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a drawning (pencil) / crtež (olovka)

pencil / olovka* The drawning is fairly recent and for some reason I find this face really comforting.

I like to think of myself as someone who understands that the world is not black and white. The older I get, the more complex and complicated this society we live in seems to be. I try not to judge too harshly and to always put things in prospective. Life has taught me that things are often not what they seem. Therefore, I would describe myself as someone who is cautious when it comes to labeling things and people. That wouldn't be an entirely correct description I'm adraid.

 You see, I was proven wrong on a more than a few instances when I had realized that I'm not as open minded as I believed myself to be. For instance, recently I've read a novel The Host by Stephenie Meyer. I always thought of her as someone who isn't a 'real author' and I remember laughing when I had read mean comments about her by Stephen Hawking and the like (all this before I had actually read something by her. Ages ago I did go to the movies to see the first film in the Twilight series, my date's choice not mine, and I didn't really care for it)

Well, I was obviously wrong as I read The Host in one day (all 500 hundred pages of it). The novel is wonderful, inteligent and well written and I'm really glad I've given it a chance (not a fair chance for I was absolutely prepared to hate it). It must be one of the best sf published recently and while it wouldn't make my top list (not that would mean too much because with sf I have a special relationship since childhood) it really is an excellent novel.

I'm also glad because it made we rethink what being open minded really is (and realizing some of my own personal failures in this department). Often we're served with the idea what an open minded/ artisitic/ scientific person should be like. According to that logic, Meyer shouldn't be a good writer because she is religious, doesn't use foul language and doesn't write about sex. But life doesn't work that way. In life either you're a good writer or you aren't...It always amazes me how much stereotypes and labelling one can find in scientific and academic circles...and by definition they should be open minded.

Sagan really disappointed me in some aspect as a novelist (amazing as his intellect had been) beacuse of his prejudice against people who are not atheists. He was a brilliant scientist and writer but to be a great novelist he lacked a bit of open mindness. Militant atheists are no less annoying than militant religious people, in fact they are a lot alike, as is anyone who feels the need to convince others that what he believes is the only truth.

Being proved wrong, realizing that something you thought was real really isn't... can be painful but it can also be fun. It can give us a whole new look on the world. I'm proven wrong every day and while at times it can be irritating at least it means I'm learning. Often we are NOT more or less what we think we are. Sometimes we are less, sometimes we are more...sometimes we only need we realize where we stand to be able to move on...and sometimes all those that wander are not lost- as Tolkien wisely put it.

In life don't let anyone label you...If you like fashion, it doesn't mean you're superficial. Fashion, like any other human activity and ultimately the life itself is what you make of it. Bringing fashion and philantrophy together (as Donna Karan did in Haiti) can transform life for the better for so many people and there is nothing superficial about it. Even more important, don't let yourself label yourself. Even if we are not always what we believe what we are we do tend to become what we believe we are.



One of April's unpublished outfits and the novel


Comments

  1. You look wonderful doll, love the red jacket xx

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  2. I love what you wrote in here, I know you are a very wise girl, intelligent and really creative, which is very rare nowadays. I do agree with you, sometimes things are often not what they seem. I'm not the biggest fan of Stephenie Meyer, and I really think that she is not writing her novels by her self only, seems so at least. But I'm always ready to take my words back, if someone proves the opposite. Thank you for advice, I will try to find this book in a local book-store as soon as possible.
    By the way, I'm really impressed by this outfit of you, its so elegant and bright at the same time. Keep it up!
    Wish you all the best, dear!

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    1. well, it is possible that she doesn't write everything herself especially the scrips...I think that scrips for the movies are always written by people who specialize in it because (or so I read) it takes a special skill to adapt a text to film.

      Thank you so much for your wonderful and detailed comments:)

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  3. Hai ragione Ivana, Andy Warhol diceva che le etichette sono per i barattoli con per le persone ;)

    The most desired by fashionistas on lowbudget-lowcost Fashion Blog

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  4. Being able to admit that we're not always right is a big quality :)

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  5. Potpuno se slažem, prosto vidim neke svoje misli u tvom tekstu da ne znam šta bih dodala. Posle ovoga moram da pročitam tu knjigu. Slike su divne kao i uvek ;)

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  6. Sono del tutto d'accordo con te, le etichette lasciamole alle persone superficiali!
    e che bella che sei con quel look, davvero elegante e sofisticata! :)
    Baci!
    Sei carinissima!
    Mi piace molto l'abitino, ma ancora di più le Converse fiorate! :D
    Baci!
    S
    http://s-fashion-avenue.blogspot.it/

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  7. Hello dear! You look refreshing and smart in this red jacket. I haven't read The Host, but may give it a try. Unfortunately, it's in the human nature to label...it's easier to categorize things even if it's unfair.
    Have a wonderful week!

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  8. I love you to show us the artist inseide you
    kisses

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  9. Ciao Ivana, mi piace molto quello che hai scritto e la penso esattamente come te. Penso che leggerò presto il libro allora, sai avevo lo stesso pensiero sulla scrittrice!:) Un bacio!

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  10. Moram priznati da autoricu "poznajem" samo kroz Sumrak sagu koju sam počela čitati, ali nisam dovršila jer mi se nije svidjela... ne mogu reći da je i sama nisam svrstala u "šund" i najiskrenije sumnjam da bih je ponovno uzela u ruke... što vrlo vjerojatno nije u redu.
    Divno napisan tekst i pronašla sam se u puno toga napisanoga... Puno puta želio ili ne, svjesno ili nesvjesno, svrstavaš ljude u neke kalupe, samo tebi svojstvene, bez da im daš pravu priliku za upoznavanjem... Mislim da nam je to svima blisko... Ono u šta vjerujem i na čemu radim jest da se "očistim" od toga i pokušam svakoj osobi pristupiti jednako...

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  11. I da, divna ti je kombinacija, jako te volim u crvenome! :)

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  12. Ciao Ivana, che post pieno di saggezza! Hai ragione, le etichette che soprattutto noi diamo a noi stesse sono soltanto dannose per la nostra libertà di pensiero e di espressione. Buona serata cara!
    Baci,
    Coco
    Coco et La vie en rose / Bloglovin / Facebook

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  13. Cute drawing and I love your red jacket!
    xx
    LitaPerlita

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  14. Such an artist!!!
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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  15. Lovely drawing! And I love your red blazer!

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