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Nothing is more dangerous to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future.

“So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservatism, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more dangerous to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure”
-Alexander Supertramp,Into the Wild

This is one of my favourite quotes- it depicts so well the way I see and feel about life, and helps to explain why- unlike many people I’m surrounded with who cannot seem to understand- I am not, and cannot, be satisfied with the boring, average, secure life. Why I don’t sacrifice everything for financial stability and why it does not particularly concern me, why I have goals but do not plan out my life and why the prospect of not knowing what comes next and living life as it comes excites me. Why my parents don’t understand why I can’t be logical and happy to stay in a secure, 8-5 Monday-Friday office job and save for my future instead of having fun when I could not think of anything more mundane, suffocating and spirit crushing. I desire for life to be a liberating adventure full of spontaneity, magical moments and crazy fun and I want to live in the present, not the future.

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Being productive whilst half dead

The past few days I have been under attack from an evil, merciless flu. Apart from feeling overly sorry for myself, dramatically complaining to anyone who would listen (even unwilling victims), utilising all tumblr, facebook, and now here to let the world know of my misery and stuffing myself with so much vitamin C I will probably soon turn into an orange, I have actually had a quite productive few days of what has felt like looming death.

I took Wednesday off work to recover and wallow in my own sorrows and snot, and as well as catching up on some much needed sleep and doing some quality stuffing my face with comfort food, I am now able to finally cross off another book on my to-read list: The Five People You Meet in Heaven. Which was an excellent, thought-provoking read including a few good lessons to learn, which took my mind off my self-sympathy for a little while. I am very much looking forward to reading other works of Mitch Albom. One positive thing about being so sick- being able to curl up under blankets at home all day, doing whatever you feel like. I also scored two job interviews in Brisbane (where I’m moving in a week’s time).

Thursday I had to take off work as well (unfortunately- I don’t want to use up my leave so it’s paid out when I finish at this job, damn it!) to go to said interviews (plus I was also still in the deathly clutches of the flu from hell). So I hope they appreciate me dragging myself out of my warm bed all the way to Brisbane in my awful state just to talk to them for a few minutes. If I don’t get the job I will snap and unleash my fury upon them, which will not be pleasant. Not for them anyway- I’m sure I’ll get a sadistic kick out of it. However, I also got to see the best friend, so it was worth it.

And now it is Friday already- I love weeks that go super quickly- and I have dragged myself to work, croaky-voiced, runny-nosed, watery-eyed and miserable but still here. Obviously I’m super dedicated, good hearted person. Obviously it has nothing to do with me wanting to not use up more sick leave so I get more money. Or not wanting to take three days off so I get a good reference. Obviously. They better all appreciate me.

However, I think just getting out of bed and to work is enough for 10am in my current condition and I need to ease myself into getting to the actual doing work part, which is why I’m currently writing this instead of doing my job. Happy Friday everyone!

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“Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light’

Albus Dumbledore

Just had to share this one because it’s one of my favourite quotes and so inspiring and true, and of course because Dumbledore said it, therefore it has to be of infinite wisdom.

“Happiness can be found …

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Progression with to-read list

I have been doing a fair bit of reading lately and have finished The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, 1984 and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. I very much enjoyed The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas and especially Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. From the first page I fell in love with the characters and their intricate, fascinating and damaged personalities. Although I found the concept of 1984 interesting and am certainly glad I’ve read it, I didn’t find the story particularly enjoyable to read, and was very glad when I finally got through to the end. It was only in the last quarter or so of the book that it started to get at all exciting and even then I couldn’t say I was riveted in the slightest.

I have also invested in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Five People You Meet in Heaven (which is next to read), The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Robinson Crusoe and The Help. I ordered three of these off Fishpond and while the prices were fantastic, they took forever to arrive which made me incredibly frustrated as I have very little patience. So probably won’t be doing that again, I am now on a mission to find one that delivers them quickly. I love having this many books piled up waiting for me to read!

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I wondered, for the first time in my life, if life was worth all the work it took to live. What exactly made it worth it?

Jonathan Safran Foer, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

I wondered, for the first…

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What is my life for and what am I going to do with it? I don’t know and I’m afraid. I can never read all the books I want; I can never be all the people I want and live all the lives I want. I can never train myself in all the skills I want. And what do I want? I want to live and feel all the shades, tones, and variations of mental and physical experience possible in my life. And I am horribly limited.

Sylvia Plath, The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath

I find her fascinating

What is my life for and w…

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I have added a to-read list!

https://lifeinfinityinsanity.wordpress.com/to-read-list/

as previously my to-read list was not actually one list, but scribblings and notes on many different phones, notepads, computers and various brain compartments.

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It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all- in which case, you fail by default.

following this morning’s rather obsessive Harry Potter post, this quote by JK Rowling furthers my admiration of her.

It is impossible to live …

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A good excuse to blab about books for 30 days.

Not that I need one, but I came across this challenge today and I have never done a book challenge before. It looks like fun and I love talking about books, so I am going to give it a go.

Day 1: Favorite book
Day 2: Least favorite book
Day 3: Book that makes you laugh out loud
Day 4: Book that makes you cry
Day 5: Book you wish you could live in
Day 6: Favorite young adult book
Day 7: Book that you can quote/recite
Day 8: Book that scares you
Day 9: Book that makes you sick
Day 10: Book that changed your life
Day 11: Book from your favorite author
Day 12: Book that is most like your life
Day 13: Book whose main character is most like you
Day 14: Book whose main character you want to marry
Day 15: First “chapter book” you can remember reading as a child
Day 16: Longest book you’ve read
Day 17: Shortest book you’ve read
Day 18: Book you’re most embarrassed to say you like
Day 19: Book that turned you on
Day 20: Book you’ve read the most number of times
Day 21: Favorite picture book from childhood
Day 22: Book you plan to read next
Day 23: Book you tell people you’ve read, but haven’t (or haven’t actually finished)
Day 24: Book that contains your favorite scene
Day 25: Favorite book you read in school
Day 26: Favorite nonfiction book
Day 27: Favorite fiction book
Day 28: Last book you read
Day 29: Book you’re currently reading
Day 30: Favorite coffee table book

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finally venturing deeper into the online world

not that I do not spend ample time on the internet, blogging, facebooking, researching, browsing the infinite depths of the world wide web, the usual etc etc. However! Today marked a new point in my online adventures- venturing into the world of online shopping. Sure, I’ve checked it out before, looked around, done a bit of browsing, but have never stepped in far enough to actually buy something. Until now.

Continuing with my good day, I decided the appropriate way to spend my lunch hour was in a bookstore- a place where I always feel at home, comfortable and relaxed. I became more and more disheartened, however, when seeing all the wonderful books, checking the price tags, then thinking of my current less than impressive bank balance. Got back to the office, and began my new mission- to satisfy my hunger and love for literature and the wonderful world of words and stories, while keeping my bank account happy and me guilt free. It did not take me long to discover fishpond.com.au, and I browsed for a good hour or so, marveling at the vast collection of books and the incredibly cheap prices. After much thought process and decision making, I finally purchased:

– The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
– Robinson Crusoe
-The Five People You Meet in Heaven

All for a mere $17!

Now I just have to wait patiently for the few weeks it is anticipated to take to receive them, and hopefully all goes well and they actually turn up. And if it works out, I will definitely be using this for the majority of my book purchases from now on. Overall, I must say, I think I might be a budding fan of online shopping! Next might even be…wait for it…clothes. Big step, I know.

Point of this post being- my geeky side has been satisfied for now, as has my adventurous & curious side, in the technology department- both with venturing into online shopping and creating a new blog all in one day!

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