Twisted Choices, Backwards Gratitude & Appreciation Games

I used to have this childish thing I would do where I would imagine myself in opposing circumstances and ask myself which would I pick (if I could choose), over the other. It was always a comparison between two crude scenarios. Strictly hot or cold stuff. No lukewarm loopholes. A choice had to be made.

An example, is whether I would prefer to be blind or be deaf. Or if I would prefer to never be able to walk or have no hands. Or if I would prefer to be beautiful and dumb, or intelligent and culturally ugly. The list goes on. 

I can’t explain why or when I started doing this. I can only attempt to reason. 

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My Top 10 Vimeo Picks

Happy New Year! New year, new URL www.thecommentatorspeaks.com. Tra la la! Bookmark that. 🙂

Not a traditional post

This isn’t something I usually do with y’all but who makes the rules anyway? Me. I do. And I wanted to share.

So I’ve been watching quite a few shorts on Vimeo recently due to the lull in my regular shows coming back to broadcast (too many of them take the Christmas break too seriously, why am I waiting a month for a new episode?!) and wanted to share with you my top 10 best. In all honesty I have so much more than 10 favourites, but I’m aware of the fact that anything more than 10 video links for folk to watch can be a bit overwhelming. Maybe I’ll come back and share the rest later.

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Something A Little Bit Different

This week I decided to spice up my twitter timeline a little, inspired by Teju Cole’s infamous Small Fates series. I remember reading them at the time and wondering how anyone managed to pack so much emotion and drama into 140 characters. It was pure brilliance. So I decided to challenge myself and see what I could do.

It really just started as a test to see if I could do a few general stories and make them sound even marginally coherent. But as I came to the end of my first bunch on Monday morning, I thought ‘Yolo’, and decided to carry on for the rest of the week every morning. It was a nice distraction from the predictable rages of the morning commute and a good challenge.

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A Drive-By

This post is literally what it says on the tin. I’ve been busy recently and I haven’t really had time to structure a new post in my usual way, but I still wanted to share a few unsophisticated thoughts, observances and small small shade.

Area one : Life-changing realisation

My ‘life-changing’ realisation is the beauty and importance of quality time with yourself in silence. I’ve been feeling overwhelmed lately by technology to the point it was making me irritable, not because I resented those I was communicating with, rather the method we were using. I began to feel like a crack addict who desperately wants to give it all up but doesn’t know how. I realised that I didn’t even know how to sit in silence without a computer on, show playing, phone pinging/ringing for more than a few minutes. I’d start reading a book, but then I’d be checking my phone, then I’d get into a conversation, and the time I had appointed for book reading alone would be swallowed up before I knew it. Frustration central. So…I decided to start to let some calls go to voicemail, reply to messages later when I felt like it, and not monitor my social media channels so doggedly. Moral of the story is, I was able to expand myself in other areas, I mentally felt better and uplifted, and I was able to enjoy and cherish silence. The peace of it all helped me counteract the negative energy I sometimes had due to feeling like I had no time to think for myself, which at times was developing into muted anxiety. My advice to everyone is to cultivate the habit of regular time-outs for yourself. And learn how to say ‘no’ when you’re overloaded. Your mental state will thank you for it.

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Pill Popping

Vanessa

They say pills will fix my broken thoughts.

My thoughts are not broken. They don’t need fixing.

What I need is for life to stop hurling a constant slew of crap my way…I need life to take a break,
a vacation,
a sabbatical,
enough time away to allow me to recuperate in-between.

I need time,
a break,
a moment,
to gather my senses, to summon my wits about me and prepare for the next attack.

I need a moment, a moment, a moment, one small moment in-between is all I’m asking for.

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The No Apology Chronology

Introduction

I knew I wanted to reflect on the passing of 2010 into 2011, but didn’t really know how I was going to do that. Then it struck me how a timeline or a chronology is often the best way of identifying and remembering significant events that have occurred. For me personally, I really wanted to reflect some of the things I have generally experienced and observed in my life, friends lives, as well as in the world in general as a means of providing  a source of reflection and encouragement for the new year. Thus, I came to the natural conclusion that a poem was the best medium in which to do this, as opposed to boring you with a list *yawn*, the majority of which you could happily access on Wikipedia *fun times*, or a blog the size of a dissertation which it would necessarily be, to cover the whole year 0_0.

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Guess Who

Introduction

I wrote this poem about a year and a half ago, as a fun interlude in a very tedious situation. See if you can guess what I am talking about before you get to the end.

Enjoy! 😉  xxx

I hated you at first.

The way you used to intrude on my thoughts.

Telling me where I was going as if I didn’t know or needed you to remind me again and again.

‘What a pest!’ I thought.

I wanted to tell you to ‘Shut UP!’ but I knew that would be pointless. You’d only speak again and again, and again, reminding me of my failure to accept Modernism in all its manifestations.

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