Friday, 29 March 2013

Last Ride of The Day

Once upon a night we'll wake to the carnival of life,
The beauty of this ride ahead,
Such an incredible high

Yesterday heralded the end of something wonderful... I suppose it's a far less painful end than most of the tribulations we go through in life, so I'm grateful for that. I've had a lot of time to think about it and mope about it. So yes, I'm fine now. :)

The one song that's really stuck with me throughout this episode in my life is Nightwish's Last Ride of the Day. And just to be clear, it's not because I'm a Nightwish fanboy. ...That only counts for 5% of it.

It's full of hope, happiness and gives a positive outlook. It's something that's admittedly lacking in NW songs in general (usually mired in longing and/or melancholy), so that makes this song all the more beautiful.

And seriously, if there is one only one song I can recommend to my readers, it's this one. It's an amazing song, not only in its lyrics but also the orchestration. Seriously, how many bands practically adopt a whole frickin' orchestra as part of their act? The Looking Glass Orchestra just adds so much emotion and life to it. It's hard to explain. Just listen to it!

And if you don't like the guitars, then listen to the orchestral version! Sadly, no lyrics, but you can sing along to it once you learn them XD


Last Ride of The Day just captures my approach to life so well: The unexamined life is not worth living. So I live every day trying my best to appreciate the beauty in everything, because it is the best use of our tiny fleeting consciousnesses. We are all made of stardust, if you think about it... The building blocks of stars and the universe are in us. So really, we are the universe examining itself. I won't go any further into this tangent though.

It's hard to light a candle, easy to curse the dark instead

My philosophy has allowed me to fully appreciate the best parts of what I had up until yesterday, and ensured I do not mourn excessively. All of that time wallowing in misery is much better spent being productive. And yes it is much, much easier to just lie in bed and do nothing. At the deepest levels, we are beholden to our emotions. But with awareness and vigilance, one can control it. I must be doing a fairly good job because I've been told it's rather scary when I do get angry about something, simply because I'm cool with almost everything, even if it's at my expense or I've been wronged.

But I digress. I fully intend to remain productive, especially with regards to catching up with university homework and assignments. I've been rather lax as of late, trying to sort things out and give a good farewell, but now I think I have a lot of time and energy freed up to do as I will. I wish that assignment wasn't due in less than 2 weeks... It looks like a doozy, now that I've read the questions.

We live in every moment but this one,
Why don't we recognise the faces loving us so?

Another facet of my life also includes thinking about what my friends have done for me, what I have done for them, and what else I can do for them. When I think about my friends I realise I've found some amazing people, probably some of the best I'll ever meet. If I were to describe them broadly, I would say: Intelligent, mature, considerate, caring, contemplative and erudite.

I feel so lucky to have found so many like-minded people, and I hope that I can stay in contact with them beyond university. I don't think I have many friends (compared to those extroverted creatures that scare me), so I cherish the ones I do have all the more. It would pain me so much to lose even one of them.

They are a great reminder for me to live in the present, and not to dwell too much in the past or the future. I have to make the most of the time I do have with my friends, because the universe may decide to end it abruptly some day. And really, there is so much to enjoy from hanging out with my friends, and I am so grateful for all that I do have. I would be a fool to sit around and mope when life has so much to offer :)


So now you guys know why I go on and on about tea, spirits, science, art and music. There's just so much to see and feel if you take the time to look for it. After all, if we only have a short time in this world, we might as well make the most of it :)

I'll try to talk about my drawing classes next week. I'm going to go brew some tea and appreciate the myriad qualities it possesses :P

It's hard to light a candle,
Easy to curse the dark instead,
This moment the dawn of humanity,
Last ride of the day


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