Writing Prompt: Quote Me

This year, I am trying The Daily Post’s 365 Days of Writing Prompts to ensure I write at least a little bit every day. I will be posting some of the results here. This is the one from today (4th January).

Do you have a favorite quote that you return to again and again? What is it, and why does it move you?

I’m an indecisive person. Whether it’s a choice of ice cream flavour, or an essay question of many, or even an example to demonstrate that I’m indecisive, I generally have a hard time choosing. So, of course I have had difficulties choosing a favourite quote, since I have a few more than one. After spending some time thinking about it, I managed to bring it down to two. Of course, I couldn’t choose between them, because they are both quotes that I find myself thinking of if someone asks for my favourite.

1. “Being fearless isn’t being 100% not fearful. It’s being terrified but you jump anyway.” – Taylor Swift

Although it may seem typical or cliché for a teenage girl to quote Taylor Swift, this quote has genuinely stuck with me since I read it. It has reminded me that being fearless isn’t always about being completely brave or totally free of any fears. Just because someone is scared doesn’t mean they can’t be fearless, if they dare to push themselves despite those fears. I think this is a more human description of being fearless and reminds me that taking a jump, even one that may seem small to everyone else but is terrifying to me, is still an achievement because I managed to push aside my fears to take a chance.

2. “Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”  – Albus Dumbledore / J.K. Rowling

When things go wrong, it is sometimes easy to become lost in the darkness. I sometimes find myself overwhelmed by the amount of assignments, exams and other tasks I have ahead of me, and when the stress level gets too high, I feel like an enormous wave is engulfing me, while the tide whisks me away further from the shore and sharks are circling me, asking me what electrophoresis is. Even though the workload of a twelfth grader may not seem like much to others, it constitutes the majority of my life right now, and it becomes easy for me to get lost in all the work. When things start to go downhill, this quote reminds me that all is not lost. It helps me to gain a more positive outlook, and to remember that happiness is just harder to see in the darkness, and can be found within arm’s reach by just turning on the light.

2014 Reading & Writing Goals

Now that a new year has begun, it is time to set new goals and resolutions for the year. Among other resolutions, I decided to set myself a few reading and writing based goals for this year:

  1. Read at least 10 pages a day.
  2. Have read 50 novels by the end of the year.
  3. Write at least 200 words a week.
  4. Finish ‘Snow White’ for Project X and start on another fairytale by June 2014.
  5. Have 50,000 words for ‘Reflection’ by August 2014.
  6. Post here at least once a week.
  7. Participate in NaNoWriMo.
  8. Have at least 10 new short stories by the end of the year.

I’m setting the goals a little lower than I would actually like to achieve because I know I’ll get quite busy with schoolwork, exams, etc. soon. But I’m hoping to complete most of these by the end of the year!

Stroke of Midnight: Welcoming 2014

IMG_1092Happy new year!

When the clock struck midnight last night, fireworks lit up the sky as far as the eye could see. The whole horizon was lit up. My family and I stood on our balcony, wonderstruck, our toes freezing, watching fireworks erupting in every direction we turned. It felt like we were watching the whole world celebrating.

Now that January 2014 has arrived, it has brought new chances and possibilities with it. As I look ahead, I can see numerous goals I can set myself: read more books, finish my novel, write more on my blog, and many more. I also see some challenges: my final exams (gulp), finishing my novel, my first year of university… Of course, I hope that I will achieve the goals I set myself, and that I will overcome the challenges successfully. But most of all, I hope to have the courage to face the challenges and to not only overcome them, but also to learn from them.

As we enter this new year, I wish you good luck on your journey to achieve your own goals and dreams, and also hope that, amidst all your work, you take the time to do things that make you happy. I hope that 2014 is as bright as the fireworks that lit up the sky last night, and that everyone has a wonderful, successful and happy new year.

I would also like to say a quick thank you to the people who like or comment on my posts and have followed my blog. Even though I don’t always get the chance to thank you individually, it means a lot to me that you take your time to take a look at my blog, and it encourages me to write regularly. Thank you so much!