Monthly Archives: November 2013

Like the Flowing River by Paulo Coelho

This is the ONLY book he has the English rights. An incredible compilation of inspiration, motivation and pure wisdom! When reading Coelho, you always get excited and calmed at the same time. You get filled with love and understanding.

Don’t stop at the Alchemist. Read more, and read now! It’s the best food for thought that you can “eat” over and over again!

Get it now!

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Thanks to ROBIN SHARMA

I don’t know if I have told you yet, but I loooove reading books. It’s my way of relaxing and enjoying and shutting myself from the world, even when I read in a room full of people.

Now, in the spirit of Thanksgiving and giving thanks to everything that matters in our lives, I wanted to give thanks to the man who have saved me from depression and hurting myself, over and over again, ROBIN SHARMA!

Every single book he had written had left me better than it found me! I started from the Megaliving! Change your life in 30 days, and I really changed my life. His step-by-step process of telling you what to do, showing you the right path and not making you feel overwhelmed by the exercises and the tasks you need to do, are perfect for anyone who wants to be better. It can be applied to any area of your life: health, wealth, education, relationships, business, family, love, exercises, anything! I started with health myself, and it did wonders! I have never thought I could change in just 30 days! It was after the first week when I realized I CAN DO THIS! And after the first 30 days, I have realized that not only I can do this, I WANT TO DO THIS FOREVER!

Start off with this book and develop the last month of this year into the beginning of the best life you can have!

Be happy with what you already have and really OWN what you HAVE

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Although I do not live in the US, and do not have tradition to celebrate Thanksgiving on this day, I can’t help but feel the excitement over this holiday from the Internet. In my country, we have a day, similar to Thanksgiving, where we ask for forgiveness and show our appreciation to the people in our lives. However, I do not believe in having just one day like this. We should be thankful for what we have, and who we have in our lives EVERYDAY! 

I am especially concerned about the possibility of not-being thankful for the people we have in our lives already, and dismissing them if they do something wrong, or if they change in any way. It’s the mentality of our new generation, to “buy it new” when the old one is not working, instead of trying to fix and upgrade what we already have

Yes, I am talking about broken relationships with family, friends, partners, colleagues, neighbors. The relationships we have forgotten of; the family we do not like because of their religious or political beliefs; the neighbors we do not say Hi to and hide from because they smell of Sauerkraut every time we see them; or the friends that became depressed since they got fired and make us depressed when we talk to them.

You can have many people in your life, I’m not talking about not being friendly or communicative to others. No, I’m talking about cherishing the ones you already have in your life! I’m talking about understanding where they come from, and helping them in their journey. I’m talking about not giving up on the ones who feel lost or confused. I’m talking about LOVE! Unconditional love to everyone that are a part of your life!

So often we say “Oh, we are not in touch anymore, I don’t know what happened, but she just lost her way and I can’t be around people who are lost!” But we don’t know the whole story. We don’t try to help. We don’t remember all the good times and make sure they remember it as well. Sometimes, people need to hear the positive. Sometimes, all we need to do is smile! Sometimes, all people need is LOVE!

So, I beg you, at least today, don’t dismiss your grandparents, or your aunts and uncles sitting at your Thanksgiving table; don’t roll your eyes when they ask you questions you don’t want to hear; don’t be nervous or wishing you were sitting with someone else in that moment. LOVE YOUR FAMILY and FRIENDS and the ones who are spending their time with you. Don’t give up on them, because, if it was the other way around, you wouldn’t want them to give up on you!

 

I read this somewhere on Facebook, and I thought it would fit in this post. I hope you’ll be inspired and more thankful for the people in your life today!

Brad Pitt about his wife:

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My wife got sick. She was constantly nervous because of problems at work, personal life, her failures and children. She lost 30 pounds and weighted about 90 pounds. She got very skinny and was constantly crying. She was not a happy woman. She had suffered from continuing headaches, heart pain and jammed nerves in her back and ribs. She did not sleep well, falling asleep only in the mornings and got tired very quickly during the day. Our relationship was on the verge of a break up. Her beauty was leaving her somewhere, she had bags under her eyes, she was poking her head, and stopped taking care of herself. She refused to shoot the films and rejected any role. I lost hope and thought that we’ll get divorced soon… But then I decided to act. After all I’ve got the most beautiful woman on earth. She is the idol of more than half of men and women on earth, and I was the one allowed to fall asleep next to her and to hug her. I began to shower her with flowers, kisses and compliments. I surprised and pleased her every minute. I gave her a lot of gifts and lived just for her. I spoke in public only about her. I incorporated all themes in her direction. I praised her in front of her own and our mutual friends. You won’t believe it, but she blossomed. She became better. She gained weight, was no longer nervous and loved me even more than ever. I had no clue that she CAN love that much.

And then I realized one thing: the woman is the reflection of her man.

If you love her to the point of madness, she will become it.

Brad Pitt

Nothing has changed – nothing will ever be the same

Incredible story written by  ESA Flight Engineer Luca Parmitano, about his journey back from space! Read it! Nothing will ever be the same!

Symmetry

Closing the hatch of the Soyuz is like closing the the cover of a just-finished book. The sense of abandonment is surprising, until I realise that a last page is nothing more than an invitation to open the first page of a next book.

I console myself with this thought as I take off my ‘civilian’ clothes, a simple T-shirt and trousers, and put on my clothes for the journey back home.

Two special garments called Kentavr were developed in Russia for the return journey: a pair of knee-high socks and elastic shorts that wrap around the calves, buttocks and thighs to minimise the flow of blood towards the lower part of the body avoiding decreased blood flow to the head. I wear them directly on the skin. I set up a belt with electrodes around my chest that record my heartbeat, the same I had when I arrived at the International Space Station. On top of this, I wear the Camelia undergarment , a cotton bodysuit .

I slowly start to put on my Sokol space suit, the procedure is not as complex as the EMU suit used in spacewalks but just as important. Karen helps me stabilise the torso while I slip into the inner pressure-layer, then I hook up the headphone cables and the biomedical band. I take my time to seal myself in the suit, pulling every strap tight and checking each coupling carefully. Meanwhile, Fyodor has completed the initial checks of the spacecraft and the computer is switched on and ready to react to our inputs.

Once again I am the first to get to my seat, microgravity makes the task easier and I remember how hard it was to go through the same movements on ground, just six months ago .

It takes Karen just a few minutes to be ready in her right-hand seat and then it is Fyodor’s turn: when he switches the Soyuz living-module lights off it will be the last time. Following the procedures in our textbooks , Fyodor seals the inner hatch and then fastens his seatbelt. How many times have I reenacted this scene during simulation? The sense of déjà vu is lessened by the Olympic torch that is firmly fastened to the structure of the reentry capsule between myself and the commander.

The undocking sequence will start in a few hours but we are already busy with leak checks. They are identical to the redocking checks performed just a week ago and Fyodor, Karen and I sail through the procedure. Everything works perfectly, no surprises – we would not be happy if there were.

Undocking

The Soyuz TMA-09M spacecraft departs from the International Space Station. Credits: NASA

The Soyuz TMA-09M spacecraft departs from the International Space Station.
Credits: NASA

Our ground controller follows every move through telemetry and confirms our comments and repeats the timing of commands to activate the undocking sequence. It is my privilege, as flight engineer, to send the commands while Fyodor visually inspects the undocking. I start the countdown in Russian at the scheduled time and give the go-ahead for start sequence. The hum of electric motors as the Soyuz hooks are opened cannot be heard through the headphones but within a few minutes we perceive a slight movement of the aircraft. We are undocked . The Soyuz turns on its secondary engines to ensure separation. For about two orbits we will drift freely away from the station. I cannot describe the feeling I had during detachment, I am glad that I cannot see the Space Station as its contours fade until they disappear. Maybe I will never be truly ready to leave the International Space Station. Maybe I will have never really left it.

The two orbits pass with regular parameter checks and review of reentry procedures. This is Fyodor’s third Soyuz flight and he takes advantage of this quieter moment to remind us once again how to prepare for the most challenging phases.

I look out of my porthole to check spacecraft position but the clouds, mixed with the snow of the glaciers amongst the peaks that fly past beneath me seize my mind. I am overcome with the same intensity when, six months ago, my eyes gazed upon the same contrast of blue and white.

Then it is time: like hundreds of times in simulations I settle into my seat until I feel the profile along my back, tightening the seatbelts with all my strength.

Separation sequence

Separation sequence graph. Credits: NASA

Separation sequence graph. Credits: NASA

I use my gloved fingers to raise the protective cover over the buttons I will press in case of emergency – I do not want any obstructions in case I am forced to use them. While Fyodor configures his screen to send images to the Control Center, I start another countdown in Russian. The Soyuz responds perfectly , every indicator is right on schedule: a vibration verifies that the main thruster has been activated and is confirmed by a light on my screen. For a little over four minutes, the commander reads the parameters of deceleration while I compare them with previously calculated values. The difference is minimal. We all wait for the computer to calculate a speed of 128 m/s and automatic engine shutdown. Another countdown: “5 , 4, 3 , 2, 1… 1 , 2, 3…” my fingers reach for the manual override button but procedure instructs me to wait before pressing it. After three, long seconds , the engine is switched off by the computer and I relax: the separation sequence will be as planned and performed automatically. It is only a matter of minutes and the instruments on our screens show that all is going well. The three-second delay will be easily corrected during atmospheric reentry .

As scheduled, like a perfectly calibrated watch, the computer begins the separation sequence, accompanied by various alarms, lights and sounds that, after hundreds of simulations, do not surprise me but are a welcome confirmation that everything is proceeding normally. The screen formations change automatically but I have to do some checks before returning to the page about landing of the Soyuz booklet. My hands move automatically while I check that the main parachute has been selected, then I open the valves that allow ventilation after landing and close the valve that until recently let oxygen from the service module into our suits. The service module has left us to turn into a wreck as it disintegrates in the plasma that will soon surround us.

Reentry

Soyuz TMA-09M seen from BA15. Notice aircraft cockpit reflection.

Soyuz TMA-09M seen from BA15. Notice aircraft cockpit reflection.
Credit: Simon Wijker

My last look outside from space shows that we are rotating slowly as expected. Everything out there is black. A blackness I know well. I glance at the instruments: I want to be sure to catch the entry into the atmosphere that the spacecraft calculates based on our deceleration. At the exact moment that the computer indicates reentry I turn my head in the helmet of my Sokol spacesuit to look outside: a white, dense light flashes at me through the window as if the Soyuz were sinking into a thick liquid. I begin to feel the pull of gravity. I read the data on my screen, confirming the readings read aloud by Fyodor. At just 0.5 g I feel crushed by a giant hand that makes me sink into my seat. With my right arm I change the computer screen to a different formation to read the parameters of the onboard systems and it feels as if I was lifting someone else’s arm. When I read 2 g it is difficult to breathe, my chest is crushed by the weight of my suit and my body but that is just the beginning. I make an effort to look outside again and it is worth it: the spectacle of colour waiting for me outside the porthole hypnotises me – red and orange dominate the field of view and at our supersonic speed I see the remains of our heat shield burning as it passes by like a meteorite along the direction of flight , disintegrating at 1600 degrees of white heat.

“Karen, look, look outside …”, that is all I manage say.

Credits: ESA-D. Detain

Rescue helicopters.
Credits: ESA-D. Detain

The numbers continue to flow relentlessly , 2.5 g , 3 g, 4 g, 4.5 g. Now I feel the weight of the skin on my throat crushing my larynx and when I read the peak measurement at 4.91 g, I find it hard to speak the parameters. The g forces last just a few, but long, moments. When deceleration decreases it is greeted by relief from all of us . Now we are falling through Earth’s atmosphere at about 400 m/s and at regular intervals Fyodor tries radio contact, hoping to catch the signal of rescue helicopters.

Landing

Soyuz TMA-09M is seen moments before it lands southeast of the town of Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan with the crew of Expedition 37. Credits: NASA/C.Cioffi

Soyuz TMA-09M is seen moments before it lands southeast of the town of Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan with the crew of Expedition 37. Credits: NASA/C.Cioffi

When the parachute opens it feels like being on a roller coaster. The spaceship is tossed from side to side while rotating on its axis at 13° per second but I feel great and I laugh from pure joy. The last events occur rapidly: on the computer screen I observe the cabin depressurisation and I know that soon the remains of the heat shield that protected us from the infernal heat of the plasma will be released. With a jerk we get rid of it, then the three, pneumatically cushioned seats are released and move towards the cockpit in preparation for the impact of landing.

The rescue helicopters communicate our altitude- 2000 meters, 1500 … with surprising speed it is time to tighten our seat belts for the last time. “Brace for impact!”. I fill my lungs with air, close my mouth, stiffen all the muscles in my neck trying to push into my seat. The impact, which coincides with the firing of the retro-thrusters, empties my lungs and reverberates through my body while our seats collapse, reducing the deceleration from about 20 g to 5 g. What remains of our Soyuz bounces a couple of times before stopping on its side. Inside, we look around, three thumbs raised in front of us to confirm that we are fine. I am laughing like a child.

I feel a strong sense of almost palindromic symmetry of what I experienced. A six-hour flight brought me to the Station in May. Six hours ago I was still on board. Now I am back. Nothing has changed – nothing will ever be the same.

 

Source: http://blogs.esa.int/luca-parmitano/2013/11/27/symmetry/

What? Who? Me? Seriously?

When Rachael Charmley, who blogs at Rachael Charmley filling it with  lovely writing, left a comment on my blog, telling me that she is nominating me for the Sunshine Award, that’s what I said : “What? Who? Me? Seriously?” . I was just waking up and it made me smile and opened my eyes wider than ever (and if you know me, you’d know that my eyes are big anyway!).

Sunshine award? Sunshine? That’s what all my friends call me! I felt as if a friend is sending me some kind of a teaser on Monday morning. Well, since I’ve already begun sharing my nickname with you, let’s continue with ten more things you don’t know about me:

1. Every year, I have to visit a new place. Country, city, lake, river, historical place, national or international, doesn’t matter. But I have to be able to explore something. Expand my view.

2. Speaking of expanding my view: Love roller coasters!The spinning, turning, rush, all of it! I’m always that person who asks if we can go to the scariest, most thrilling ride at the beginning of the trip, and than, later on go over and over and over to that one, with whomever I can find! When I went to the Disneyland Paris, I went over and over to the Space Mountain, that the guy ushering you to the carts became my friend! Bonjour Monsieur!

3. I paint and draw. Usually, I start with the blank canvas in front of me, developing my idea, which in my head looks amazing. I tell my friends and family, they get all excited and happy. But than, I mix the colors, stroke my brush on the canvas and suddenly, I have another idea! That color, that vibe, it means something else! After a week or so, my canvas looks nothing like what I told everyone I’m making and they look at it with their concern faces and say “Oh, um…what is this?” I always say, “It’s not finished” and carry on. At the end, the end of the paining, the end of all my energy and feelings, the end of the paint I have bought for the painting, my tarp is filled with layers and texture and it can mean whatever you see in it.

4.I was a biochemistry major. I still glance over to the equations, liquids, the systems of the human body. I still read the label of the food I’m buying and recognize the ingredients. What became a habit of mine is reading the label of the shampoos and cremes I use, while in the shower. Afterwards I Google some unknown things online…which often leads to me not using the entire brand anymore! It’s so hard to find something natural these days!

5. My biggest accomplishment- Starting my own NGO! It’s an organization with a purpose to improve the social and professional status of all citizens. I recognized the need for it. I have volunteered my entire life, so I was familiar with the volunteer view, but founding my own, was a really new experience for me. However, I did it, it felt great and it’s still is amazing! All the wonderful people I meet, the versatility of the projects I do but most of all, managing to fulfill the dreams of the members of my organization is a fueling inspiration every single day!

6. I am interested in so many things, I have three blogs I regularly write posts on:

Scripting Happiness (this one, that I am constantly scripting something on)

Morning Angel (I am a morning person, but I’ll tell you about that later)

In1weekend (every weekend, I try to do something new, different, and exciting)

7. Reading books saves my life every day. I really mean this. Whatever happens during the day, and we all know that things can and often do go wrong every day, I can open a book, dive my thoughts into it and let it clear my head of all the negativity out there.

8. I am the biggest morning person you know! That is what everyone knows about me. I’m up at 5 am every day, sometimes even before 5, with just my internal clock waking me! I do have alarms, but I wake up before them and turn them off. Feel kind of Sheldon-like there 🙂 However, I am the happiest person in the world when the others (friends, family, dogs, whoever) wake up early with me!

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9. I was incredibly anemic for my entire life. As I got older, the anemia started to affect my every day life, couldn’t walk , stay focused, constant headaches, depression, almost every symptom there is. I’ve tried every medicine there is, but as I am intolerant to iron supplements, well, it didn’t do any good. Eventually, I started practicing nutrition and cured myself with food!

10. I guess I write a lot as well. But it’s not that personal, as you can clearly read it through this post 🙂

Now, for the fun part: 10 awesome blogs, I know you’ll love as much as I do:

1.Rethinking Life

2. Gardening vix

3. Baker italia

4.Kale and butter

5.Olive to run

6.Masterness of big Z

7. Multifarious meanderings

8. D.

9. Cassie

10. Butterfly Mind

Check out every blog on this list! They are all unique and inspiring, completely deserving the award they are nominated for!

Again, thanks for the nomination and motivation to Rachael Charmley !

Have a great day, everyone!

Inspirational Movie: Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2011)

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The passion and drive of one man to become the BEST in his work, never be satisfied and always striving for better is something of a desire or cherished aspiration for most of the people, but Jiro…oh man! This 85-year-old sushi master is the perfect example of what you need to do, and how you need to act to become one of the GREAT! 

Jiro was left by his parents at the age of 7. When he went to school, his father told him that he need to make it for himself and that there is no coming back home. That is something that remains to a child’s brain, and after all these years, Jiro still remembers that sentence in his mind! There is no going back. He has to work hard and provide for himself. Otherwise, he has no place to go! He has to make a place for himself in this world. He takes the punches, the insults, all the slaps in his face, but he never backs down! Instead, he continues his routine and steps up his game EVERY DAY!

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The movie is filled with inspiration, from start to finish, and the inspiration comes solely from Jiro. His words and wisdom is so simple, yet so true. 

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What I liked the most was the part where his human side is shown : The longing for becoming like his idol- Joël Robuchon. I loved that the director took the time to ask him of other chefs. That proves that even the idols have idols. Even the best, know that there are better! No sign of complacency, no sign of smug. Even though customers are nervous when they eat at his restaurant, he is nervous if Joël Robuchon comes to eat there! He knows that there are people with better sense of smell and taste, so he needs to improve his senses to please the customers! 

He is competitive with himself, but he also knows what to do, to become better. And he does that every day! Not a day goes by, that he thinks of something else, or he thinks of giving up. THAT IS NOT AN OPTION. GIVING UP IS NOT AN OPTION! 

I highly recommend this movie to everyone. To everyone who feel stuck, or lost, or not sure of their direction. PICK WHAT YOU WANT TO DO AND NEVER STOP DOING IT!

 

 

Happy Birthday Jack Welch!

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Today is his 77 birthday! This man has so much knowledge and experience in the field of leadership and management, that every word he sends out to the world is golden! I have been fascinated with the way he blends passion and simplicity, while always focusing on people. His books are bestsellers, he always smiles and he never shuts down or refuse to give an advice. He is one of those idols I have who shows me to be altruistic, by giving what I have studied and know. 

With that being said, I give you few options on how you can study his work and let him teach you to be a better leader, and a better human being. 

First, his books. You can find his books selling on Amazon.com http://amzn.to/1bA9HI0 . There are few *free* options for some of the books. Although, I do recommend having at least “Winning” or “Straight from the Gut” in a paperback copy in your house, so you can add your bookmarks to the important pages and things that can help you. Re-read them over and over! 

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Here are some links for reading some of his books for free, I’ve found online:

http://bit.ly/HWo6qt

http://bit.ly/1efhMWy

http://bit.ly/1bLFJEt

 

Another option for truly diving in, in his teachings is—to let him personally teach you! Yup! Jack Welch has launched courses on Udemy! There are three courses, and each of them cost 500$, however, you can wait for some coupons and codes for discounts to lower the price. 

Here is the link to his courses on Udemy. 

http://bit.ly/1jifvdt

 

Whatever you choose, choose something. His words will stay with you forever. 

Happy Birthday Jack! And have many more to come!

 

Happy Birthday Monet!

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Celebrating a birthday of an artist like Monet, doesn’t require many words. Instead, I’ll just share few of his best paintings, starting with one of my personal favorites, San Giorgio Maggiore at Dusk.   

 Few years ago I had the pleasure of owning a huge Claude Monet calendar, enjoying one painting at a month. I still have it, and occasionally open it up to fuel up my appreciation for beauty. His impeccable eye for details and composition made his paintings real and full of emotions. Here are few more to enjoy:

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Inspirational Movies: Best Man Down (2013)

I’ve decided to watch this movie, because I thought it would be a cheerful comedy. It said so on Imdb and had Justin Long as the lead, smiling and all. It did had some comic moments, but I ended up crying for the most of it! 

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The plot is, the best men of the wedding gets drunk and dies tragically in the night after the wedding and the newlyweds need to take care of the funeral, as well as contact the deceased family and friends. It turned out that he didn’t have many people in his phone, but there was this girl, in this small town, that no one else knew he had known. The newlyweds ride to the town to find the girl and let her know about her friend. In the meantime, and here is where the real life is, the girl is trying to cope with her emotionally unstable mother, the drug abusive mother’s boyfriend who makes her shoplift, the new town in which nobody likes her or talks to her, except for the priest. 

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After the newlyweds find the girl, they judge almost everything about her and her relationship with the best men. However, they try to get her out of the house, to go to the funeral with them, since they look at her situation at home. 

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The talk the girl gives at the funeral is when you realize how people who you think you know, live sometimes a completely different life from the one they put up front from you. You cannot really know about what a person actually thinks, or feels, judging by the way he looks or acts. 

The take-away from the movie: Talk to your friends. The ones you know “forever”. They are not the same children you have met many years ago. They have lives that involve partner problems, family troubles, finances, health issues etc, that many of them managed to hide from their faces and conversations. Maybe you can help them, maybe you can just be a person who can understand them or cheer them up. Whatever it is, it’s better to call a friend now, than to wait until it is too late. 

I loved the characters and how well-structured and surprisingly-well-acted they were! Did not expect to have a (minor) emotional roller-coaster from the title of the movie, but these actors were amazingly dramatic and gave a heartfelt performance. 

I would recommend this to a friend to watch, but not as a comedy, rather as a touching drama. 

You can find the movie here: http://www.magpictures.com/films.aspx 

It’s Dostoyevsky Birthday!

For my favorite authors of all time, I share few quotes of my favorite book of all time Crime and Punishment (as if I didn’t scared you enough with my favorite author being Dostoyevsky, I’m telling you my favorite, read-once-a-year book being Crime and Punishment…well…it’s true!) After reading these few quotes I hope you’ll grab a copy of the book and read it through all of it yourself. Don’t let the number of pages scare you!

I will even give you a link from where you can download the book for free! Just read it!!!  http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/2554

Few lines of the book:

“It takes something more than intelligence to act intelligently.” 

“Don’t be overwise; fling yourself straight into life, without deliberation; don’t be afraid – the flood will bear you to the bank and set you safe on your feet again.” 

“I Love it when people lie! Lying is only mans privilege over all other organisms. Lying is what makes me a man”

“What do you think?” shouted Razumikhin, louder than ever, “you think I am attacking them for talking nonsense? Not a bit! I like them to talk nonsense. That’s man’s one privilege over all creation. Through error you come to the truth! I am a man because I err! You never reach any truth without making fourteen mistakes and very likely a hundred and fourteen. And a fine thing, too, in its way; but we can’t even make mistakes on our own account! Talk nonsense, but talk your own nonsense, and I’ll kiss you for it. To go wrong in one’s own way is better than to go right in someone else’s. In the first case you are a man, in the second you’re no better than a bird. Truth won’t escape you, but life can be cramped.”

Seven years, only seven years! At the beginning of their happiness at some moments they were both ready to look on those seven years as though they were seven days. He did not know that the new life would not be given him for nothing, that he would have to pay dearly for it, that it would cost him great striving, great suffering. But that is the beginning of a new story – the story of the gradual renewal of a man, the story of his gradual regeneration, of his passing from one world into another, of his initiation into a new unknown life. That might be the subject of a new story, but our present story is ended.

“Only to live, to live and live! Life, whatever it may be!” 

Read it and think about it…than read it again 🙂 Happy Birthday Fyodor!

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Picture taken from: http://sheepnoir.files.wordpress.com/2011/05/dostoevsky-andrey-volkov.jpg

My idol’s Birthday! Marie Curie 144th Birthday

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Today is Marie Curie 144th Birthday! One of the most famous women in the history of the world, not just in the sciences, managed to change the perspective of the work of women in the field. She proved that hard work, lot of studying and great passion for your work is what makes a person brilliant! What was amazing about this women is that she believed that people can be good and so she act accordingly. She stimulated everyone around her, friends, family, colleagues, to be the best they can be by boosting their morale and sharing her prizes with them. She understood the value of nurturing her relationships and she never EVER let the fame of her success overshadow the importance of her personal life and research.

She can not be left outside of your circle of idols! Especially if you are a women or girl or scientist. Or even a human being wishing to be the best you can be. She is the most inspirational person I have ever read about, that radiate with morality and perfection.

 

Photo credits: http://scieng-women-ontario.ca/en/files/2013/07/marie_curie_color.jpg

Frustrated with WordPress Reader

I second the frustration

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Is it safe to assume that I am not the only one that HATES the new WordPress reader?

At the risk of peeving off some important folks, I have to speak my mind.  I consider myself a writer, whether I am skilled or an amateur. After careful consideration, I chose WordPress out of many other similar sites as my canvass to create and a haven to read the most amazing material. 

I love WordPress …or at least I did. Clicking on a post only to be taken to a snippet is extremely frustrating. It is insulting to have a shrunken version of your post that requires another click on “Original view” just to get to the actual blog. This will also have an effect on views (if this matters to you). The missing wordcount means that as a reader you have no idea how long the post is. So many…

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Inspirational Movies : RUSH (2013)

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Last night I went to see the movie RUSH , http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1979320/, with my boyfriend. I am telling you that I went with him, because 1) it is a big thing to go to the movies with him, as he is not a great movie watcher; and 2) it was a Formula 1 theme and I had to take him with me, since cars and motors are his passion.

I have read about the movie prior seeing it, as I always do, and the name Niki Lauda rang a bell in my mind, as my father used to talk about him in the past. The fact that it had Chris Hemsworth in it, was in favor for me to go to watch it as well (can’t help it that he reminds me of Heath Ledger so much!).

I didn’t have high hopes for the movie, I knew something from the story line, but, unexpectedly,  it overwhelmed me with emotions and happiness! There were so many things I loved about it, but I’ll tell you just a few.

Rush Daniel

First of all, it was so well structured. It explained the cause of the rivalry of Lauda and Hunt in a very understandable way. It moved through the lives of these two great drivers with ease and tempo that didn’t feel hurried or passive, but with just the right amount of rush. The end was perfect as well, as it completed the story and left you love both of them, for very different reasons. 

The second reason that made this movie great were the actors. Especially the actor who played Lauda, Daniel Bruhl. He made the feeling of the need for intense competition with his opponent truly human, and even though these kind of frenemies are difficult to display in movies, he made it look so easy and believable. Chris was not bad either, although it seemed that he tried a bit more to get to the level of acting Daniel showed. That said, I think he did a great job and the Oscar buzz is well-deserved for both of them, as well for the entire behind the camera crew (director, writer, producers, editing…). 

Rush filming

I haven’t read about Lauda, or expressed much admiration for Formula1 or 3, Races of any kind or Grand Prix, or whatever. In this movie I learned a lot about all of these. However, the main reason I loved the movie, was the story, and moreover that it was based on a true story. The story of a family reject who believed in himself so much that he invested in himself! He took loan from the bank, to buy himself a team and car for racing. He than improved the car and introduced a totally new way of making Formula 1 cars, which brought him to Ferrari! He was dedicated to his work, he studiously took steps to improve himself and his racing, and he was brilliant in predicting the consequences. He was a true genius! 

Niki Lauda, James Hunt

I loved the line when he says “A wise man can learn more from his enemies than a fool from his friends.” It truly represents the story-line of the movie and it is what he actually did. After his accident, it was the success of his enemy (Hunt) on the tracks that made him fight for his life more. He was driven by this relationship and he had to prove to himself that he was better than James Hunt. There were other great lines in the movie as well, that stuck with me like “You’re just who you are at this point in your life” and “To be a champion, it takes more than just being quick. You have to really believe it.”

I think I will be talking about this movie for a long time. I already told all my friends and family that they need to see it. I will be rooting for it at the Oscars as well. It deserves more then just a nod from the Academy. It deserves to be seen by many and to drive people with inspiration and motivation to be the best they can be- RIGHT NOW!

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The night out

“Come on, hurry up!” I hate when everyone waits for us. Unlike some girls that like to make a big entrance when going to a party and to have everyone look at them, I am shy! I don’t like to be the one everyone looks at. I usually hide behind by boyfriend, he likes to be the center of attention and greets everyone in a “Taa-daa” sort of way.

“We are not being late for the Queen, it’s not like everyone is going to wait for us to have a cocktail!” he argues with me. He is always late. And he has a point with that one. Again, I hate when he has a point. I just don’t like tardiness!

keep calm it's only a night out

“Give me the keys, I want to drive” “No way, you’re going to drive me crazy again before a party!” “Oh, come on, you can play the radio and chill” …this goes on for few minutes as we walk to the parking lot. At the end, he always wins and drives as there is no other car on the street….or pedestrians…or dogs and cats passing through…or…whatever.

We park the car and walk to the pub, me leaning against him and holding onto his arm, he looking around for cars and bicycles as we pass the streets and paths. I like this part when we both start preparing for laughter and fun. We recollect some memories of our friends that await us and about things that happened to them recently that we ought to ask them about.

As I see my friends there, I slowly let go of him. I lit up while talking to my besties. Feeling the love and respect we have for each other, always defending our acts or attitudes

“But of course you should have taken the last bite from that cake!”

“How dare they measure your suitcase, losing your precious time at the airport”

Than we laugh at the silly things that have upset us in the past.

dancing sillies

After a while, he comes looking for me. We laugh together and I love that my friends love to hang out with him. More than few drinks after, my head starts to become blank and I’m laughing at everything, while closing my eyes more and more.

So, the night ends, we are going back to the car. I always keep a blanket in the car, and this is the perfect time when I use it. He wakes me up when he parks the car. We go into the bedroom and I just collapse on the bed. I laugh at everything again and he laughs with me.

Falling in sleep with laughter is the perfect ending to a night out!

happy couple