sexta-feira, 31 de julho de 2015


     Hello there, it's been a while.

    So much has happened since I last wrote on this blog... (the Girl Rising post doesn't count) where do I begin? Well, I think I'd better explain myself first. As I have mentioned before, I'm in college now and haven't had much time or even inspiration to write in here. Also, since I don't live in a english-speaking country and stopped studying english, there may be a lot of grammar mistakes on my posts from now on, which is also the reason I want to start writing again. I need to practice my english, otherwise I may lose it which is ironic because in the first post I said how I needed to practice my portuguese writing since I was doing everything in english. However, I don't really have much of a problem with reading or writing, it's just the speaking part that is getting very rusty - I don't have anyone to talk in english to! I guess I could I talk to myself, but people would just start to think I'm weird (even more so)
     So that leads me here, still trying to figure out what to write about (rhymed!)... For instance, I'll try to post more, for that I really need to improve my english; Secondly, I also want my writings to be more natural, more spontaneous. Before, I was spending almost four hours just to write a single post because most of them were about things I needed to give some thought and reflect upon. They were pretty random, I admit, but they were ideas that just appeared in my mind when I still had some space in it - now it's all college stuff. So now my posts are going to be more like, eh, a diary. It will be a stress release for my brain to keep up with everything I'm studying, more like the posts Old World and cities at nightIt may get really boring, it may not. Maybe it's already boring.
     I chose this picture for this post because I really like it. It gives me a sense of calmness and serenity, but also the feeling of a promising future (maybe because of the plane?). That's great advertising for Air Greenland. Anyway, it's getting late now, I'm gonna sleep. 

    G'night, y'all!

sábado, 25 de julho de 2015

Girl Rising

Scene from the film "Girl Rising" (2012)

   So I just watch this documentary "Girl Rising" from 2012 and although overall I'd give it a 8/10, that ending speech was simply amazing. I even cried. Very heart-touching and truly, truly inspiring. I don't know if it was written by Amina herself or her writer, but it's a fenomenal quote nonetheless.
     The following quote was narrated by Anne Hathaway while this song was playing. But Florence and The Machine could work too.
"[I felt] Impatient because we are poor, because we are silenced, disenfranchised, beaten, cut, married as children, sold, raped. When we seek freedom we are burned. When we speak the truth we are silenced. When we go to school we are bombed, poisoned, shot. Don’t tell me it simply has always been so. Don’t tell me that blame lies in my religion, in my culture. I am an Afghan woman and I know from history that it hasn’t always been this way. On my wedding day I tried to think of all the strong Afghan women who had gone before me: women who could read and write and who spoke their minds. Women who were national heroes. I have not forgotten my vow. Change is coming. I will read and I will learn and I will study. I will return to school. I dare you to tell me it’s a waste of time. If you try to stop me, I will just try harder. Put me in a pit - I will climb out. If you kill me, there will be other girls who rise up and take my place. I will find a way to endure. To prevail. The future of man lies in me and this is the future I see. I am the beginning of a different story in Afghanistan. And when my granddaughter explains how I withstood the odds against me, it will become legend. Oh yes, perhaps it will only be whispered at first but just you watch, it will grow into a roar, an inexhaustible voice that will usher in a brighter future. Do you doubt me? Do you underestimate my will? Look into my eyes. 
Do you see it now? I am change."