knowing my ‘self’.

It’s getting to nearly a year since I started this blog, which is quite an achievement given the frankly unsustainable rate at which I have picked up and dropped hobbies. To be honest, I didn’t have a burning desire to take this on at all, but I felt myself being drawn closer to the ideaContinue reading “knowing my ‘self’.”

flattery fuel.

It is quite tiring to encounter the same malevolence again and again. The same people who are solely determined to belittle and destroy those that are on the path to greatness. It doesn’t even have to be greatness – just any individual who is moving ahead, whilst the onlooking critic curses the quicksand that theyContinue reading “flattery fuel.”

superpowers.

Possessing an extraordinary talent or ability is something we marvel at when we see it in others and crave to find within ourselves. Fantasies spark our free-flowing imaginations, and we often wish that we could fly, shape-shift or read people’s minds, so that we ourselves can transcend and leave the rest of the mere mortalsContinue reading “superpowers.”

kaleidoscope.

Patterns and lavish decoration serve a useful purpose, despite some describing them as unnecessary and an exercise in over-indulgence. Art has historically been revered as a means of exploring and creatively depicting the world around us, and it has lead to the complex and convoluted structures in our midst to possess a certain kind ofContinue reading “kaleidoscope.”

opportunity locks.

We often see doors represented as opportunities, whether that is an opening that could pave the way to greatness or an escape route that could lead us away from misfortune. “When one door closes, another one opens” is a positive mindset to adopt in the face of rejection, but what if a newly-presented gateway turnsContinue reading “opportunity locks.”

soundtrack.

There is something captivating about the way a grand piano dances that I’ll never be able to put my finger on or emulate in any other context. Despite my ears becoming more well versed with 808s and heavy bass as the typical summer songs start infiltrating through our speakers, hearing Klaus Weissmuller’s ‘fabienne’ and Sampha’sContinue reading “soundtrack.”

faith in peace.

Sri Lankans across the country were making their way to morning service on Easter Sunday to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. For many Christians, it’s a day of perspective and inwards introspection, reminding us to be thankful for what we have and inspiring us to take strides in becoming better people. Tragically, hundreds ofContinue reading “faith in peace.”

forty days.

You could say I might be a tad egotistical for fixating on this eponymous day rather than starting off by talking about Lent as a whole, but cut me some slack. Ash Wednesday is practically a second birthday to me, I’ve already had people wishing me (seriously). And as fun as Pancake Day was yesterdayContinue reading “forty days.”

stamps of sugihara

In times of extreme geo-political conflict, the law of the jungle naturally promotes an ‘every man for himself’ kind of attitude, as a core way of self-preservation. Of course, there is the occasional individual sacrifice and collective war effort to be seen, but there is also much tribalism, the protection of one’s own interests vehementlyContinue reading “stamps of sugihara”

the intolerance algorithm.

After my last post where I highlighted the needless negativity that has gone from creeping to dominating social media platforms, it got me thinking why this was the case. At first it seemed like a pretty straightforward answer, with the combination of dearly held beliefs, anonymity and mob mentality seeming like the perfect unholy trinityContinue reading “the intolerance algorithm.”

needless negativity.

For all the clicking that Black Mirror’s ‘Bandersnatch’ has us frantically doing in trying to choose the right choice from a series of scenarios, one choice that I definitely know is the right one is Will Poulter’s in quitting Twitter for the foreseeable future, in order to to focus on his mental health. He playedContinue reading “needless negativity.”

small circles.

Rightly or wrongly, I’ve always perceived cliques negatively, whether that be the social-climbing, individuality-forsaking aspects of an exclusive group or the stereotypical Mean Girls-esque elements of looking down on anyone else that doesn’t quite fit into whatever worldview that is exhibited by such a group. Either way, I’ve previously felt that having a small circleContinue reading “small circles.”

86,400.

Being more productive in a new year is, in general, a positive thing to do. My mum has always reiterated that within Sri Lankan culture, the 1st of January signifies an auspicious day, where you set off on the best foot forward being hard-working and dedicated, as you mean to go on through the year.Continue reading “86,400.”

flamingo trap.

As rewarding as it is to celebrate victories, no matter how big or small the win, it is easy and something of a comfort to dwell on them too long because you end up standing still. Success is often thought of as a finality, which has given rise to the common goal analogies that ifContinue reading “flamingo trap.”

looking back to the future.

New Years’ Resolutions are a great annual feature that help us realign our aspiration and to sharply focus ambition as a way to springboard ourselves into a new year brimming with optimism and the success we all hope for in our lives. The possibility of what an entirely new, spotless slate can hold fills usContinue reading “looking back to the future.”

choose respect.

As if there is not enough on the already overcrowded plate of medical professionals. Besides having to endure staff shortages and inhumane working hours, a recent BMA survey showed that about one in five doctors were subject to bullying or harassment last year. One in five. Honestly, bullying the stewards of arguably the most nobleContinue reading “choose respect.”

sociopathic tendencies.

It’s not always that you watch people your age filming their more lavish lives, and you end up delving into the deep recesses of your own mind. I’ve been catching up with Shane Dawson’s new docu-series which focuses on Jake Paul, the 21 year old YouTuber from Ohio who’s had a hugely successful, yet controversialContinue reading “sociopathic tendencies.”