I Had a Bad Day

I had a bad day and have probably managed to somehow take it out on any and every person I’ve come into contact with. Maybe I didn’t smile at the last customer who walked into my store this afternoon or I brushed my boyfriend’s hand away from mine because I was irritated. And now that I have a minute to think about, bad days are bound to happen, that doesn’t mean we have to or should take it out on the people who are just trying to make it better.

Without getting preachy, because nobody likes someone who can’t practice what they preach, take a moment to cool off after a stressful day. Could you have been the real reason that you had a bad day? Maybe you woke up in a bad mood and silently or not, told yourself that it was going to be a bad day. If so, from the moment you woke up, you expected it to be a bad day. Therefore, you probably weren’t as nice to your “rude” customer as you may have been if you were in a better mood. That customer may have been in a bad mood because you looked like you were.

At the end of the day, everything happens for a reason. Every action causes a reaction. Now not to say that you aren’t allowed to have bad days, but take a minute to remind yourself that while you may be having the worst day ever, the way you treat other people has a direct effect on the way that they treat you in return.

And while we’re on the topic of horrible days, it really could always be worse. There’s always someone who has less than you or is going through a difficult time in their life. Think about the feelings of others before you go off projecting your negative energy to the entire world. But also feel free to get yourself a pint of ice cream and eat the whole thing because you feel like crap.

Cutting the Cancer Out

Take the knife,

slide it across the flesh,

reach inside and

cut the cancer out.

Reach inside and

cut out the “I hate you’s” the

“I don’t love you’s” and the

black masses that are taking over your heart,

your soul, your light.

Cutting the cancer out,

Escaping from the past and never looking back,

Smashing the looking glass and

hoping for the best.

Separate yourself from the evil,

remove that empty feeling, creeping through your body.

Don’t turn around and don’t stop now.

Because

Once you’ve started,

you simply can’t go back.

This Is Where it Ends

Alright guys! Book number 7 is officially done and it was a great read! “This is where it ends” is a well-written book by Marieke Nijkamp and just happens to be a New York Times bestseller. This is a book told by the perspective of 4 students dealing with an active shooter situation in their high school where “nothing bad ever happens”. The event comes as a shock to those involved and this story follows the journey and thoughts of 4 students at various times throughout the situation. Nijkamp writes in such a way that each character becomes extremely dynamic, taking risks and doing things that one wouldn’t expect them to do in a situation such as this.

The end is shocking, the trauma these students suffer is devastating and although it is a work of fiction, school shootings are a very real occurrence in today’s society. The story showcases how a normal day could turn into anything but in an instant, how people banding together can do more than just being an individual, the power of love, friendship, and family, and allows for some thoughts on how to prevent this from happening or if there is even a sure fire way of preventing violence on this kind of level.

Would 10/10 recommend for anyone who loves a page-turner.

 

 

The Butterfly Garden

Book number 6 in the Journey of 100 books in a year. This book, written by Dot Hutchison, was probably one of the most beautifully haunting books I’ve ever read. In short, this is a book that stems far beyond what it’s actual words are. It’s a story of captivity, loss of identity, conformity, and the beauty of life and death. Without giving too much away, this is about a man ,”The Gardner”, who “collects” young girls and keeps them in the Garden. He loves them in his own sadistic way and leads a complicated double life while his “butterflies” live hidden from the rest of the world. 

Definitely a must read if you’re looking for a page-turning thriller. Warning: some of the content is extremely disturbing so read at your own risk. Enjoy!