Bittersweet Memories.

Today while procrastinating, I found myself going waaay back on my iTunes playlist and playing some tracks that took me straight back to high school. I then added fuel to the fire by looking at old photographs (as the appropriate soundtrack was playing in the background).

It was almost as if I jumped into a time machine and briefly relived my life. It was weird; I experienced a mix of emotions – warmth, happiness, sadness and surprisingly no regret.

I have been fortunate to cross paths with diverse and colourful people. I have laughed hard, cried hard and loved even harder. I thoroughly believe that life works like the weather, in seasons that come and go. Although as a whole it isn’t always perfect. Life is made up of a bunch of both perfect and imperfect memories which make it real. People can never take that away from you.

There are a lot of people that I miss, a lot that I am glad to be rid of and many that have stayed by my side. I am happy. The only thing constant in life is change and that’s often hard to accept. Change isn’t always easy. All we can do is keep rolling with the punches and enjoy the ride.

Do everything you want to do, laugh too hard, dance until you can’t anymore, over eat, misbehave and take too many pictures. Never forget that while life may change, memories last forever – cherish them.

 

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The Sound of One Clapping

The sound of one clapping is the sound of celebration. It’s the sound of achievement, greatness and accomplishment.

It is a glorious sound which travels to the very core. Across the world we clap when we sing and dance, when we congratulate and cheer. Clapping is positive. The sound of one clapping is magnificent, it is happy.

Disparate Youth – Santigold

Anda and meeeee

Recently one of my besties Anda sent a song to me and harassed me to listen to it (she loves doing that). As usual, I complained and procrastinated but eventually I got round to listening to it (and as usual I ended up liking it).

She said the song inspired her and well, it inspired me too. It’s just a real feel good tune I guess.

I especially like the song because it urges us to fight for what we believe in and pursue our dreams no matter what anyone thinks! I had to share it 🙂

Take a listen…

For those of you that don’t know:

 

The man may wear the pants but the woman takes them off.

As a woman, you dictate how a man can treat you. Yes, I said it. The way a man treats you is your fault –well, MOST of the time anyway. It’s so easy for a woman to turn around and say all men are the same. I mean, men don’t exactly jump at the chance to prove the negative stereotypes wrong that some women have of them.

Men are simple creatures. He either wants to be with you, or doesn’t. Women hear what they want to. They add 1 + 1 and end up with five. When a man says he doesn’t want to be in a relationship, he’s not playing hard to get – he means it. Yet many women take this as a personal challenge and then blame the man later when he turns around and moves on to the next fling (and then we have the pleasure of reading countless emo Facebook and Twitter updates).

We teach men how to treat us by accepting their bad behaviour (Yes there are genuine assholes walking this Earth, but they are a mixture of male and female). If a man loves you he will treat you as you should be treated; he will take your feelings into account. You will matter to him.

If a man treats you badly and you allow it everytime, don’t expect him to change. Know what you’re worth and know what you deserve. Don’t accept anything less. If it’s meant to be, it will be.

Happy Easter to all! Rejoice for He has risen! ♡

My favourite: Speckled Eggs ♡

Hello significant other, goodbye (now) insignificant friend

I’ve seen it all too many times. Two people meet, fall in love and forget just about everyone else on the planet – except maybe other couples because they can do cool couple stuff and bask in each others’ couple-like awesomeness. Yes, I realise I sound like I’m hating – actually, I am. Not because I want that, but because I would like my friends back. Thanks!

I am always happy for my friends (both the boys and the girls) when they find love or even just ‘like’. I mean, who wouldn’t want to see their friends happy. My problem is I’d just like to actually SEE my friends.

Before people get into relationships, they’re a lot more fun because there isn’t anyone to distract their thoughts. Being in a relationship doesn’t mean you have to be boring or forget how to socialise.

I don’t know why couples feel the need to spend every-single-minute-of-the-day together! SAVE IT FOR MARRIAGE HONEY! Because if/when you two break up, adjusting to a life without that person will be that much harder.

It’s hard to balance friendships and a relationship, but not impossible. Don’t forget that your friends were there before your boyfriend/girlfriend, and they’ll be there afterwards helping you pick up the pieces.

There’s nothing wrong with spending a lot of time with your significant other but remember that a friendship is similar to a relationship – it works both ways and takes effort from BOTH parties. Make time to see your friends, make time to be a friend! Because while people fall in and out of love all the time – friendship is forever.

Not all who wander are lost.

Many people just go through the motions and get through each day because it’s mandatory. People grow up with their lives planned out for them – school, varsity, job, marriage and then kids…

But what if we chose to take a different path? Our own one. I’m not saying that we should all drop out and see where our new found freedom takes us. I’m simply saying that it’s okay not to have it all figured out. It’s okay to just… ‘wing it’.

Sometimes in life you have to wander around and take a few detours before you find your true purpose. Often the beauty of life hides behind the detour that you didn’t plan on taking.

Some of us wander by choice;  it teaches us, it strengthens us and it brings us wisdom that can only come with experience.

 

“All that is gold does not glitter,

Not all those who wander are lost;

The old that is strong does not wither,

Deep roots are not reached by the frost.

From the ashes a fire shall be woken,

A light from the shadows shall spring;

Renewed shall be blade that was broken,

The crownless again shall be king”

–       J. R. R. Tolkien

Something to think about

“People are often unreasonable and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.
If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway.
If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway.
The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway.
For you see, in the end, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.”
― Mother Teresa

 

Life is a funny thing.

I spent the build up to the Cape Town International Jazz Festival sulking (and trying in vain to hustle some tickets). I was heart-broken when I realised that LAURYN HILL would be performing and I had no tickets.

Fast forward past the thousands of Facebook statuses about her performance at the concert and about how amazing it was to see her live (I was soooo jealous as I read each one) and before I knew it, it was all over. And I had to accept that I had missed my chance to see her.

BUT  THEN…

To cut a long story short, I took a quick ‘Mcdonald’s break’ from Cold Turkey last night and when I got back a friend of mine said Lauryn Hill was there. Haha yeah right?! Yep, so right!

There she was smiling and talking to all her fans, she posed with everyone who wanted a picture.

I GOT TO MEET LAURYN HILL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! She was so down-to-earth and beautiful, it made me love her even more.

See, I might not have gotten tickets to see her perform, but I got to meet her! My life has been made.

COPYRIGHT ©2012 All Rights Reserved MADS NØRGAARD

COPYRIGHT ©2012 All Rights Reserved MADS NØRGAARD

COPYRIGHT ©2012 All Rights Reserved MADS NØRGAARD

COPYRIGHT ©2012 All Rights Reserved MADS NØRGAARD

COPYRIGHT ©2012 All Rights Reserved MADS NØRGAARD

For more pictures of Lauryn Hill at Cold Turkey go to: Yo Turkey!

In case you have no idea who she is…

How do you step from the top of a 100-foot pole?

Life is filled with risks. I’d even go as far as to say life is a risk. If you never take any risks in life you’ll miss out on the thrill of the ride. We fear the unknown because we can’t control it. We feel vulnerable and exposed, scared that things might go terribly wrong.

There is a lesson to be learnt in every failure, in every risk we take. Going through life trying to maintain a balance is hard enough. Be brave and follow your heart – believe that no matter what the outcome, you’ll come out okay.

So how do you step off a 100-foot pole? You close your eyes, take a deep breath and you take a leap of faith.