To Create

I’d get back after school, finish all my homework, do all my readings and wait to watch the animated X-Men on TV. The very classy Jean Grey, the serious looking but good natured Professor X, the charming Cyclopes and the sweet Kitty. If I could be a character, I’d be a mix of Kitty and Jean, I thought. I’d never miss a single episode. Seeing the X-Men save the day meant a lot. It meant good prevailed over evil.

I didn’t read the comics, but rather watched the TV shows based on the comics which was broadcasted by the local TV. I’d often wonder how it’d be if I could be a character among these characters, zooming in left and right, flying and saving the world. My childish brain would brew up its own story and I’d make myself a character among these and imagine saving the world. I’d bestow myself superpowers. How easy it was, perhaps it still is.

While I sure didn’t know who Stan Lee was back then, I grew up with his creations, with the X-Men, with Spiderman, with Fantastic Four. Someone created those characters. Someone envisioned them and didn’t let them die out on the desk.

I can only thank Lee for not locking Jean Grey on his drawer and not summoning her in reality.

“I used to be embarrassed because I was just a comic-book writer while other people were building bridges or going on to medical careers. And then I began to realize: entertainment is one of the most important things in people’s lives. Without it they might go off the deep end. I feel that if you’re able to entertain people, you’re doing a good thing.” – Stan Lee

Perhaps it’s time, it’s always time to set the characters in the drawer free.
Let Lee’s life inspire us to create – something that we truly madly deeply love.

The Joy of Art

Put these tears into words

And you shall be invincible.

Summon your most prized valorous knight,

Summon your inner most demons,

The untold characters jumping inside your head.

Lead them through their journeys,

While you go through your own voyage.

Weave your secret dreams, and cut them,

Because that is the only way you may learn.

Art is not just about reality,

It goes beyond any realm any creature

Has ever seen,

Only those who have been there

Have known its joy.

 

A Bottle Full of Life: The Storytellers-Creativeness Fest Nepal 2016

13043614_10209367683894141_5910564905549511000_nStart solving whatever puzzle is available in you, near you, around you. Someday, somewhere the puzzles will fit in, somewhere someplace. Till then we live, we live our lives, we live our dreams, we live our responsibilities, we live our plans. 

The future begins today, right here right now, right in this moment as your heart is pumping blood to every corner of your body, as your lungs purifies the air, just so you could live. Live.

You’ve got to find who you are and be OK with it. ~ Puja Deepanjali Sapkota

Your soul knows what you want. ~ Whitney Freya

We’re often scared of who we really are, because we have this awe so awesome picture in our head, and taking the risk to find out how close reality is to imagination is scary, way too scary. But we’ve got to find it either ways!

Happiness is not ready made, it comes from your actions. ~ Shamash Alidina

Happiness is a choice, just like boiling eggs and having toasts for breakfast.

Being kind to yourself is not selfish. Being kind to yourself is not self-indulgence. ~Harpal Dhatt

We’ve been self critical for too long, that perhaps when someone says you look good today, we begin doubting ourselves if we looked ugly the other day. Be kind, to yourself.

I’m not bothered about my weaknesses, only about strengths. ~ Ajaya Regmi

You can’t compare a sword with a shield. They’re made for different purposes, and yet a sword does not worry about shielding, it is only concerned with cutting through the heart of your enemy.

How you do anything in life, is everything you do. ~ Pat Divilly

How you wake up in the morning, how you work, how you eat, how you let time pass by; everything echo’s in the future. And here we thought destiny couldn’t be self made!

Don’t get attached to a story because it is in the past. That doesn’t tell you who I am today. We don’t have to be who we were, I’d rather be here with you, right here right now. ~ Jade Osborne

It’s in the present, the magic, the spark. Yesterday was the mountain you crossed, tomorrow is the ocean you will meet someday, and right now is the valley, the river you are flowing in.


My words can barely do justice to the heights of creativity and craziness at The Storytellers- Creativeness Fest Nepal 2016 that happened from 15 April, 2016 to 17 April, 2016. I am thankful for having this amazing opportunity to have been a part of it. And grateful to all the amazing mentors and speakers. This post is just a tiny sneak peek of the three mind blown days. 

I’m still reflecting, and I’ll still be reflecting ages down the road.  I hope you enjoyed reading! If you have anything you’d like to share, don’t forget to comment! 

To mindfulness!

Add the ness to the creative! Til’ the next post!

Alfa 

 

The World in Books

In books can we travel to places that would have never existed.

Tolkien’s Middle Earth, GRRM’s Westeros, JK Rowling’s Hogwarts, CS Lewis’s Narnia. So many more that we have not read, so many others that are still locked into our minds.

In books can we take down science and travel to the past, the future or to the mythology of the distant.

Ved Vyas’s Mahabharat, Plato’s Allegories, Confucius’s words. Mysterious science experiments. The fancy and yet elusive lightsabers, flying cars.

Twisting forces whenever and wherever it may please the author, the creator.

In books can we try to triumph over the dis-balance of economies in the world.

Though we might never travel to the South or the East or the West because there happens to be something called the power of currencies which is so less for so many of us out here, and yet through books can we see the land so different from ours.

In books can we collapse space and time.

The stories of the Hubble Telescope, the discoveries about the Universe, Heroes who conquered the North Pole. The snow of Sagarmatha (Everest) and the waters of Antarctica.

In books can we embrace the ideologies of the great.

Gandhi. Mother Teresa. Newton. Einstein. Heller Keller. Stephen Hawking. Faraday.

In books can we discover ourselves.


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