There is no such thing as being lucky. If anything we are the masters of our fate and therefore, we make our own luck. So cash in that optimism, break down the walls of doubt, fear and plain what ifs. A bit of positive thinking goes on a long, long way. One of my favourite mantras to life: the best is yet to come. As we break into September, I cannot express how fast time has flown by and in effort to breathing life into that saying. Life is meant to be enjoyed. We are, that we might have joy! I love looking forward to what tomorrow brings and in reply to this prompt I’ve listed seven reasons for to be excited.
The somersaults in the stomach kind.
Yes that may mean to a portion of the human population will experience some if not all the following: buckets of hail, snowstorms, a lot more elbow-grease to defrost that car, and the freezing cold. There’s not much we can do about that but I prefer to think of winter as a time to cosy up. Hot chocolates, woolen sweaters, ice skating, beanies, the time to get out that bright pink Snuggie and not care, snowball fights, the return of volleyball, caroling. It also marks the end of another year. Seriously, where has 2013 gone?
Christmas, this year I will be able to go home to visit my family in the motherland. So in the blistering heat of the Philippine sun, I will definitely look forward to the cool welcome of good ol’ winter.
For me, change is good. I love the library. It looks like a cake outside and is jampacked with everything a bibliophile could want and more. Brian Gambles, the director of the new library, says it has ‘echoes of the traditional round reading room with a modern twist’. The new building in Centenary Square has more than 200 computers for the public, as well as access points that allow people to use their own tablets and laptops. It will house a collection of one million books, of which 400,000 are visible to the public (BBC, 2013).
In other words, a new haunt in Birmingham this will be and with that many books, I feel my life is complete.
3. Sushi & 4. Ghibli
I’ve heard nothing but praise for this hidden gem and it goes by the name Sushi Passion, the best Polish-run sushi restaurant. in Birmingham. I haven’t tried the sushi from here but my friends swear by it so hard that we’re having a night dedicated solely to sushi.
And Studio Ghibli films. Japan’s answer to Walt Disney, Hayao Miyazaki, may be retiring from animation films but this alone gives us more reason to whack the weird and wonderful that are his films. My forever favourite of a film is one of Miyazaki’s, Spirited Away. Why? You’ll have to watch it and find out.
That photo has nothing to do with Homecoming, yet it is everything as well. For the Birmingham YSA Homecoming, the photo booth will make its appearance. I’m not the one who will be taking the photographs but I will be assisting with making some photo booth props. Arts and crafts, that’d be my version of crack. With less than a week to go until the day is due, I’ll be working harder to get it done. It’s the way I like it, I can work harder under pressure and I’m just thinking about the different things I could bring to the photo booth. Maybe some memes, most definitely some moustaches. Yes I’m excited to about the dancing part too. Though I have to wonder, if I end up sewing some patterned clothes like the one above…would that be too much?
Also since it’s September, that means university is starting. Friends who’ve gone home will be back home in Birmingham. This means we will have new faces and the circle of life goes round and expands even further. A few friends have moved on to new chapters of their lives, some have crossed the pond but the friendship that we’ve made all started somewhere in September.
I do not know what tomorrow will bring. A part of me wishes, at certain points of my life, that I did. But I am glad I don’t have the power to see everything into the future. It gives me room for hope, space for faith and the potential to grow. The first thing I’d do when I awake up and tomorrow became today is to thank God that I have another day to experience all the ups and downs of life. The oppositions we face and may face and continue to face as we draw breath, help shape me into a better version of the person I could be.
Adversity is another word for opportunity. Stop! You don’t need marinate yourself in misery. Choose happiness now. There will be things in our past that we cannot change and we must accept that. Pres. Thomas S. Monson said,
“Glance backward, look heavenward, reach outward, press onward.”
We stand for what we believe in. There will be times we will struggle, times we will have to swim for our lives before we start sinking. But this is not the end, we keep on striving to what is right and to endure to the end, we will be able to stand taller, stronger and wiser than we were ever before. Sometimes all it takes is a little faith. Act on it.
Faith is a primary skeleton key that unlocks infinite blessings in this life and the next.
Those are a few things on my mind. What are the 6 things that get you riveting in excitement?
- Opinion: Studio Ghibli’s Hiyao Miyazaki is retiring – what are we going to do? (itsnicethat.com)
- Birmingham’s £189m library opens (bbc.co.uk)
- Library of Birmingham / Mecanoo (archdaily.com)