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July 28, 2011

Dreams/Pensives


"Dreams seem to help us process emotions by encoding and constructing memories of them. What we see and experience in our dreams might not necessarily be real, but the emotions attached to these experiences certainly are. Our dream stories essentially try to strip the emotion out of a certain experience by creating a memory of it. This way, the emotion itself is no longer active."
- Scientific American, July 2011

Dreams, emotions stored into pensives.

One thing that I learnt about Edvantage yesterday was not so much about the organizations, but more about myself. I learnt that a simple thing like genuine interest can make someone as timid as me become bright-eyed, eagerly asking questions and having an enjoyable conversation which only serves to fuel instead of draining my energy (as it usually does).

A spark.

There are some truths in life, where some peoples first choices become another's back-up plans. Three things- ability, passion and contributions to society. But sometimes you have to admit that prestige fits somewhere into the picture as well. For it is with prestige that there is unswayed confidence and a sense of security. But for how long?

There is only one direction now and that is forward. I feel a certain closeness with those who face the same challenges as me, and less so with those who have gone so far away from sight. So far, that I have let go of the possibility of ever catching up.

Remember the story of the tortoise and the hare? This is the turtle who had been asleep and just woken up. Slow and steady just doesn't quite cut it anymore.

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