Partners in Crime

All human beings are distinct individuals, responsible from their own selves. However, no matter how different we are from each other, in order to live a full life, we all have to cooperate with others. We have to come together and live as a part of a society according to our common interests.

From managing a firm to leading a group, from dancing in harmony to taking care of a child, we need our partners in crime, in every aspect of our lives.

This neither means that we are weak, nor incapable of doing what we want to. But in order to enjoy our lifespan, be successful and most importantly happy, it is certain that we have to share our lives with our significant others at some point. Whether they are our business partners, classmates or loved ones, we truly need them.

In fact, choosing a partner, trusting them to walk on a path together, is very hard. So from now on try to be cooperative; don’t push people away. Be careful; but don’t be afraid to trust. And if by chance, you have already found your partner in crime, don’t let them go. Believe me, you are one of the luck ones.

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The Jealousy of Cuteness: Why do you want to squeeze puppies?

I’m sure that you had this feeling multiple times through your life. You have seen a puppy, a kitten, or a little baby. So cute, so adorable… You wanted to take it into your arms, hug it tight, so tight that you squeeze it. Didn’t you? But have you ever wondered why?

Psychological research indicates that people have the instinct of getting jealous of things better than them. Whether they are smarter, prettier or even cuter. So when you want to hug that puppy so tight, remember: you are willing to get rid of it. Your body unconsciously responds to this extremely cute stimuli by wanting to squeeze and kill it. Weird, isn’t it?

Then how come we expect people to not be jealous of their rivals, while they can’t even can’t control their primitive instincts when they see puppies?

 

Works Cited:

“Why Do We Want To Squeeze Cute Things?” Popular Science. N.p., n.d. Web. 26 May 2017.

 

Mother’s Day

Although the dates may differ all around the world, there is a distinct day on the calendar for our mothers, no matter where we live at. The second Saturday of May is celebrated as Mother’s Day at my hometown and many other places in the world.

While the origin of Mother’s Day goes back to the era of ancient Greek and Romans,  the roots of this meaningful day can also be  be traced in UK’s Mothering Sundays or in the pioneering women of US, Julia Ward Howe and Anna Jarvis. (You can click here if you want more detailed information.)

Even though I am a person who strongly believes that no day is sufficient enough to express our gratitude for our mothers, it is a nice thing to appreciate all those sacrifices they have done for us and spend this beautiful day with our beautiful mothers.

It is generic I know, but it is the reality. It’s true that we don’t know the values of things we have, until we loose them forever. Hug your mothers strongly, buy them flowers, take them to a dinner. No matter what you do,  make them smile while you can.

At the end of the day, you will see that a smile of a mother is worth the whole world. I hope you’ll understand this before it is to late and you’ll never feel a bitter sense of regret.

Happy Mother’s Day to all of the beautiful mothers, grandmothers, and aunts all over the world!

Works Cited:

1- “Mother’s Day History.” Mother’s Day. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 May 2017.

Ithaca

As it was the one and only piece of poetry my father read over and over again Ithaca didn’t mean anything to me from the early ages of my childhood to my teenage years. But right now I understand what my father tried to emphasize while reading out loud “Ithaka gave you the marvelous journey/ Without her you would not have set out/ She has nothing left to give you now”. Therefore I wanted to make the first post of my blog referring to Ithaca, which has opened my perspective to understand “what these Ithakas mean”.

Ithaca 

As you set out for Ithaka
hope the voyage is a long one,
full of adventure, full of discovery.
Laistrygonians and Cyclops,
angry Poseidon—don’t be afraid of them:
you’ll never find things like that on your way
as long as you keep your thoughts raised high,
as long as a rare excitement
stirs your spirit and your body.
Laistrygonians and Cyclops,
wild Poseidon—you won’t encounter them
unless you bring them along inside your soul,
unless your soul sets them up in front of you.

Hope the voyage is a long one.
May there be many a summer morning when,
with what pleasure, what joy,
you come into harbors seen for the first time;
may you stop at Phoenician trading stations
to buy fine things,
mother of pearl and coral, amber and ebony,
sensual perfume of every kind—
as many sensual perfumes as you can;
and may you visit many Egyptian cities
to gather stores of knowledge from their scholars.

Keep Ithaka always in your mind.
Arriving there is what you are destined for.
But do not hurry the journey at all.
Better if it lasts for years,
so you are old by the time you reach the island,
wealthy with all you have gained on the way,
not expecting Ithaka to make you rich.

Ithaka gave you the marvelous journey.
Without her you would not have set out.
She has nothing left to give you now.

And if you find her poor, Ithaka won’t have fooled you.
Wise as you will have become, so full of experience,
you will have understood by then what these Ithakas mean.

Konstantinos Kavafis