“Live in the moment..!” Last letter from the 27yr old dying woman, Holy Butcher.

“Live in the moment..!” Last letter from the 27yr old dying woman, Holy Butcher.

That’s the thing about life;

It is fragile, precious and unpredictable

and each day is a gift, not a given right.

—–

삶은 그런 것 중 하나입니다.

깨지기 쉽고, 소중하며, 예측할 수 없으며

매일 주어진 선물이지, 주어진 권리가 아니라는 것.  

http://www.cornwalllive.com/news/health/young-cancer-victim-holly-butcher-1032238.amp

A bit of life advice from Hol:

It’s a strange thing to realise and accept your mortality at 26 years young. It’s just one of those things you ignore. The days tick by and you just expect they will keep on coming; Until the unexpected happens.

I always imagined myself growing old, wrinkled and grey- most likely caused by the beautiful family (lots of kiddies) I planned on building with the love of my life. I want that so bad it hurts.

That’s the thing about life; It is fragile, precious and unpredictable and each day is a gift, not a given right.

I’m 27 now. I don’t want to go. I love my life. I am happy.. I owe that to my loved ones. But the control is out of my hands.

I haven’t started this ‘note before I die’ so that death is feared – I like the fact that we are mostly ignorant to it’s inevitability.. Except when I want to talk about it and it is treated like a ‘taboo’ topic that will never happen to any of us.. That’s been a bit tough. I just want people to stop worrying so much about the small, meaningless stresses in life and try to remember that we all have the same fate after it all so do what you can to make your time feel worthy and great, minus the bullshit.

I have dropped lots of my thoughts below as I have had a lot of time to ponder life these last few months. Of course it’s the middle of the night when these random things pop in my head most!

Those times you are whinging about ridiculous things (something I have noticed so much these past few months), just think about someone who is really facing a problem. Be grateful for your minor issue and get over it. It’s okay to acknowledge that something is annoying but try not to carry on about it and negatively effect other people’s days.

Once you do that, get out there and take a freaking big breath of that fresh Aussie air deep in your lungs, look at how blue the sky is and how green the trees are; It is so beautiful. Think how lucky you are to be able to do just that – breathe.

It is so beautiful. Think how lucky you are to be able to do just that – breathe.

You might have got caught in bad traffic today, or had a bad sleep because your beautiful babies kept you awake, or your hairdresser cut your hair too short. Your new fake nails might have got a chip, your boobs are too small, or you have cellulite on your arse and your belly is wobbling.

Let all that shit go.. I swear you will not be thinking of those things when it is your turn to go. It is all SO insignificant when you look at life as a whole. I’m watching my body waste away right before my eyes with nothing I can do about it and all I wish for now is that I could have just one more Birthday or Christmas with my family, or just one more day with my partner and dog. Just one more.

I hear people complaining about how terrible work is or about how hard it is to exercise – Be grateful you are physically able to. Work and exercise may seem like such trivial things … until your body doesn’t allow you to do either of them.

I tried to live a healthy life, in fact, that was probably my major passion. Appreciate your good health and functioning body- even if it isn’t your ideal size. Look after it and embrace how amazing it is. Move it and nourish it with fresh food. Don’t obsess over it.

Remember there are more aspects to good health than the physical body.. work just as hard on finding your mental, emotional and spiritual happiness too. That way you might realise just how insignificant and unimportant having this stupidly portrayed perfect social media body really is.. While on this topic, delete any account that pops up on your news feeds that gives you any sense of feeling shit about yourself. Friend or not.. Be ruthless for your own well-being.

Be grateful for each day you don’t have pain and even the days where you are unwell with man flu, a sore back or a sprained ankle, accept it is shit but be thankful it isn’t life threatening and will go away.

Whinge less, people! .. And help each other more.

Give, give, give. It is true that you gain more happiness doing things for others than doing them for yourself. I wish I did this more. Since I have been sick, I have met the most incredibly giving and kind people and been the receiver of the most thoughtful and loving words and support from my family, friends and strangers; More than I could I ever give in return. I will never forget this and will be forever grateful to all of these people.

It is a weird thing having money to spend at the end.. when you’re dying. It’s not a time you go out and buy material things that you usually would, like a new dress. It makes you think how silly it is that we think it is worth spending so much money on new clothes and ‘things’ in our lives.

Buy your friend something kind instead of another dress, beauty product or jewellery for that next wedding. 1. No-one cares if you wear the same thing twice 2. It feels good. Take them out for a meal, or better yet, cook them a meal. Shout their coffee. Give/ buy them a plant, a massage or a candle and tell them you love them when you give it to them.

Value other people’s time. Don’t keep them waiting because you are shit at being on time. Get ready earlier if you are one of those people and appreciate that your friends want to share their time with you, not sit by themselves, waiting on a mate. You will gain respect too! Amen sister.

This year, our family agreed to do no presents and despite the tree looking rather sad and empty (I nearly cracked Christmas Eve!), it was so nice because people didn’t have the pressure of shopping and the effort went into writing a nice card for each other. Plus imagine my family trying to buy me a present knowing they would probably end up with it themselves.. strange! It might seem lame but those cards mean more to me than any impulse purchase could. Mind you, it was also easier to do in our house because we had no little kiddies there. Anyway, moral of the story- presents are not needed for a meaningful Christmas. Moving on.

Use your money on experiences.. Or at least don’t miss out on experiences because you spent all your money on material shit.

Put in the effort to do that day trip to the beach you keep putting off. Dip your feet in the water and dig your toes in the sand. Wet your face with salt water.

Get amongst nature.

Try just enjoying and being in moments rather than capturing them through the screen of your phone.

Life isn’t meant to be lived through a screen nor is it about getting the perfect photo.. enjoy the bloody moment, people! Stop trying to capture it for everyone else.

Random rhetorical question. Are those several hours you spend doing your hair and make up each day or to go out for one night really worth it? I’ve never understood this about females 🤔.

Get up early sometimes and listen to the birds while you watch the beautiful colours the sun makes as it rises. Listen to music.. really listen. Music is therapy. Old is best.

Cuddle your dog. Far out, I will miss that.

Talk to your friends. Put down your phone. Are they doing okay?

Travel if it’s your desire, don’t if it’s not.

Work to live, don’t live to work.

Seriously, do what makes your heart feel happy.

Eat the cake. Zero guilt.

Say no to things you really don’t want to do.

Don’t feel pressured to do what other people might think is a fulfilling life.. you might want a mediocre life and that is so okay.

Tell your loved ones you love them every time you get the chance and love them with everything you have.

Also, remember if something is making you miserable, you do have the power to change it – in work or love or whatever it may be. Have the guts to change. You don’t know how much time you’ve got on this earth so don’t waste it being miserable. I know that is said all the time but it couldn’t be more true.

Anyway, that’s just this one young gals life advice. Take it or leave it, I don’t mind!

Oh and one last thing, if you can, do a good deed for humanity (and myself) and start regularly donating blood. It will make you feel good with the added bonus of saving lives. I feel like it is something that is so overlooked considering every donation can save 3 lives! That is a massive impact each person can have and the process really is so simple.

Blood donation (more bags than I could keep up with counting) helped keep me alive for an extra year – a year I will be forever grateful that I got to spend it here on Earth with my family, friends and dog. A year I had some of the greatest times of my life.

..’Til we meet again.

Hol

Xoxo

Myra Canyon, Kelowna, BC

Myra Canyon, Kelowna, BC

I went on a short trail walking on Myra Canyon, BC during my Grand Canada 2017 tour. The view of the mountain (2500m+) from the trestles was simply breathtaking. 🙂 Would love to be back…! ☺️🌸

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Myra Canyon – Kettle Valley Rail Trail

https://goo.gl/maps/r8KFP8Zp5qw

[k-web drama] 연플리

[k-web drama] 연플리

페이스북과 유튜브에서 엄청난 조회수와 댓글을 자아낸 웹드라마 시리즈~ [연플리]  🙂

요즘 썩 끌리는 드라마도 없고… 시간이 없어서 TV를 잘 보지 못했는데, TV보다 더 스토리가 재밌는 웹드라마를 발견했다. 🙂 이 짧은 영상안에 자신이 하고자 하는 이야기를 제대로 담아서 멋진 스토리를 담아낸 작가도 작가이지만… 남자 주인공, 여자 주인공 모두 너무도 매력적이라 자꾸 생각나게 되는 드라마. 거기에 감미로운 음악까지…  =) 순수한 학창시절의 풋풋한 사랑이 그대로 느껴지는… 수줍고 예쁜 사랑의 시작. 덕분에 함께 설레일 수 있어서 다음 에피소드가 기대된다. 곧 브라운관에서도 볼 수 있기를… 🙂

….라고 적고 구글을 검색해보니 6월 중순부터 JTBC에서도 방송을 시작~ JTBC 연플리 방송 뉴스

아..! 역시.., 좋은 스토리를 알아보는, JTBC. 🙂

기대되는 #웹드라마 의 시대~ =)

#사랑이다가오는순간 #설레임 #작가

 

 

[Documentary] Dancing with Jikji – /Jikji Code/ Gutenberg? Did he really exist? Was he really the first inventor of the movable metal press?

[Documentary] Dancing with Jikji – /Jikji Code/ Gutenberg? Did he really exist? Was he really the first inventor of the movable metal press?

I just finished watching this new documentary that just got released last month in Seoul. It’s by a Canadian scholar David Redman and explores the story of Jikji – the buddhist book that’s been printed by the world’s first movable metal press but remains almost unknown to the general public. It was very interesting to follow their indepth researches in and around Europe and Asia, and gave me a fresh perspective about ‘What is History’.

I was already aware of the existence of Jikji and its significance, so the stories about Jikji didn’t surprise me much. But what shocked me was that there were almost no records or evidences of Gutenberg ever existing or even the valid proof that he was the one who had printed the famous bible; and yet the entire world and the academia have firmly supported and stood by this belief without any doubts until today.

Would love to discover more about the Jikji story later on.

http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Jikji

About the movie:  

Travelling to the French National Library (BnF) to see Jikji, the world’s oldest movable metal type book printed in Korea, a Canadian, David Redman discovers no one knows anything about the book printed in Korea in 1377! Realizing Eurocentrism is at play, David off sets off on a journey through Europe and Korea with Sarang Ness and the Jikji team to find how the print technology transferred from 13th Century Koryo to Europe. Dancing with Jikji, in theaters June 28th, 2017 (Republic of Korea)

 

About Jikji:

 

More on the topic:

[Gutenberg vs Jikji]

https://bangnangja.wordpress.com/2011/10/19/the-gutenberg-bible-vs-the-jikji/

 

[Who invented the Printing Press?] :

https://www.livescience.com/43639-who-invented-the-printing-press.html

 

[Biography also states there’s no evidence of Gutenberg]:

https://www.biography.com/people/johannes-gutenberg-9323828

Gutenberg carried on his printing activities for several more years, but little evidence exists of what he actually published because he didn’t put his name on any of his printings. 

Records of Johannes Gutenberg’s later years are as sketchy as his early life. Still living in Mainz, it is believed that he went blind in the last months of his life. 

 

 

“Audition, The Fools Who Dream” by Emma Stone, from the movie [La La Land]

“Audition, The Fools Who Dream” by Emma Stone, from the movie [La La Land]

 

Good morning, Monday. 🙂 Starting my week by listening to one of my favorite music, “Audition (The Fools Who Dream)” from the movie, La La Land.  I particularly liked this one because of its lyrics.

“The water was freezing
She spent a month sneezing
But said she would do it again”

How better could anyone narrate the experience of falling in love than with these simple lines…? Falling in love is such an absurd act of blindness… whether it’s with our dreams or with someone. We might fall a little too hard, and we might have to suffer a bit too long. But if you’re truly, madly in love…. You will still fall. Jump in. Without fear, without regrets… over, and over again. 🙂

#20170710

p.s.) Here’s to the ones who dream…. 🙂

 

LA LA LAND

“Audition (The Fools Who Dream)”
(performed by Emma Stone)

My aunt used to live in Paris.
I remember, she used to come home
and she would tell us these stories about being abroad.
And I remember,
she told us that
she jumped into the river once.
Barefoot.
She smiled…

. . .

Leapt without looking
And tumbled into the Seine
The water was freezing
She spent a month sneezing
But said she would do it again

Here’s to the ones who dream
Foolish as they may seem
Here’s to the hearts that ache
Here’s to the mess we make

She captured a feeling
Sky with no ceiling
The sunset inside a frame

She lived in her liquor
And died with a flicker
I’ll always remember the flame

Here’s to the ones who dream
Foolish as they may seem
Here’s to the hearts that ache
Here’s to the mess we make

She told me:
“A bit of madness is key
To give us new colors to see
Who knows where it will lead us?
And that’s why they need us”

So bring on the rebels
The ripples from pebbles
The painters, and poets, and plays

And here’s to the fools who dream
Crazy as they may seem
Here’s to the hearts that break
Here’s to the mess we make

I trace it all back to then
Her, and the snow, and the Seine
Smiling through it
She said she’d do it again

Malcolm X by Manning Marable

Malcolm X by Manning Marable

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for History, the definitive biography of Malcolm X.

Hailed as “a masterpiece” (San Francisco Chronicle), the late Manning Marable’s acclaimed biography of Malcolm X finally does justice to one of the most influential and controversial figures of twentieth-century American history. Filled with startling new information and shocking revelations, Malcolm X unfolds a sweeping story of race and class in America. Reaching into Malcolm’s troubled youth, it traces a path from his parents’ activism as followers of Marcus Garvey through his own work with the Nation of Islam and rise in the world of black nationalism, and culminates in the never-before-told true story of his assassination. Malcolm X is a stunning achievement, the definitive work on one of our greatest advocates for social change.