I am undecided on the truth that horoscopes and astrology may contain. Are we too desperate to see similarities between ourselves just because we have close birth-dates? Are we placing too much faith in our temperaments and behaviours simply because of the alignments of the planets at the moment of our birth?
I think I am more inclined to see truth in horoscopes than I am in the Bible. I think it is possible that there is more truth and science in horoscopes than there is truth and accurate history in the Bible. This does not mean that I am against the Christian faiths (or any faiths for that matter), but it’s hard to believe that the stories that were passed down by word of mouth for generations were completely remembered. Could have been some ‘Chinese Whispers’ going on. And there were apparently some incredible number of gospels that were written and only 4 were chosen. Seems a bit selective, doesn’t it? I’ve heard that there was a gospel of Mary Magdalene.
But what is faith? How do we decide what to believe? I know that I believe what I do because of my family upbringing and the schools that I attended. I guess we don’t really choose, not initially anyhow. It’s all handed down, just like the bible was all those years ago.
But getting back to horoscopes. I always liked Weird Al’s song about horoscopes. I think he showed some real insight with his psychic talent. Could really see what was coming, you know?
Very randomly, I chose to listen to The Cranberries’ No Need To Argue album whilst I was at work today. Great album, loved it to bits when I was in high school, and it’s still great to listen to now. But I could not believe how quickly the memories started flooding back as soon as I started to listen.
I was almost immediately transported back to Grade 8, and Dad and I were driving back from Toowoomba. We’d just been to my Great Grandmother’s funeral. I was amazed at how quickly the memories resurfaced, and how the music made me feel.
This has reminded me that although I love TV shows and movies, it is music that is most meaningful to me, and that which I could not live without.
Where does music take you?
Day 30 – your favorite song.
How could anyone possibly choose just one favourite song? I couldn’t even choose one favourite artist! It’s fairly obvious that I love The Beatles, and this was one of my early favourites that I tried to teach myself to play on the piano.
I love the twisted and twisting lyrics, the strange combination of words and the distorted images that spring to mind as you hear the words and try to envisage what it all means. Have you ever seen a ‘newspaper taxi’?
I’m also a massive Bowie fan, and I really like his earlier stuff. I love it all but I do find that I play a lot more of the early stuff more often. I also love to watch all the old film clips, some of them are so entertaining.
My favourite party and happy time song that most of my friends know that I go nuts for is Violent Femmes’ Blister in the Sun. We went to a Femmes concert a few years back at the Tivoli and it was one of the best concerts I have ever been to! Even though Gordon looked like an accountant, it still sounded incredible.
Day 29 – in this past month, what have you learned?
* That I definitely do want to go back to uni, and that I should stop talking myself out of it.
* That I am valued by my friends (didn’t really learn this, but it has been reinforced).
* That I do have a strong support network of family and friends, that I do want to share my problems with.
* That I don’t need to carry this much guilt with me all of the time. It is proving difficult to shed, however.
* That the only thing stopping me from being who I want to be is me.
Day 28 – a picture of you from last year and now, how have you changed since then?
Now, my hair is much, much shorter and back to its natural colour. In this picture I had just done Shave or Colour for a Cure for the Leukaemia Foundation, as my husband’s grandfather had passed away the previous month. I’ve also now got new glasses, which are much more comfortable. Otherwise, I’m pretty much the same.
Day 27 – why are you doing this 30 day challenge.
This is feeling like deja vu – I’m sure I’ve answered this one already!
I decided to do this challenge to try and increase the amount of blogging that I did. I also liked the idea of a given topic (not that I stick to them very well, I always seem to go off on a tangent) to blog about. If left to my own devices, I seem to get a bit ranty and there’s only so much of that that anyone will read. I like the concept of blogging, it’s nice to think that people who don’t know you and love you will read what you have written and still have some nice things to say.
I’ve always enjoyed writing and wanted to write. My best friend from primary school and I would get together most weekends and discuss plots and characters, good names, possible settings, and eventually, write. Melissa was much better than me, I think she managed to finish a few books, whereas I managed to start quite a few. Rarely managed to get too far, I tended to ramble and then worry too much about how it looked or sounded, rather than just getting it down. That’s why I like the idea of NaNoWriMo. It’s all about getting the words out – worry about the rest later. I had thought that I could do it this year but November snuck up on me (like every other month this year) and I just have too much else on to be cranking out 1667(?) words every day. Maybe next year.
Yet again I have excelled myself and managed to stray from the topic. Essentially, I just want to write.
Day 26 – what do you think about your friends.
Well obviously they are awesome because they are friends with me! But they are awesome for reasons other than that. We share interests, we are alike in some way, we enjoy each other’s company. We have a good laugh together. Most importantly, they accept me for who I am (even when I don’t) and give me a boost when I need it. And I do the same for them. We all need a boost occasionally. They back me up when I am having problems, and they are always up for a chat. It doesn’t matter if the news is good or bad.
I may only have a handful of close friends, but I wouldn’t exchange any of them for the world.