Monthly Archives: July 2012

From Pianos to Love

I knew I wanted to write something here today, but I didn’t know what to write about. Until now. I just (and when I say “just,” I mean about 30 seconds ago) watched a YouTube video that one of my friends posted on Facebook. It’s a cover of One Direction’s “What Makes You Beautiful” (don’t hate, folks; guilty pleasure) by ThePianoGuys. Holy crap! 5 guys + 1 piano = pure magic and finesse. I honestly just sat here and cried while I watched. And it’s important to not just listen but to watch because it’s amazing to see how these five men create the sound using the piano in unusual ways.

I think the reason why watching a video like this makes me cry is because it’s a fantastic example of seeing the creative process at work in conjunction with the finished product. Plus, the fact that the piano is used in its entirety and not just the keys shows innovative thinking. It all comes back to the idea of seeing something in a completely new light, a new perspective, and creative something beautiful from that perspective.

Why is this important? Well, I’ve actually been reading a book called 101 ways to Have True Love in Your Life (it caught my eye in the library; I’ve always been interested in how love works, as I’m sure most people are). Anyhow, one of the sections talks about empathy, and how we need to be open to put ourselves in the shoes of our beloved so we can fully connect with him/her. Sounds pretty straightforward, right? Well, it’s not easy to be empathetic if we haven’t been in exactly same situation, but we can learn to be more empathetic by opening our heart to really feeling our own emotions (which I have a lot of trouble doing in my day-to-day life). That way, if we allow ourselves to truly feel upset, frustrated, anxious, ecstatic, afraid, we recognize those feelings in others. As for those situations we haven’t been in, this is where the new perspective comes in: we look at a situation and are willing to feel it from the other person’s angle, therefore helping us be more empathic. The beauty if this is that when we are empathic we are forging a connection of true understanding, respect, and love.

Who doesn’t want that?

So, as usual, I bounce from place to place and have no idea if this makes any sense, but this is how the brain works, I suppose.

Good luck deciphering!

Peace,

Joyanne 😀

P.s. NYC in T-12 days(ish)!!!

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Silly Faces Make Bus Rides Better

Today I made silly faces for a girl that was on the bus. She was sitting a few seats ahead of me and was turned around in her chair so she was facing me. Now, normally I hate making eye contact with people; I just feel super embarrassed if I catch someone’s eye and look away really fast (yes, very high school). But with kids, there are no expectations there, so if you catch a child’s eye, they have no problem looking at you and you at them. And that’s exactly what happened on the bus today. We made eye contact and just looked at each other, kind of sizing each other up. That’s when the game began. She would duck. I would duck. She would tilt her head. I would tilt my head. And then the peek-a-boo game began. She would hide her face and when she’d show it, I would make a funny face. This went on for a couple minutes and I definitely got a smile on her face, as did I.

I’m not 100% sure why I’m writing this down, but I think it was just a really nice moment I had today and I wanted to share it.

Do you have any random moments that stick out for you?

Peace,

Joyanne 😀

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Feeling Stupid and Embracing Your Inner Child

Why is it that when one needs help and wants it, but at the same time wants to prove something and doesn’t use it, one feels like an idiot when help is watching said proceedings? But, then again, aforementioned help did stand by and end up being a kind of reassurance when things went right. So, I guess that’s all well and good. But it doesn’t stop one from feeling like an idiot for then trying to save face by then accusing help of not helping when one refuses the help one asks for. Damn it all.
Don’t you just hate it when you feel like an idiot? The result of trying to impress (and, yes, I guess I can admit to trying to impress… how sad is that?) will usually be stupidity. And the thing is, these kind of situations probably don’t even matter in the grand scheme of things we call Life, yet we obssess and go over the moment time and time again, reliving that sheer humiliation that probably isn’t on anyone else’s radar!
How ridiculous are we as human beings? We think every little thing matters, when the truth is that we remember very little of our lives in any case. It’s stupid!
You know, I take back my statement about human beings being ridiculous: it’s adults that are ridiculous. You really don’t see children obssessing over every minute detail of their lives. Children just live life and love to have a good time. They may get their feelings hurt or feel embarrassed, but soon another emotion will become dominant and all will be forgotten (or, if not forgotten, at least moved to a less prominent place in the brain). Adults are the ones who obssess and worry and work so hard to keep on top of everything, and for what? For money, for prestige, for God-knows-what-else. I look around at my friends and other adults I know, and I see the hard work everyone puts in to ‘make something’ of their lives. But where’s the fun? And I don’t mean ‘going out to the bar, getting drunk, and scoring’ type of fun. I mean silly type of fun, using our imaginations to create unknown worlds and characters and using the powers those characters possess to save the world.
We need to embrace the silliness of life and learn how to play like a child again. And I realize I’m probably writing something that I’ve written before, but this idea of adults not having fun pops into my head quite regularly. I see how afraid we are (me included) to just have fun, allow our emotions and ideas change at the speed of light, in case someone catches us and disapproves or, worse, is disappointed. That sucks, big time. I feel like if this weren’t the case, we’d have a lot more artists, philosophers, and athletes in our midst. We would allow ourselves to be creative, question, and we’d be a hell of a lot healthier.
So, I guess here is the challenge that has arisen out of my little rant: try not to bash yourself over the head when you do something that makes you feel stupid; if you find yourself obssessing, get creative, get active, do something that helps you work through that moment. Use your inner child!
Peace,
Joyanne 😀

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Half-Way Point Check-In

I cannot believe it is already July 1 (Happy Canada Day to all those celebrating)! Wow, I feel like so much has happened in the past 6 months and yet as if nothing has really changed either. Quite a paradox, isn’t it? Well, isn’t life just one big paradox? Think about this: we are all living, but yet we are all dying at the same time. Actually… don’t think about that. Think about… adorable baby animals (of which you can see multitudes on Cute Rouelette)!

But seriously, I was thinking about how I’ve been blogging for the past six months and I was curious to see how my resolutions are standing up at the halfway point of 2012. For those that may need a refresher, here’s the link to the resolutions.

Well, I can definitely say that the exercising when I least want to has not been working very well, nor the making eye contact with people (actually, I forgot I had that resolution). And I haven’t been blogging as much as I want to (mostly because I constantly have a lack of things to say, but maybe I just need to buck up and write anything that comes to mind). However, I believe I have been taking a few risks: I randomly auditioned for the opera chorus and made it (insert crowd going wild)! I also decided to book myself a trip to NYC this August, so stay tuned to posts about my experiences there. As for embracing changes and doing what is necessary, well, those are quite difficult as well. I think with regards to embracing changes, I am aware of changes but haven’t quite embraced them yet (but awareness is a step in the right direction). Some things that were necessary have been done (such as taking a step back from older friends that I don’t feel as much of a kinship with anymore), but there are more that are upcoming and we will see how they pan out.

So, my verdict on the half-way point check-in… I’ve still got a long way to go. But I sense that if I just keep reminding myself of my resolutions, I’ll find a way to fulfill them.

And now, off I go. Fireworks are starting.

HAPPY 145TH BIRTHDAY, CANADA!

Joyanne 😀

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