Summer

I feel a bit ridiculous at the moment. I have been looking forwards to the summer holidays for half the year and now they are here I have no idea what to do. As we live in the UK it is not constantly sunny and you can’t guarantee what the weather will be like. It is not very fun to tramp through a muddy field in an attempt to have a cold and soggy picnic… 🙂

I am writing a newspaper for my friends and family which is fun but will only take so long.

I just don’t want to waste any of my summer…

S

 

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Sadness

“Some days are just bad days, that’s all. You have to experience sadness to know happiness, and I remind myself that not every day is going to be a good day, that’s just the way it is!”

– Dita Von Teese

Today was not a good day. This quote really encouraged me, and so did the verse below from Psalms:

“But you, God, see the trouble of the afflicted; you consider their grief and take it in hand. The victims commit themselves to you; you are the helper of the fatherless.”

– Psalm 10:14

God is with us in our sadness and grief

S

TOP but not OTT

“You say things with your mouth

Cobwebs and flies come out

I hear a second voice behind your tongue somehow

Luckily I can read your mind”

– Lovely, Twenty One Pilots

This is not a crazy fangirl post but just a heads up. A lot of the songs written by Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun have much deeper meanings to them then you first think. Take Car Radio for example, one of their older ones:

“I have these thoughts, so often I ought
To replace that slot with what I once bought
‘Cause somebody stole my car radio
And now I just sit in silence”

– Car Radio

At first this seems pathetic. You wrote a song because you can’t listen to music in your car?! But then as you listen to it you realize that he needs the music to drown out all his crazy terrifying thoughts that are overwhelming him. Pretty deep huh? A lot of their music is very similar to this and I would really encourage you to give them a listen. Some of the easier ones to deal with include Ride, Stressed out, Holding onto you and The Judge.

Thank you for reading this!

S

John Green

I just wanted to tell all of you how much I have enjoyed John Green’s latest novel, Turtles All The Way Down. The story is told from the point of view of Aza, a teenage girl suffering from severe anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorder. It is mainly about her trying to continue a normal life with her growing problem.

It really helped me understand more of what it is like to have that kind of mental issue and also what it is like for the people closest to her. Below is a quote from Aza which I found really interesting and thought-provoking:

“But what I want to know is, is there a you independent of  circumstances? Is there a way-down-deep me who is an actual, real person, the same person if she has money or not, the same person if she has a boyfriend or not, the same if she goes to this school or that school? Or am I only a set of circumstances?”  – Turtles all the way down by John Green.

It really makes you think, doesn’t it? As a Christian though, I can say that yes, you are independent of circumstances. You are uniquely created and loved by God and he already knows who you are, even if you don’t. I feel this is really encouraging in today’s age of questions and wonderings about who you truly are.

Anyway, I hope this has helped and encouraged you in your day.

S

Alexander the Great and Kindness

Not something you would usually put together right? I didn’t even know we still have quotes from him anyway but here is a really good inspiring one.

“Whatever possession we gain by our sword cannot be sure and lasting, but the love gained by kindness and moderation is sure and durable.” – Alexander the Great

It is quite true really and it’s pretty amazing that even one of the greatest warriors of all time (who got almost everything through the sword) realized this himself. Do you agree with him?

Anyways

S