Beginning of New Year 2016

My very first post of the year.

On New Year’s Eve, I browsed all over the social network reading my friends’ New Year’s Resolution. I love to read everyone’s accomplishments, their good and bad memories and their new determination; mostly because I love seeing how people perceive to commit to a change or planning to improve their lives for better. It’s also true that you can do that at anytime of your lives without waiting for new year, but the actual transition is what makes it worth to see.

This year, I skipped making any new resolutions. I made a long list of that almost every year – sometimes I took it way too much, or stretched them into so much detail that eventually it left me with nothing but off-track, lost energy and vibe of motivation to proceed. By mid year, I felt overwhelmed and blamed myself for not having to achieve anything. In 2015, my only hope was to focus on Books and Writing, and the rest just happened whenever I had the urge to pursue anything. I felt better, simpler and actually appreciate myself even more. I didn’t have any specific milestones or targets, but I do know what I wanted to do throughout the year and all I did was just enjoying the journey and process in between without worrying too much about the end result.

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Writing 101 – Serially Lost

Prompt #4: “Write about a loss: something (or someone) that was part of your life, and isn’t anymore. The twist – Make today’s post the first in a three-post series.

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PART 1: Lost Freedom of Choices

I skipped this prompt previously, primarily because my mind was so depressed by the loss I had a year ago. The painful memory teared me down, but I was lucky to get many wonderful supports from all around the world. I chose not to stress myself with the subject given and I finally gained the strength to go along with this challenge, with a slight twist to the story of a loss.

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Writing 101 – Be Brief

Prompt #5: “You stumble upon a random letter on the path. You read it. It affects you deeply, and you wish it could be returned to the person to which it’s addressed. Write a story about this encounter. Today’s twist – Approach this post in as few words as possible”.

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Gasping like a Boston Terrier, I finally found a spot at the sidewalk to rest. I rushed my wearied body from 6 hours journey on train towards an empty bench. I set aside my luggage and placed the overloaded plastic bags. The pack of candles dribbled from a bag as I crammed the things bought for dad’s Birthday celebration afterwards. I peeked at my watch – 2 hours left to catch for the party. I snatched the candles, and thereafter spotted a strange grainy paper on the floor. I murmured, reading the handwritten letter:

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Writing 101 – Commit to a Writing Practice

Prompt #3: “Write about the three most important songs in your life — what do they mean to you? The twist – You’ll commit to a writing practice. The frequency and the amount of time you choose to spend today — and moving forward — are up to you, but we recommend a minimum of fifteen uninterrupted minutes per day”.

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Oh, my! As a music freak, this prompt made me smile, but the twist for the prompt is such a turn off (15 minutes, are you kidding me?). I presumed mostly because, song lyrics and its meanings has so much impact towards my emotion, as if my whole life could fit into one single lyric or that one song could transport you to a thousand memories.

Every time when words fail me, I use music to speak. I use songs for the words that I am afraid to say, or feelings that can’t be described.  When I need to be isolated from the distraction (even at work), I always have a headphone with me, and when travelling, an iPod in my hands. Music gets your mind off from everything else and I enjoyed being alone – listening to the melodies in my own world.

So here are the 3 songs I could think of on the fly, and within the given time of 15 mins.

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