Euro 2012: Who I’m Rooting For…

Ah, the Euro’s have come. Any soccer competition always acts as a catalyst for some neighbourly arguments. The family living across the street from mine happen to be Italy fans, the couple beside us are Dutch supporters (jokes on them, though), and my family…well, to be honest, my family couldn’t care less.

I, however, am rooting for Germany and Portugal this time around.

Germany, tied in my blood as my father is full German, is my number one choice. Portugal, on the other hand, I have no heritage of, but support nonetheless. Of course, a Madrid supporter like me, it doesn’t hurt that Ronaldo, Pepe, and Coentrao are on the team. Nani is pretty entertaining, too, just because he’s so damn stupid sometimes.

But really, I’m not nearly as competitive as my neighbours. I’ll be mostly fine with whomever wins..as long as it isn’t Spain. I’m really not in the mood for watching a 90 minute final of Xavi and Iniesta sideways/triangle/oh-there’s-defenders-up-there-let’s-pass-it-back-to-Casillas passing.

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Oh, Summer…

Exams are finally over (at least for me), and that only means one thing: hot summer days, and long summer nights.

I love the summer, it’s no doubt my favourite season, and there are a couple of reasons why. 

1.) No school – this one is obvious, but I just thought I *had* to mention it. 

2.) The beach – After a cold, Canadian winter, I cannot wait for my first beach trip. 

3.) Canada’s Wonderland – Also known as my second home.

4.) Cottage is officially open – This inevitably leads to the beach, etc. 

5.) Uninterrupted reading and writing hours – Essential to my creative (or lack of) process. 

6.) Euro 2012 – Now I won’t have to refer to the UEFA site every two seconds to check the score. 

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Books that inspire me to write…

In order to preserve time (as it’s one in the morning where I am), I’ll just be listing them.

10.) Lord of the flies by William Golding

9.) Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

8.) Animal Farm by George Orwell

7.) The Postmistress by Sarah Blake – I only like the writing in this book, more so than the story, plot, characters, etc.

6.) The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova

5.) The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett – Childhood classic that transcends time

4.) A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

3.) Most of Sarah Dessen’s books – I know, I know, a far cry from everything else listed here. But these books are fun, summer reads. Especially for teenage girls, which, I am. 

2.) Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll

1.) The Book Thief by Markus Zusak – Just about the most touching, raw, emotional books I’ve ever read. In my life.

 

Well what do you know, that came out to exactly ten. I’m sure as I’m typing this now, five more inspiring books are coming to mind. But for now, these are the books that inspire me to write, without fail, whenever I read them.

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Feeling the pressure…

I’ve been told all my life to follow my dreams, to reach for the stars, to be what I want. I’ve heard this from my friends, my teachers, my parents, even society claims to preach this. But of course, most things have a deeper meaning, ulterior motives lurking beneath the surface.

Apparently it was acceptable for me to want to become a vet when I was five, and it my desire to become a crayon when I was to was perfect-just-perfect. So why is it that now that I’m grown up and I’ve finally found something I’m serious about that suddenly all these doubts resurface. 

According to my parents, “Do anything you want!” really means, “Do anything you want as long as it brings in good income and you don’t have to depend on us after graduating. Such acceptable things include: becoming a lawyer, account, a mixture of both, a doctor, marrying somebody rich. Oh, and by the way, just to let you know, English and History do not fall into these categories.” I’m not sure when I first realized this hidden meaning, but it’s feels as if I’m just now really letting it sink in. 

I’m sure my parents have good reason and I know that they just want the best of me and having a good income job is obviously important, but I’ll be damned if I choose to marry someone because of their money and nothing else.

Truthfully, I have no idea what I want to do ten years from now, five years from now, or even a hour from now. All I want is to know that someone will support my decisions and choices because they make me happy, someone that will encourage me through it. 

It’s always hard when your parents don’t agree with what you want. You want to make them happy so bad, but what happened to all those, Be Whatever You Want’s, and Follow Your Dreams? Do they now apply now that I’m older? I want to make my parents happy, I really, really do. But is it so selfish of me to put my happiness first?

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The great thing about music…

There’s a lot of great things about music, obviously. It’s universal, it’s contagious, it lifts your spirits. There’s something out there for everybody. Admittedly, I have study music, workout music, music dedicated to my friends, uplifting music, my-heart-feels-broken-damn-everything music etc. 

But not only does music have the ability to change your mood and soothe you, but transport you into another time. I mean, I have the worst memory out of everybody I know. I’m constantly re-telling stories, re-asking questions–I mean, I can’t even remember what I had for breakfast today! But despite that, music has the ability to bring back a wave of nostalgia, at least for me (I assume other people, too, unless it *is* just me). 

For example, anything Neil Diamond or Michael Jackson brings back memories of summer road trips with my family to our beach house.

Bruce Springteens Born To Run reminds me of my middle school track and field days, when I’d run for hours on end with one of my best friends. 

Ace of Bases The Sign revives the memory of early morning breakfasts (back when I actually wanted to wake up early) with my older brother (now halfway across the country in University).

Everybody Talks by Neon Trees reminds me of, well, the present. (My current favourite song of the moment, constantly on replay).

Avenged Sevenfold reminds me of my “rebellious-I-hate-everything” phase (this phase passed by quickly.) 

I could go on and on, but you get the idea. 

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Yet another thing I’ve discovered I’m not good at…

Push-ups. Or rather, anything involving upper body strength. This was re-inforced today at club volleyball practice when my coach told us to do two minutes of suicides (this went well), 50 sit-ups (again, no sweat), a minute of planking (not too bad), followed by fifteen push-ups. 

 

Needless to say, if people didn’t know what I was doing, they probably would have thought I was, or at least attempting, to eat the floor. 

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Quotes I love

I think you can learn a lot about people from their favourite quotes. They are, after all, the things I wish I could have said.

 

“I believe that everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go, things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they’re right, you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself, and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.”

– Marilyn Monroe

 

“Life is an awful, ugly place not to have a best friend.”

– Sarah Dessen

 

“If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn’t. And contrary wise, what is, it wouldn’t be. And what it wouldn’t be, it would. You see?”

– Lewis Carroll

 

“I’m running because I can, because I must. Because I want to see how far I can go, before I have to stop.”

– Libba Bray

 

“Everybody wants happiness, nobody wants pain. But you can’t have a rainbow, without a little rain.”

 

“The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which.”

– George Orwell

 

Alright, so the majority of these quotes were from books. But, still….

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