A Sparkle of Wonderment

The dim light sparkled in her eyes. The moonlight shone on her delicate skin, shining like a million diamonds in the starry sky. Her laugh was childlike, innocent, and it lingered throughout the misty forest. Lyna, she was called. Through the dim forest she walked, careful of every step. She was a moon child. A rare sight now to see. They were dying, as the destruction of the circlets was the main cause. Their energy was fading, and nothing was to be done. She did not mind though, because she had faith in her kind. Lyna swiftly swung down from a tree and landed gracefully in front of a pond. The moon’s reflection shimmered, and from her impact came ripples onto the pond’s surface. The water was so clear that glowing fish could be seen. Their bodies shone like gemstones, and they shimmered, like many things in the moon children’s forest. The forest was once a sacred place, but now, it became dreary. Few things of innocence were left.

Like a child, who often sees things in wonderment, she gazed upon the translucent pond. She smiled and dipped the tip of her finger into the water. The fish swam in patterns, excited at her presence. She laughed once again, like a small bell tinkling with delight. The wind whistled through the glowing blue trees. They glowed with power and truth. Lyna sat alone in the darkness, pondering about her life. What will she do to bring the circlets back? She didn’t want to be naive, she must be brave. She was stronger than most, but was she strong enough?

Suddenly, she heard a small rustle to her right. Her pointy ears perked up in caution.

“Who’s there?” Lyna asked confidently. She stood up and turned around. With her shoulders back and her head high, she was not afraid.

Something stepped out of the bushes. It was an Elvlish child. He did not look much like a child however, Lyna thought. His jawline was sharp, and his eyes were piercing green. Leaves adorned his body in a delicate fashion. His eyes met with Lyna’s, and he gazed at her presence in wonderment.

“I have not seen a moon child for many years, or has anyone!” Exclaimed the Elvish child. His smile lit up the forest, and he laughed with delight. Lyna looked at him cautiously. “There is no need to fear. For I am on a journey.” He stepped towards Lyna, reaching out his delicate hand, decorated with many rings and jewels. With caution, Lyna reached out her small hand, and took his. “You are beautiful. I have never seen something with such beauty. Your hair shines like crystal, and your eyes are like a jewel I have never seen before. Why are you alone? How old are you? You look like a child, yet something about you…” Lyna quickly withdrew her hand from his. Tears sprung to her eyes. Her hair flowed behind her as she ran and ran and ran. How dare he! He doesn’t even know me, Lyna thought. What am I to him? An object of beauty?

In shock, the Elvish child, Ashlen cried out, “Wait, I did not mean to cause offense! Please, I pray you, return. I wish to speak once more with you.” But she was too far off. Ashlen stood confused for five minutes, wondering about this celestial child that he had laid eyes upon. A pang of regret and sorrow swam through his entire being. Where did she go? Why did she have to leave? Out of the corner of Ashlen’s eye, something glowed upon the earthy ground. Two iridescent tears decorated the forest floor. They were shining ever so brightly, and Ashlen could not believe his eyes. Who was this wonderful creature? Will I ever see her again? Ashlen then promised himself, “I must see her beauty again.” With that last thought, he gathered a bed of leaves and thus fell asleep.

Lyna continued to run and run until her feet could carry her no more. She was running out of energy, and she must regain her strength before traveling farther. She flowed gracefully down onto a mushroom the size of her body, and closed her eyes. She called to the trees, and she absorbed their power. Her hair blew and waved about her head, and her body tingled with absorption. She was regenerated. Once again, she closed her lavender colored eyes, and commenced in the activity of sleep.

When Lyna awoke, she did not realize how far she had actually made it. She lay at the end of the moon forest. Before her stood the Garden of Flowers. The sun shone brightly, warming her face and softening her hair. The sky was ever blue this morning. Here lived the flower children. She had not seen them in years. Dew drops decorated the leaves and buds of flowers beginning to bloom. She looked around her, and she saw the flower children, laughing and chattering in that sweet delicate way that they always talked. You would never hear a flower child shout in anger, or yell at an octave louder than a flygone could. She once loved holding conversations with flower children. Ever sweet and kind they were. She lifted her body, and walked towards a Rosebud child.

“Hello, sweet one. How are you on this wonderful morning?” Lyna smiled with genuine kindness and spoke with care. The Rosebud child stared, wide eyed, and a smile broke across her face.

“Oh my! I have not seen a mood child ever in my life. I am amazed at how different, and quite beautiful you are. Oh, pardon me for my rudeness! I am happy this morning, especially now that I can hold a conversation with you!” The Rosebud child’s cheeks were blush colored and her pastel colored hair flowed down to her feet. Lyna smiled and wondered if there might be somewhere she can find something to eat. “Of course, sweetheart! Why, come to my cottage, if you please! I was only about to have my morning tea.” Lyna graciously accepted, thankful that she was here. However, her thoughts were corrupted with the Elvish child. She could not forget the way he laughed. His bright smile was something she had never seen before, and his wonderment at Lyna made her uncomfortable, but it also made her blush just thinking about it… Had she overreacted last night? A sting of regret hit her, and she suddenly felt upset that she had left him all alone, especially since the forest is not safe anymore! Oh, no, what if!…

Ashlen sat up from his bed of leaves. He rubbed his eyes and remembered where he was. His mind immediately refreshed itself.

 

This was a sample of the new story that I am writing. I am not sure how long I’ll continue, because this was mostly for fun. Thank you for reading and leave a comment if you enjoyed! 🙂

Video Games

I have always enjoyed video games, especially since my generation is born in the age of technology. I never had to deal with bad quality 2d games. (Nothing against them! I lot of them are very amazing, I mean who doesn’t love Mario or Pacman?)

My dad recently purchased the XBOX ONE and ever since then I have been really into gaming. I am no pro, but I am slowly getting better. I think gaming has actually taught me a lot about strategy, skills, and survival.

A few really good games that I am playing now are…

  1. Ori and the Blind Forest: I just finished this game quite recently (Okay, I finished it two times within the span of 2 weeks) and I can safely say that this is one of the best video games I have EVER played. The graphics are incredible, the soundtrack is so beautiful, and the storyline is very mystical. It reminds me of Legend of Zelda and a fairytale mixed together. I HIGHLY recommend this game if you have the XBOX ONE, or a PC. It is kind of an underrated game for some reason, but trust me it is amazing.

Age: I think an appropriate age to play this game is 12 and up. I do not think it is violent at all, but it can be very challenging, and that is why I say 12 and up. A 5 year old could play it and not be scared, but that doesn’t mean that he/she will be good at it. It is officially rated E for everyone.

2. Halo: The Master Chief Collection: I know, I know, you already know about Halo and how great it is, but just saying, if you’re a new gamer like me, then you will love this game. It is not too hard for beginners, and the graphics are very impressive. I have just finished Halo 2 and am now on Halo 3, and I have played a ton of the multiplayer games (Spartan Ops) which are also very good, and I think this is not too violent.

Age: In my opinion, this game is very appropriate for 12 and up. For some strange reason it is rated M 17+, and in my opinion it should be rated Teen or something of the sort. There is little to no swearing, and very little blood. (Unless green and blue alien blood counts) so I think it’s very appropriate.

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3. Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition: I have never played any of the other Tomb Raider games so Tomb Raider is fairly new to me, but as I am almost done with the game I can say that it is very close to being one of my favorite games ever. The story line is fantastic, Lara Croft is very brave and strong, and the graphics are amazing. Her face is very detailed and I am very shocked at how realistic it is.

Age: This is one of the more violent games, if not the most violent games I have ever played, so I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone under the age of 15. (Unless she/he is very mature.) It is very graphic, and it contains a ton of swear words, so it is for mature gamers. I have seen my fair share of gore and violence so this game is not violent at all to me, but to others who are more sensitive, this can be very frightening to play. I still highly recommend it.

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I am slowly branching out to the more mature games, and I am really enjoying the new games so far. I used to play stuff like Super Mario brothers, Super Mario Galaxy 1 and then 2, The Legend of Zelda, etc. So this is quite a change for me, but I am really enjoying the detailed graphics.

I am now playing Shadow of Mordor, which is arguably one of the most detailed and good quality games out there. I will tell you what I think of it later on. It is actually very hard so far.

Thanks for reading and if anybody has any good recommendations for the Xbox One please leave them in the comments below! I would love to play some of your favorites!

My Thoughts of the Day

I have been kind of down lately, and I think it’s due to the rainy weather. Don’t get me wrong, I love rainy weather, I really do, but sometimes when I can’t go out to meditate or relax, I feel like I’m trapped in a box. Don’t be surprised reader when I say that I haven’t left my house for 5 days.

I’ve also noticed that the more I look at the news and how negative things are in the world, the more depressed I am. I really stand by the saying ignorance is bliss, and I believe it 100%. I don’t want to be ignorant, but at the same time, what if knowing all of these things makes me a completely pessimistic and negative person? (No offense, but that’s exactly how my father is.)

Should I give up trying to get into politics and just accept that there is no ideal society? I am already aware that humans are incredibly destructive, greedy, evil, and selfish, so why am I focusing all of my energy on helping them? I have already realized that there is no right or wrong side in politics. Both sides are good at different things, but both are ultimately wrong. When will people try to help things other than their own kind? How about the environment? How about the billions of animals that are killed yearly? We eat 9 times our human population (65 billion) in animals per year. I know this is a typical thing for a vegan to say, but when will we stop caring about ourselves? Honestly, I don’t think that will ever happen. People will continue to eat corpses, and although it doesn’t really sit well with me, what can I do?

Sometimes I feel so helpless, and I want to give up, but then I remember that even saving one animal’s life is enough to me. Even saving 1,100 gallons of water per day (by being vegan) is enough for me. I know that our human race will not end well, but maybe we deserve it. We have done nothing but bad for this planet…

America is going down the drain, and there are various excuses that people use. “Obama,” “Terrorists,” “Libtards,” etc. Why can’t you just accept that it was doomed from the start because humans only care about themselves?

Why can’t anyone accept that? Even I am not some innocent vegan saint. I may care about animals, but I don’t have a shred of sympathy for the human race. That is wrong too, and I know it, but who can stop me? Nobody is right in this world. There aren’t any right sides at all on Earth.

So what do I think people should do?

Do what makes you happy, because in the end, we will always be selfish creatures, and no human can be selfless. Just a fact. I used to disagree with everything I am saying now, but it took me a while to realize the truth.

I am still ignorant and naive, so I might change my mind later, but for now, these are my opinions.

Thank you for reading.

Why You Should Meditate

I’ve heard some people say that meditation is not for everyone, but I’d like to just disagree. I truly believe that everybody should meditate, regardless of religion, occupation, gender, social class, etc. We are all people, and we all need to give our minds a break.

Think about it this way. At every single waking hour of our entire lives, our brains are rapidly thinking and processing information. We are even thinking in our sleep (dreaming.) Our bodies may be resting, but our minds aren’t.

Why is this important? When your brain is constantly thinking, it can tend to work to hard, causing stress and anxiety. Meditation has been scientifically proven to reduce your stress and anxiety. Scientists have also noticed that a person who frequently meditates has more gray matter in their brain. How amazing is that?

I meditate to release stress, be in the moment, calm down and relax, and sometimes, to connect to God on a spiritual level. There are many benefits to meditation and many reasons to do it. Every time I feel angry or sad, I just meditate, and all of those negative feelings literally wash away. I feel like I just woke up, and I am at the start of my day again.

One of my favorite meditations is chakra meditation. (And no, it is not just for hippies.) Chakra meditation is a type of meditation that balances your chakras. You have seven chakras in your body, all serving different purposes, and when they are clouded with negative energy, they tend to produce negative affects on your life. No, you will not be perfect if you do this meditation, but it can create more positive energy that flows through your body.

Doing the chakra meditation was honestly one of the best experiences of my life. I don’t know what it was, but while meditating, I felt as if I was in a different dimension. I wasn’t sitting in my room, I was in the clouds, I was in space, I was one with the universe. I definitely recommend you try it. There are many guided chakra meditations on YouTube. At the end of the meditation, I opened my eyes, and for a moment, I had forgotten where I was. I felt like I was refreshed and vibrant. I don’t know if I’m being dramatic right now, but it was definitely a feeling that’s hard to describe.

Lastly, meditation made me a better person. Meditation taught me how to control my anger and sadness, and it continues to help me grow as a person.

Thank you for reading.

Do I need to forgive?

Growing up I was always taught to “Forgive and forget,” but what if I didn’t want to? I tried to be a “good little girl” growing up, I really tried, but when was my breaking point?

I tried to forgive others, even if they didn’t deserve my forgiveness. I always did things that I was told to do without questioning why. I guess now I am finally questioning.

When people hurt and hurt me, I would always forgive them. Back in middle school, I had a few friends that used me. They lied to me, and they talked behind my back. Many times I found out about what they had done, and many times I had forgiven them. Why did I forgive them? Because I was told to forgive, growing up. I was told that it was the “proper thing to do,” and only mature people forgive.

I noticed that every time I forgave them, it would only hurt me more. More lies, more fights, more gossiping. It finally occurred to me that forgiving does not always work. In fact, if you put the feelings of others before yourself, you will end up hurting yourself more. I’m not ashamed to say that they did not deserve my forgiveness. It seemed as though it was expected of me to forgive. Forgiveness from me is a privilege. After learning that, I started to forgive people only when I wanted to. I didn’t need their negativity in my life, so why should I have to forgive? Because I was told to?

I have also heard the saying, “Forgive, but never forget.” That’s kind of an immature saying, because you forgive them, but you would still secretly hold a grudge if you remember what they did to hurt you.

In the end, I have learned a valuable lesson. I realized that I am not going to be nice just because I am told, forgive just because that is what is expected, or not do ___ because “it’s wrong.”

I’m tired of other people’s morals being shoved down my throat. I’m going to live the way I want to live, okay? You can live yours.

You might think I’m a real grouch in this post, but honestly, this was my breaking point. I don’t want to have to be nice. I will be nice when I want to. I don’t have to be mean either.

I hope somebody out there agrees, because it seems like I’m the only one with these thoughts nowadays.

Thank you for reading.

Things vegans and atheists have in common

I made a post a while back called “Are all vegans ‘atheist liberals'” where I talked about the confusing stereotypes that vegans have and such, so it seems quite funny that today I’m going to be relating what we have in common.

First off, I’d just like to say that I am not an atheist, but I am not exactly religious, which you probably already knew if you follow my blog.

I realized that both vegans and atheists get a lot of hate. We are such a minority in America, or even in the whole world. Vegans are constantly surrounded by annoying ignorant meat eaters, and atheists are surrounded by annoying ignorant religious people. I realized that after becoming vegan, I knew how atheists, (or any other minority group) feel to be made fun of or discriminated against. Of course it’s not on the same level as racism or feminism, but it can really put a negative impact on your life.

Veganism has really affected my life, and I’m glad (and quite shocked) to how different I see the world now because of it. I can relate to people I have never been able to relate to before, and I got to experience a whole new life.

The next thing I’d like to talk about is how we (vegans and atheists) view things. Obviously this is not true for everyone, but I noticed that vegans and atheists tend to have a more realistic view on life. They don’t believe in sunshine and fairy dust or that the world is a land of butterflies and kissable kittens. We view things realistically, and even negatively at some times.

I am not positive all the time, and I do feel disgusted by humanity quite often, and I can relate to people who agree.

I don’t know if what I’m saying makes sense. This just randomly occurred to me yesterday while I was just sitting and pondering how I’m feeling, and thinking about how our world works.

As always, thanks for reading.