Tuesday, 29 November 2011

A storm in a teacup

Exactly how does one begin to write an ‘acceptable’ blog entry? Do they jump straight into it and dish out a three course meal of complaints, thoughts and issues for the sake of blowing off steam? Do they ease into the workings of their mind by first establishing a context and/or funny story? Do they recount the events of their day? Start with a quote? Analyse an article or a clip?

Exactly what makes a blog entry or a piece of writing too ‘cheesy’? An overload of adjectives, truncated sentences and clich├ęs? The constant use of pathetic fallacy, with images of rainbows and sunlit highways stretching on beyond the horizon? Or simply being far too sentimental for a particular time of day?

Sometimes I find myself making something out of nothing. Overanalysing things to a point far beyond a point found loosely to a point. Do we live in a society that worries way too much? About what we wear, and what others perceive? The other day I was thinking about the unspoken texting etiquette. These days people don’t say ‘lol’ half as often as they say ‘haha’...but if they say ‘haha’ too many times in a text, they seem weird. And so, in an attempt to salvage the situation, people mix it up and go back to using ‘lol’, or ‘ahah’ or ‘hah’. A text that lacks any emoticons immediately comes across as being blunt. A text with too many emoticons is immediately deemed abnormal. What is the perfect amount of smiley faces?

I guess the obvious solution is to say ‘don’t worry so much’, but we’re human so is that even possible? Everyone cares about something a little TOO much. You can’t control that, but can you control what you care about? I think people get swept up in the little things far too frequently, and fail to see the bigger picture. It’s often an issue of self. If it was never about you in the first place, then there wouldn’t be a problem?

Rather than casting our cares on situations, or objects, why not cast them on something that lasts a little longer...something eternal? Life involves a constant cycle of challenges, victories and failures. We always talk about how we’ll be happier if we had this, or if this problem was solved...but the solution rolls onto another problem – it’s simply inevitable. So why not enjoy it all the while? Don’t let, as Lifehouse puts it, ‘barely surving (become your) purpose’. We actually have an incredible amount of time to think, so why not spend it on something important?

Everything seems to happen for a reason. I guess you can say that there is no storm in a cup of tea, but even if there was, it’d pass soon enough.      



Finally, if this last paragraph makes my entire blog entry ‘cheesy’, then I'm okay with that. There’s this person out there that I don’t really know very well, but I DO know that they've been struggling with some psychological barriers for a while now. I just want to say: It’s ridiculously easy to listen to the negative voices in your life – the voices that come from around you, and the voices that scream within you. It’s much harder to drown them out...and I understand that. They can seem indomitable, particularly the internal ones. However, it’s so obvious that those voices are leading you astray. You’re worth way more than what you could ever care to suppose or imagine. I truly believe that simply changing your mindset and attitude will shake those voices and the impulse to harm yourself. You can get on top of the voices because they are no more than what you let them become. Try your best to ignore them...and one of these days I know you’ll look into that mirror and you’ll be happy with what you see.

Quote Bank: "Don't use words too big for the subject. Don't say 'infinitely' when you mean 'very'; otherwise you'll have no words left when you want to talk about something really infinite." - C.S. Lewis