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The Power of Music

Tbh I could write a 3000 word essay about this.

We’ve all been in that one extremely stressful and disturbing situation where all you wanted to do was to curl up into a bundle of clothes and while away our existence in that position. And if you’re anything like me, you rushed to the aid of music.

Oh, sweet music, reassuring me that my life is okay. I really do believe you. Very few people don’t.

The whole process of putting two egg/spherical shaped rubber instruments inside the crevices of your ears and using them to transmit vibrations from your phone might seem a bit absurd to a few people. But to me and the majority of people on this planet, music is their biggest source of peace and relaxation.

Whether it’s pop or rock or RnB or classical, music is a means of escaping or augmenting reality.

I mean, sure, music is just patterned sound. Just the compression and relaxation of particles in the air. Down to the basics, there is nothing about music that makes it different from other art forms like dance or drawing.

What’s special about music is that it gives them a chance to say what they want to say, and how they feel. It gives people a voice. And when you have a voice, you have the power to influence millions.

Music is love, love is music, music is life and I love my life. Thank you and good night. – A.J. McLean

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Time Management

  1. PLAN IN ADVANCE. Before you start your work, be sure to lay out everything you want to accomplish. don’t leave out anything. Allot some time for every task and write them down like a timetable.
  2. ALWAYS ADD BUFFER-TIME. You never know if something could go against your will while you’re husting. So always put 5 or 10 minutes of free time between every individual task. This ensures that you won’t fall behind according to your timetable.
  3. GIVE YOURSELF BREAKS. Hey, we all need a break every once in a while!
  4. KILL DISTRACTIONS RUTHLESSLY. Distractions are those things that you love but don’t love you back. The first step is to know what exactly these distractions are in your life. This could be your Instagram page, YouTube, TV, or a novel. Once you are aware of what it is that’s holding you back, remove fiercely.
  5. STAY FOCUSED. Once you’ve removed your physical distractions, you need to train your brain to be less reactive to things and develop tunnel vision. Imagine yourself having finished your task at hand. Think of what you feel when you’ve accomplished your goal. Let this be your drive to stay focused and slay your task with maximum efficiency.
  6. SET YOUR PRIORITIES. action20matrix
  7. IT’S NOT A WAR. Relax.

Remember that what you’re doing will NOT make or break you. Begin every day with the goal to slay, and do everything in your power to create the day you imagined. If something goes wrong, or you don’t do as much as you expected, tell yourself that its okay. There always is tomorrow.


You get to decide where your time goes. You can either spend it moving forward, or you can spend it putting out fires. You decide. And if you don’t decide, others will decide for you.
― Tony Morgan

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10 ways to be happy and in the moment

  1. BREATHE. This is the best way to detox and live in the present moment. This could be in the form of meditation, taking a shower, or walking your dog. This lets you pause for a moment and check in on yourself.
  2. WRITE. Maintaining a daily journal (or blog) helps you address all that went right or wrong in your day. Once you write something in a journal, you don’t need to think about it anymore.
  3. DO SOMETHING YOU LOVE. If you’re feeling down, maybe you haven’t done something you enjoy for a long time. Every day, take some time pursuing your hobbies and passions.
  4. TALK TO FRIENDS. Ring your best friend up and meet them over the weekend. Talk about the things that make your heart sing. Get all the fresh gossip you possibly can. What you’re doing doesn’t matter as much as who you’re doing it with.
  5. TRY SOMETHING NEW. Watch a different news channel in the morning. Wear a different hair tie to school. Take a new route to the office. Whatever it is, take your time to embrace the new sensation you get by doing something new.
  6. GO FOR A RUN. Exercise is scientifically proven to reduce depression and anxiety. And it helps get rid of those sushi rolls under your shirt. So why not run a mile in the morning? You’ll get to see the sunrise too.
  7. SLEEP. Having problems with your day? Sleep on it. It lets you slow down for a while and not consciously do anything. so if you’re not feeling happy, a nap is completely fine.
  8. WATCH A MOTIVATIONAL VIDEO. It doesn’t need to be just motivational. Anything that makes you inspired to do better is great. Binge.
  9. CLEAN YOUR HOUSE. It’ll get your mind off of anything that’s bugging you, and you’ll make your bed ready for a good night’s sleep.
  10. SMILE! Just do it.

You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life.
―Albert Camus

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How to get ideas

We all go through the feeling of creative depression at some point in our lives. For me, it’s close to my school finals. We just get mysteriously deprived of our ability to generate legible, if not great, ideas.

So here are some ways to get your creative juices flowing again:

  1. HAVE FUN. If there’s one sure-fire way to make ideas, it’s by being positive about it and not pressure yourself.
  2. EMBRACE FAILURE. If you want to make sure you’ve done something to your best, you need to go as far as you can. And eventually, you’ll crash. And that’s okay. Revel in your failures.
  3. EXPOSE YOURSELF. Get yourself as many diverse inputs in your life as you can. Force yourself to read a book every week. Listen to a science podcast every day. Run a blog. Create the most vibrant life for yourself as you possibly can.
  4. DO IT DIFFERENT. If you normally brush with your right hand use your left hand or a while. Pick a random book from your local library. Change your bedsheets. And your thinking.
  5. STAY TRUE. Nothing is better than an idea driven by passion. So if you’re finding it hard to create ideas, take a deep breath, and do something you love, like writing a poem, or playing the guitar.

“If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on
― Steve Jobs

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You’re not good enough.

Over the last 2 days, I’ve been really busy a packing up all my stuff, ready to move into a new house. Since I was exhausted from all the work, I decided against doing any school homework. I just slept, ate, watched YouTube videos, and slept again. Today morning, I woke up feeling ridiculously apprehensive about my broken work schedule and my lack of interest in academics and life in general. I felt like if I don’t constantly do something related to school work, I would become an utter failure. I felt like I’m not enough.

I mean, sure, there are things I’m good at. Like writing. Speaking. And singing. And the guitar and math. And then there’s things I’m absolutely horrible at. Like kicking a ball straight. Or finding and keeping things. Or remembering anything more than my first name. Or drawing. Or dancing. I mean, I would rather drown in a pool of piranhas than doing those(this is clearly an exaggeration.).

We’re all good at certain things and ridiculously terrible at other things. And that’s quite frankly the balance of human nature. The only we can do is continue to get better at the things we’re already good at and learn from others.

But we have to make the first move of trying. Make the commitment to learn. It’s okay to make mistakes and act like a fool, if it’s means it gets you closer to being good at something. Get comfortable with being uncomfortable.

Do what you have to do to be good enough.

Because most of the times, enough is, well, more than enough.

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Nyctophilia

So last night I decided to go out into my balcony and just stare into the dark beyond. I kept looking and looking and then I saw the first star I had seen in days. And then another. And then ten more. I wondered. Wondered what it would be like if each one had its own solar system, with its own signs of life. I thought, how mysterious and suffocating it felt to be the only living species we knew about. I felt one of them, whose light was just reaching us, blow up into a supernova and leave behind nothing but a tiny, infinitesimal speck in this vast, indifferent universe. And possibly multiverse.

When I look up the pitch black sky at night, dotted with stars older than human mankind, I almost feel like I’m standing on the edge of the atmosphere and I can see the darkness of the universe, which gives me immense comfort. And even though all we’d be able to see is pitch black nothingness, the realisation that this nothingness will go on forever reassures me. No matter how far you look. Now matter how many lights you put up. No matter how many wars we fight, how many worlds we put out of existence, no matter how many species crumble and fade away into oblivion, the dark will be, and the stars will continue to be beautiful till the end of this universe’s time. And then the start of another.

I used to ask myself why I loved the night so much.

Finally, I seem to have a reasonable answer.

I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night. – Sarah Williams

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Why do we study?

via Daily Prompt: Study

If you’re anything like a typical 21st-century kid, you study for one of the following reasons:

  1. you have to (you’re a student)
  2. your parents make you
  3. you just absolutely love studying

And if you fall into the third category, then you and I can be besties (yay!) and while away time discussing the benefits and side effects of studying. The benefits would be that not only do we increase our focus and mental capacity, but we also develop the habit of wanting to know stuff. The only major side effect of this would be that we don’t pay attention to anything which doesn’t stimulate our brains in a stunning manner (I’m looking at you, family dinners).

The main reason we study is for educational purposes. You want to get into Harvard and invent something dope, you’ll have to study. You want to know how the brain works, you’ll have to study about it. You want to change the world, you’ll have to study about how the world functions.

But the most important reason is really to outsmart the lies in the present society. In our world today, almost everyone is constantly trying to mess things up. Men and women are being beaten. Shit on. Kids are shamed. This is the new age holocaust. 24 hours a day, for the rest of our lives, ‘the powers that be’ are dumbing us to DEATH. So, to defend ourselves and fight against assimilating this process into our brains, we must learn to study and read. to stimulate our own imagination. To cultivate our own consciousness. Our own beliefs.

We need to study to defend and preserve our own minds.

No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance.
― Atwood H. Townsend

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Entertain

via Daily Prompt: Entertain

The first thing that comes into my mind is film. The entire film industry is either meant to persuade, inform or entertain the audience. No wonder the entertainment industry is one of the most popular streams of work, since 13% of Americans alone watch at least one movie a month.

However, with the growing diversification of the world audience, there are other streams of entertainment, like stand-up comedy, TED and TEDx Conferences, Panels and TV series. Not only do these provide people with different forms of entertainment, but they also provide people with more opportunities to be discovered and share their own stories.

Part of what I do on this blog (besides sharing ideas) is to entertain people in some way. It could be by making a nasty joke or giving you extremely staggering statistics about the number of atoms in an apple (13200000000000000000000000) or tell you the story of someone you need to know. As long as I have your attention and you want more, I am entertaining you.

Entertainment is all about the stories you tell, and the memories you make because of them.

I would rather entertain and hope that people learnt something than educate people and hope they were entertained. – Walt Disney

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“What should I write next?”

That’s gonna be the biggest question on my mind, every Sunday from today.

So I thought I’d make my first blog post very honest: I have no idea what to write about. All I know is that I want to write about something that blows my (and your) mind, inspires me and truly, deeply TOUCHES my soul. I want to share stories and write inspirational music and give you mind-shattering stats about things you never cared to care about.

The world we live in, with the advantage of Google, blesses us with instant and ample information about literally everything (from 15 cool ways to tie shoelaces to 4 ways to chop onions). I want to use this to our advantage and know things that we’ve never heard about but DESERVE to be known about. I want to use the web to actually make a change.

It’s time we create ideas that empower and educate.

Daring ideas are like chessmen moved forward. They may be beaten, but they may start a winning game.
― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe