Dusk to Dawn

Finally changed my theme from Dusk…to Dusk to Dawn!

Hopefully this inspires some necessary changes in me as well.

Are you that kind of person too? Whenever I change something, renew something, update something…it always inspires a change in me. Let’s see if this works with all the stuff I’ve written about lately.

Also, hopefully this inspires a new perspective on life in me. From Dusk to Dawn…this symbolizes coming out of a darker mindset and entering a newer, brighter mindset. Even the image shows this going from a darker period to a brighter one.

From the darkness of night…to the brightness of day.

From being “blind”…to being able to “see”.

From being sadder about life…to being more content.

Just writing this is making me…happier!

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Allow past experiences to shape your life, but don’t let them hold you back.

Sadness.

I know that everyone has experienced it at one point in their lives… I know I have. Even though there are different degrees of sadness, it’s still sadness. It’s still there haunting your every move. It’s still buried deep in your mind. It’s still there traumatizing you. It’s something that may make you hold back or let go. It’s still something that changes your life. It’s still there and will always be there. How you deal with it is an entirely different thing.

I believe that what we’ve experienced in the past only shapes who we are today. We have to acknowledge whatever happened, understand why it happened, accept it, and learn from it. This is the only way we can keep on learning, keep on growing, keep on living.

Can’t Take That Away – Mariah Carey

They can say
Anything they want to say,
Try to bring me down,
But I will not allow anyone to succeed hanging clouds over me.
And they can try
Hard to make me feel that I
Don’t matter at all,
But I refuse to falter in what I believe or lose faith in my dreams.

‘Cause there’s,
There’s a light in me
That shines brightly.
They can try,
But they can’t take that away from me,
From me.

Oh they,
They can do
Anything they want to you
If you let them in.
But they won’t ever win.
If you cling to you pride and just push them aside.
See I,
I have learned
There’s an inner peace I own,
Something in my soul that they can not possess.
So I won’t be afraid and the darkness will fade.

‘Cause there’s,
There’s a light in me
That shines brightly.
They can try,
But they can’t take that away from me.

No, they can’t take this
Precious love I’ll always have inside me.
Certainly the Lord will guide me where I need to go.

They can say
Anything they want to say.
Try to bring me down,
But I won’t face the ground.
I will rise steadily sailing out of their reach.
Oh, Lord, they do try
Hard to make me feel that I
Don’t matter at all.
But I refuse to falter
In what I believe or lose faith in my dreams.

‘Cause there’s a light in me
That shines brightly.
They can try,
But they can’t take that away from me,
From me.

The lyrics to this song are so inspirational. It says that people can say what they want, they can do what they want, they can think what they want… but it’s totally up to me to decide how I want to live my own life. Through everything, I must keep my head up and keep my eye on the prize because my faith and determination will help me pull through whatever I encounter. Obstacles will always be there to try to stop me from achieving something greater.

If you know what the SPOP (Student Parent Orientation Program) is here at UCI, I used this song in my staffer interview to describe how I see life and how I try to live life.

So what I’ve come to understand and accept is this:

I believe that everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go, things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they’re right, you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself, and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.

~Marilyn Monroe