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Missed Birthdays

For one day in a year, I become selfish. I want to have everyone call me, think of me, send me the warmest of wishes and love. I want my friends and family to make effort when choosing their words (and gifts) around me, and I want to be the happiest person in the world. Yes, it’s my birthday and I want to be the center of attention!

Every year I say that I will not make a big deal out of it. I’m not that young anymore, I don’t have that extra money to spend on one party, I just don’t feel like making a big fuss. But than the day comes and my best friends are the first to call and ask “So where is the party?”…and I have to have an answer. This year, it was so impromptu, that I just bought couple of bottles of gin and fresh mint and made the best mojito party there is! 

Yet, the next day you start thinking who did not came/call/wished(singed) “Happy Birthday”. Did they forgot? Have I forgot to call them? Should I have had invited them anyway? Should I call them now? Eventually, time goes by and you forget about these questions.

However, the time comes when they have their own special day. These days, with the notifications, Facebook or Skype is hard to forget or ignore someone’s birthday, but when you are doing a huge project, thoroughly immersed in the work,  or are out of the country, or life(and it counter part) just halts you in your every-day tasks,  these things happen!

I wished so many belated birthdays to friends and family members in the past few months, people start to wonder if I’ve become forgetful or ignorant! And the birthdays I miss the most are the ones of the great people of the history of the world, when I read a book by a famous writer (Victor Hugo, 26th of Feb Les Misérables or Charles Dickens, 7th of FebOliver Twist) or listen to great music (Mozart-27th January, Bob Marley-6th Feb, Norah Jones- 30th March, Marvin Gaye- 2nd April) or watched a great movie or documentary for an artist, scientists, sportist etc. 

I’ve missed so many events, birthdays, celebrations and moments of leisure and fun. Just now , looking back, I can see the sacrifice I have made. Sometimes you have to ask yourself if it is worth it. But for this…for now…I think it is.

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Inspirational movie: The Botany of Desire (documentary, 2013)

Last night, I craved a documentary. I know it’s funny, people crave food or something else that comes to mind at night, but I very often crave for a good movie! I know that I won’t be disappointed with a documentary about plants, so I choose to watch this one. And was I right, or was I right?!

The movie has four parts, or four stories, based on four plants that had huge impact in human life over the years :APPLES, TULIPS, MARIJUANA AND POTATOES. It is also based on the homonymous book by Michael Pollan. The twist: How these plants “thoughtfully” influenced humans to gain their popularity!

Let me explain. The apples originated from Kazakhstan, county in central Asia. From there, they were first scattered around by the bears who loved the sweetness of the fruit, but later, from the humans who also enjoyed the sweet fruit with lovely color! Not all apples were sweet, but the ones who were, the juiciest, biggest, most desired ones were, and these are the ones who got picked and carried in the bags of humans to be planted in other countries!

The movie goes on to explain how the same things happens with tulips (the tulip madness in Holland) and now with Marijuana. 

The wisdom you get from this movie is unique, in a sense of understanding the power of silently improving yourself so much so that you become the most desired “fruit”, everyone gets “hungry” for! Plants have much more wisdom than people give them credit for. They have been on this Earth long before we came here, outlived so many animals and will be here long after we’re gone. They adapt to the conditions and desires of their surrounding so that the surrounding can work for them! So clever!

I think this was sufficient to say for now. What you should, or better yet, MUST do is watch the entire thing:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OIChx00z7aw

Enjoy!