01:57

The night is young but I am currently at the health level of a person much older than twenty something. I have been lounging in bed since around 22:00 doing anything but revising.

Tomorrow is another day; time to give into sleep.

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03:27

‘Self-love is not selfish.

Self-love is healthy.

Self-love is compassionate.

Self-love is generous.

That’s why I love me. I love me so that I am able to love you more.’

Christine Tran – Self-love Is Not Selfish

02:12

Showering posts in abundance tonight!

I wanted to share a video that ties in with an event that happened recently.

Heartwarming Thai Commercial

It was a coincidence that I came across this video on the same day that I helped a stranger who was unloading books from her car. I saw a woman carrying a stack of books in her arms while standing next to her car boot (which was also full of books). She was parked next to an Oxfam book store and it was clear that she was donating these books to charity. As I was walking towards her I decided to ask her if she needed any help and she smiled and gladly accepted. Her husband had already taken some books in but there was still many in the car boot, so two pairs of hands made light work and the book donations were quickly done. At one point she asked me if I was okay lifting such a heavy crate of books and I replied with a cheeky, ‘Yes I’m fine, I’m young enough.’ After the donation she thanked me profusely and asked if she could give me a lift in her car anywhere, which was very sweet but I politely declined and went on my way.

I got home and watched this video and I have to admit, I shed a few tears. It got me thinking about the things other people do for us that we take for granted, and also the things people do not for recognition but simply to help fellow humankind.

I don’t post to boast of my good deeds nor did I look for any kind of recognition from the woman herself. Helping strangers gives you a feeling like no other. That kind of satisfaction is priceless.

From the video: There are some things in life that money can’t buy, a world of happiness is more important.

01:25

I explored Wild West street instead of revising on Friday. Student procrastination at its best!

Background: Wild West was built in 1995/1996 by Michael Faulkner as part of the ambience for a Southwestern style furniture business. Other stalls also were in the area such as ceramists and artists. The whole project took 6 months and the authentic paint effects and signs were courtesy of an employee and his girlfriend who had worked on the construction of Euro Disney.

Present day: The site is no longer used as a store but the street remains relatively intact. Some small workshops and garages use the back part of the site but the main alley or ‘street’ is mostly untouched. However, some of the original special features have been removed or vandalised (such as the saloon doors and shutters), and there is some graffiti in some parts. The area is open to the public to take pictures etc though it is not your typical well-known tourist spot. Many local Edinburgh residents don’t know this Wild West street exists, so I feel privileged to have visited in the time I have lived in Edinburgh.

Though this blog is typically not a picture blog and is focused more on my writing, I feel like if I don’t show what the Wild West street looks like then my writing will have been in vain.

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Saloon doors used to partly cover the dark mural on the left.

00:51

‘I like to imagine that the world is one big machine. You know, machines never have any extra parts. They have the exact number and type of parts they need. So I figure if the entire world is a big machine, I have to be here for some reason. And that means you have to be here for some reason too.’

Brian Selznick – The Invention Of Hugo Cabret

I am here for a reason, I am important, and I am blessed.

02:24

Dear revision,

my last assignment was handed in yesterday and I am still mentally drained from writing it. Can I take one more day off from seeing you for my friend’s birthday? Please and thank you. I promise I will come and visit you on Friday with the gift of full attention span, wrapped in determination and tied off with a bow of motivation.

Yours faithfully, Kimberly.

03:14

My last assignment of my third year of university completed and handed in! All that remains is to print off a hard copy and pop it into the submission box later today. My heart is no longer heavy from my intense procrastination and stress.

Again I wrote the majority of my essay a few days before the hand-in date, however I am one day early in submitting so I don’t feel all that bad. I have 20 days until my first exam so I need to muster up my motivation to revise thoroughly and better than I did back in November.

It will all be over soon.

02:11

One of my flaws is taking fairly small matters and considering every single possible problem that could stem from them, making my worries much greater and stress levels much higher.

Thankfully I have good friends who I can talk to and they always seem to rationalise my thoughts and bring me back to reality. One kind friend burst into the Friends theme tune (I’ll Be There For You –  The Rembrandts) when I thanked him for an intense chat and he finished it with ‘Always.’ It is really comforting to have the support of friends, especially the ones who know how to make you smile after a passing cloud of doubt.