A Tribute to Avicii

Avicii struck a chord in our young hearts just as our hearts were growing up. Much of us grew up with his music whilst in a time of self-discovery and love finding. His music told stories of love and heartbreak; of being young, wild and free to live the life that we’ve dreamed.

Passing away at such a young age he reminds us that each and every new day is a gift, and although that day may bring pain and sorrow, there will be many more which will bring us joy and happiness.  He reminds us to live in the moment and follow the voice inside our hearts. To love like there’s nothing more important on this earth because he knew that in this life we will come across times where the fog, darkness and loneliness can feel like it consumes us, but to remember that love is always there to shine through and saves us.

Below are some of my favourite snippets of his lyrics, I’m sure that we can all relate and remember him what he has brought to us through his music.

Rest In Peace Tim Bergling and thank you for everything ❤

“Feeling my way through the darkness. Guided by a beating heart.
I can’t tell where the journey will end but I know where to start”
– Wake me up

“Under the tree where the grass don’t grow. We made a promise to never get old. You had a chance and you took it on me. And I made a promise that I couldn’t keep”
– The Days

“Now as you wade through shadows that live in your heart. You’ll find the light that leads on. Cause I see you for you and your beautiful stars. So take my hand, don’t let go”
– Broken Arrows

“Hey, when face to face with all our fears. Learned our lessons through the tears. Made memories we knew would never fade”
– The Nights

“You said that we would always be. Without you I feel lost at sea. Through the darkness you’d hide with me. Like the wind we’d be wild and free.
– Without you

 

I think this is super cool…The Scale of the Universe!

Have you ever wondered how big the things in the universe really are? or maybe you’ve an interest rather in the things so small that we cant even see! Well, I stumbled across something really cool in my search for answers to these questions, a little visual flash representation of the scale of the universe.

Curiosity at it’s greatest can be found HERE

Small Screenshot

Large Screenshot

It’s quite dazzling to see the things big and small that make up the universe we live, it really puts into perspective who we are. It fits well with what I have always believed, that we are only a tiny speck in a universe so limitless. When you see the world from that point of view your problems just disappear, your worries will seem so insignificant to the greater cause; it doesn’t mean that they don’t exist, we certainly feel the effects of it, but it does mean that we have control over how we choose to react to it. How infinitely large the universe is, is also how infinitely small it is too, it’s important to not forget that we too are giants to so much in this universe. The question I ask is, what type of giant will we choose to be? Will we be the friendly giants like the elephants that we know? or will be be the giants that destroy everything in it’s path?

I’ve spent hours pondering over the things I’ve seen on here. With an ever curious mind I go from one mystery to another. Maybe a good start for you is at the Giant Japanese Spider Crab!

Thanks for reading! Love ❤

Jason

The Bubble

It’s an interesting thing, the bubble.

It starts off so very small, you don’t even take notice of it. Inside your very own little bubble everything is as it should be and nothing is as it shouldn’t. We are most content inside here, it’s peaceful, the flow is slow and calm and we know this bubble inside and out. Why would we ever venture outside?

But venture outside we must because the world around us is not content with you.

It’s a battle that we all fight every single day and for the most of us we try to hold onto our bubble, keep it the size we want as if we have our arms curled around it not wanting it to get out of our control. Because it’s safer that way, right?

We block off what’s happening outside of our bubble, not wanting to know and not wanting to care. Because the more we know, the more little we get, the more complex life becomes.

Because the bubble is only as large as you are willing to accept change, only as large as your knowledge of what’s at the end and beyond, only as large as you’ve ventured outside of the comfort, warmth and safety of your bubble.

We all live in our own bubbles, but how far and wide are you willing to stretch yours? And what are you willing to do to unfold the myste

Thanks for reading ❤️

Goals of 2018 – Seeking Introversion

When I think about my goals and where I want to be at the end of this year, I tend to break them up into sections which define the person that I am today. These sections can be things such as my goals for work, goals for lifestyle and my goals for learning this year. At it’s core though and most importantly, everything that defines who you are should always be in constant change, there is always room for improvement.

“The only constant in life is change” – Heraclitus

This is also deeply in line with the Buddhist thought that everything in life changes and that we must acknowledge and accept that for what it is. But that’s a topic for another day.

Today, I lay out my biggest ambitions for this big year ahead. I will in some ways keep it brief to allow movement and flow between one another. How I achieve these goals this year is another question and that is one where only I can deeply understand. For those of you who find it difficult to define the goals in your life or if you find my goals interesting, let me know and let’s have a chat, it would be a pleasure for me to hear about what gets you excited about life and what drives you day to day.

Every year I like to define my goals by an overarching line, one that I feel reflects the entirety of what I wish to accomplish. This year is defined as the title suggests; Seeking Introversion. To elaborate, I have always and will always be an introvert at heart. A few years ago, I sought to challenge that fact. It was hard for me to believe that just because of who I am, I could not love to talk to everyone, to socialise and feel energised, inspired and excited to do so. It is also known that extroverts are generally more successful in life, and it makes sense. In a world of ever growing globalisation and connectivity, there has been no other time in history that we are talking, socialising and connecting to one another more and more. Extroverts are highly regarded to do this well. Sadly, even with all the strengths that introverts can bring to the table, it is getting ever tougher for them to shine. For me this was really really hard at first, to come out of my “shell” as to say but over the years I have been able to overcome this only because of the amazing people I have met along the way and the incredible organisations that provide the means for me to grow! A few years later and here I am. I think it’s really important for me not to forget who I was and who I am inside; so this year I seek to look within instead of outside, I truly believe that there is strength to be found within the somewhat lost introvert inside of me and my goals will reflect that this year.

  1. Secure the job position overseas & prepare to make the move
  2. Continue learning the technical aspects of my work and continuing to manage larger projects of my own.
  3. Can play atleast 2 complex songs on the piano that require both hands, all while reading the music notes and singing.
  4. Reading goals – 25 Books & 12 NG Magazines by the end of 2018
  5. Writing goals – Minimum 1 public blog post per month & 1 private post per month
  6. 7 day Solo Road trip around Tasmania
  7. Complete a minimum of 3 courses including the current “Learning how to Learn” course on Coursea.
  8. Research the basics of philosophical ideas and practices such as Maslow’s Hierarchical of Needs, Roman stoicism, Yin & Yang, Introspection and ideas such as Marxism and capitalism.
  9. Complete the BIM model of the new house including furniture and special features
  10. Increase the number of lucid dreams attained to a minimum of 10. Continue to write in the dream journal with a minimum of 1 per week. Practice WILD method. Increase presence on Dreamviews.
  11. Continue the practice of Buddhist Meditation for mindfulness (the body, feelings, mind states and mental objects). learn about the concepts of enlightenment and nirvana.

This is the first time I have ever taken note of my goals so I am sorry (to myself) if they are all over the place, no doubt I’ve missed some here and there. In the meantime, I always have a to-do and to-learn list which is updated on a daily basis on Google Keep (which is so cool!), I totally recommend it.

 

Thanks for reading!

Beep beep Bop Bop

 

 

 

 

Rewind

I

You

Before life happened

Before my last warm breath

Before I could fight no longer

My pain and suffering, grief and sorrow

Before my losses

and long before my gains

Before the expectations

Before all of the fear

and hope

Before the promises

Too ambitious

Impossible….they said

This was before I found me

Before I found you

Yes, you

This was before that

and before it all

We were born

 

Just Follow Your Dreams, They Said.

We’ve all heard it before. It’s one of the most common sayings and in today’s age it is more possible than ever to do. But you quickly come to the realisation that it’s not all about following your dreams; that’s easy, but finding it; that’s the hard part.

The saying serves a good purpose but it assumes that everyone knows what they want to do in life. It assumes that we have all unlocked the box that says hey you over there, yes you, this is what you want to do in life, now go and follow it! The truth is that very few of us know what we really want to do in our short time on this Earth. We go with the flow of the same society that we have been raised and in that flow we forget to stop and think deeply about why we do what we do each day. We forget to seek.

I’ve always liked the idea that inherently we are all here for a greater purpose. That each and every one of us are born with a powerful and unique passion burning inside of us. But in all our greatness, we forget to seek out this purpose.

In every child inside of us, we had a dream. As far off that might sound now at some point of time we all wanted to be something, and it was always something good. I wanted to be an astronaut. Maybe you wanted to grow up to be a firefighter, a police officer, a teacher, singer or dancer; we all had something. I dare say that, that is a good starting point to finding out what your dreams are. I also dare say that to seek what we do not know we must move outside of what we do know, we must challenge our preconceptions, we must try things we have never tried, we must face the fears that once held us back.

So to conclude, don’t worry about following your dreams; that’s easy. Worry about finding out how to unlock dreams that are already within; that’s the hard part.

Thanks for reading ❤

This post was a tough one to write about but I think I got the message through. I hope we all move forward in life knowing that what we are doing now is what we are and have always meant to do.

A bit of Magic

I Love fiction, I love fantasy and magic. For me, what really sets an amazing story from another is in it’s ability to create a sense of realism. The possibility for the reader, the listener and viewer to believe that out there in this vast universe we live in, it might actually exist.

Fiction. Fantasy. Magic.

The Studio Ghibli Films is an example of one which does that well. It’s almost like a dream as you step into the world Hayao Miyazaki creates for the viewer. An incredibly powerful sense of real moving and shaping worlds coupled with a douse of magic and art make it both a beauty to watch and for the viewer to become captured into.

Great novels also give off a similar vibe because our imaginations are limitless. One of my personal favorites is George Orwells 1984, with him being able to shift the readers mindset into an entirely new world he’s created and dauntingly also as you follow he main character in his daily life.

Stop. Pause. Freeze.

Stop. Pause. Freeze the moment in time. Today is not just another day. Nor was the one before it. Nor will tomorrow be…just another day. Make each and every day beautiful in its own right, make it something different. We often get caught up in so much of what we do in life. If you do the same thing long enough, it becomes a constant in a forever changing world. It’s important to remember that change is not our enemy, that we should not be afraid of it. Change allows us to grow and learn, in often tough and stressful times we conquer and get back up stronger than before.

I’d like you to think for a moment about what your typical day is like, then think about what the typical week looks like, then month and even years! If it’s all too common, i want you to try something for me…i want you to take a left instead of the usual right when walking down to the station platform. Sit on the grass instead of that same old bench when you go out for lunch. Go get that book you’ve always wanted to read and make a pact to read a chapter a day. Call up some old friends of yours, plan lunch and dinner dates! Give it a try, i promise you won’t regret. 🙂

P.S. “Cover Photo” Today (10th February 2017), I decided to be in the city an hour before work. This was my pause in time. This is what I saw.

Questions i ask myself everyday – What Makes a Good Engineer?

Everyday, we pursue what we love to do. In other words, we push ourselves to become a better version of who we are now. One of the best ways of doing this is through observation, then application and it is those who inspire us each and every day that that show us the way forward.

For me, each day i ask myself – “What Makes a Good Engineer?” and i hope that each and every time i re-read this post of mine, it’s still the question i ask most.

I still haven’t found the answer to this, nor do i think there ever will be a simple way of saying it. But i will try, and the things i learn along the way ill try to show here in my blog.

 

Paper Backs

If there’s one thing I could change if I went back in time it would be something you wouldn’t normally expect. Most people would look back to change a decision they’d made, to change the outcome of a certain situation or to regain an opportunity lost in time. These decisions usually change the nature of past and future because you want something to go your way instead of another. Maybe that is why a time machine just shouldn’t exist because of our inherent and selfish flaw to get what is best for us.

For me however, it is the missed opportunity to learn more about the world around me. It is the lost time that could have been spent reading the great minds of the past. What I am describing of course is the power of reading, the power of books.

Books were never cool when I was young. Stupid as I, and a lot of teenagers out there were, that’s all we wanted to be. Cool. So that’s what drove us, and when you have such a strong influence from the peers around you, you lose yourself and who you are to fit the social circle. Taking a step back I loved to read as a child, growing up with classics such as The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Possum Magic and The Rainbow Fish just to name a few. But the passion to read on and fill my imagination dwindled as time passed. I guess it’s not entirely fair to say that I stopped because it was uncool but I’ll stick with that for now.

Moving forward, books are now a big part of my life. Just like how some people forget their headphones at home and go crazy for the day, I also feel the same about my novels. It’s like an old friend that I’ve once again discovered, taking me to places that only a paper back along with my human imagination can take me.

Oh and P.S I have to confess something ~  There was a time that i was so taken in by a novel that I walked right off the train at the wrong stop. With a half an hour wait till the next train, there was nothing else to do but to continue reading on, undeterred by what had just happened.

 

Thanks for reading!

😉

The Shipwrecked Soul

“The Shipwrecked Soul”

Beware the captain
That sails only on smooth waters;
That drops anchor only in safe harbours;
That lets aboard only familiar faces;
That will not brook strong winds or stormy weather;

Whose life, well lived, is a deadly comfort–
Never to be dashed against the rocks of passion
Never to be dismembered on the shores of love.

Yet a life so well lived it hides a shipwrecked soul.

I have been such a captain

But now I set out on unknown seas

With sails full open
Guided only by whispers in the wind
By images in white capped waves;
By patterns in the flight of birds;
And by bits of news from distant ports;

In search of that soul survivor,
The almost forgotten fragments of Self
That shall heal the world as the world heals me.

– Nick LeForce

An Unexpected Journey

Imagine.

It’s 6:00 am on a cool Tuesday morning. It’s quite in a peaceful way and the air is crisp, waving before your eyes as you stagger it with your slow breath. Your toes tip as you make your way around the home careful not to wake the others, more importantly the alarm; the baby niece. There’s a familiar chill that runs down your spine as you step outside to the deck. The sun springing to life in the horizon sits ever so still through the mist that is suspended in time, an aura from the earth to you speaking the words good morning.

You huddle closer to the others on the platform. It’s already quarter past 7. Being so few in numbers, those you do encounter greet you with an amiable nod as if to wish you a good day. The train arrives right on time, unlike yesterday. You stand expectantly as it comes to a standstill and doors open directly in front of you. You board, with a subtle leap in your step, bouncing up the stairs, eager to begin your journey in your favorite seat – the two-seater four rows down on the right.

Reclining into your seat, adjusting for comfort, your open plan office is ready to go. The doors close and you take off leaving home behind. Several minutes have now passed and you take a moment to look outside your window only to see the sun has not yet fully risen above the forest tops. You see stretches of tall grass bewildered by it’s untouched nature and frosty tips, and beyond that, national parks and mountain ranges. And then you see adjacent to you the most exotic chequered suit. Who knew they could be pulled off so well?

7:36 am and you’re just over halfway. You’ve been sitting for a while now; the scenery has been replaced by aged buildings and the humming of city folk.  With each stop, more and more people board. The further you go, you notice each stop brings aboard more passengers with indignant expressions.

7:56 am and you’ve become engrossed in a page-turning fantasy, even though you promised yourself to get some extra work done. How did it even find its way back into your bag? A few more pages shouldn’t hurt. Your heart beats faster as the story’s climax approaches, only to suddenly jump as the train once again comes to a stop. This time, you have company. A passenger places themselves down next to you. That’s okay. You still have plenty of space, somewhat. They seem exhausted. This observation prevents you from being surprised when, just a few minutes later, they’ve fallen asleep next to you. No matter, I’m sure they’ve had a big week so far. You lose the battle to continue working and resume your thrilling engrossment.

Soon your quiet carriage isn’t so silent. A bellow is coming from the passenger next to you. Yep, they must be really tired. Their snores fill the carriage. No matter, you’ve come prepared and promptly place your headphones on and proceed to meditate, listening to today’s latest track.

8.26 am and you’re feeling incredibly relaxed. You’ve spent 90 minutes catching up on work, appreciating phenomenal inland views, watching the sun rise over the harbour as you cross the bridge, getting caught up in an author’s fantasy thriller and relaxing to your favourite music while your body wakes itself up for the day.

You’ve already done a lot with your day, so you’re feeling somewhat satisfied. You disembark from the train, leave the platform and enter the bustling city. And while your sleepy travelling companion begrudgingly follows, you’re content in knowing you’ll be doing it all again tomorrow. You’ve travelled 90 minutes to a job you enjoy, and breathe easy on the fact you’ll be travelling 90 minutes at the end of the day back to a home you love, but this time to the warmth of the settling sun.

What a daft thing to do indeed.

 

Thanks for reading!

Nighttyy night ZZZzzz…

Down and Up

There are times where life feels as if the moment is perfect and that everything is going well, may it be your career, relationships, studies, health or a combination of them all. But then there are those moments where things just dont go right, and it all just tumbles down on you. Like a row of dominos falling one another it feels as if it’s so hard to ever get back up.

And although these times can make you feel as if you’re on top of the world or in hindsight at your worst, it’s something we all go through, the ups and downs of life itself. Without them, we wouldn’t be human.

But for the many of us, it’s the chase to constantly find those peaks where we will find ourselves most lost. This is multiplied when we’re down, the peak seems so far away that it’s almost impossible to reach.

But what if we looked at this from another angle? If only instead of chasing the peak (or better yet, while finding the peak) that we think is the highest point in our lives, we sought to appreciate what we do have at this moment we would be far more better off and grateful. We will always have something good in our lives to lean on when we’re down and something to fall back against when we’re at our peaks.

This way, we always win and never lose 🙂

Following The Compass

We tend to plan things ahead and look into the reaches of the possibilities that lay ahead of us. But how we get there is another question of its own. Sometimes we choose to follow decisions which are based on practicality, because it tells us the logical path to where we want to be. Maybe it’s the decision to choose that subject in high school or to take that stable job because it’s the safe step towards your dream one. But i challenge you to do something, something that i am starting to do myself;

Leave your map behind and follow your compass.

A map is great if you want to go where people have been before. A compass, even though uncertain and unpredictable, will cause you to pave new paths, and lead you to unexpected and amazing places. Ultimately, you will find yourself in the mistakes you make and the shortcuts you design. So leave your map behind and let your compass lead the way.

Choose LOVE

Few things in this world can inspire the spirit inside of you more than what I will show you here. From the comedian himself, Jim Carey made an incredible speech that shook the hearts of people all around the world including myself, and what a better way to do it than with some comedy. They say that your ability to make somebody laugh and smile can make them fall head over heels for you without them even knowing it. I think in a similar sort of manner, we all look up to him as he himself has has made us unconditionally love him.

If you haven’t already, I must implore you to do so. There’s just so much he says that just sticks with you and as someone who also will be graduating soon, I take in his advice knowing that he’s been where I am, and that where he is now is a reflection of what he’s achieved in life.