We are only Human.

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It’s Music Monday again! Today I’d like to share a special song with you. Krewella is a band consisting of two sisters Jahan & Yasmine. They usually play electro house and dubstep but this year on the mainstage of Ultra Music Festival, they debuted a ballad.

‘Human’ was a song written for their Krew (fans). On stage, they stated:

“We wrote this song for our fans. When they’re feeling misunderstood and lonely, when they’re feeling pain, shame, unwelcome because of their race, unaccepted because they’re gay, when they’re dealing with addiction, depression, with all that stress, struggle; the feeling of failure is what makes us stronger.”

 

This is a reminder of what it means to be Human.

As humans, we are not perfect. On the contrary, that was never the intention.

Hindus believe in reincarnation and that each life is a set of lessons or new experiences that we must go through in order to achieve our highest state of being, in order to become a soul that God dwells within. The trees, the plans, even the ants around us are all souls that are living out their earthly experience until they go on to the next. As humans, we must have reincarnated several times before and accumulated some good karma.

To be a human is a gift.

We are capable of so much. Of love, compassion and gratitude. We are also capable of pain, suffering and despair. Ultimately, it is our choice how we choose to live.

Not everyone is perfect, no one is without pain or guilt or fear, but we each make a choice of how we move on with our life. That is why I’d like to remind you how important it is to be empathetic of others.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Think about the people around you. Your family, your co-workers, the delivery guy, your doctor, your electrician. Now remember the strangers. The cashier at the grocery store, The Customer Service Rep that you spoke to yesterday. Every one of them is living out a life of their own with trials and struggles which you may know nothing about.

What you can do for them is to be kind. I remember a barista at a coffee shop once lashed out at me. I asked him if they had honey instead of sugar and that was all it took to trigger his inner demons. As a barista, he dealt with the situation horrible but as a human, he was doing the best he could and that’s what we need to understand. Underneath it all, we are all human. There is no difference.

If you are struggling with something, then I have a simple word of advice: Be Kind to Yourself. As kind as you would be to others. Forgive and be graceful. No one deserves your love more than you. Be gentle and don’t be afraid to ask for help. You will be surprised at how many people are out there that want to help you. I know I do.

 

Caged Bird, Take Flight.

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Caged bird, take flight. Never lose your will to fight.

I am elated.
I am proud.
I am grateful.

Today, on Music Monday (yes, I just made that up) I’d like to share with you a local band from my beautiful island of Barbados. A treasure find is more like it.

Hungry Soul is a new band but lead singer Dennica Pearl has been creating music for some time now. The 22 year old, singer-soul writer, born in St. Michael, Barbados and raised in Florida. Acoustic, soul, jazz artist influenced mainly by Billie Holiday, Tracy Chapman, and Erykah Badu. Her belief that musicians are agents of change with the responsibility to lift the social level of consciousness are reflected in her lyrics.”

I am proud to call the members of this band my friends & beautiful souls. The Universe brought them to me and now I am sharing their gift with you. I hope this song brings you love, joy and peace today :)

I love this song, maybe because I feel like the bird in it. Living in a prison that I created for myself. I remember reading Maya Angelou‘s poem for the first time and thinking since when was freedom something we had to fight for? Nevertheless, it is. Until this day, there are people fighting to keep us ‘free’.

There’s liberation in these lights.

Music frees the masses,

come unwind your mind.

We live in a world

full of mass confusion;

unmask your psyche,

control is an illusion.

We all have a version of a ‘cage’ in our life. Whether it’s regret, fear, or sorrow holding us back. Whether it’s your job, bank account or city. I’ve never met anyone that hasn’t felt trapped. But we are not. There are no chains tying us to the ground. We were born to fly. If you believe this, you will be able to soar across the highest of peaks. Believe. Believe in yourself, your strengths, your capabilities.

Believe that you deserve to live your dreams. And live them.    

It’s not as complicated as you make it out to be :)

I’d also like to remind you: There is inspiration everywhere.

Take a walk around your neighborhood, explore your hometown, find a local group or band or class or person that is attuned to your frequency. Really notice your surroundings. You might be amazed and what you find. A mutual friend introduced me to this amazing band and when I met the lead singer, she can attest that I told her I loved her on the first day of meeting her. She had such a pure, generous and radiant energy. In her, I found another soul sister. Thank you, Universe. So get out there, put your best foot forward and allow what’s meant for you to come your way.

 

Find your WHY

There is a business strategy that argues that the most important thing to consider when starting a business isn’t what you sell, it’s not even about how you sell it. It’s why you sell it. Simon Sinek describes it as “The Golden Circle”

Why do we do what we do?

This theory can be translated into every aspect of life.

Consider these scenarios:

Why am I doing this job?

Why am I with this person?

Why do I dress the way I do?

Everything we do says something about us. From the cereal we like to the kind of shoes we wear. Everything is a statement and there is a “why” in all of it too.

If we were to analyze that why and figure out the reason because our actions and decisions, we could make better ones. We could create a life that is more representative of who we truly are. In the end, it all comes down to that. Being true to you.

 

Our why should make us want to come alive! It’s what makes us want to try. To keep going at it against all odds. There is a sense of purpose in your why.

It’s for this reason that I’ve began to study my own why.

Why did I start this blog?

I’d like to share my WHY with you.

I started this blog to be used as an outlet of my thoughts and feelings. I’ve had many mentors (life being one of them) and I’ve learned so much from my experiences that I wanted to be able to share them with someone else. I had learned something a few years ago and that was that no matter what you’re going through, you are not alone. You are NEVER alone. There is always going to be someone, somewhere out there that knows and feels exactly what you’re going through.  To me, learning that was comforting in a way I can’t quite explain. So I thought to myself…. If there’s someone out there that is currently feeling my pain, my sorrow, my despair, my confusion, making my mistakes then  that means that there’s also someone out there sharing my joy, my happiness, my passion, my awe, someone that was on the path of exploration and discovery, someone with my music tastes, someone just like me. So I started this blog to connect with… someone, anyone, everyone. My goal was to be able to make one person smile, question their reality, maybe even believe in themselves. I started this blog to meet the seekers, lovers, thinkers and dreamers and to inspire. That is my purpose. That is my why.

My URL is… callingonangelsdaily.wordpress.com

There is WHY behind that too.

I need a sign to let me know you’re here

All of these lines are being crossed over the atmosphere

I need to know that things are gonna look up

‘Cause I feel us drowning in a sea spilled from a cup

 

When there is no place safe and no safe place to put my head

When you feel the world shake from the words that are said

 

And I’m calling all angels

I’m calling all you angels

 

I started this blog because I was once someone in search of something. I was the one that wanted a sign, that needed some guidance, some motivation and inspiration. I was the one calling on angels. Until I became one. My goal is to be here for you. To be your angel. To be that person that looks out for you. And I am not the only angel, in fact, we are all angels.

We are the angels we are calling out for.

Finally. The blog is called Diary of A Crazy Awesome Person

That’s presumptuous, someone might say. Indeed. So why would I call an inspirational blog by such an audacious name? Because growing up, I was told I was different and not in a good way. I was told I was weird. Weird turned into crazy. Crazy turned into reject.

I could’ve easily accepted the labels given to me and gone on a lived my “weird, crazy outcast life” but instead I chose to defy it.

I asked people “what makes me crazy? Why do you think that?”

Today, the same people that called me crazy now call me “awesome.”

So, how did that happen?

It was a shift in perspective. They were looking at me from the wrong angle. Once I got them to adjust their lens, they noticed another side of me.

I love being called crazy because I take it as a synonym of awesomeness and I will never apologize to anyone for who I am again.

This is me & this is my diary.

So I’ve spent some time really thinking about my WHY. Once you know your why, you can work towards achieving. Here are some of my why’s:

  • To inspire
  • To motivate
  • To create a space for people to feel safe
  • A space that teaches people to be kind
  • To be true to oneself
  • To spread positive energy wherever they go
  • To question dogma and labels
  • To be accepting of others who are different
  • To be vulnerable
  • To be honest
  • To be brave
  • To be generous
  • To live in the present moment

And first and foremost:

  • To love.

This is not a final list. That’s the beauty of it. I can add as much as I want to it. Just like you can with your life.

So find your why in whatever you do. Really dig in and find that truth.

It will set you free.

 

If you have any comments or suggestions, feel free to leave them in the comments!

Have an awesome day, angels.

Love at First Kiss

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The beauty of this video is its rawness and elegance. 20 strangers, a heart-breaking song and everything is in black and white… how could it go wrong?

I’m sharing this with you today because i love the idea of strangers colliding. I always say that friends are strangers waiting to be found. Think back to the first time you met your best friend or significant other… we all started out the same didn’t we? As strangers.

When we think strangers we tend to think negatively. People foreign, unknown, alien to us. We don’t know them, their motives, their intentions, their belief system, their oral hygiene regime. So, in a scenario where someone asked you to kiss a stranger… would you? Most people would say no. Why? Probably because of all the antique societal connotations involved in it. Some would, but even then those people would be labeled as “adventurous”.

This video strips away at everything that separates us and shows us how easily love can connect us.

What is a kiss but a transferal of love? When you kiss anyone you know, do you not do it out of love? Why is kissing a stranger any different?

We, as human beings, were not meant to be separated, segregated, disseminated or hierarchic. There are a million things that separate us, a million things we’ve constructed.
But remove that and you’ll be amazed at what you find.

Two strangers kissing give us the “feels”, not because we’re perverts but because we recognize two souls connecting with each other. And as I have said countless times before and as I will say countless more times in the future, we are all souls, spirits, energy… just because you don’t know someone doesn’t mean that someone doesn’t impact on you. We are a collective, a whole. That’s what makes this video so riveting.

Our life is ephemeral. Our body experience only lasts a short time. We were given this life for a purpose, do not, I beg, be afraid to go out and find it. Do not be afraid to strike up conversation with a stranger. Do not be afraid to try something different, something new. All these things will lead you to magical places, places you can’t imagine because they’re things you never expected and that, my friends, is the beauty of love. And life.

So let’s love fully
And let’s love loud
Let’s love now
‘Cause soon enough we’ll die…
- Soko

“Our souls are …

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“Our souls are in constant pursuit of their fullest expression. Our biggest job – and our most sacred assignment – is find what makes us truly come alive. That means: following our curiosities, embracing our contradictions, listening to our heart’s desires and while we do all that, making a commitment to add more love to the world. That’s what we’re here to do. To love and live – fully.”

Rachel Magahy

What make you come alive? 

Wholehearted Living.

What is wholehearted living all about? It’s a lifestyle in which you decide to give the best of yourself on a daily basis. To let go of anger, resentment and defeat. It is a stance of empowerment. Of joy. Of peace. Of love. In my previous post on Brené Brown we discussed Vulnerability and Empathy in detail. Now I am presenting her concise list of ten steps you can take to practice wholehearted living. Notice that each steps starts with the word ‘cultivating’, that’s because it’s something we must prepare, something that we must plant like a seed and watch it grow each day as we take care of it. Our minds, our hearts and our souls must be cultivated, our inner light will always shine but the intensity ultimately depends on us. This is a process, there is no right or wrong, no judgment, no contest, no tournament to decide who is more ‘wholehearted’. No. This is something we can all strive to do, no matter who we are, where we’re from and/or what we believe in. Each one of us can make a difference, we can make a huge impact on a global level and it doesn’t take big leaps to do so. It starts with small steps. Small daily decisions that shape us into who we are. Our perceptions, our reactions, our interactions with others are what ultimately speak about us as a person. I’m still working on these steps, to be living a lifestyle in which they’re fully implemented. My mind still wanders, it  gets anxious, I still haven’t fully let go of what people think or being in control, but alas, like I said, it is a daily commitment to give the best of yourself.

Carpe 86,400

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One Lifetime = 2,366,820,000 seconds.

How do you measure your life?
How do you measure your day?
Your hours?
Your minutes?
Your seconds?

For the most part, TIME on a general scale, is something we take much for granted. I know I certainly did when I was young. Procrastination comes as natural as breathing.

If we squander so much time by nature, how are we then supposed to capture the moment?

Time is a precious resource, one of the most precious of all I would say. We can replenish our money, we can recover our health, but time is something you can never get back. Once you’ve lost it, it’s gone and the issue is that we take the next second for granted. We consider our every breathe to be a replenishment of the previous one, when in fact, it is not! Each breathe we take is a separate life of itself. Each one containing countless options, possibilities and decisions of which only one can emerge.

A close friend of mine asked me if I thought time stood still with a lover.
“When you kiss or make love, it feels like times stops” she said.
I believe the reason behind that feeling is because we are living consciously and attentively in the present moment. That kiss or that act of love is all we focus on. When you are in the present moment, there is no wandering of the mind to the past or the present. None of that exists. All you have is now. So it would make sense to feel as if time was frozen.

It is a beautiful thing to be in the present moment, we should all strive to live there more often.

Another beautiful think is to take chances, seize opportunities, take risks.

Life is a set of moments, all you need is one to change your entire life.

If it doesn’t work out, at least you tried.

Whatever you do, seize those 86,400 seconds over and over again!