LET IT SPARKLE: Motto Explained

let it sparkle

IT’S 2015! HAPPY NEW YEAR! *que party music and confetti

I am overly excited to be writing my first blog post for the new year… or Taylor Swift’s 1989 album is just hitting the spot right now. Okay, it’s both!

After reading a bunch of FB statuses, tweets, and IG captions that generically say, “2015 will be time for change” or “new year, new me” I decided to have a different mantra. Firstly, I never believed in any of these resolutions or “better me” stuff. I mean if it works for you, why not? But not for this girl. Secondly, I like to be a bit more truthful and realistic. I want it to stick. The new year literally happened just a few hours ago. Actually, it’s less than a day old. So I have no freakin’ idea what it will bring or if I will suddenly transform into Beyoncè or something (it’s free to dream, guys. Let me have this moment). I don’t have a plan for every single day this year. But what I do know is, it’s a clean canvas and a brand new start. What we can all pretty much agree on is that a new year gives off a sense of relief. We get to feel excited about beginnings again. Of course we will always remember the years passed, but the new year makes us feel invincible. And in light of this superpower, I took it upon myself to develop my motto for 2015: Let it sparkle.

After lighting up a few sparklers to say good-bye to 2014, I knew I was really celebrating 2015. I want my year to be full of light. I want it to be beautiful. I want it to continue to leave me in awe, as if I was looking at a sparkler move like party lights in the night. More than anything, I want to be the one to ignite it. I can’t depend on anyone but myself to let my sparkler beam. I hold the matches. In everything I do, I have to remember it’s my move that counts… and actually moving is what matters the most. I’m not going to have moments come to me, I have to make them happen. The only difference between letting something sparkle than saying I’ll be a new and improved person in 2015 is that it includes everything, not just me. I’m sure I will be different. I want to grow and discover a new creative element in me, but I don’t want to “change” me. As egocentric as it may sound, I like me. I think I’m awesome. But what makes a great person is their ability to adapt as well as grow from whatever life-path we turn into. And the first sign of a great person, is knowing one already is. From time to time, we must spice it up a bit to inspire those around us to break out of their shell and light one up (a sparkler, I mean).

Now, let’s not deny the fact that we will always experience the lows in life. This world is not made up of cotton candy and rainbow sprinkles. There are real life struggles.  Which brings me to my next point: the spark will burn out. There comes a point where you can be left in the backyard while it’s pitch dark and you wish the street lights were working. It’s difficult because you’re yelling at the people inside the house to turn the yard lights on but there’s so much noise they can’t hear you. You’re coughing because of the smokey air. You’re cold because it’s like 20 degrees and you are in a skirt. In that moment you’re not so happy. As for my other point: just start a new one. You should never even be in the backyard with just one sparkler. If you are, then you set yourself up for a bad time already. But don’t freak out, just go inside and party it up with the people you love. Now, they are your sparklers. And like anything that flickers, know that they will be there no matter the beat of the music. Depending on the kind of sparkler you have, some burn longer than others. Some just have more light. Nonetheless, it is what you make of it.

The events in our life can be inconsistent. When you watch a sparkler notice how some sparks jump. See how it can glow brighter and then softer in a matter of seconds. But remember how much in awe you were. That’s the exact feeling I’m going to add to every moment this year. Whether good or bad, with people I love or alone, I’m going to have that moment. I’m going to laugh, cry, and live because whatever it is that’s happening, is happening for a reason. I might not know that reason, but to entertain the fact that there is one is pretty amazing. That’s what  being in awe is. It’s wonderment.

So this 2015, I want it to be special. I want it to be another year of lessons and lessons learned. I want to help people hold their sparklers high. I want to always be the person who lights their own. I will make sure I keep it burning bright. I’ll be humble in the moments when my light burns low. I am going to make it through, like always. This year will be the year of a firework spectacular, with a few technical difficulties I’m certain, but a spectacular nonetheless. We have to own it, make it, and shape it. And once it’s all over, I will look back and celebrate it. I’ll look forward to more. Because a year is not what defines us, but everything we do in each moment of our lives  that will.

Prepare to light the match and let that sparkler shine.

Cheers to 2015! May we all be healthy, productive, and great.

Tagline Explained.

It was one of those days you cannot take for granted: OFF DAYS. There was no school, no errands to take care of, and work was not until the next day. But of course, when I’m free… no one else is. So there I was flipping through the T.V. guide trying to find something interesting and there it was. A movie that changed my perspective on life.

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is a movie you should experience. A group of British retirees’ take a trip to India with hopes of staying in a grand hotel. This hotel serves as a residential area for the elderly, a getaway. Only when they got there, the hotel is far from luxurious. Furniture covered in dust, rooms that have been inhabited by birds, and a phone that doesn’t work, is not what was mentioned in the brochure. However, later on the retirees discover the beauty of the hotel is not found in its structure, but in what it has offered them: a new life. Each character had an amazing story and going to India made it all the more exciting. It’s a connection that doesn’t make all that much sense until you let the movie sink in. They go through different situations and have various personalities, but seem to aim for something similar: an answer. In the late years of their lives they are looking to be “whole” or discover some kind of unfound joy; as if the life they lived was not something they really lived. None of them really looked felt happy. Only when they reached India and experienced something new, do they find their answers; or better yet, their purpose.

But the soul of this movie is found in Sonny, the enthusiastically proud owner of Marigold Hotel. He attends to the guests’ every need despite knowing the restrictions of his not-so-grand hotel. He is full of energy, optimism and ambition, which is felt throughout the movie and projected onto the viewers. Then we get to know that Sonny comes from a wealthy family, where his brothers are successful and a mother who is constantly on his case about his choices in life. Sonny has a dream, a vision to outsource to the elderly. But whatever dream he has is not the “success” his family expects. Still, he preservers because patience is key and success doesn’t happen over night. Sonny constantly lives by his famous line, “Everything will be all right in the end… if it’s not all right then it’s not yet the end.” This line is adaptable to the roller-coaster ride we call life. The movie teaches the lesson that we shouldn’t live in doubt like the retirees. We can’t let parents, employers, or ANYONE, tell us who we should be or how to live out our ambitions.

We cannot settle. We can’t dwell on our problems. We shouldn’t beat ourselves up about misfortunes. We need to live. 

We both know that happy days don’t make up every 365 days a year. And even when we do have those days and moments that fill us up with joy, we still struggle. But what I can tell you is Sonny is completely right, because everything will be all right in the end. The only reason why you might not agree is because you are still unhappy or unsatisfied; therefore, it is not yet the end. Keep ‘doing you’ and you will find peace within yourself. Keep on living, and you will find that happiness. This is the reason why the line is so beautiful. It gets you out of that rut you’re in and tells you to stop worrying. You contemplate on something so much, nitpick every single detail, that it leaves you stationary.  You forget to keep going…

Human beings are so complex, our minds work in ways not everyone understands, experiences interlock with other experiences, emotions go through highs and lows, and stories are shaped unique to our own. The relation of what Sonny says and this course is simple: We will witness struggle, feel pain, and question happiness or purpose. It will make you wonder about life. Though, like most of the stories we will read, the journey is the important part. It’s being able to go from word to word or flipping to the next page that makes a book worth reading. Stay on one sentence and you’ll forget that there is an ending.  It’s going through that hardship and telling your story that will make things all right in the end. And if you don’t keep going, how will you ever reach an answer? Don’t stare at the problem, wait for the solution to show up and mope about it possibly being wrong. Be proactive and life will take care of the rest.

Sonny’s line will always have me pushing forward when an obstacle heads my way, and I hope it gives you the same motivation.

Trust me when I say The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is a must watch. Not only do you laugh, but you learn. Allow it to impact you the way it impacted me. May the words grace your minds, when your heart feels a bit shaken.