Neglected Flower

Sometimes in life we forget to care for things, or people, that should’ve been under our watchful eye all along. We neglect them. It’s also a very common human behavior that, once we realize that something or someone is gone, we want to do anything in our power to have what’s lost back, start over again.

But life has already made other plans and what we neglect becomes a lost case.

You can’t revive a flower once it’s dead; you can’t make a hurting soul love you when you’re the reason of its pain. Things must be cared for while they’re still alive. Once they’re gone, it’ll take a miracle to revive.

Take care of your flowers.

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A Life – For You, For Me

Live. Free, like birds. No rules. Open path, leading to a world unknown to me, to anyone. Living is already a risk. What’s one more try at something extraordinary going to do? Trying is always better than not.

Sing to a powerful song. Listen to a loud tune. Dance to a wild beat. So good for the soul. Imagine a world violence-free. It could be. Doing whatever I please. In peace; with the world, with you, with me.

Pulling in different directions, but in coordination. Oh what a wonderful life it would be. A life lived by me and only me. No other traffic controllers directing it from every angle. As it should be. For you, for me.

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Time Doesn’t Slow Down

I saw a clock turn time today;
it was quick and sharp.
From seven to eight
the colon blinked once.

A rarity it is
to catch the clock doing time
Because, even though it’s its job,
it is too fast for the eye.

Perhaps that’s my fascination,
we never see eye to eye;
me being the late-runner I am,
time doesn’t think that I try

To move at the pace it requires to
make it to dinner by nine.

So today looking at it for once,
actually, so many times,
I smirked, stared and wondered;
so this is how time goes by.

 

 

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Sin With Me?

When I was a little girl, I’d hear the word “pecado” (sin) on the daily. It was in my elders’ vocabulary heavily. I was raised in a catholic family, and almost everything I did; everything I wanted, everything I thought, everything I DREAMED of, was considered a sin. So much that I was in a way afraid to be myself around people because, who knows, breathing might’ve had been sinning.

But sins seemed like so much fun to me. It seemed that all things proven to be good in life were sins. I kind of wanted to sin.

As an adult, effortlessly, I sin. I’m guilty. And as long as I’m not hurting anyone (too much) in the process, I am okay with that. Life is about living. To live fully, mistakes are necessary.

You can’t limit a human life that way. If the religious definition of sinning were to be true, then we’re all sinners by default. Good thing its original meaning is becoming obsolete.

Anyway, I am not trying to discuss “divine laws” — I had this thought in my head today and thought I’d write about it because I like the word and what it represents, and it’s one of my favorite ones to mock.

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¿Cómo Se Dice…?

Every day week, I’ll tweet a Spanish word or phrase with its English equivalent or definition. If you miss it, most of those words or phrases will be posted here for reference. It’s a free daily Spanish lesson from me to you. 🙂 Happy learning!

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Spanish Word of the Day

Como Pedro por su casa – (Usually it is used to mean that someone acts as if they own or know a place they’ve never been to very well and make themselves at home.)

Tener algo entre ceja y ceja – (To be dead set on something or someone / Keeping an eye on something or someone)

Dar en el clavo [acertar] – (To guess right; Hit the nail on the head)

¡A vivir, que son dos días! – (Live it up, life is short)

Autodidacta – (Self-taught)

Cantar las cuarenta – (Scold someone; “Tell them a thing or two”)

A flor de piel – (Skin-deep/On edge/Intense obvious emotions)

A la fuerza ahorcan – (Doing something only because no other choice)

El pan de cada día – (Daily bread; Regular food needed for sustenance)

Amigo por correspondencia – (Pen pal)

Arrimar el hombro – (Help out; “Lend a hand”)

Andar con rodeos – (Purposely avoid or wast time before talking or delivering a message; Beat around the bush)

A diestro y siniestro – (All over the place; “Left and right”)

Ahorro de luz diurna / Horario de verano – (Daylight-saving)

Más buscados [criminal] – (Most wanted)

Aguar la fiesta – (Spoil the fun; Rain on someone’s parade)

Dar luz verde [autorizar] – ([fig.; Green light/Go ahead)

Ir al grano – (Get to the point; “Cut to the chase”)

Un cuento chino – (A hard to believe tale; Cock-and-bull story)

Desgracia compartida, menos sentida – (Sharing your sorrows with someone can make you feel better)

De lo perdido saca lo que puedas. – (Make the best of a bad situation)

No hay mal que por bien no venga – (Every cloud has a silver lining)

Hay pájaros en el alambre – (Others may be listening/The walls have ears)

A otro perro con ese hueso – (“Yeah, right”/Go try to fool someone else)

Al mal paso darle prisa – (Get it over and done with)

La vida sedentaria – (Couch potato lifestyle)

A donde te quieren mucho no vayas a menudo. – (A constant guest is never welcomed)

Consejo no pedido, consejo mal oído. – (Never give unsolicited advice)

La vida sigue su curso – (Life goes on)

Pionero de la moda – (Trend setter)

Alta mar – (Far from the coast; the high seas, open sea)

Las apariencias engañan – (Looks can be deceiving/Beauty is but skin-deep)

Turbar – (Disturb)

Veracidad – (Truthfulness)

Imbécil – (Moron/Idiot)

Ingenua(o) – (Person with lack of wisdom; Naive)

Oftalmología – (Branch of medicine dealing with the eye; Ophthalmology)

Cuando menos piensa el galgo, salta la liebre – (Things happen when we least expect them)

Prever – (Foresee / Anticipate)

Idolatría – (Worship of a god / Idolatry)

Petardo – (Firecracker)

Asunto urgente – (Pressing matter)

No hables mal del puente hasta haber cruzado el río – (Know before you judge)

Pintoresco – (Picturesque/Colorful/Eccentric)

Anticonceptivos – (Birth control; Contraceptives)

Carga – (Load/Charge/Figuratively: Burden)

Carencia – (Lack/Shortage)

Ojo por ojo, diente por diente – (EqFigurativelyual punishment; An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth)

Caudal – (Volume/Flow [river])

No hay peor ciego que el que no quiere ver – (Blinded/To be in denial)

Sabiduría – (Wisdom/Knowledge

Quisquilloso – (Finicky/Picky [eater])

Crepúsculo – (Twilight hours/Dusk)

Convivir – (Live together; Coexist)

Tinieblas – (Darkness/Dark/Obscurity)

Quien a buen árbol se arrima, buena sombra le cobija – (Surround yourself with good/important people)

Anochecer – (Nightfall / Dusk)

Reconciliarse – (Make up / Reconcile)

Día del padre – (Father’s Day)

Quien mucho abarca, poco aprieta – (To try to do more than you’re able to)

Mundial de Fútbol / El mundial / Copa del mundo – (World Cup)

Timón – (Helm/Rudder/Steering wheel)

Prevaricar – (Consciously misinform the public /Fail to act)

Tomar las cosas a pecho – (Take things seriously; Take things to heart)

Dañino – (Harmful/Dangerous)

Aguacero – (Downpour / Rain shower)

Tórrido – (Scorching hot / Steamy)

Agridulce – (Bittersweet)

Maléfico – (Evil; Maleficent)

De poeta y loco, todos tenemos un poco. – (We have all been fools once in our lives)

Harto – (Jaded/Tired of something)

Desistir – (Give up / Cease)

Lanzar/Tirar – (Toss / Throw away)

Salado – (Literally: Salty; Figurative.: Jinxed / Unlucky)

A la estela de / A raíz de… – (In wake of…)

Hacer sentir culpable – (Attempt to make someone feel guilty; Guilt trip)

Día de los caídos – (Memorial Day)

Ser un dolor de cabeza / Ser un fastidio – (To be a pain in the ass)

Ser un manojo de nervios – (Be a nervous wreck)

Travieso – (Naughty / Mischievous)

Fósforo / Cerilla – (Match [fire] )

El tiempo lo cura todo – (Time heals all wounds)

Con la vara que midas, serás medido – (You’ll be judged in the same way you judge others)

Intrépido – (Bold/Fearless)

Persevera y triunfarás – (Persevere; If at first you don’t succeed, try again)

Esquivar – (Dodge/Avoid)

Buen(a) mozo(a) – (Good-looking)

¡No me digas! – (Expresses disbelief; “No way!”)

Inalcanzable – (Unattainable)

Como aguja en un pajar – (Like a needle in a haystack)

Lo que por agua viene, por agua se va – (Easy come, easy go)

Secuestrar – (Abduct/Kidnap)

¡Ojo! – (Literally: Eye; figuratively: “Look out!”)

Otra vez la burra al trigo – (Repeatedly say something; Here we go again)

Menso – (Dumb person / Idiot)

Travesti – (Transvestite)

Se pilla al mentirosos antes que al cojo – (The truth always comes out)

Denigración / Deshumanización – (Objectification [of women/human being])

¡Menudo rollo! – (What a pain)

Mirar el lado positive – (To look at the bright side)

Alma en pena – (Lost soul)

Novato – (Novice/ Rookie)

Huevo de Pascua – (Easter egg)

De noche todos los gatos son pardos. – (All looks the same in the dark / Appearance doesn’t matter in the dark)

Espina – (Thorn)

Ten por seguro… – (Rest assured…)

Sangriento – (Bloody)

Moribunda(o) – (Dying person/Crumbling)

Del árbol caído, todos hacen leña – (Knocking somebody when they’re already down)

No dejar camino por vereda – (Don’t leave a real thing for uncertainty)

Vereda – (Sidewalk)

Incertidumbre – (Uncertainty / Doubt)

Comején – (Termite)

Más vale pájaro en mano que cien volando. – (A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.)

Obsequio – (Gift/Present)

Hay mucho más donde elegir – (There are plenty more fish in the sea)

Rebotar – (Bounce)

Contraseña – (Password)

Amor no correspondido, tiempo perdido. – (To love in vain is a pain/waste of time)

Atroz – (Heinous / Awful)

Pudiente – (Well-off)

Ya que estamos en el baile, bailemos. – (Might as well go all the way)

Rabiosa(o) – (Rabid/Wild/Frenzied)

Si te he visto, ya no me acuerdo – (Long absent, soon forgotten)

Polémica – (Controversy/Argumentative)

Entremetido – (Meddlesome/Snooper)

Obra de común, obra de ningún. – (Too many cooks spoil the broth”)

Ruiseñor – (Songbird/Nightingale)

Trabajador independiente / autónomo – (Self-employed / Freelancer)

Tibio – (Lukewarm)

A donde el corazón se inclina, el pie camina. – (Follow your heart/Home is where the heart is)

Saint Patrick’s Day – (Día de San Patricio)

 

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It is Okay to be a Realist

Realism and darkness are two qualities that a lot of artists possess, and it can be seen not just in their work, but also in their everyday life. I think I’m one of them. I like to call it as it is. But this is “bad,” according to some people. Society is obsessed with positivity (in a weird way) because, obviously and understandably, it makes the human spirit feel good. However, for the unrealistic “positive thinkers,” anyone who ever dares to bring up reality is immediately labeled as “negative.” I understand that reality sometimes sucks, but it doesn’t mean we should ignore it. We live in it and if anyone thinks it’s not worth the thought, they’re living in denial. Just because anger isn’t pleasant, are we supposed to not ever express that human emotion? We can challenge it all we want, but it’ll be inevitable.

And calling things for what they are does not make a person a “negative nancy.”

That is exactly the problem with a lot of people (like Hollywood superstars); they’re missing a drop of reality in their lives. They are the kind of people to whom shit happens and then they wonder what went wrong or how it was possible. Go figure…

People want to feel optimistic about things. I want that, too. But it’s also okay to anticipate different outcomes and possibilities. It’s okay to prepare our minds and hearts for possible undesirable results.

If the outcome of something is positive — awesome! If it’s negative, you’re not too disappointed in the end either. This philosophy has worked for me all my life, so why divert now.

Again, I think positivity is great; it’s the “floating on clouds and rainbows while riding unicorns, and looking down on people who think differently” way of thinking of some people that drives me a bit crazy — and it makes me wonder why it is that people credit unrealistic positivity more than realistic reality. Being a realist is okay, people. Life isn’t composed of just one type of feeling. It is not about one thing; it’s a million different things.

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