Shakespeare & Selfishness

April 23rd 2016 marks the 400th death anniversary of William Shakespeare (you might have heard of him). I was in sixth grade the first time I read Shakespeare’s work — Romeo and Juliet, to be specific. I still have the first part of the prologue memorised: “Two households both alike in dignity / In fair Verona where we lay our scene…” You know the drill. It was around the same time that I really got into writing. I’d already written my first poem years ago (it was a masterpiece called ‘The Cat on the Mat’), but it was in about sixth grade that English became my favourite subject.

Almost as good as ‘The Cat on the Mat’

Fast forward to high school. When the time came to start applying for university courses, I already knew what I wanted to study. Since I want to be a published writer, English literature and creative writing seemed a good way to go. It wouldn’t necessarily guarantee me a job as a writer, but if I wanted to succeed at something, I needed to learn how to do it well. But a while back, I started wondering whether I made a selfish choice.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Future

This week’s photo challenge is ‘future‘. This is a photo of the Peace Wall in Oslo, Norway, outside the Nobel Peace Center.


From 10 June 2015 to 3 April 2016, it displayed this artwork called Mare Nostrum (Our Ocean) by artists Torunn Skjelland and Vigdis Fjellheim. This is what the description of the piece said:

“The piece is named after the Italian operation established in 2013 to rescue boat migrants trying to reach Europe, and it is a comment on the situation for the world’s boat migrants who risk everything in search of a better life. Mare Nostrum was painted directly onto the wall during four weeks in May and June 2015. Mare Nostrum is curated by the public art agency Mesén on behalf of Nobel Peace Center, and established in collaboration with Statsbygg.”

Although migrants’ futures can be uncertain, we can hope that what lies ahead is better than their pasts.