Archive for October, 2011
(credit) Karma Bracelet | Zzaval @ etsy
I wear this pretty waxed-thread karma bracelet (from Zzaval in Spain on Etsy, pictured above). It’s a karma bracelet made with a gold “circle of life” ring and waxed-linen thread — to remind myself how lucky I am, and how much good karma is around me! … and to remind me to do right, be kind, walk away, and not let my ego get in the way.
You can choose a variety of coloured thread, but I ordered it in black. I was torn between choosing black, garnet (a deep red), or light orange. You can also choose the ring in silver, but I prefer gold because it matches the skintone better.
I couple the karma bracelet with this simple friendship bracelet by Zzaval, also in black waxed-linen thread. It’s the bracelet in the picture above that’s just a string of tiny golden beads. There’s a choice of silver, rose gold, or gold vermeil beads and I chose the latter to match my karma bracelet.
I have forgiven mistakes that were indeed almost unforgivable.
I’ve tried to replace people who were irreplaceable and tried to forget those who were unforgettable.
I’ve acted on impulse, have been disappointed by people when I thought that this could never be possible. But I have also disappointed those who I love.
I have laughed at inappropriate occasions.
I’ve made friends that are now friends for life.
I’ve screamed and jumped for joy.
I’ve loved and I’ve been loved.
But I have also been rejected and I have been loved without loving the person back.
I’ve lived for love alone and made vows of eternal love.
I’ve had my heart broken many, many times! I’ve cried while listening to music and looking at old pictures. I’ve called someone just to hear their voice on the other side.
I have fallen in love with a smile.
At times, I thought I would die because I missed someone so much.
At other times, I felt very afraid that I might lose someone very special (which ended up happening anyway.)
But I have lived! And I still continue living everyday. I’m not just passing through life… and you shouldn’t either.
The best thing in life is to go ahead with all your plans and your dreams, to embrace life and to live everyday with passion, to lose and still keep the faith and to win while been grateful.
All of this because the world belongs to those who dare to go after what they want.
And because life is really too short to be insignificant.
Please do not dress up and disrespect my culture for Halloween. Thank you for your consideration.
This educational ad campaign (among other posters representing other ethnicities) was put out by the student group STARS (Students Teaching About Racism in Society) at Ohio University. Here’s their statement:
These posters act as a public service announcement for colored communities. It’s about respect, human dignity, and the acceptance of other cultures (these posters simply ask people to think before they choose their Halloween costume). Although some Halloween costumes aren’t as racist as the blackface minstrel shows back in the day, they harken to similar prejudices. What these costumes have in common is that they make caricatures out of cultures, and that is simply not okay.
Yup, it’s not okay.
PLAYLIST FOR RUNNING
My dad plays guitar on his custom-made upside-down guitar, but you know I never learned how to play one. Funny that. Anyways, he loves this instrumental version of “The House of the Rising Sun” by The Ventures, even though my dad is more into classical guitar playing (his hero is Andres Segovia after all).
I have no idea who The Ventures were until I googled them and realized they did the whole “Hawaii 5-0” theme. This version of the song is not the one with lyrics by The Animals, by the way. It’s so much better! Daaaaamn.