All posts tagged Inspiration

The “Right” Resolution

Published January 1, 2015 by ABadKitten

Every New Year brings a few of the same things: mass texts at midnight from friends and family with well wishes, millions of status updates highlighting this years resolutions, and the eventual disappointment of those resolutions being broken and unfulfilled.

What are the most common resolutions? Lose weight. Stop smoking. Go to the gym more. Every single person knows a handful of people who make these same resolutions every year (with good intent, of course) and a good majority of us fall into that same category. Not to say that’s necessarily a bad thing, but it’s pretty rare that I come across a person who has been able to say to me, honestly, “I kicked my New Year Resolution’s ass!”

I read an article this morning on Quartz entitled “Why our New Year’s Resolutions are all wrong” and I couldn’t help but agree with the overall message. We make these resolutions with the hopes to better ourselves and make ourselves happier in this coming year, but we always seem to fall short of that small happiness. Why? It’s because my body weight isn’t the root of my unhappiness. Neither is the fact that I don’t go to the gym as often as I would like. Quitting smoking is not going to solve my Uncle’s issues in life, nor is the amount of fast food he eats. These behaviors are results of other issues we have, not causes.

So, with that long-winded thought process not blurted out in an unorganized fashion on a bright, white page-like screen on my computer, I can finally come to the conclusion and reason for said process in the first place. My New Year’s resolution is to find what is making me so unhappy and dissolve it from my life once and for all.Β I know exactly where I’m going to start, I just need a timeline to start it. Once I can finally look myself in the mirror and say, “I’m happy!” and not worry about when that’s going to chance, everything else will follow suite.

When I’m happy, I eat better so I lose weight.

When I’m happy, I exercise more and feel better.

When I’m happy, I’m more enjoyable as a person and people around me are happier.

When I’m happy, I’m more willing to go out with people and see my friends and family more.

Everything will follow suite, as I said. So, this year I feel like I made a resolution I can actually keep. As a matter of fact, it’s more than one resolution, technically, because once I can solve the overall issue that’s causing all of my other minute issues, I can solve those as well.

Happy 2015 everyone! I wish you all a happy, healthy, and fruitful year as you work towards your 2015 goals!


Photographic Language

Published August 21, 2011 by ABadKitten

A picture speaks volumes; a pictures says a thousand words; a picture is the view out of the eyes of its captor. All very true. Every picture tells a tale, some relevant, some heart-felt, some stupid…but all the same, there is a story there.

I’ve seen plenty of pictures that I haven’t like all that much, though I still have a hard time looking away from them. I dislike them, but they are still beautiful to me. Does that make sense? Maybe it’s not my absolute idea of beauty, but it’s beauty all the the same. There are so many different ways to view beauty and so many different way something can be beautiful, even if it’s hard to tell which way and how.

I’ve always been in love with the mere fact that we have the ability to capture a single moment with the flick of a wrist, able to hold on to it and look upon it when ever we please. I’ve also always been in love with the fact that that single moment will speak something different to each and every person that views it. That in itself is beautiful, isn’t it? It doesn’t matter what that voice whispers or what feeling it may spark. It’s the fact, the simple fact, that it does.

I recall someone’s blog on here…unfortunately I’ve been gone so long that her name escapes me…but she had the wonderful idea of posting pictures every few days as “writing prompts”. I participated frequently even though I rarely posted what I wrote, though it didn’t really matter. What I enjoyed more was reading the different responses of those who did post. They came as stories, poems, one-liners…each and everyone representing a different message and/or thought. That’s what art is, and that’s what I love about it.

Pictures, paintings, books, articles, music…I don’t know what I would do without them. It’s not even the physical thing, it’s not being able to look at or hold them. It’s the fact that they inspire and they speak things. Like, for instance, I can look at a picture one day and a thought will pop into my head. The next day, I’ll look at the same picture and smile at a completely different thought. It’s mystifying…and I love it.

Next time you look at a picture don’t just look at it. I mean really, really look at it. Think: What does it say to you? Then imagine…what will it say to the next person who sees it?

(Le Source)