Words of Wisdom

“Man alone measures time. Man alone chimes the hour. And, because of this, man alone suffers a paralyzing fear that no other creature endures. A fear of time running out.” – Mitch Albom, The Time Keeper.

This was the first quote I ever posted on my blog, and it still speaks wisdom… Humans do things that can actually make us worse off, time keeping being one of them.

However it also makes us aware about how precious life is, and how we shouldn’t waste it, or let opportunities pass us by…because it might be there one minute but gone the next. Be careful and wise but also have courage to be a bit reckless at times.

The fault in love…

After putting it off for quite some time, I finally saw ‘The Fault In Our Stars’. When this book first became big, like many others I went out and bought a copy of my own. Having heard parts of it from other people who had read it, I understood that it was about a young girl who had cancer and fell in love. However I never actually got round to reading it for myself (yet), seen as I am so caught up with the books by Mitch Albom. So instead I decided I would watch the film first, and then read the book later to add more detail to the story. As films always tend to miss details out…which is fair enough as there is a lot of extra detail in books to allow the reader to picture it in their own mind.

There are two main focuses in my opinion within this film. The first is the awareness of cancer in young people. For me I still don’t think people are as aware of this as they could be. Now I know that when a cancer case regarding a child enters the news, there is normally a lot of detailed coverage regarding it to ensure people know as much as possible about the surrounding factors. However I still think there is a lot more we could know about it. For example the signs and symptoms of childhood cancer, or even just knowledge of support groups for young people with cancer or for family and friends with cancer. None of this which I personally knew. I don’t think anyone really expects there to be anything wrong with someone who is so young, not just regarding cancer but any type of illness, and I think that’s the main concern. We don’t expect the unexpected, therefore it completely throws us off when it happens. I think the writer John Green and the director Josh Boone did an amazing job at trying to put in as much detail as possible, about the different types of cancer included in the film.

The second focus is of course the love that is shared between Hazel and Gus. I think this was amazing and touching to watch. The actors did an unbelievable job in this film. Making not only their love for each other, but their pain with the cancer so believable. Meaning the two just contrasted so much more throughout the film. I think people who watched this film will always remember Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort in later projects for this, and commend them for it. They really show the hopes every romantic has for love. A love that is boundless, that can last for an eternity in such a little time and then go on with them for a lifetime after. I think this will affect the romantics of this generation, in the same way Titanic did for my generation.

Overall an amazing film in my eyes and I’m sure the book will make it that much better with the added detail!

“I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once.” – John Green, The Fault in Our Stars.

Bah Humbug?

So November has hit, and even before bonfire night has left our rearview mirror, people are already beginning to decorate for Christmas. Now I know what you may be thinking…Jeez what a Grinch! Who doesn’t love Christmas? What’s wrong with starting early? And I understand these views…but what’s the rush?

It’s seems like people start earlier and earlier as the years go on, and I honestly don’t think this is how it should be. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for the Christmas scented candles and the annual routine of Christmas films. But If you pull the Christmas season forward then you lose the spirit and atmosphere of Autumn. The crunchy leaves that mark your path home, the beauty of the baring branches against the sky as the sun is setting, and even the chill that allows you to see your own breath.

You may think that if you start early then you don’t have to rush around at the last minute…but I think that’s also what Christmas is about. Marching down the high street in December trying to weave between all the bodies to try to find that perfect gift for a loved one. I think too many of us try to rush through the year. I know time doesn’t wait, but maybe we could do a bit more to embrace each of the months and then we would also enjoy them a bit more. Instead of feeling like time just slips through our hands.

“When you are measuring life, you are not living it” – Mitch Albom, The Time Keeper.

Mitch Albom

At the start of this year I was trying to escape a rough patch. During this time I would find myself constantly shopping. The reason for this is not clear. As while I was going through this patch, the last thing I really wanted was to be around people. Which doesn’t make sense as shops are obviously always full of people. Unless of course I broke in at night…which is something I would never consider doing as I’d probably end up in jail, with no get out jail free card. [slight tangent…]

Anyway one of the shops I’d mostly find myself in (other than clothes shops) was book shops. Maybe this was so I could escape the noise of other shops for a while, and give myself a little break. Anyhow as I was looking on one of the “best books of the week” tables. I noticed the title ‘The First Five People You Meet In Heaven’ by Mitch Albom. Now for me personally I’ve never been religious. I was never christened or baptised, nor never attended church unless it was compulsory by my primary school. However I have always been open to the idea of a place we go to when we die, not necessarily heaven or hell but a place.

This has to be one of the best books I think I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading. It was so inspiring and uplifting. If anything it gave me guidance without meaning to. Since then I have been hooked on his books. I feel that each of Mitch Albom’s books teaches me something new. A new life lesson to support my own life journey. I personally think everyone could find something within Mitch Albom’s books. So therefore I recommend them to everyone. Everyone and anyone who stumbles across this post. Mitch Albom is a wise and inspirational writer and I think everyone could do with a bit of Mitch in their life.

“Maybe it was a grandparent, or a teacher, or a colleague. Someone older, patient and wise, who understood you when you were young and searching, helped you see the world as a more profound place, gave you sound advice to help you make your way through it.” – Mitch Albom, Tuesdays with Morrie.

Obsessed…

with Youtube.

When Youtube was founded in 2005 I can’t say I was really interested. Then a few years later when I got my first cat I went looking online for information and tips. BIG mistake. At first it started off with a harmless funny cat video. Cats chasing mops, cats chasing laser beams, cats even chasing themselves through a mirror. But then one video became two, two became three and so on. What began as a three minute cat video became twenty minute compilation videos, and pretty soon I’d seen all manner of cats on Youtube, but I still wanted more.

As I was browsing the many videos of Youtube one person in particular caught my eye. This person was Marcus Butler. Now in the beginning of his career the main videos on his channel were challenges, comedy chats and his take on music videos. As the years went on we (his viewers) were introduced to other people who he knew on Youtube who later became his best friends. These were Alfie Deyes, Sam Pepper, Caspar Lee, Joe Sugg, Zoe Sugg, Louise Watson, Louis Cole, Jack and Finn Harries,Tyler Oakley, Jim Chapman, Tanya Burr, Joey Graceffa, Conor Franta, Sawyer Hartman. The list goes on. Not to mention my later find on YouTube ‘The Shaytards’. Who are now a part of my daily routine!

As my passion for drama and acting grew so did my need to start my own YouTube channel. I brainstormed what content I would have, what topics I would cover and even what viewers would be interested. This is still something to begin, and after all this time I still have no idea where to start. Maybe my plan to travel will be the start of my YouTube channel. Only time will tell…

“So many people walk around with a meaningless life. They seem half-asleep, even when they’re busy doing things they think are important. This is because they’re chasing the wrong things. The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.” – Mitch Albom, Tuesdays With Morrie.