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February 05 2018

I was tagged...

… by @partycityshowgirlfreak . Thank you! Oh, wow… these are some loaded questions.

~Rules~ Always post the rules. Answer the questions given to you by the person who tagged you. Write 11 questions of your own. Tag 11 people.

1. If you could eliminate a social trend, which one would it be?

Who am I wanting to eliminate something a lot of people like and that makes them happy? Sure, there are things that I am not particularly fond of. And which are obviously a trend. But there is a reason why these things are trending. And the reason is: They strike a chord with people. And they make people happy. Are some of these things (in my personal opinion) stupid? Hell, yes. But I did a lot of stupid things in my life. But WHILE I did them they made me happy. I live by the general rule: If I don’t understand why someone does something, I don’t automatically claim they are stupid. Because - after all - I am the one who doesn’t understand, right?
The thing is: I don’t have to follow any trend. Actually, I never really followed any trend. I was always the one who started trends ;P Okay, that was a lie (It wasn’t). I never started anything that became a trend (I did). I am the least trendy person on this whole planet (I am not). Basically, my second name is “Not trendy at all” (It isn’t. My second name is very trendy) 

2. If you were stranded on a desert island, which 1 item would you bring?

I sure know what I would bring if stranded on a dessert island: A spoon.
But on a desert island? Hmmm… Sunscreen? Sunscreen sounds good to me.

3. What is your favourite comfort food?

Probably gummy bears. And I usually eat so many that they become “discomfort food”.

4. What movie influenced your life the most?

Hmmm… Good question. There is not one single movie that did. There are several. My dad had a Super8 projector. With Super8 movies. Super8 was to the VHS generation what VHS was to the DVD generation. And DVD to the BluRay generation, just so that you know. And watching these movies… once or twice a year when my dad set up the screen, pulled down the blinds, and hearing the rattling of the projector, and seeing the flickering… that was magic. Real magic. And that… yes… that influenced me a lot: Movies. Because they are magic.

5. What song always makes you cry?

I’ll pass on that.

6. Which do you prefer- cats or dogs?

I rather have a salad. Thank you.

7. Favourite topping on a pizza?

Tomatoes, cheese, salami, olives, ham, pepperoni, and cheese. Did I mention cheese? Cheese is important.

8. What would you like to change in the world?

The really sad belief of most people that they cannot change the world. AND the dangerous belief of many people that change can only happen if they are acting like dicks. 

9. Do you believe in the afterlife?

No. And yes. The thing is: We Westerners have this really strange belief that life is something that happens between two random points in time: our birth and our death. So we came up with these - as I see it - absurd concepts such as: afterlife, heaven, hell… What is life? What is existence? What is consciousness? All is energy. In one form or another. And energy cannot be destroyed. So… the life we have now, the life we live now, yes, it is unique. And we better do everything we can to make the best out of it. So that we are happy. Because we are all that we have, no? But this life… this life isn’t everything. We are connected. To everything. We _are_ everything. And everything is us. 

10. What are you scared of?

Fear. And it’s pretty damn hard to stop being afraid of fear.

11. Did you ever lose someone close to you - and if you did, how did you cope with it?

Yes, I did. How did I cope with it? Hmmm… I was told that I coped with it very well. And I believed those who told me. Now… some 15 years later I am not so sure that I did. I just simply pushed it away. And pushing something like this away… It will haunt you, sooner or later. On the other hand… there was no way back then than not to push it away. Sometimes you need to lock stuff away and later work on it, when you have the “air to breathe”, the strength, or someone who will be there for you. How do I cope with it now? See question 9

I break the rules in this one. Because I love these questions. And so I tag (only if you want to do this) the following people for the same questions:

@qbn-scholar@soul-residues@ravenheart-girl@sharonbphotos@naturelvr69, @ambroseharte, @starlight2travel, @hanskou, @inrumford, @jellytussle, @my-shadow-box

February 04 2018

Things need not have happened to be true. Tales and dreams are the shadow-truths that will endure when mere facts are dust and ashes, and forgot.
— Neil Gaiman
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“Fool’s Gold” - Arena

Fly to the valleys, fly to the hills
Try to exist on your own without feelings
Ripping your soul beyond all recognition
Unforgiven, twisted vision

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February 03 2018

And once again... *rolleyes*

It seems that some people never learn. And “some people” in this case are (or IS) yours truly. Me. The Pete-guy *pointing at myself*

Not too long ago I had a fascinating discussion about writing and about how a story dictates the way it needs to be written. Like… you knooow… it sometimes seems as if _you_ as the writer have no say in that. Absolutely no say. The story needs to be written exactly the way it needs to be written. And that is what the story will tell you. Sometimes subtly. Sometimes in a quite brutal way. By simply telling you: NO.

And that can sometimes become frustrating. REALLY frustrating. Because _you_ as the writer, _you_ have *drumroll* IDEAS ™. And these IDEAS ™ are so brilliant (of course they are brilliant! YOU had them. And in this case “you” is yours truly. Me. The messy-hair-guy) that you (remember: you = me) want to… no! NEED to put all of these IDEAS ™ into the story. No matter if they fit or not. Because… well… IDEAS ™. And then the story says: No.

And this happened. Anditdrovemeinsanelikeliterallyinsane. I was so focused on putting the IDEAS ™ into the story that I didn’t realize that I was not working FOR the story. But against it. But that is what I did. I worked against the story. And that is what stories don’t like. Not at all! That’s why they say: No. Sometimes even: Nope. And in rare cases: ARE YOU KIDDING ME? (okay… that is not so rare)

Whatever… So, I was pondering and thinking and beating myself up because I didn’t manage to put all these IDEAS ™ into the story, and that even though - oh, the irony - just some days ago I told a friend pretty directly that I don’t believe in this (quote) “whatever happens happens shit”, but rather in “going with the flow” and how this is a big difference. And I rambled on about the big difference. And then it suddenly struck me:

The solution is there. Right before my eyes. And if I would have stopped _thinking_ and would have been just a bit more open and would have went with the flow, all of the IDEAS ™ wouldn’t have mattered anymore. Because the story dictates the way it needs to be written.

Not that this wouldn’t have already happened before a million times (OH! Irony again)

February 02 2018

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February 01 2018

Things are as they are. Looking out into it the universe at night, we make no comparisons between right and wrong stars, nor between well and badly arranged constellations.
— Alan Watts
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“Serenity / The Unquiet Sky” - Arena live

Taciturn and gentle it floats across your path
A shadow barely visible to the blameless heart
Yet with it comes a sense
Of darkness in your soul
And waiting for the end
Will take its toll

January 30 2018

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“Moviedrome” - Arena

He has the face of a friend
And shall reach across the world into every home
We invite him in and offer no defense
And with every given soul he reaches for his throne
He has the face of an Angel
As he leads us in the dance
Until we find ourselves… Alone!

I’m extremely profane, unconsciously so, when I see something great for the first time; I don’t know why, but beauty and profanity are related to me in the same way. It may be that I want to think of art in the vernacular, but I have no control over what comes out of my mouth when my eyes take in great beauty… it might just be the reason I avoid going to museums with elderly ladies.
— Vincent Price
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January 26 2018


Vincent Price “The Bat”

Shameless self-promotion ;)

Every time I judge someone else, I reveal an unhealed part of myself.
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No time to explain. Get in the kangaroo.

follow me

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Tree people are good people

January 25 2018

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Camera Mug // Modcloth

If you want your coffee to be mugged and you’re also into photography

January 24 2018

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“A State Of Grace” - Arena

You’ve never truly known
The kind of place that I come from
You turned your back on all the signs
That bore the words of warning

January 23 2018

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