FYI

I decided yet again to change it up a little bit and now predominantly blog at

http://certainlycomment.wordpress.com/

Also feel free to check out my second blog attempt at

http://lifestooshortimnot.wordpress.com

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I Have a Dream

A lot of people probably don’t know this about me – and those who know probably think I’m joking (because my voice tends to have that natural sarcastic/ironic undertone to it), but my dream consists of living a self-sustainable life in a farm-like setting.

And this is not like me saying that I want to win the Nobel Peace Prize for planting strawberries in Antarctica, which I claimed to be my life goal after learning about the Green Belt Movement and Wangari Maathai. And this is also not like me saying that I want to become Kofi Annana (the female Kofi Annan) once I’ve completed my tertiary education.

My honest dream is to own a piece of land, preferably with a little creek on it so the water mill (and yes, it must be a water mill, no wind mill) can “produce” energy. There has to be a huge garden section, not so much of an animal section. Though I admit, a couple of goats and alpacas, and a donkey would be nice, too. The goats for the dairy factor.

The second part of that dream includes providing a home for a number of people, particularly troubled teens, handicapable people and others who may need some sort of support system.

It does sound so simple: going back to the basics of humanity. But it’s probably not.

Today I was walking through the city and while crossing a bridge a saw a duck trying to swim against the river’s stream. I, “the superior” human being, honestly thought how boring its and the life of most animals must be, to spend all the long looking for food day in and day out, i.e. to find a way to survive for as long as possible. When I looked up again, a shiny silver Mercedes was passing by. And despite, or in spite of, it being a symbol of capitalism, I also realised that we “the superior” human beings are doing the exact same. We live to survive. We work for money to buy food. Some of us buy cars to be able to make money, some buy cars to be able to transport food, and others just have it as a status symbol.

What I’m trying to say is that we often forget to enjoy the simple things in life nowadays, or even worse that we never learnt what those things are and hence we don’t know anymore how to be happy with the basics instead of all the shiny, fancy upgrades and add-ons. Many of us have lost our sense of community, our sense of helping others without expecting something in return, the practice of reciprocity, our taste for nature and all that is natural.

And all the things I was just blabbering about are what attracted me to this projects:

Ouaganet – Helping Hands and Hearts

And I know it has been done in a similar form hundreds of times. And yes, I’m also saying this because I love Oxfam Unwrapped (not so much the World Vision version of it due to the fact that they (used to) offer coffee plantations) – my family still looks at me half shocked/half amused every time they receive a gift certificate for “1.5 goats” or a “latrine”.

But honestly it’s amazing. And if I can’t fulfill my dream for myself just yet I will in the meantime do my best to help someone else fulfill their dream (of a better life).

05 – 06 November 2011

Weekends are for chillaxing

Got a new haircut aka the return of the psycho bangs.

Got new winter-boots (an ugly pair my mum made me buy as office wear – and adorable cutesy ones for outdoors, and comfy-cosy warm ones for indoors).

Kept my bed company and delved into some web series I came across. I thought it was pretty awesome (though when I’m in a state of delirium I even find “Legend of the Seeker” amazing. Maybe I should watch “Lord of the Slings” and “Harry Shlotter” on one of these days)

Anyways, feel free to check it out for yourself and prove me wrong when I’m thinking clearly and am motivated again.

Casual: The Series

 

03 November 2011

You can save someone’s life by sharing this!!

 

STROKE: Remember The 1st Three Letters… S.T..R …

My friend sent this to me …and encouraged me to post it and spread the word. I agree. If everyone can remember something this simple, we could save some folks.

STROKE IDENTIFICATION:

During a party, a friend stumbled and took a little fall – she assured everyone that she was fine and just tripped over a brick because of her new shoes. (they offered to call ambulance)

They got her cleaned up and got her a new plate of food – while she appeared a bit shaken up, Ingrid went about enjoying herself the rest of the evening. Ingrid’s husband called later telling everyone that his wife had been taken to the hospital – (at 6:00pm , Ingrid passed away.)

She had suffered a stroke at the party . Had they known how to identify the signs of a stroke, perhaps Ingrid would be with us today.

Some don’t die. They end up in a helpless, hopeless condition instead. It only takes a minute to read this…

STROKE IDENTIFICATION:

A neurologist says that if he can get to a stroke victim within 3 hours he can totally reverse the effects of a stroke…totally. He said the trick was getting a stroke recognized, diagnosed, and then getting the patient medically cared for within 3 hours, which is tough.

RECOGNIZING A STROKE

Remember the ‘3’ steps, STR . Read and Learn!

Sometimes symptoms of a stroke are difficult to identify. Unfortunately, the lack of awareness spells disaster.

The stroke victim may suffer severe brain damage when people nearby fail to recognize the symptoms of a stroke.

Now doctors say a bystander can recognize a stroke by asking three simple questions :

S * Ask the individual to SMILE ..

T * = TALK. Ask the person to SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE (Coherently) (eg ‘It is sunny out today’).

R * Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS .

If he or she has trouble with ANY ONE of these tasks, call the ambulance and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.

NOTE : Another ‘sign’ of a stroke is

1. Ask the person to ‘stick’ out their tongue.

2. If the tongue is ‘crooked’, if it goes to one side or the other that is also an indication of a stroke.

A prominent cardiologist says if everyone who gets this status shares it; you can bet that at least one life will be saved.