say enough?

This is why I decided to make this blog entry. Mental health awareness. There are few things worse in this world than feel like you’re trapped in a glass box. And most of the time we ourselves make it worse, why? Because we’re too afraid to communicate about it. Too embarrassed. I believe mental illness is still a huge taboo in our society. People are too ashamed to seek out for help. People are too ashamed to admit they’re imperfect.

But of course, we live in a society where being perfect is all that’s broadcasted. Rich people, beautiful people, successful people, perfect movie stars, perfect rock stars… Oh right. But wait, I mean, why shouldn’t they be happy? They’ve got it all, money, looks, fame, right? They should be ashamed that they’re unhappy, right?

Wrong. You know why? Because our standards are wrong. I believe it’s about time we start re-evaluating our ideas of the perfect person. Beauty, money… It’s all loads of bs. And people like Chester Bennington, Chris Cornell, Kurt Cobain… They’re the proof we need. In fact, I believe people that are happy just because of good looks and money are the ones with true mental illness, a mental illness called narcissism. Being happy and being obnoxious is not the same thing.

For me, real happiness comes from accepting your flaws. Real happiness means accepting that being perfect means being imperfect. Real happiness is knowing that both good and bad times are transitional. Real happiness means not looking away from hard times, not turning your head in the other direction, but standing there, accepting it, accepting that life is not black and white, it’s grey, and you can’t have a rainbow without rain (hashtag promotion of my blog: The rain). 

So please, please, if you’re feeling down, please let that energy out, write a damn blog, talk about it, and if people don’t understand, find new people. If people belittle your problems, saying things like other people have it worse, just remember that mental health is just like physical health. Just because others may have worse problems doesn’t mean that you’re problems aren’t worth looking into. Turn your disadvantage into an advantage, find an outlet for that energy, run, write songs. Trust me, you will turn out 1000 times better than those obnoxious brats you once admired.

Chester and the rest of Linkin Park helped us through hard times, now it’s our turn to continue his legacy and help each other.