Quote: “Years From Now”

Quote: “Years From Now”

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I have been a Shel Silverstein fan for quite sometime now. The quote above is a poem from one of his poetry collections. I remember the first time I read it, my lips creased into a smile when I got to the line- I hear you laughing and i smile. Isn’t that what we hope to achieve as writers? That hopefully someone, someday, sits on a couch with a cup of tea or coffee, grinning slyly and feeling understood all because of some words we wrote.

Whenever I read a poem that exudes an emotion from me, I feel a strong resolution to try and write something so powerful that someone, someday may feel the same. The poem above is titled, “Years from Now” which is perfect as we just entered a new year. I hope this quote inspires us to write in such ways that our works would be remembered and someone, somewhere would smile at our words, years from now.

Thanks for hanging out at this week’s Writers quote hosted by the wonderful and inspiring Colleen at Silver Threading.

If you are just like me and can’t get enough of Shel Silverstein’s poems, here are a few more I put together in a post a while ago… Have a wonderful read. 🙂

To Kill A Mockingbird Quotes

To Kill A Mockingbird Quotes

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 I began re-reading “To kill a mockingbird” by Harper Lee recently and for the few who haven’t read it yet, this book has little to do with mockingbirds. For a very long time, Louisa May Alcott’s “Little women, Good wives” was on top of my favorite books list but after reading Mockingbird, there is now a shift in the top 3 position. 

 So today, I am going to share with you some of my favorite quotes from To Kill A Mockingbird:

1) You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view- until you climb into his skin and walk around in it

2) As you grow older, you’ll see white men cheat black men everyday of your life, but let me tell you something and don’t you forget it- whenever a white man does that to a black man, no matter who he is, how rich he is, or how fine a family he comes from, that white man is trash.

3) “Cry about the simple hell people give other people- without even thinking. Cry about the hell white people give colored folks without even stopping to think that they’re people too.”

4) People generally see what they look for and hear what they listen for.

5) I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what. You rarely win, but sometimes you do.

6) It’s never an insult to be called what somebody thinks is a bad name. It just shows you how poor that person is, it doesn’t hurt you.

7) People in their right minds never take pride in their talent.

8) Until I feared I would lose it, I never learned to read. One does not love breathing.              

                        And my personal favorite:

“It’s not time to worry yet”–  This particular quote was repeated through out the book numerous times. And now, anytime I feel down in the dumps, I think to myself, it’s not yet time to worry. 

                     Thanks for reading and Have a Lovely day! 🙂

Quote: Demi Lovato

Quote: Demi Lovato

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I came across this quote while reading the book “Staying Strong: 365 days a year” by Demi Lovato. It is an inspirational and motivational book with 365 chapters, so you get one quote per day everyday for a whole year. I decided to pick this quote for this week’s writers challenge because every once in a while we all need a reminder that we can do it. Just because we are “not-so-good” in writing fiction doesn’t mean we can’t be writers, No. We all have the potential in us, we only need to figure out what we’re best at and the world would be our oyster. For some, this might be non-fiction, or poetry, or comedy sketches. But there is something you have the potential to be great at.

And of course, for some people, it doesn’t come overnight. We don’t just wake up and say, you know what, my zone is short stories writing. For some of us, it takes practice and trials to figure it out. And it’s not all the time that the piece we are writing comes out exactly the way we want it to. Trust me, when I read some of my old poems I’m like, what was I thinking?! But, the important thing is to realize even if we aren’t great at a particular “something”, we have the potential of being even greater at a whole other thing as long as we don’t give up and we keep pushing. And please, do not let anyone tell you otherwise.

So, that’s it! My writer’s quote Wednesday challenge. For more inspiring quotes, head over to SilverThreading where this event is being hosted

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Till next time … And have a lovely week ❤

Quote: Henry Wadsworth

Quote: Henry Wadsworth

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I just realized that I spelt the name wrongly in the image, oops, it should be Henry Wadsworth Longfellow not “Wordsworth”. Alright, so this quote says it all in simple terms without any metaphor or grandeur. It says it simply- as long as the heart is beating, then words can be written. Being alive should be enough motivation for us to write. I am one to testify that at times giving up does seem a whole lot easier and sometimes I do give up.  But just as Henry said, nothing is too late. It is never too late to pick up the pen and finish what has been started, whether it is a uncompleted essay, or a novel or even a poem.

Thank you Henry for leaving us this beautiful words of inspiration. And that’s it, my entry for this week’s Writer’s quote Wednesday. If you would love to participate or read more inspiring quotes, then head over to Silver threading where she is hosting this event.

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Till next time….. Keep being inspired 🙂

Interview: Living with Depression and beating the odds

Interview: Living with Depression and beating the odds

This week, I had the chance to interview someone whose courage and strength I admire. This person has been suffering from depression, self-harm and is a multiple suicide attempt survivor. Yet, despite this illness, she has managed to take charge of her life, thrive and is now in her third year of medical school. Being born in Saudi and suffering from a mental illness, she shows that this illness isn’t only restricted to the west, it can happen to anyone regardless of religion or race. She prefers to stay anonymous and I respect her wishes so I’m not going to mention any names. But it was a pleasure interviewing her and I do hope this interview sheds some light on self harm and depression; and shows that you can survive and live your life despite the odds.

Tell me a bit about yourself
I am 22 turning 23 next March. I was born and raised in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA). Then I moved to Malaysia when I was seventeen for university. My brother was already there a year before me. I moved in with him and my cousin. I lived in Malaysia for three years; switched between electrical engineering and architecture throughout the three years. From there, I moved here to Sudan.

Wow, didn’t like the courses anymore?
Well, I couldn’t find myself in electronics engineering and I like to draw, so I thought I’d find myself in architecture and it wouldn’t be such a drastic change. But my dad had me change back (to engineering). I couldn’t get myself to go on with the courses so eventually, I got to transfer back to architecture.

Did your dad know you switched back to architecture?
Yeah my mum told him. At first he did mind, but there was nothing he could do really. Plus, it was my choice to make.

Yeah it is. Did you know a lot about mental health growing up?
My knowledge was of course limited and of course it still is, but I’ve always been greatly interested in that topic.

How old were you when you got diagnosed?
I was seventeen years and I was diagnosed with depression.

How did you find out?
Well, I’ve been depressed since my early teens but I never really knew what was wrong with me. And when I moved to Malaysia, it only got worse. I started self-harming and became extremely suicidal. I was very hesitant about seeing a doctor cause I was scared of my family’s reaction and how I was gonna be perceived. But a very close friend that I knew through twitter, who was (also) the only one who knew what was going on, managed to convince me to see a psychiatrist.

But how did you manage to hide the self-harm scars from people?
At first, I used to cut my legs only. When I started cutting my arms, I would do it in areas that weren’t noticeable. But after a bad incident, I had to start wearing long sleeves everywhere even at home which raised many questions from my brother and my cousin. But I always had a good answer ready.

What do you think is the relationship between depression and self harm? I mean, a lot of depressed people self harm, from your experience, why do you think it’s that?
Self harm is a way of coping with depression, or at least, it was for me. People that are depressed experience many emotions like emptiness, sadness, numbness and self hate. Expressing those emotions can be very difficult. And for some people, self mutilation is the only way they know how to do so. Read more

NO simply means Next Option

NO simply means Next Option

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For this week’s inspiration, I found this quote that was written by a friend of mine, Aminah Ojetola. This is a first for me, hearing the word ‘NO’ used in such way and it inspired me. We as writers, hear Nos’ a lot of times- whether it’s a story that gets rejected or a poem that wasn’t selected. Even this week, I submitted a poem which didn’t get short listed. And that was when I saw this quote, at a time when I needed it. I hope this inspires you all as much it has me. And remember the next time you hear the word No, it simply means “on to the Next Option”. 

Hopefully this time, I’m not the last to submit in my writer’s quote 😉 .

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If you’d like to participate in Writer’s quote Wednesday or would love to read more inspirational quotes, then head over to Silver threading where she is hosting this event.

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Writer’s Quote!!!

Writer’s Quote!!!

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For writer’s quote Wednesday (Saturday), I found this amazing quote by Melinda Haynes. And surprisingly, I have never heard of this quote prior to now. It resonated with me the minute I read it, and I knew I had my writer’s quote. I know that being published or having a best seller matters to a lot of people but we all need a reminder every once in a while that they are not ‘all’ that matter. Write for yourself, be satisfied with that writing, appreciate it and you know, the buyers/ readers will come running. I hope this quote inspires you as much as it has me.

Thank you Melinda


If you’d to participate in Writer’s quote Wednesday or would love to read more inspirational quotes, then head over to Silver threading where she is hosting this event.

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Humor Friday!

Humor Friday!

Today, I was contemplating about writing a post on anxiety or my relationship with OCD and then I heard the news of ‘another’ bomb blast in my home country Nigeria. I realized what I would love to read at a time like this is not another somber inspirational story or a heart gripping tear- tale, what I need Is laughter, humor, joy, happiness. They say sleep and laughter are the best medication for anything. Considering sleep doesn’t come so easily, I’d go with laughter.

I did a thorough search through my images and found a picture I hope would put a smile on your faces too. Bad things happen, bad things are happening and the sad part is bad things ‘will’ happen. Hopefully this picture (s) would put a smile on your faces too. And if the first picture doesn’t, there are two more which I hope would do the trick. 😉

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Is it working? Smiling yet? 🙂

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Btw, I apologize for the length. And I hope you are all smiling now :). Wishing you all a laughter filled weekend.

Writer’s Quote Wednesay!!

Writer’s Quote Wednesay!!

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I know, it says Writer’s quote wednesday and today is well, Saturday. In my defense, it was all school work that caused the delay. Okay, so for this week’s writer, I chose Louisa May Alcott. One of the greatest writers that ever lived (In my opinion). Her book “Little Women; Good wives” resonated with me and still, to this day, my heart beats a little softer at the thought of it. This is another book I believe every girl should read.

As writers, we all have our goals and aims. For some it’s to create a New York Times best selling novel and for others, it’s to get at least 15-20 blog likes on a chapter. Still, these are dreams we have and wishes we hope come true, regardless of how realistic or unrealistic they seem to other people. But how many of us strongly believe that we can achieve these dreams?

Those who wish upon stars do so because they believe that the wishes would come true. The same goes for writing. Wishing and believing go hand in hand. We shouldn’t just wish for things to happen or for books to become hits or to complete those daunting chapters; we should also believe with everything bone in our body that the chapters would be complete and the books would be hit. The combination of dreams and Belief works wonder in writing and every other aspect of life as well.

So, how about we make new resolutions with better intentions 😉 ? To not just “wish” for our works to be successful but “believe” that they will be. To not just wish for our writings to get better but to the passionately believe that they will get better.

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If you’d to participate in Writer’s quote Wednesday or would love to read more inspirational quotes, then head over to Silver threading where she is hosting this event.

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Till Next Time 🙂