silence.

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silence.

There’s beauty in silence. 

Since I was a little boy I’ve always been ‘the quiet guy’ I’m not sure why, but I believe its because I’m consciously observing. observing emotions, actions and words. there's something beautiful in speaking less. I've noticed the biggest mistakes being made by those who can't control their tongue. Recently I’ve been making it a motive to try and always show before telling. For example, show someone progress / the final product instead of telling them what I’ve done. simply listening to others can be a blessing too, I always stick to the 2:1 ratio (2 ears and 1 tongue) therefore listening twice as much as we speak. Also, being comfortable with silence can be jarring at first but once you get used to it, it is surely another blessing, it's a way of communicating without using your tongue. Silences aren't awkward, they're amazing. So be silent and breathe. 

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spontaneity.

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spontaneity.

So something great happened the other day, my doorbell rang, I wasn’t expecting anyone and to my delight I was greeted with one of my friends. From nowhere, no call or text before hand just a doorbell. Knocking my expectations widely out the window. The following night had me thinking on spontaneous events / activities and why they’re so amazing. Maybe its because there’s no planning before hand, its just a get up and do type mentality which possibly triggers something in the reward centres of our brains, a type of going out and doing / getting what we desire in that small amount of time. Possibly 30 or so years ago, I'm assuming people would have just got up and done things without really overthinking, maybe lack of communication was a helping hand towards that. If they were to plan an event you’d be given a time or date, be there or not. a straight yes or no, this oversimplification we indulge in nowadays maybe complicates things a little too much, allowing us to overthink on decisions which should be either a simple yes or no… 

There's something great in getting up and just doing instead of planning beforehand, sometimes we may overthink and end up not doing said activity but on the one time we do, it turns out to be something great. So go do something completely spontaneous, book a flight somewhere, walk through that place you've never walked through, and order that drink. Just do it, on a whim. :)

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mood-board 06.

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giving.

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giving.

a lot of people have requested for a post on happiness or how to achieve happiness. for me happiness is all about patience its about staying patient while life tests us knowing that we'll get through the set task. but after that being said there is one specific act which can lift the heart, and thats giving. I believe that we are all in a position to give, to the needy, to our neighbours to anyone, just simply give. giving your time and efforts to another soul is possibly the greatest treat you can give to your own soul. so give. if you pay for someones coffee, aid the homeless or give to charity whichever, make a plan to give something at least everyday. 

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the chase (a short story)

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the chase (a short story)

The cafe quiet and the coffee warm. I stared at my off-white cup of coffee and I asked myself ‘How, why?’ 

I startled the man sat across from me, he was old and frail, he’d certainly seen the wrath of time. I could tell from his eyes. They had seen so much death but so much life too. He approached me, and asked what I was questioning, I answered ‘I’m questioning myself, I’m questioning why I’m chasing the things I chase?’ 

He smiled down onto me like a father speaking to his child and replied ‘Chase only what excites your heart, make sure your intention is pure, and be sure your motives are clear, and then chase like a panther does its prey, fierce and certain’.

(Header Photo by Jazmin Quaynor on Unsplash)

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trains.

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trains.

I love train rides, they give you the best time just to sit and reflect while you pass by the greenness. I always love to sit and just do nothing, especially on shorter train journeys (up to an hour) I advise everyone just to refocus when it comes to journeys, just think about what is, what has been, what needs improving and your overall goals you wish to achieve. Reflection is pinnacle to growth and train journeys are possibly the best time to reflect. Use this time to rejuvenate yourself and to be ready for your destination. and always keep a journal close by, some of my best ideas have come while I've been travelling. Also, don't miss your stop. 

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pressure.

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pressure.

From somewhere there's this pressure that we have to have made it by 25, pressure of having had to of secured a job straight after education. have everything sorted set in stone. in my opinion there is no time limit. once education finishes its a massive period of exploration, exploring what we love / what we like, things start to come into focus, if you take anything away from this let it be that after education you explore, try different things, travel different places! We shouldn't feel pressured into having things completed by a certain age, this will only apply unneeded pressure onto ourselves which is definitely unhealthy. "You'll blossom in your own time". So go and explore each avenue which tickles your fancy and just have fun with the process. 

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vision.

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vision.

Do you sometimes lay awake at night and envision how your life will pan out in the next few months? just me? To me having a vision is important, we are all visionaries, and I like to think I have things planned out when it comes to my life goals / ambitions, each day I'm picturing how things are going to pan out and work hard towards that picture to make sure I paint it as accurate as possible. when envisioning things you create a path, your own little personal path to success.

Its usually 50/50. 50% vision and 50% solid hours of work to secure that vision.

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put in the work.

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put in the work.

This is to all those who are at the finish line! 

Its generally towards the end when we feel like quitting, you've been working a year maybe two on a project and you get this sudden urge to stop. this urge to quit, this urge to not work any further. its when this urge kicks in that we must not stop. not ever! 

We must absolutely continue to the finish line as we've worked super hard to get where we are, all the previous hours will be for nothing if we stop right now. All those sleepless nights the long shifts the energy used, for what? 

If I've learnt one thing in life its that patience will reveal all and hard work most definitely pays off.

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mood-board 05.

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legacy.

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legacy.

Life is short.

So short that we can't take this moment for granted. Each second is precious and each day must be taken whole. This post is about leaving a legacy, leaving something behind for the future generations to benefit from, whatever it may be, you'll know once you stumble across it. Our time here isn't guaranteed, regardless of religion we all agree on death? and if we don't create something solid today, then what will be of tomorrow?

Through the messaging system on Instagram a lot of people message me regarding motivation and where I find it from, the answer is always simple, legacy. When I die, what will be of my hours on my laptop, or hours spent reading if I leave the world no better than when I came in? 

If we don't put things in motion today, tomorrow there's only going to be regret. 

 

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failure.

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failure.

Does it really exist?
For me, its just another stepping stone in the process of my journey. From my biggest failures I've gained the knowledge and wisdom which has taken me on an alternative more finessed route, one which I would not have found if it weren't for my 'failures'. if you fear it, it will most definitely stop you from getting where you want to be in life.

My perception changed regarding failure early on in my career. Everything that has gone wrong in my life, in due course has been revealed to me that it wasn't a failure, more a course change. What I leant through the process has proved to be far more valuable. Learning things is paramount, we can't just stop learning in our daily lives and failure provides a vast amount of education in a short amount of time. 

In short, we should welcome failure with open arms. 

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mood-board 04.

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intentions > success.

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intentions > success.

what do you consider as successful?

For me it used to be... That flash car, that nice suit or several of them, the shiny watch etc. It took me a while to realise that we were born successful. We wake up with a roof over our heads. Running water from not one place but several. Warm meals several times a day. This is success is it not? Or is this my perception of success. We have everything, once we acknowledge this we have to start to make a change, the things we do should impact others in a positive light.

If we spend 40 hours a week making money and not a change is this success? Maybe I wrote this post so that we would reflect on our intentions. The actual 'why' we do the things we do. 

Maybe.

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self-control.

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self-control.

One of the best things I was told was that, I'm in control.

No matter the situation. I. am. in. control. Not just of my actions but of my thoughts, feelings and desires. Once we truly put things into perspective we can start to consciously choose our emotions. I truly do believe its a choice, a choice to feel a certain way, if a negative thought dares enter our minds we have the control to eradicate it. Am I right?

If we desire a certain thing then we must push beyond it. Think of that thing you really wanted that one time, and you made your way toward it right?

So think the opposite when the negative occurs, push away from it.

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passion projects.

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passion projects.

I'm not one to get deep on my journal but then again it is my journal. Today i'm just going to address something on my mind and that is about passion projects and why its so important to have one (or a few). Once you find yourself a passion, something you enjoy doing so much that it literally doesn't feel like work, it doesn't feel like anything, and when you're doing it you're just in a state of zen, a transcending feeling which I'll stop trying to describe and move onto my next point. My next point is that you should continue doing it, whatever it is, just continue until it becomes a lifestyle, continue pouring you into it, continue pouring your soul into it, make it so it is the ultimate expression of you.

and before you know it, you'll be making a living from it.

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mood-board 03.

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sandbox.

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sandbox.

Do you sometimes feel that the devices we own have become the prime world we live in and the real world has become a sandbox? surely I'm not alone in feeling this way, this post may be panning out quite differently to what I had originally planned. But I feel as though the phones we're sucked into are becoming a reality for us, a few minutes without refreshing twitter and we lose our minds. A few minutes without anything in our hands and we become anxious. I feel as though I'm missing out on life somehow, when most of the hours of the day are spent inside this sandbox I'm not experiencing whats out there. Conversations are rarely full anymore, its always half, half of the recipients attention is inside his/her sandbox. As humans we love to be listened to, to be heard. Our deepest conversations have now turned into pixels and the emotions lost. 

I want out if the world is moving in this direction. 

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notes.

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notes.

its always a good idea to write down notes and it is something I've made a habit of in the past few weeks. if you're not ready to get fully organised with planners etc, then short notes/lists are perfect for you. I would usually start writing notes the night before, the notes will contain tasks I need to get done for the following day and by writing them down it has somewhat allowed the ideas/tasks to remain fresh in my mind ready for the next day, I'm letting the ideas marinate in my head. Then I'd start the day knowing what to get on with, something I always like doing is completing the easier tasks first as I like the satisfaction of having completed something within the day.

So to keep things simple, write notes! 

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it's done.

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it's done.

After a long few months of writing, editing and researching. I have finally sent the first batch of 'pick me up' to the printers. I'm happy to announce that I am now self published and 'pick me up' will be my first book, perhaps the first of many to come. It is available to pre-order only on adilsaperture.com and yes, I ship worldwide. The book contains a collection of poems written by me and features my imagery. the specific photo paper is shipped from San Francisco and is printed in Milton Keynes. 

I can't wait for you all to get your hands on a copy as it is something i have worked on for so long now and to see it in its flesh, is something special. I've always wanted to write a book for so long but never knew where to start. After getting in touch with several publishers it started to become a little bit more possible, learning what needed to be done both business-wise and design-wise was a mental challenge for me. After learning what needed to be done i went ahead and executed.

Those of you that were patient with me, thank you.

 

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