#1 Favourite quotes:

DEMIAN BY HERMANN HESSE

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All I really wanted was to try and live the life that was spontaneously welling up within me. Why was that so very difficult?

I have no right to call myself one who knows. I was one who seeks, and I still am, but I no longer seek in the stars or in books; I’m beginning to hear the teachings of my blood pulsing within me.

We all come out of the same abyss; but each of us, a trial throw of the dice from the depths, strives toward his own goal. We can understand one another, but each of us can only interpret himself.

“Come,” he called after a while, “let’s practice a little philosophy now; that is, let’s shut up, lie on our stomachs, and think.”

If nature has made you a bat, you shouldn’t try to turn yourself into an ostrich.

Look into the fire, look into the clouds, and as soon as your presentiments come and the voices in your soul begin to speak, surrender yourself to them and don’t start off by asking whether that suits or pleases your teacher, your father, or some God or other! If you do that, you’ll ruin yourself.

“Ah, every religion is beautiful. Religion is soul, whether you take Communion as a Christian or you make a pilgrimage to Mecca.”

“It’s always difficult to be born. As you know, the bird must make an effort to break out of the egg. Think back and ask: Was the path really that difficult? Merely difficult? Wasn’t it also beautiful? Could you have thought of a more beautiful or easier one?”

We were separated from the majority of people not by frontiers but merely by a different way of seeing.

How I deal with overthinking

5 ways to control overthinking

I’m a huge overthinker. Every little thing that happens in my life comes with an amount of thoughts that can make me feel very anxious.

For example: a noise in the house becomes rapidly a robber, I never believe to have studied enough for exams, if I do a clumsy thing I’ll be remembering myself how stupid it was all day long…so, yeah, my brain is sometimes an a**hole.

But, luckily, over time I’ve learnt some ways to control those I-won’t-let-you-sleep-at-night kind of thoughts.

Here are my top 5 ways to deal with overthinking:

  • Read, watch, listen. This is all about getting your brain focussed on something else that isn’t your own thoughts. Listen to your favourite songs, better if you know the lyrics; watch youtube videos (animal videos are always great and hilarious); read an entertaining book…or anything that keeps you busy on something you love. Important: Look for things to do that actually keep you entertained, if you get bored you’ll sure begin to think too much again
  • Stop and simplify. I use to accumulate different thoughts, worries, plans, ideas…all at the same time. When I reach the point of not knowing anymore what I’m thinking about I like to stop the things I’m doing and sit at a relaxing place. There I’ll calm down and simplify everything that has runned through my brain until that moment: taking every though, one by one, giving them an interior explanation of why that thought isn’t so important or why I’m making such a big deal. It’s all about organizing thoughts and giving them the importance they actually have.

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  • Paper and pen. Write down everything that is on your mind on paper. This is amazing to see from another perspective what once was only inside your brain. Write fast without taking care of grammar or structure, just write down everything and once you’re finished you can let it go. It’s written on paper, you don’t have to worry anymore about something you can remember by reading it again later.
  • Talk about it. Sometimes we don’t see reality by ourselfs, it’s a fact. When I’m too worried about something and I don’t know what to do with that thought I always like to tell it to someone I have confidence with (a friend, a family member…whoever you feel comfortable with). When you talk to someone their reaction is always helpful; they will help you, give you advice or, like it has happened to me many times, make you realize that the problem isn’t that big.
  • Go outside. There’s nothing better than doing some exercise or other kind of activities to clear up a too stressed mind: walking, running, cycling, shopping, going to a restaurant with a friend you haven’t see in a lot of time, going to the cinema…the main goal is to not confine yourself at home or at work. Give your brain a break. Pokemon Go is an amazing option…it makes you walk a lot…A LOT.

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And you, are you an overthinker? Do you have any other tips to deal with it? Share it in the comments.

See you soon!!

What if?

I could swim in the sea but, what if I drown in its depth?

I could run but, what if I fall?

I could ride a roller coaster but, what if it never stops again?

I could write a story but, what if no one wants to read it?

I could jump but I, what if there is no ground to hold me?

I could fly but, what if my wings break?

My heart races…

…should I avoid all risks?

Actually there is only one risk that makes me shudder.

I could avoid all risks but, what if I forget how to live?

Youtub…wait…writers?

Yes, I confess. I’ve bought books written by Youtubers. Yes, I’m a big Youtube fan.

But, I’m not here to talk about the books I’ve read, neither about the youtubers I like.

I’m here to talk about the reason why this kind of books fascinate me.

They aren’t high quality literature, we have to accept it, but there’s something special about them: this books are introducing kids and teens into reading.

I know they read the books just because they are from their favourite youtuber but giving an opportunity to one book increases the posibility to look for one more in the future, and then another one, and one more…and then, you finish like me, with no space at your bookshelf.

That’s why I believe that Youtuber’s books must not be looked down on.

I’ve felt so fascinated when this  morning at Valencia’s book fair, a group of kids, that were more or less 11 years old, were looking with a huge smile at their faces for Wigetta or Virtual Hero (books from spanish Youtubers).

Youtubers are a lot of times criticised for writing books but, actually, they are the main reason why some teens/kids have decided to begin their journey through literature and that’s wonderful!