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Tragedies are something we all hear about. Whether it’s on the news, through friends or in the novels we read, they are everywhere. Yet everyone likes to keep a fair distance from them.

Recently a tragedy hit home. Although I’ll never understand why, we lost my grandma through the selfish actions of another human being. Shock followed by anger, questions and sadness spread through all the family. If you’ve read my earlier post Believe or not to Believe, you’ll know I already question religion, so this event far from strengthened my faith. I didn’t understand, and don’t think I ever will. But I’ve realised in life, we won’t ever understand everything. Some things are there too throw us completely off course. Pick us up; put us though a whirlpool and then expect us to carry on. But it’s not about why you got put in the whirlpool. It’s about how you recover and what you learn.

The battle of good versus bad will never go away. Whether it’s a tragedy costing someone their life or the small choices you make in your day to day life. Going through different experiences in the end make you who you are.

I strongly believe everything happens for reason and even though some reasons are unknown, we need to find the positive and focus. Deaths and losing loved ones is something no-one can prepare for. Why? It’s because as humans sharing experiences is how we learn – and therefore death is unique and a complete mystery.

One thought that’s kept me going through the past few weeks is this. Our body, the physical stuff, is a carriage. Your personality, true beauty and the stuff people know you for is kept deep in your soul. And your soul is eternal. It escapes the world and lives on. It continues a journey unknown to mankind.

I’ve wanted to put pen to paper for a little while down. But everytime all I found myself writing was questions. Today I tried hard to look beyond those questions and this is what I found. Hopefully it helps. Helps when we have those moments where we all need a lift or losing track. If it does that, for even one person, I’ll be happy.

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n256510I read this book, purely because of the title. Everything happens for a reason is something I strongly believe in. I’m always saying it, so I thought this novel may give me a deeper insight. But I’m afraid the novel didn’t do the quote justice.

Kavita Daswani tells the story of Priya who marries into a family living in America. Leaving behind everything she knows and has grown up with, she moves to Los Angeles. When instructed to find a job, Priya finds her way to her dream job – a journalist. One catch – it is to be kept a secret from her in-laws. They wouldn’t approve with her showbiz lifestyle.

 While the plot was an interesting subject to tackle, for me it just seemed too easy to keep the secret. And even when her true identity was found, the ending was unsatisfying and rushed. You would think something that Priya had worked so hard for; she would have fought a little harder. But her decision felt hasty and not thought through.

 A relaxing read but not as gripping as I would have liked or expected.

To be able to express emotions through instruments and singing is so beautiful. I can’t imagine how I’d tell people how I feel without a song to help me along the way or how to find faith when it’s lost.

After a rollercoaster of a day music helps me relax, remember and reflect. Originally this post was going to be about Naturally 7, a band who makes all their sounds through their vocals. I will still post a couple of videos of them, purely because of their unique talent. They are truly amazing, have a listen. But after the writing the first paragraph I feel this post can be much more.

Right now, I’m listening to UB40 – I Got You Babe. But when I shuffle through my iPod, I realise all 3441 songs remind me of a moment in my life. Each song takes me back to that moment, and all the feelings come rushing back. It’s funny when you think about it. While the song tells a story, you have your own story to tell too!

So what’s your song story? Do you have certain tracks which take you back? I would love to know, how important music is to you.

And as I promised, here are a few videos of Naturally 7. Let me know what you think.

Humans are like tea bags. They are at their strongest when in hot water.

Last week was a bit of a rollercoaster. Things weren’t going to plan and ‘the plan’ was forever changing.

But if anything, something came out of the madness; the game of life is a weird one! (As if you didn’t know that) But I realised that people walk in and out of your life, but not many leave footprints in your heart. Living in the 21st century, if you can put your hand on your heart and say you have a true friend, you are a very lucky person.

People say friends are the family you chose. So whether it’s a lover, friend, or both keep hold of those special people.

Last week it rained. Actually it poured. But it taught me that those you expect to be there might not be. But, and here is the important bit. You will cross paths with someone else and they will pick you up, brush you off and turn that straight line into a beautiful curve on your face.

I realise that a problem shared is a problem halved. I’m one of those stupid people who would rather tell a complete stranger my problems. But what’s the point. Now I laugh at myself. By telling those who actually know you; one, their advice will be much more helpful and two, it plays a big part in an uber-kool thing called friendship.

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