The pursuit of happiness

“The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.”
― Mark Twain

We all are promised the certainty of death, It is a well known fact that all creatures on planet Earth will head to a shallow grave; but we all travel different paths in order to reach our destiny. A bucket list is not merely a list of goals to accomplish before we die, because it is not know to us when the grim reaper will come. Will he come an hour from now, tomorrow, or ten years from now. A bucket list is list of goals to accomplish in the moment, because the next upcoming minute is not promised to us. Keeping this fact in the back of my brain I decided to compile a list of things I want to accomplish, and while I accomplish them I will be sure to keep a record of all the things I did with pictures to blog about them. This is part one of a long list of other parts to come: here is the first 50.

1. write a short story
2. create a sculpture
3. be a vegetarian for a month( this one is to say I did that once)
4. Graduate high school
5. attend my high school prom ( initially I said I did not want to go, but now I must)

6. say yes to everything for a day
7. finish my bucket list
8. run a 10 k
9. do 100 push-ups in a row
10. reduce my sugar intake

11. quit drinking all forms of soda
12. learn how to bake from scratch
13. teach myself how to paint
14. teach myself photography
15. become a food critic

16. learn how to swim
17. get accepted to college
18. attend a drive-in movie with friends
19. swim with dolphins( after I learn how to swim)
20. learn CPR

21. plant a tree
22. spend a day at the local farmers market
23. get a job
24. meet a best friend(hopefully)
25. have the world’s largest water balloon fight

26. buy a meal for a homeless person
27. get my ears pierced for a second time
28. run a marathon
29. teach a child how to tie his/her shoes
30. buy a polaroid

31. learn how to eat healthy for a long period of time
32. inspire someone
33. make my own granola bars
34. go camping
35. go bowling for the first time

36. sing karaoke in front of other people
37. go indoor rock climbing
38. solve a rubik’s cube
39. write a song
40. make my own pizza

41. study abroad
42. bake a pie from scratch
43. try a hookah
44. meet someone crazy enough that will let me plan their wedding
45. visit the Grand Canyon

46. make and fly my own kite
47. get a six pack
48. take a yoga class
49. start my own business
50. learn to sew

A Thousand splendid suns

A Thousand splendid suns, written by the brilliant Khaled Hosseini, takes place in Afghanistan, telling the story of two women. Mariam, an unwanted illegitimate daughter, and Laila a smart, beautiful, young girl who is the daughter of a teacher.  The path of these women cross in what will seem like an unusual way to most readers, but war, the hunger for survival, the search for freedom, family and friendship brings both of Mariam and Laila close together. A Thousand splendid suns also highlights the love story between Laila and Tariq, a boy who Laila grew up with and they eventually become lovers. The love between Laila and Tariq is so strong that after a decade of being separated, they were able to fall in love again as if it was like the first time. After my first time reading this story about two years ago, I completely fell in love with this story, and read the book every chance I get. I also recommend it to all of my friends, and I would definitely encourage all of you guys reading to go out and get this book. I have come up with ten of my favorite quotes from A Thousand splendid suns:

1. “Like a compass needle that points North, a mans accusing finger  always finds a women”

2.  ” A society has no chance of success if its women are uneducated”

3. “A man’s heart is a wretched, wretched thing.  It isn’t like a mother’s womb.  It won’t bleed. It won’t stretch to make room for you.”

4.” Marriage can wait, education cannot.”

5.“…of all the hardships a person had to face none was more punishing than the simple act of waiting.”

6.  Tariq tucked the gun into the waist of his denims. Then he said a thing both lovely and terrible. “For you,” he said. “I’d kill with it for you, Laila.”

7. ” yet love can move people to act in unexpected ways and move them to overcome the most daunting obstacles with startling heroism”

8. “A stubborn ass needs a stubborn driver”

9. “You see, some things I can teach you. Some you learn from books. But there are things that, well, you have to see and feel.”

10.“One could not count the moons that shimmer on her roofs,or the thousand splendid suns that hide behind her walls.”

I love this book so much that I have decided to name my daughter (if I have one) after Tariq’s and Laila’s daughter Aziza. If you guy’s have any quotes from A thousand splendid suns feel free to share, if you have not read this book you need to read it ASAP! and as always

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20 ways to say: I love you..

Love is an international language which everyone understands below is a list of twenty different way to say  I love you in different languages.

1). French: je t’aime/ je t’adore

2). Greek: S’agapau

3). Hawaii: Aloha wau ia oi

4). Korean: Sarang heyo

5). Pig Latin: Lay ovlay ouyay

6). Dutch: Ik  hou van jou

7). Czech:  Milujite

8). Farsi: Doset daram

9). Creole: Mi aime jou

10). Croatian: Volim te

11). Fillipino: Mahal kita

12). German: Ich liebe dich

13). Irish: Taim i’ ngra leat

14).  Latin: Te amo

15). Mandarin Chinese: Wo ai ni

16).  Persian: Doo-set daaram

17). Portuguese: Eu tea mo

18).  Slovenian: Ljubim

19).  Russian: Ya tebya liubliu

20). Navaho: Ayor anosh ‘ni

Try to say I love you to someone from one of the words above.

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