I Do Have Faith In Humanity

I Do Have Faith In Humanity

 

This morning, when I opened Twitter as I always do, I was not prepared for what I saw.

On Friday, Trump signed an executive order ordering that families fleeing Syria would not be allowed to enter the United States, and temporarily suspending immigration from 7 Muslim countries – Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Libya, Iran, Somalia and Sudan. To be completely honest, this did not surprise me. I knew it was coming, and I resigned myself to the fact that no one could do anything about it.

I don’t live in any of these countries, but I am Muslim and I have experienced racism before. The constant news about Islam, Muslims and terrorism these past few years has desensitized me to a lot of things. I know what the majority of America thinks about Muslims, Islam and immigrants.

Or, I thought I did.

This morning I realized that I was completely and totally wrong. And the realization hit me so hard that I actually cried. I cried because I was so happy that everything I thought was wrong. I cried because I was so relieved that there are people fighting for people who can’t fight themselves. I cried because my faith in humanity was restored.

There are so many people who care. There are lawyers running to JFK to help people who have been detained. There are cab drivers refusing to do airport runs as a way to protest the ban. There are people donating to organisations that want to make a difference in the lives of people who have nothing left. There are hundreds of thousands of people talking about this ban and protesting it.

I can’t explain how I feel in words. It is beautiful and wholesome and gratifying and amazing and overwhelming and heartwarming and just perfect. And I am so thankful that these are the people who are winning. The kind people, the good people, the people who don’t care about what religion you follow, or don’t. The people who will help others, without expecting anything in return, the people who don’t stand and watch as injustice wins. These are the people that matter. These are the people that are important.

Pay no attention to the ugly people, the ones who think having lighter skin makes them superior to others. The ones who think that keeping people out of a country that they invaded and colonized will do anything to combat terrorism. The people who don’t care about those who have nothing, who fight for their lives every single day, and who just want a better life. Fight them and show them that they are wrong, and that they cannot win.

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Favorites in Threes

Hello! I’m sorry I have not been sticking to my schedule. Things have been a bit crazy for me. Today’s post is inspired by this one written by Marzia Bisognin and I am going to talk to you about some of my favorite things.

First is TV shows, because I am clearly obsessed.

Mad Men

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The fact that I love this show so much confuses me because I don’t care about advertising, and usually watching anything set in this time period or before frustrates me because of the way women and minorities are treated. But the dialogue and characters are so compelling that you can’t help becoming obsessed. Despite the popularity of the show, I always dismissed it as something I wouldn’t enjoy, but as soon as I started watching it I was hooked, so you should totally give it a chance.

Jessica Jones

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I am still so obsessed with this  show. I highly recommend reading the Alias series which it is based on, because it is so amazing. The show follows the original story as much as it can, and it definitely does it justice. The casting is perfect, the writing is excellent, and the pace of the show is awesome, like all other Netflix shows. It’s currently my favorite ongoing TV show after Game of Thrones, and I was so excited when it was renewed for a second season.

The Walking Dead

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This show was amazing in the beginning, and then in seasons three and four became so boring I almost stopped watching. But this current season and the one before are amazing. They’re fast paced and full of action, but it also stops to explain the emotions and feelings the characters are going through as they lose people and try to find hope in a world that doesn’t seem to have a future. The new characters don’t feel like they have just been added to be killed off, they are legitimately part of the story. The casting of Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Negan has also got me super excited and terrified for the future of some characters. It’s a heartbreaking show, but so worth it.

 

I have surprisingly had quite a bit of time to read these days, probably because I have been procrastinating studying, oops. Here are some of my favorite books I have read recently.

The Fall of Giants by Ken Follett

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I started reading this book about two months ago, and I just finished it. It took me a while to get through because it deals with a lot of history from World War I, which I’m not familiar with, so I got confused. But I kept reading because I fell in love with all the characters. Follett’s characters are definitely the best part of the book – the plot is interesting but not excellent. His storytelling is amazing, and I found myself desperately hoping, along with the characters, that war would not be declared, which is crazy because I knew that the book was based on history. History buffs will probably love this book even more than I did.

Asking For It by Louise O’Neill

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I read this book because it was the first book for January for the Banging Book Club, which was started by one of my favorite YouTubers, Hannah Witton and two of her friends. It’s a difficult book to get through, but it is amazing because it shows the realities of rape culture and how in a small town where people have preconceived notions of people’s reputations, the victim is ultimately the one who is blamed. Many people have criticized the ending, but I think that it fits with the rest of the book in that the reality that sometimes, everything isn’t going to be okay.

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

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This book broke my heart. I read it because I saw the trailer for the movie, which stars Sam Claflin and Emilia Clarke, AKA Finnick and Dany, and I had to know what happens in the story. Yes, it is a love story, but it focuses on important things which people usually feel uncomfortable talking about. The characters are interesting and the story beautifully captures the fact that sometimes time isn’t a factor when it comes to falling in love.

 

I love music, like most people, but I am not obsessed. I find my music from TV shows or games, or friends. Here are three songs I have been LOVING.

Intro by The XX

OMG this song. I listen to it on repeat for hours. My friend said to me, I have no idea what this is, but I keep listening. That’s exactly what I do as well. It just makes me happy and sad at the same time and I just can’t explain why I love this song so much, but I do.

The Set Up by Favored Nations

I can explain why I love this song. It plays at the end credits of GTA V when the three main characters are looking off into the sunset and then leave. I recently played the game for the second time and rediscovered this song. It’s an awesome workout song too.

Singing Satellite by Above and Beyond

I love this song because the vocals are amazing and it’s just a nice song. I also recommend checking out the other songs by Above and Beyond, they’re all pretty great.

 

Yay video games! Sadly I have not been playing as much as I want to. But here’s the ones I’ve been loving for a while.

Clash of Clans

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THIS GAME. So I used to play it obsessively for around a year, and then I just got fed up because OH MY GOD, you needed so much gold and elixir and people kept stealing it from you and I basically rage quit. But then, my wonderful but stupid friend kept talking about it and I decided to play it again. I didn’t sign in to my previous account, I just started from the beginning. I’ll probably end up rage quitting again, but right now I am having so much fun, and I’m enjoying the new features that weren’t there before, which make the game less frustrating.

Star Wars Battlefront

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I love love love couch co-op games. There are way too few because everyone plays online these days, but my brother and I love playing together so this game is what we have been playing lately. The game is fun and I love the different game modes, but I just wish that there was a story mode; that would have made the game perfect.

GTA V

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As I said before, I recently replayed this game and I cannot even explain how much I love it. The story is super immersive, the characters are my best friends, I love them so much, and the humor is just off the charts. It’s subtle, slapstick and self deprecating. Despite having played the game before, I laughed out loud multiple times. I finished the main story and I’m currently running around completing the strangers and freaks and just going crazy. It’s the best.

 

So that’s it! Here’s some of my favorites and I hope you enjoy at least one of these 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Things That People Should Tell You, But Don’t

  1. Your mental health is important, and if people tell you it isn’t don’t listen to them. If you feel like you need to take a day off and do nothing – then do nothing. One day isn’t going to kill you. If you feel like all you do is take days of, still do nothing. There is nothing worse than having to pretend like you’re alright when you’re not, so take as much time as you need to get better.
  2. If you feel like your problems are getting the better of you and preventing you from doing things, then see someone. It might be hard to take this first step, but once you do, you will thank yourself for it. Seeing a therapist helped me so much, and having someone who is a professions tell you that there is nothing wrong with you helps you to realize that you actually can get better.
  3. If you don’t know what the fuck you’re gonna do with the rest of your life, don’t worry. Almost everyone feels the same way. I’m supposed to graduate from university this year, and I legitimately have no idea what on earth I am going to do after. Some days it freaks me out but most of the time I don’t think about it. Just have faith that everything will work out the way it is supposed to (this is easier said than done, but it makes life easier).
  4. Figuring out what you don’t want to do is just as important as figuring out what you do want to do. After a huge disaster of an internship at a big company I realized that first of all, a 9 to 5 job would kill me, and secondly, corporate environments weren’t for me at all. Most people I’ve told this to think that I’m just eliminating a huge number of opportunities, but when I think back to how unhappy I was during that time, I know that I don’t want that type of job, ever.
  5. Wherever you go, there will always be people who will put you down, make you feel bad and/ or make life hell for you. It sucks, and sometimes it’s very hard to deal with, but know that their behavior has nothing to do with you. As long as you’re doing what you’re supposed to, they don’t have anything on you, so just ignore them and remember that what goes around comes around.
  6. Start saving money as soon as you can. It doesn’t matter if you can only save a little at a time, as long as you’re putting some money away. This way you will always have a back up in case of an emergency, or you can use some of it when you need a little extra cash.
  7. Spend more time doing things you love. Everyone days this, but I feel like not many people actually do it. Sometimes you need to just take a day off work or university and go hang out with you friends. Talk about stupid things, laugh until your stomach hurts and just have fun. Watch the TV show you’ve been meaning to, read the book you never finished, buy the new game you wanted and spend 12 hours playing it. Life is really too short to spend it doing things you have to do and forgetting about things you want to do.
  8. Plan a holiday. You may think that this is difficult, but there is ALWAYS somewhere you can go. Spend the day in another city, spend a few nights at a friend’s place by the beach, save up some money and go to a hotel for a night. We live in an amazing time; adventure can be right around the corner.
  9. Call or message the person you’ve been meaning to contact forever, but haven’t had the time to. Everyone has at least one person they were supposed to get in touch with, but too often people forget, and friendships fade. It’ll make both of your days, so it’s worth it.
  10. There are different types of friends, but they’re still your friends. Some of them are people you just say hi to when you see them, some of them you meet every few months to catch up and you don’t really talk about anything serious. Some of them you have known forever and can reminisce about your childhood with. And then there are the special ones who you can’t live without. Once you know what type of friend they are you become less frustrated with things that they do or don’t do.
  11. There will be bad days and good days, so deal with them accordingly. On a bad day it’s OK to cry your eyes out and on a good day it’s OK to laugh until it hurts. You can’t be happy everyday and you can’t be sad everyday, and the sooner you realize this, the easier it becomes to be happy.

Apologies for not posting last week, I was lazy 😛

 

Currently:

Reading – Fall of Giants by Ken Follett (I really need to finish this)

Watching – Mad Men and a million other shows

Playing – GTA V (second time around), Witcher 3 and Assassin’s Creed Syndicate

Hello!

HI! My name is Aaliyah and this is my blog.

I’ve always loved writing, because it is super therapeutic, and writing about anything always makes me feel better if I’m in a bit of a bad mood.

I’m not sure what exactly I will be writing here, so be prepared for a little bit of everything.

I’m 21 years old and I am in my final year of university. I am studying International Development, although I have now realized that this is not the field of work I see myself working in. So I guess you will be with me while I try to figure out my life (hopefully I will).

I live in Sri Lanka, which is a tiny island close to India. You could say living on an island made me love the sea, but I’m actually a mermaid (just kidding. I think).

I love to read, watch TV shows and play video games, so expect a lot of discussion about those things.

I think I am done! Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you like my random thoughts.

P.S. Check out my friend’s blog here. I finally got my act together and created a blog after she made hers. You could say I’m copying her, but imitation is the best form of flattery 😉