The Silly Things That Life Just Wouldn’t Be the Same Without.

50486044-7085-416c-b7fc-3e836ad03ae3Another year has passed and I must again add 1 to my age and try to remember it. That’s right, it was my Birthday this month and to be honest I’m feeling rather old. I’m getting a little too close to 30, for my liking. But on the bright side, at least my hair hasn’t turned grey (Glob, has it had so many reasons to turn grey).

Last year I did a special bucket list post and I kind of wanted to keep the special B-day post thing going. So, I wrecked my brain for ideas and thought to myself, “what could I possibly write about. I can’t do a what I’ve learnt in over a quarter of a century post or an advice post. I’m still trying to work this world out.” Then something occurred to me.  Apart from things like family, having a roof over me head and food in my belly, it’s really the silly little things in life, that keeps me happy. Screw bags loads of money and a big house, if someone came and took away the silly little things, living would quickly become very miserable.

So, on that point I thought it would nice to share with you guys the silly things, that make me happy and that life wouldn’t be the same without.

1. The first cup of coffee of the day- Glob, words cannot express the incredible feeling of the first cup of coffee of the day. Maybe it’s just because I’m addicted to caffeine but fudge it’s a great feeling. It just makes facing the world seem that little less daunting and cures my serious case of morning grumpys and wanting the world to bugger off.

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One of my very early attempts of drawing a dog, digitally. I thought it would be cute to share it.

2. Dogs- I’m just going to say it; the world would be sh*te without dogs. They’re just these little happy creatures, that have this magical ability to instantly cheer people up. They don’t even have to try at it. By just being a dog and doing doggy things, they lift people’s mood and make them feel happy. Not to mention dog cuddles are the best.

3. Messing with paint- There’s just nothing more relaxing than messing and spreading paint around a page. I might not create anything I’d be willing to share on this blog or with anyone else, but the feeling of peace and contentment I get from it, is enough for me.

4. Anime- I’ve often thought of creating a post about why I love anime, but never got around to it. Anyway, the reason it’s made it onto my list is that without anime, I’d be an incredibly lost little soul. I know it’s silly (it’s made it onto a silly things list, so of course it’s silly), but anime is one of the very few things that can distract my catastrophizing brain and allow me to relax. When watching anime, I genuinely feel happy. I’d fall into the bottomless pit of misery without it.

5. Beautiful Anime Men and the Fan Art- Hmmm…. Yeah, the less said about this, the better. The personalities, the fan art, the otome games, the eye-candy, it’s all pretty amazing. I could possibly be that sort of anime fan but screw it, I’m only human.

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Nothing creepy going on here. Just an artist getting some well need practice in “anatomy” and a 27-year-old anime man, named Barnard putting his clothes on, to get ready for work.

6. Chocolate- In all seriousness, I don’t think I could cope without chocolate. It’s my little mood booster and without it, I probably would have died of sadness by now.

7. The armchair in front of the fire- It’s my safe zone. When I’m sitting in my armchair like a king, the world could go get sucked into a black-hole, for all I care. The fact it’s right next to the fire, just makes it all the sweeter.

8. Wandering Aimlessly Around the Woods- Spending a few hours (or a good part of the day), just walking in the silence of the woods, with only the odd sound of wildlife. With a dog or two for company/safety, not really caring where you’ll walking, too, is pretty darn relaxing and peaceful. Nothing clears your head like it.

9. Weird Stuff- Can’t get enough of the weird stuff. It’s just so fascinating. Weird animals, weird anime, movies, books, psychology and unusual people (the best type of people, in my opinion). There’s just so much that can be learnt from it. The world would be so very dull without weird stuff.fa28967c-967f-45ef-b9dc-9c0149c6dede10. Going for drives in the car- Okay, I’m beginning to see why my friend says, I’m like a wee lovable Likes going for walks, sitting by the fire, going in the car, likes having my hair pet (but pretends not too) and is easily excited. Yeah, that sounds like I’m a puppy alright. But hey at least I’m a lovable one. Besides I do all my best singing to the radio, in the car.

Thanks for reading the 10 silly things that life just wouldn’t be the same without. Hope you’ve enjoyed it and if you have any silly things that life wouldn’t be the same without, feel free to share them in the comments below.

I’m off now, to play frisbee and chase a cat.

Things Anime Has Taught Us

d72b0eda-8505-4740-b48f-fd55e0c175a6The other day, I was thinking about a world without anime and it was god awful. We’d all sit around, watching YouTube or something, depressed and unamused. We’d all, draw god knows what, uninspired and bored. We may still have manga, but it wouldn’t be as big because anime, wouldn’t have set of that sequence of events, that made Japanese culture seem so interesting, in other countries.

Then it hit me. We would never learn, all those great things, anime has taught us. It would be a sad and daunting world, without anime. So, in appreciation of anime, I made a list of the awesome things anime has taught us:

1. Empathy. I don’t mean just sympathising slightly with a character, I mean full blown empathy. To the point, when they succeed, we also feel awesome and when they die, we cry like babies and it ruins our day. We literally feel what the characters feels. We really come to understand these characters and see their point of view and why they are, the way they are. We can truly put ourselves in their shoes. My best sample of this, is Wolf’s Rain. If you aren’t crying or feeling miserable, by the end of that anime, then you have a heart of ice. I’m still raw about Toboe and Pops.

2. Never piss off a girl/woman. She’ll punch you half way to Jupiter and you’ll be seriously injured or temporarily paralysed. Something about really pissing off us females, gives us super human strength and a thirst for violence. But don’t worry, we usually put all our strength and anger into that one punch, so you rarely go for a second. In contrast, piss off a guy and flames will suddenly manifest behind him.

3af2875b-cdad-4e51-80f7-1e15a6b9b7403. Silver heads are awesome. I think it’s safe to say, whenever a character, has a head full of silver or white hair, we can assume they’re going to be overwhelmingly kick ass and one of the best fighters, in that anime. For example, Zero (Vampires Knight), Juuzou Suzuya (Tokyo Ghoul) and Ban (7 Deadly Sins), all have silver or white hair, all have crazy combat abilities and usually wipe the floor, with their component.

4. Tokyo is kind of scary. Although a lot of people see Tokyo and Japan in general, as a magical place, filled with weird and wonderful things, anime actually makes at seem kind of terrifying. With all those ghouls and alien parasites, running around, eating people, how does anyone ever survive. On a serious note, anime does suggest that Tokyo, may have a bit of a gang and crime problem and that you could be, very easily kidnapped. However, this should probably be take that with a pinch of salt. All big cities, have those sort of problems, so Tokyo probably is just as scary and dangerous, as any other big city on earth.

5. The best fight moves. You can fight talk all you want, but land a punch just right and you can send your component flying through the air. The best weapon, magic and the abilities to take a near death beating, before destroying your component. If anime has taught us anything, about having the best fight moves, it’s that we need 3 things. 1. The ability to fly throw the air, 2. The best fight talk and 3. Plot armour.

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 Yeah, so that happened. I draw a Butler, removing his gloves, in a questionable manner. We’ll call him, The Questionable Butler.                   

6. We might be borderline creeps. Even if you won’t admit it, we’ve all been watching anime and thought to yourself, “hmmm that anime character is pretty hot” or something along those lines. As weird and creepy, as it may seem to those, who have never watched anime in their life, we occasionally find yourselves attracted to anime characters. Whether it is weird and creeping, is a matter of opinion. Personally, I find it very understandable. The characters are drawn with the perfect body, good looks, amazing hair and are given unreal personalities, so what do people expect. Even I must admit, I’ve been attracted to anime characters, at times. Creepily, ones 10 or 20 years my senior. When you look at, male anime characters around my age like, Izaya Orihara (Durarara), Braz Blood and Goyle (Blood lad), this becomes less creepy. They all look, a hell of a lot younger than they are.

7. Don’t let your ego, get carried away. A very important lesson, anime has taught us and can be applied to real life. Having a huge ego in the anime world, never works out well and in real life, it’s pretty much the same. Light Yagami (Death Note) for example, he could have been Kira for a lot longer, without getting caught, if he hadn’t of been so egotistical and wanted everyone to recognise and worship Kira. It’s the same in real life. Have a huge ego and you limit yourself, either by making enemies or by being close minded. Basically, cutting off your nose, to spite your face.

b6d72082-b79e-46ab-838b-2d3097382dda8. What to do, if you find a Death Note. We all have a plan for the death note, even those that haven’t watched the anime. Some would never use it and hide it, where no one would ever find it. Others, have made a list and then there’s the ones, that would follow in Light Yagami’s footsteps. Me, I would just want to play with the Shinigami. I could have a lot of fun, making people believe the place is haunted by a poltergeist.

9. Try not to, come onto a guy too strong or accidentally flash at him. You’ll give him, one hell of a nose bleed. Apparently, get a guy too excited and he’ll have a projectile nose bleed.

10. Stay strong and keep going. If there’s one thing anime has taught us, it’s don’t give up. Just keep going and try with all you got, to be strong. It will pay off in the end. If you fall, pick yourself back up. If you get severely beaten, try to keep fighting, even if it kills you. From experience, this is easier said than done, but it’s still a very important lesson. Positive mindset and determination, is key to making your dreams, a reality.