The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Great Gatsby is such a deep book (subsequently film) with numerous symbolic meanings and themes. I have only picked out a handful that I believe are the top tips reflected in life that I retrieved from it: great-gatsby-cover-designs -One of the deepest tragedies is having wealth, fame, money, “friends”, everything, except the one you truly love. Nothing is enough to fill that void during the darkest hours when you are alone looking out into the deep dark blue sea(at the green light), and only seeing a dot of light so close yet so far you can never reach it. great-gatsby_ -People can fall and sometimes they fall so deep in love. Then there are people who are cruel and cruel beyond words. Sometimes social and moral values can decay beyond recognition. 

-The “American Dream” for fast pace, fame, wealth, pleasure and money can at times be very hollow in reality.

-Being “great” may be a curse. -Great love can slip out of your grasp and no matter how much you try to retrieve it, time and so much would have shifted around you, yet your feeling haven’t changed but that may not be enough.

-Life may seem like many great parties but if you take the time to look under the surfaces of those parties and the people attending them, you will see the cracks that hide the truths.  

Nick Carraway: “Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that’s no matter – tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther… And one fine morning – So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.” the-great-gatsby 

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Life – struggles – humor

The world said goodbye to Robin Williams this week.

As someone who had bought so much entertainment, laughter, lessons to so many people he will be greatly missed. He touched the lives of those who watched his movies and interviews. He bought so much humor to his audience. Yet deep down he struggled with a very dark tunnel for most of his life.

Depression and suicide are never easy subjects to approach. people only take that final route of suicide when they feel so helpless and powerless.

If it has crossed your mind please read the below post, or if you know someone who is thinking about it please pass this onto them – I once stumbled upon this online and I feel it is definitely worth reading and sharing because it can save lives.

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I leave with you some quotes that Robin Williams taught in the movies he was in:

Never devalue a human life. – “Awakenings”

The greatest gifts in life are ones that can’t be bought. – “Mrs. Doubtfire”

I try to make sense of things. Which is why, I guess, I believe in destiny. There must be a reason that I am as I am. There must be. — Andrew, Bicentennial Man

{R.I.P Robin Williams}

Wanderer above the sea of fog

I had numerous times seen the picture Wanderer above the sea of fog by Caspar David Friedrich around however I never knew who drew it or what the meaning behind the picture meant. Yet I always found it to be fascinating there was something that deeply alluded me about it. Maybe it was the contrast between the colours or the fact that I couldn’t see the expression of the man in it, or maybe the beautiful and somewhat magical scenery. Nevertheless it was a picture I finally decided to “Google” about.

Finding out more information about the artist and the picture itself made it even more interesting. To me the picture seem to symbolize how sometimes in life things seem unknown, like we are floating above clouds of fogs and sometimes the fog disappears and we see life differently/again. Other times we are stuck in a mist of fog and we stop and stare and it like a wanderer glimpsing into the past, present, future and unknown. For me the picture brings about a sense of calm yet confusion of unknown. But I guess the mystery itself of the picture remains how the artist wanted it to be. An unknown….. 

 

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When we have to say goodbye to love ones

I know this post isn’t like the usual tips I write about in my blog. But the thing is no matter who you are or what age you are; there will come a time in your life when you inevitably come face to face with losing someone you love. No matter the time, age or circumstances of these events it will no doubt be difficult, to say the least heart wrenching. I have recently lost someone very close to me. This is not the first time someone I know has passed away however it is by far someone who has been a huge part of my life for as long as I can remember. <RIP to my dear grandma.> I am someone who has high empathy levels but finds it really tough to express it on an outer level. In other words I bottle it all up. Some may say it is a fault or a quality. There are times when I easily get down about sad news or even movies. I don’t why or how, it just happens. Therefore as you can imagine stuff like this totally crushes parts of me inside.  It is true that knowing that others are there for you and have gone through and felt very similar things to you can really help to ease the extensive pain you go through during this period and bring you some form of comfort. Different people deal with these situations differently. If you are anything like me and may need to process this on a more inner level and maybe quietly on your own, then you may not have someone to tell you stuff so the below may be of some help to you.

–          Time will seem to have stopped at the moment you first hear the news.

–          It will feel like a part of you has died or disappeared inside.

–          The thought of that person not being in your life anymore feels unreal, unimaginable and you may even try to deny it.

–         A simple hug from someone you know who cares about you deeply is comforting beyond words can express.

–          You are likely to feel an extremely overwhelming flood of mixed emotions such as sorrow and sadness, which are so heavy that you have never or haven’t felt for so long.

–          After awhile you will feel guilt when you start to try to re-live your life.

–          Random moments of feeling really sad and teary. This may be bought on by memories or just the thought of them not being here anymore. Or just unexplained moments of sadness.

–          The awareness that time will heal some of the pain but it seems so far away and you feel bad for the thought of going back to a “normal” life.

I will share with you some deep feelings I currently have:

The hardest thing is knowing that you are no longer in this world and it’s so hard to accept this reality. I know I will always remember you, what you taught me and the memories I hold so close to my heart but at this current point in time that just doesn’t feel enough. It gives me comfort to know that you are no longer in pain and suffering. I still can’t help but feel the hurt inside myself. I cannot begin to describe the pain properly; the feeling is just a very deep and raw sense of sadness and sorrow that engulfs my heart and mind. I am aware that time will ease it all a bit, but at this moment in time it all feels far too raw.

For me it helps to think of happy memories and the fact that my grandma lived a full and complete life surrounded by people who cared, loved and always will love her. Furthermore that she is no longer suffering or in pain. It is said that when someone dies the hardest part is on those who are left behind. I think this is true, but remember time will heal parts of it. That doesn’t mean the pain, hurt and lost goes away but it becomes bearable. To have that hurt reminds us to treasure what we once had and what we have now. Also remember that they would have wanted you to continue to live on and have a happy life. Deep down I know I will never get over it and that there will be many times during life in the future whereby there will be similar times of this occurrence and the association will trigger these feeling, memories, experiences and sadness will rear its head again and the emotions will flood back. However for now I am trying to process this first. Goodbye