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The End of Summer

Today marks not the last day of summer solstice but the last day before many of us go back to our everyday lives and our everyday schedules. Tomorrow, may of us will wake up and go to school, start the first day of fall semester, or even return home from a summer abroad. This is the day when we reflect on everything we experienced this past summer, often times realizing the potential to live lives full of adventure.

The first day back is always the hardest, realizing that our actual lives are far from fun and leisure, reminiscing about our toes in the white sand and our hair blowing in the wind, yet we don’t remember that our everyday lives can be just as exciting.

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All we need do is to take the time to see our surroundings not through the eyes of a native, but through those of a tourist seeing our homes for the first time ever. A simple change in perspective can help us reinvent the way in which we experience our day to day lives. Visit a new coffee shop each morning, try new restaurants for lunch, explore a new section of your city, take a new route on your way to work, or simply just stop every now and then smell the roses. Live each day through the yes of a child and treat each day as a new one; change your monotonous life into an everyday adventure.

Rollercoasters

What is life without its ups and downs? Stagnation. The ups and downs in our lives, the uphill battles are all signs that we are living, signs that we are progressing. In our lives there is one thing we must all come to accept and it is failure. In the past few years I have  come to embrace my failures. They remind us that we are not perfect. They act as our own checks and balances. When things are going great they make us feel grateful for our accomplishments and in our ruts they remind us that there is always more that can be done. Continue reading “Rollercoasters”

New York, New York

A few weeks back I had the chance to visit the city of New York. The moment I stepped onto the city, I knew there was something different about it. The city felt alive. Not in the sense of constantly buzzing, never seeming to go to sleep; we all know this of New York, we expect it. The fact is that the whole of it radiates from within, almost magical seemingly trying to give a message, at least to those willing to listen. Continue reading “New York, New York”

The Path Not Taken

Hello to all those reading over this right now, before anything I’d like to thank you for taking the time to read my posts whether new or old. Today I am posting for a purpose entirely different from the one you guys are used to, I would like to invite you to the sister page to the one we all know as The Aura Around Us. Today I have launched The World in Color, a page dedicated to exploring the art of photography. This is a platform for creativity and self expression. I invite you to follow this page and follow me on my journey to capture the beauty in this world. This was essentially the purpose of this page but it has slowly evolved into something far greater.

A few days ago I purchased a new camera with the purpose of taking up photography. I have absolutely no knowledge or skill in the area but I am making it my goal to take daily photographs of the world around me; to capture moments frozen in time seen through my eyes. Words are known to fail in describing the wonders around us and I have grown tired of this; this is what ultimately resulted in me making the impulsive move to buy a camera. I am hoping that through this platform I will be able to develop my skills. I encourage and ask all seeing this post to please click the link embedded above and follow the page and provide your feedback, professional or not, your words will be greatly appreciated in this journey.

I know not where this new objective will take me, but I hope you will follow along.

P.S. The cover photo on this post was taken on the first day with my camera!!!

Hush Hush…

There is a certain ambiguity when it comes to using certain  words. How important is connotation when speaking, and how often does this lead to misunderstandings. There is a constant misconception found in the world we live in that drive our social circles, and our interactions with one another. We know when to say certain things and when to hold back, but should we even allow ourselves to speak certain slurs regardless of who we are speaking of or how we mean it? Continue reading “Hush Hush…”

Endings or New Beginnings

This post got lost in my drafts and is a month too late, yet I feel considering the current global situation, the content is still applicable.

The ending of a year always brings feelings of nostalgia and anticipation. The ending of a chapter in our lives yet the beginning of another. How we look at this situation is dependent on how we choose to analyze the situation. We have found ourselves in a cusp. With our new president elect, the current international situation, and the ever growing horizontal inequality, we find ourselves surrounded by uncertainty. Now more than ever, we must face the upcoming year with solidarity and resolution. Continue reading “Endings or New Beginnings”