Quote For The Week: Friendship

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We move through life in search of someone – anyone. For most it’s the search for a partner to settle down with, for others it’s someone who truly understands them.

A Friend can be both.

Before you find that special someone, you have the company of your friends. It doesn’t need to be more than one person; one friend who sticks by you is worth thousands more than people who leave you when you need help the most.

We’re truly beings drifting over to an uncertain future, but that doesn’t mean we have to do it alone. 

With your comrade(s) by your side, nothing in life will feel too foreboding. When you’re free from the shackles of solitude you never get the sense any mountain is too high to scale, or any horizon is too far to conquer.

So go on out there and set sail in this vast, often scary world; your brethren singing songs of glory next to you will accompany you till the ends of the seas.

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Quote For The Week: Hope

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Sadness is an emotion we’ve all felt; some evoke it, others feel its crashing presence for the first time.

It can turn into despair should you make sadness a habit. I know how that feels. Ironically, the one feeling you want desperately to separate from yourself ends up becoming your only friend.

Those nights when you lie sprawled on the ground-feeling undeserving to place your tattered body in the comfort of a bed-those raspy breaths leaving your body one flicker at a time, a tear falling down the sides of the crinkled corners of your eyes – I know them all too well.

I might not know how to solve the dilemma that’s brought you this desolation, but I can tell you how to escape the despair it’s summoned.

We feel trapped by our despondency, yet we hold onto it as a crutch during trying times. What people suffering from depression fail to grasp is that their state is exacerbated by their inability to hope.

Really think about it.

If you were to have even a semblance of desire for the better, you’ll have your escape hatch. I realize it’s easier said than done, but all I ask is for you to keep that one shining possibility in your mind to battle the incoming storm of despair.

Hope isn’t for the weary, it’s for the brave.

So what if things seem bleak now? They won’t be if you keep that burning desire of hope roaring like a great flame. You feel as if despair has taken you over, then destroy that despair with the power of hope.

What remains will be you: The person who deserves happiness.

The person who hoped for the better.

Quote For The Week: Emotions

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Every action we take hinges on what we’re feeling. Whether it is something that saddens us, or something that brightens our day; we keep it close to our chests.

I’ve found that people tend to shape their lives based on those experiences that have touched them profoundly. What may have been a chance encounter, turned into memories worth a lifetime.

I myself can reflect back to those times in my life.

The person you see in the mirror has been molded by their emotions. Had you felt a different emotion on one particular day, you would have been staring back at someone else entirely.

Even if you were hurt terribly by an event in your past, remember that it made you who you are today.

All memories, good or bad, are part of us. They made you feel something.

And any time you feel an emotion, you feel your heart beating.

 

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Love & Affection

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Quote For The Week: Perseverance

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I know more than most people what it’s like to fail. In all the ventures I’ve taken, I’ve failed 99% of the time. It’s not easy to live with failure; yet I continue to fight.

Why do I do that?

That would be because I strive for more. I’m not satisfied with living the way my life is right now. And the only way to change that would be by continuing to strive.

I’m sure you (whoever it is reading this) can relate to feeling bogged down by something. Whether it is failure, or guilt, or anxiety; it’s a battle to overcome these hurdles.

But through all this I remind myself with this – I’m still here.

And so are you.

I believe this qualifies us as survivors. We strive for more, we fight for it, and still we remain here; waiting for times to change.

Surviving until we don’t have to.

Quote For The Week: Love & Affection

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I’m sure I speak for everyone when I say that we have, at any point in our lives, felt the keen sting of love. If not outright love, a definite affection for someone that is impossible to explain.

This affection has the capacity to blossom into love, and for those who have been fortunate enough to have their affection reciprocated, they will know just how fresh the world appears to be.

Even if you haven’t been impaled by the arrow of affection, you know you are lying in wait for that moment when everything seems perfect, every breath you take has someone else in tandem.

While we wait, let us appreciate those who have experienced love, and hold fast for those who wait for with bated breaths.

It is simply perfection, after all.

Quote For The Week: Travel

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I believe everyone has the hunger for travel. For some it is simply greater than for others. Personally, I would not be here harping on about my musings had I been bestowed with the privilege of travelling. There is so much beauty in this world to be explored, every nook and corner has a story that has brought someone there. It deserves to be known; I would love to uncover the layers behind my personality, and what better way to find myself than in a land that is unknown to me.

Review of 29 to Life

Summary

Barnaby is a down-in-luck loser who has just been dumped by his long-term girlfriend, fired from the job he hated in the first place, and kicked out by his parents. Oh, and he’s 29 years-old as the film will remind you on occasion. At his age, life isn’t going where Barnaby thought it would and he does little to turn things around. That is, until an old high school friend pops back into his life at a reunion and helps Barnaby pick himself from the dumps.

What I Liked

It would have worked wonders had the multitude of awkwardly placed jokes been collected for a stand-up comedy special, because they were undeniably funny – or at least tickling – to watch. The character of Madison is a delight with her girl-next-door type personality and sweet-natured charm that provides incentive for the viewer to stick around and not give up on the movie. There’s also the basic premise which is relatable to an extent. We’ve all been there when life seems to have rushed by and we haven’t caught up with. The balance between following through with your passion and working a job just to pay the bills is the theme of this movie which should resonate with viewers as it did with me.

What I Didn’t Like

Barnaby. Not to say he’s wholly unlikable, but the guy is an overgrown man-child. 29 isn’t too old but the manner which he conducts himself – taking showers in the nude in public, fabricating his resume to include outlandish achievements that would realistically land him a kick in the rear in any interview, and his inherent sluggish personality coupled with serial laziness – makes it hard to root for him. He also lacks the required charm to pull the viewer to his side as other, more talented actors like Bill Murray would have possessed. It isn’t done much favours with the gauche direction that teeters in the brink of total dullness due to the long drawn out silences for no apparent reason, or the complete absence of background music that contributes further to the already abundant silence onscreen during interactions.

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Murphy Martin isn’t a talented actor – comedian he might be – but he can’t pull off this role with charisma the same way Diana Solis can. Had there been the presence of more actors in the movie, Martin’s impact would have been lost in the shuffle. What perplexed me was the attraction Madison held for Barnaby. There may have been some long suppressed feelings from their high school days, or her lack of dating options, because her investment in Barnaby’s life– from getting him gigs to straightening out his CV, and basically spending all her time with him – isn’t understandable in the slightest. Any woman would have been turned off by Barnaby’s lack of drive and all round lethargic personality, but Madison is enchanted by Barnaby upon her first seconds of screentime.

Overall

It ultimately depends on how Barnaby comes across to the viewer, whether his sarcasm and dry humor can be endearing or if his crude jokes (that include toilet humor) and juvenile behaviour will overstay its welcome after the opening minutes. While the general idea of an uplifiting ending is comfortable, it is also a longshot the manner with which Barnaby is handed one opportunity after another and is then equipped with superb skills out of the blue that do not align with his brazen demeanour. The farthest idea the movie wants us to believe is that two very attractive women could ever find Barnaby appealing in the first place. You get the sense the director wanted to appeal to the “loser community” by handing them a wish-fulfilment scenario.

Finally, the story drags along easily a half-hour more than it should have – which is not helped by the stretches of silence between dialogues – for an ending that doesn’t really place Barnaby, or the viewer, in a different place than where they had started.