Last Words

Imagine being on your deathbed. What would you say? What would you finally realize after many years of living? We go through our life, troubled by things that do not matter. Then in our last hours, we realize the truth. We confess our darkest secrets. We say goodbye to the ones we love. Here are some famous last words from people. We can all learn something from these people.


  • Have you made peace with God? "I never quarreled with my God." But aren't you concerned about the next world? "One world at a time." -Henry David Thoreau having a conversation with his aunt.
  • "I hope I haven't bored you." -Elvis Presley (at his last press conference)
  • "My fun days are over." -James Dean
  • "Goodnight my darlings, I'll see you tomorrow." -Noel Coward
  • How do you feel? "Beautiful." -Elizabeth Barrett Browning (when asked by her husband how she felt.)
  • "Farewell, my children, forever. I go with your father." -Marie Antoinette
  • "I see black light." -Victor Hugo
  • "It's very beautiful over there." -Thomas Edison
  • "Thank you all from the pit of my burning, nauseous stomach for your letters and concern during the past years. I'm too much of an erratic, moody baby! I don't have the passion anymore, and so remember, it's better to burn out than to fade away." -Kurt Cobain
  • "Say goodbye to Pat, say goodbye to the president, and say goodbye to yourself, because you're a nice guy." -Marilyn Monroe
  • "I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise." & "Father, into your hands I commit my spirit." -Jesus Christ, to a criminal dying next to him, and his last words on the cross.
  • "We live on a hunk of rock and metal that circles a hundrum start that is one of 400 billion other starts that make up the Milky Way Galaxy which is one of billions of other galaxies which make up a universe which may be one of a very large number, perhaps an infinite number, of other universes. That is a perspective on human life and our culture that is well worth pondering." -Carl Sagan
  • "You have given me the greatest possible happiness. You have been in every way all that anyone could be. I don't think two people could have been happier 'til this terrible disease came. I can't fight any longer. I know that I am spoiling your life, that without me you could work. And you will I know. You see, I can't even write this properly. I can't read. What i want to say is I owe all the happiness of my life to you. You have been entirely patient with me and incredibly good. I want to say that - everybody knows it. If anyone could have saved me it would have been you. Everything has gone from me but the certainty of your goodness. I can't go on spoiling your life any longer. I don't think two people could have been happier than we have been. V. -Virginia Woolf (writing to her love in her suicide note)
  • "I must go in, the fog is rising." -Emily Dickinson
  • "I can't sleep."- J.M. Barrie
  • "Turn up the lights, I don't want to go home in the dark." -William Sidney Porter
  • "Oh, I am not going to die, am I? He will not separate us, we have been so happy." -Charlotte Bronte, while speaking to her husband.
  • "Death, the only immortal, who treats us alike, whose peace and refuge are for all. The soiled and the pure, the rich and the poor, the loved and the unloved."-Mark Twain
  • "Work hard to gain your own salvation." -Buddha
  • "My God. What's happened?" -Princess Diana
  • "I believe that a life lived for music is an existence spent wonderfully, and this is what I have dedicated my life to." -Luciano Pavarotti
  • "Tell them I've had a wonderful life." -Ludwig Wittgenstein
  • "So little done, so much to do." -Cecil Rhodes
How did reading all of that make you feel? I just had to type them and I felt very sad, a tear came to my eye. We go through our whole life knowing that death could take us at any second, and when it does, we are still so shocked. Although it make be hard to take all of this in, the lesson to be learnt is to live in the present happily and fearlessly. To cherish those you love. Eat, drink, be merry. Do not deny yourself the pleasures of life because they will be gone one day. We don't know what will come next. It may be nothing, it may be everything. But now, we have every opportunity to be happy and enjoy life. So do it. Carpe diem.

SEVERUS AND LILY - DREAMS

Performance isn't singing.

Performance isn't singing.

When it comes to theater, I don't care if you have the voice of angel. Emotion is most important. I want to hear the pain or happiness in your voice, I want to hear the different levels. I want to hear the different tones. I want to see the hurt in your face and the love you feel for another character.

Why doesn't anyone realize this? It seems to me even the most professionally talented people disagree. Contrary to popular belief, anyone can sing decent. With vocal training, and learning about music, your voice will improve. Some people are born naturally phenomenal singers and more musically inclined than others, but we can all learn.

When it comes to performance, I don't believe it's something you can just learn. Its a natural instinct. Think about it. There are so many singers out there that do not have a good voice AT ALL. They are talented performers, or have a certain image that keeps them going.

This has been brought to my attention lately. I've been obsessed with Les Mis for a while. I've seen multiple theater productions, read the book, and I've seen the movie several times. And you know what? Every theater performance I've seen of it wasn't ideal. Considering it's all singing, the casting directors seem to cast performers who are SINGERS who learned to ACT, instead of ACTORS that learned to SING. The movie casted ACTORS who learned to SING. This production may be all singing, but it is very, very emotional. The acting has to be amazing.

When I saw the movie, I cried and cried and cried again. I got attached to the characters because I believed them. They came to life, they made me truly feel. The theater performance of Les Mis to me, seemed like people standing around singing. And if I never saw Les Mis before or knew what it was about- I probably would be quite confused.

Samantha Barks was in the movie production AND the theater production. I haven't seen her live, but I've watched her in both. It was amazing how she did so much better in the movie because they focused on acting more. Yet, her voice still sounded so amazing- just with more emotion.

Another statement: Anne Hathaway was the best Fantine in history and I will not argue that. Her voice was amazing and didn't need any improvement. The emotion, the crying, the pain- it was all perfect for the song. In every theater production I've watched, Fantine just stood there singing I Dreamed a Dream, with no emotion in her voice. Not only that, but they made the tempo a lot faster which made the song a lot less touching.

Marius and Cosette in the movie: You saw the love in their eyes and the movements they made. There was so much passion in there voice.
Marius and Cosette in the theater production: Two people staring at each other just singing words. Then they kiss in the less romantic way possible. How believable.

I wrote this because I believe acting isn't as easy as it looks, and to make people attached to your character, to make them laugh, cry, smile- is important. The movie of Les Mis changed my outlook on life because of the acting. The singing was beautiful, but singing is just a sound.

Performance isn't singing itself.
You can sing IN a performance.
But there's much more to that.

DIY Valentines (or any time) gift!

Having trouble picking out a valentine's day gift for your sweetie? Maybe just a friend? Or perhaps  a Christmas gift? Maybe a "Happy Tuesday" gift if you want to love spontaneously! The list goes on and on. This gift is perfect, and can be used for any occasion. And you don't have to spend a penny.

What I did for my boyfriend for Valentine's day is I took a jar, decorated it, and filled it with ideas of dates! Super simple and super sweet! We have trouble figuring out what to do sometimes, and this jar solves that problem. Every couple has things they want to do but they say, "We'll just do that another time." I filled this jar with fun, inexpensive things to do locally that will keep us occupied. You'll never run out of things to do with this jar.

Now here's how you do it.

Step one: Get a clean, medium sized jar from around the house or perhaps your local department store.
Step two: Get any type of paper. (I used scrap paper I had laying around. I used shades of pink, red, and lilac)
Step three: Cut out strips of paper (no specific size) and write out date ideas on them! Then fold them in half, and put it in the jar.
Step four: Decorate the jar however you'd like. It's completely optional. Paper, fabric, lace, markers, and so on. Whatever works for you.

AND YOU'RE DONE. Super simple. 

Now, what to put in the jar. Is there something you and the person receiving this gift want to do? The list goes from a simple night in to an adventurous night on. Be creative with what to do. Here are some ideas:
  • Video game night. Hardcore. 
  • Cook a meal together from scratch.
  • Go to your local park, go on a nature walk, and then have a picnic.
  • Feed the ducks.
  • Barnes n noble & starbucks date.
  • Go out for froyo.
  • See a local concert, theatre performance, sports game, etc.
  • Cuddles and movie marathon.
  • Get in the car and just drive. Let it take you to some random place, use GPS to get home.
  • A typical summer day! Watermelon and swimming.
  • Go to a carnival. Ferris wheel and lemonade.
  • MOVIE NIGHT! Whether it's in the comforts of your own home, a drive-in theater, or the movie theater.
  • Go out with friends/family. Connect with other people.
  • Pick out a monologue/song, work on it together, and then perform for each other.
  • One on one tennis, basketball, etc. Be competitive.
  • Paint all day, make crafts. 
  • Go out to a nice dinner place. You deserve it!
  • Stargaze. Take it all in.
  • Act like children again! Eat food you ate as a child. Go on the playground, the trampoline. Listen to nostalgic music. Bring back the happy child in you.
  • Dedicate a day to philosophical conversations.
  • Be old school and play board games all day. Order some pizza while you're at it.
The list can go on and on. It depends on YOUR relationship with the person. Be creative and make some for yourself! Make them more specific. The more specific it is, the more it means. I hope this was helpful.

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Soul-searching

I will not deny myself the pleasures in life because they are temporary. I will not deny myself love because the people I love will be gone some day. I will not deny myself art because it will eventually be forgotten. I will not deny myself the present because it will become the past. I AM HAPPY NOW, I AM ON A JOURNEY TO INFINITE BLISS. I WILL NOT FEAR.
"The soul is who we really are. And the soul never forgets the ones we love."
XO