Being Forced To Write

It’s not that easy to write a blogpost every week. Sometimes you just miss the words, on other days you have no idea what to write about. That’s what happened to me this week. There was a guest blog planned for this week but the writer recently cancelled it, so I’m sitting here and the first thing that ran through my mind was:

“Hm, I’ll write a blog post about writing a blog post when you don’t have any idea.”
Weird, isn’t it?

I guess we all remember the feeling of sitting at school and the teacher’s telling you to, no, actually, commanding you to “Write something interesting before next Thursday” There’s no doubt it gives the teacher some kind of satisfaction by destroying a poor little kid’s life.

Then you find yourself on Wednesday evening, sitting half asleep in front of your paper and your hand isn’t willing to write anything at all.

 

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In truth, the later it is, the more productive I become. Well, that’s just the case because I need to get it done and it’s becoming more urgent.
Guess what?

The next morning when the alarm rings I hate myself for the above, and it seemed to turn out the same way today. Okay, not only today. It happens to me like everyday, so it’s not getting better at all.

Another thing I like about accomplishing my tasks during the night is that nothing’s distracting me. It’s dark outside, there’s nobody around, everybody’s asleep but the most important thing is that my parents are asleep as well.

As you may know, English isn’t my first language so there’s nothing more annoying than having somebody talking to you in German when you are supposed to be writing in English. It even irritates me when having to do it in the same language.

One problem I face when working during the night is that I can’t play out the music loud. Who would like to hear some Psy-Trance at midnight, if you are expected to get up at 5 o’clock in the morning the next day?
I guess I could count them on one hand (and no those aren’t living with me or next to me, sadly. However, I wouldn’t want it that way either)

 

So, that’s been enough complaining for now, let’s get back to where we started. As you may have already noticed, I sometimes tend to lose the topic when just writing off the top of my head.

Depending on the style you are writing, it can be either easy or very hard. If I’d have to write an article or a review today it might be a lot easier. I don’t need to be creative to do this stuff (okay, that’s a lie, I still need some kind of creativity, but the direction is already given).

 

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When writing a blogpost it can be hard to find a topic as there isn’t a limit but you set a limit for yourself. If I’d start to write about cooking my lunch, for example, everyone would be bewildered by what on earth is going on in my head.
I need to stick with a line. With something in common.

The moment I decided to do a blogpost about a blogpost it made things instantly easier as there’s nobody telling me I need to do it this way or that way. I can just write whatever crosses my mind.

 

A completely intuitive blogpost, that’s the way this one turned out.

Let me know, what you think of this. Is it an alternation to all the other “planned” blog posts? Or, do you think you wasted your time reading a totally random, weird piece of writing?

Where is the line between art and not art?

I decided to do things a little differently this week…
Instead of posting a quote for the beginning I’d like to start with the definition of a term:

Art: The expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power.

Source: https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/art

 

In my opinion, they absolutely nailed it. “producing work[s] to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power”
We know that art is created not only to invoke interested, wonder and emotion in the beholder, but also to allow the artist to express themselves.

The definition states “beauty”. Beauty. What is beauty? There’s an old saying “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder”. Therefore, what appears to be beautiful in my eyes may not look so appealing to you.

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Is art only about beauty? Can something be beautiful without being art, or be art without being beautiful? What about maths? Is maths beautiful in some way?
An architect designs buildings, a musician composes songs and a carpenter builds a workpiece. All of these forms are classed by many as art, proving that artistic practice is not limited to just paintings.
I see many people complaining about modern art.
They say: “Even my child could do this”, “Those are just random lines without any meaning”, ….

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Why is modern art so popular then? Because of its beauty? Because of its emotional power? Is it about its uncertainty? Art can be very philosophical. It can be interpreted differently by everybody. For me, that’s the big difference between modern art and ancient art.

So is Albrecht Dürer’s Young Hare art? The answer lies in the eyes of the beholder: it’s for you to decide…

 

What Is Consciousness?

The awakening of consciousness is the next evolutionary step for mankind. ~Eckhart Tolle

I’ve been reading through my newsfeed on facebook and i stumbled upon an intriguing question:

Is consciousness internal or external?

Being conscious means to be aware of the moment you are living in and being aware of what is happening right now. It means enjoying each moment to its fullest. But how does one attain consciousness? When do you reach the state of mind of being aware of yourself?

I highly recommend finding this out for yourself. Unfortunately, there is no self-help 12 steps guide or anything like that. It’s all about discovering your passion, learning to live in the moment and clearing your mind of useless worries. Teaching yourself how to be calm will help you clear your mind.

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Being self aware is something you can teach yourself. For me, it’s not an awakening. An awakening happens suddenly but consciousness requires time to be found. Consciousness evolves over time and will continue to grow as long as you’re willing to let it.

So if consciousness can be learned, is it internal or external?
In my opinion, it’s both. Consciousness develops gradually via external influences, whilst evolution occurs from within. To me this means it cannot be solely classified as external or internal.

With philosophy, there are no right or wrong answers, so I would love to hear your views on this topic. Please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.

 

Tired of being tired?

“Your future depends on your DREAMS so go to SLEEP.” – Mesut Barazany

Every day that I go to school, I see many of my friends are tired. Do they need to be so tired, and would they benefit from sleeping more?

For me, sleeping isn’t a waste of time. I actually feel like I’m gaining time. Time that can be used more efficiently. Time to be used to grow myself. My workflow is a lot better when I’ve had enough sleep.

Sleeping a lot isn’t the only key to success. Sleeping efficiently is the way to go. Nine hours of sleep is nine hours of sleep, surely? In my opinion, nine hours in bed isn’t equal to 9 hours sleep.
Ever woken up during night to go to the toilet or for a drink of water? Or maybe because your brain is smashed with questions? Do you remember when you fell asleep?
If you go to bed at nine o’clock will you actually fall asleep at nine o’clock?

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Sleeping is a state of mind. A way of clearing your thoughts, of reexperiencing your life. Letting your brain process the information it received throughout the day.

So I’ve got a question to you:
Before you go to bed, do you shut down your PC without saving data and closing all applications?

No?

Why are you doing this to your body? Don’t you think your body needs to shut down and save everything that happened? Using your mobile phone before sleeping activates your mind, which is not what you want when you are supposed to be trying to sleep!
You can take out the USB stick plenty times without losing any data, but in the end you will eventually harm the stick.

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How can you relax your body before falling asleep?
I prepared a list for you what helped me the most:

  • Getting fresh air to your sleeping room before going to bed
  • Shutting down all electronical devices at least 30 minutes before falling asleep. Try to power them off and remove all plugs from the socket.
  • Read a book, write a poem, remember what has happened today or do any other kind of intellectual art
  • Calm down and try not to get interrupted by anything or anybody. Do it like your mother has told you if you can’t sleep 😀 one sheep, two sheeps, three sheeps,….
  • Keep a dream diary to sum up all your dreams. You think you do not dream very often? Well, just try to find yourself in the morning instead of rushing out of bed and try to remember what you have been dreaming. With some practice you may remember some of them.
  • Get a regular sleeping habbit. There is nothing worse than sleeping at different times a day. The night is meant for sleeping, whilst the day is used for working.

If you have any other tips on how to get your body ready for sleeping, please let me know in the comments down below!

So don’t be tired of being tired anymore! 😉

Perception

“Your perception may not be my reality” – Aporva Kala

 

Have you ever eaten something you did not like? Have you wondered how others can eat this? It does not matter if you are already an adult and experiencing this by your children’s eating habits or if you experience it by your own. Your parents told you it tastes so good. But actually it does not. May it be your perception?

Is my green the same as your green? Maybe it looks completely different within your eyes but you call it green as it’s been taught you to be green.

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One thing is for sure. Mindset plays an important role for your perception. If I want to like it the chances are high that I will like. But that is not always the case (referring to the green pepper story 😀 )

I am a musician so it is very fascinating to see how people perceive my music. What do they feel like? What do they hear?
Often I find myself sitting in front of my pc worrying if that snare is too loud or if it fits in appropriately. Actually, it is the other way around 😀 I love to keep my snare very quiet :)) Nonetheless, everybody reacts differently. Some complain that it is ways too loud whileas others say it is too quiet. But most of the people do not really care as long as it does not disturb them.

But does my music convey a message? Does any song convey a message these days? I doubt many people care about the story, or the lyrics. Have you ever found yourself in interpreting lyrics? Music got a way of entertainment instead of transmitting stories.

There is just one thing that surprises me. All the great songs i hear do have a story. All the songs that do not have a storyline get forgotten. They get lost in the crowd. They will never become successful in the music industry.

The story influences the songs quality and perception but people do not perceive the story? Have you ever thought about lyrics of a certain song? Have you ever experienced the feeling the composer have had while writing the song? Did a song teach you a lesson for live?

 

“Your perception of me is a reflection of you”

 

 

 

 

Dance with the sun!

People are taking care of their nutrition, doing lots of sports, spending less time in front of their TV. All of that just to become happy.

Most of them miss the most important source of happiness. Light. Sunlight.

When I woke up this morning it was dark outside. I went to the gym and did my morning workout. I realized (yep, actually realized!!) that the sun was rising while i was training.  It filled me with joy. It was a great day. I could barely see any clouds on the sky. So I decided to spend more time on the outside today.

It is winter over here in Austria and we got only 8 hours of sunlight a day. I spend lots of my time at school, actually almost all of my available time, so I hardly see what is going on outside of these four walls.

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I was wondering what is important to become happy. And sunlight is definitely one of the major factors. Spend at least an hour a day on the outside. Take your time and fill your body with Vitamine D. Take an hour off of your work.

Sunlight will do the rest for you!

 

Have you ever experienced a lack of sunlight? How did you feel? Did you find out that you were missing sunlight?

What is “Time”?

A minute lasts 60 seconds…
An hour lasts 60 minutes..
A day lasts 24 hours
… and a week lasts 7 days

 

I usually do not think of any topic I will be writing about every weeks blog. I just live my life and see what I come up with. Most of the times the greatest ideas come from nowhere. Like this time. I was lying in my bed and reading a book. I tend to read before I fall asleep because it gives me a much greater and more efficient sleep. That moment I got too tired to read anymore a question crossed my head. What time is it? I did not look it up. I was satisfied without knowing what the clock might say. I just brainstormed the word “time” and came up with a question that still hunts me for days.

What does time mean?

Time can be measured. Time can be used to measure. Measure what? Measure our success, our life, our fails. Without time we would not be waiting for anything. How can I wait for something without knowing when it is going to happen?

I still go to school and when I’m in class I tend to check when the lesson is over.Since that night I stopped looking up the clock. Not knowing when the next lesson will start I can focus much more on the important things. Learning. Thats actually why I am there. Do I go to school to wait for it to be over?

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This example can be transposed to our work life. I lack of work experience, of course, because I am still very young but when I was working I recognized two different types of employees:

  1. The “When Is The Day Over?” worker
  2. The “I Do Not Care What Time It Is” worker

The first one can be identified by dropping his pen exactly when the clock turns 12 o’clock for lunch break. His work will be less productive because of taking care when the break is going to happen. He cannot focus on the work properly. I doubt he loves what he is doing.

Whileas, the second one tries to finish his work. Break is not determined by time, it is by what has been done. Usually, he seems to be more happy about what he is doing. He got a sense of humour for his work. He truely loves it.

 

You have the opportunity to chose the life you want to live. Being either the “When Is The Day Over” or the “I Do Not Care What Time It Is” worker.

So, what does time actually mean? What does time mean to you? I would be glad to hear some of your opinion on how your life is controlled by the clock and if you ever tried to make changes?

 

 

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