Caitlin Moran

This woman is a badass. She is the woman.

I’ve had the privilege of being able to take my time to go through pretty much every interview with her, or taken by her, that can be found on Youtube. And discovered just how amazing Caitlin is – in the first few minutes. A good thing too – having the time – because once I’ve started, I could’t stop. 🙂

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Reaching goals and letting go

reaching goals and letting go

These notes are inspired by the book The Sorcerer’s Apprentice by Evald Flisar.

Just to be clear, all my posts, categorised as “thoughts” and “books” are a mixture of the book review and my own opinions and experience. Same goes for both parts of this post.

“The fool who persists in his folly will become wise.” – William Blake

The main character – the author is trying to find himslef, his purpose throughout the developments. What he finds is far more complex and may even help the reader in finding his purpose, or maybe just some answers, along with the story.

When going through a change there is no bargaining and the prices are very high. One has to put it all in the open and there is no guarantee one won’t lose it all. The thing is that even in the worst case, what we lose is only the excess, the weed. Once we realize this, we no longer fear loss, thus we are half way to victory. We may sometimes find it very hard to let go of our ideas, desires, relationships and goals. But the thing in letting go is not in terminating all the mentioned things but in understanding that we cannot keep it all forever. Things, relationships, people change, also our desires and goals change. So it’s not really letting go of it all but just knowing they probably won’t stay in their current shape for ever. When realizing this, I dare say we are liberated in some way. Continue reading

How to find our wild nature (part 3)

Procrastination. Something we all do. Laziness is a part of human nature; once we’re in a safe place, why move away from it? We may only have partially achieved our goals but we’re comfortable now, we’re safe and we just don’t feel like moving forward. The thing to say about this – there’s never a shortcut to learning. The predator in our minds, it likes us not moving, that way it can feed on our energy that stays where it is as we don’t invest it in our work. That’s when words like »Oh, it’s okay, I don’t really need this,« (but you do, that’s why you set your goals in the first place) or »Why keep trying,« come to mind. It happens, we all have bad days. Just don’t let this predator eat our energy for weeks or even months. Don’t wait another second to go along your path, there’s no reason to.

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How to find our wild nature (part 2)

Restraining creativity can express in dreams; I have heard (and read of) several people, mostly women, talk about a terrifying dream of a, so called, dark man. These dreams are not bad, as creepy as they may be. They are very informative and mainly encourage creativity. They tell or remind us we aren’t using our creative energy, just that it’s being held in. This awareness puts us on the right track, a path we have the right to step on and go our way.

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How to find our wild nature

wild nature

This post was inspired by the book Women who run with the wolves (more about it at the end of part 3), where the author writes mostly about the power of women, but since I believe we are equally powerful (just in different ways mostly), I’m writing this in general. It goes for each and every individual on this planet. We all have a wild part inside of us. Wild in a good way, naturally.

I planned to publish all this in one post, but then realised it’s just too long and I couldn’t shorten it more that I already have. So the directions towards the path to live in line with our wild nature will be posted in three parts, giving you a few days to think about it in between. 😉

Enough intro, let’s throw ourselves in!

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The Forest of the Hanged Foxes, Hirtettyjen kettujen metsä

By Arto Paasilinna, first published in 1983.

The reader only learns where the title comes from towards the end of the story. Which is intriguing. Do I ever say anything bad about Paasilinna’s books? Impossible, they are all, without exception, good, intelligent, humorous, amazing.

The story is about a criminal, a thief, Oiva Juntunen, who steals gold from a bank with some help of his colleagues, who turn out not to be very collegial when the main character doesn’t pay them the promised share as they go to prison for the crime but the boss doesn’t. So their reaction is quite intelligible. Continue reading