The start of every year is often prefaced with declarations of our greatest intentions for the months ahead. The freshness of the new year brings with it the beautiful promise of a fresh start – an opportunity to unhinge ourselves from the iron chains that have held us back in the past. We say, “this year I will attempt unleashing the highest expressions of who I can possibly be and to clean up on all the mess that that has piled up.” But as we are well into the new year already, has any of it stuck?
We create resolutions and checklists detailing our most militant intentions to plunge into the wilderness with an excitement for fresh adventures and confidence to smash down the barriers that hold us back. In this article, we hope to make you understand that although as the new year has gotten older and the determination to debut our improved selves is starting to give in to the harsh realities that did not stop when the clock struck midnight on New Year’s Eve, it’s important to hold your head high and stick to the plan. These following tips compiled from great insight are incredibly helpful and potent tools in helping you to remember the light and talk yourself back up on your feet!
Self acceptance and a good self image cannot be stressed enough. Here’s the thing; you cannot really achieve anything unless you believe in yourself – complete with the bunch of flaws you spend your days fretting so damn much. Of course we all wish we were hotter, more popular, richer, cooler and more put together like all those snaps trickling down on your Instagram account. But think about it – there is only one person in your life who has been there from the beginning and will never ever leave your side. And that person is yourself. Wouldn’t you want to do all it takes to protect, defend, love and uplift the one person who has the power, willingness and ability to solve all your problems? Start loving you in every way you can imagine. Now!
But that is far easier said than done. How does one get to a place of being content with oneself when that constant nagging feeling of not being good enough just does not go away? Well, that journey shall be yours. But one good way of rebuilding your self image into one of a loving relationship with yourself is by finding ways of consistently reminding yourself why you are badass. Look at all your accomplishments. Celebrate each and everyone of them. Acknowledge all the things you are good at, perhaps even excel in. Look at yourself in the mirror every morning and say ‘I’m good. I’ve got this.’ While this may seem silly at first, you will soon realise that getting yourself to be aware of why you are great is an effective way to reverse all that negative talk telling you that you are not worthy.
TAKE A RISK
Oh yes, and then there is the risk thing. The simple truth is, all that is worth it often comes with risk attached. You want the girl or the guy so much, but you risk of pain, humiliation and embarrassment that can come with potential rejection. So you don’t attempt at all, thereby losing the bae automatically. Same goes for your career, your dreams and any other situation you can think of right now that requires some balls. Unfortunately none of your resolutions, plans, goals, dreams, truest desires and plans will ever amount to anything unless you teach yourself the importance of knowing when it is time to give it a try even if it might all blow up in your face.
CHECK YOUR ALLIANCES
What kind of company do you keep around yourself? It’s important to look at your friends and the people you hang out with and the kind of energy they bring to your life. It’s important to surround yourself with people who see the best in you, have your best interest at heart, inspire you and allow you to approximate your truest and best self. Do your friends uplift you?
LAUGH YOUR ASS OFF
Every opportunity to laugh should be taken. Laugh, laugh, laugh! Until there are tears in your eyes. Be in the moment and when there is good reason to be goofy or to relax, grab it and run with it. Everyday.
DECLUTTER YOUR LIFE
We won’t go as far as reciting some of the books we have been reading in this particular subject, but there is a lot of research and literature suggesting that organising your life has a positive impact on your perception of life. And not only that, when you start organising stuff – such as getting your desk in order, cleaning up your room, getting rid of things (bad friends included) that you don’t need can have a positive multiplier effect into other areas of your life. Clean up!
BE PURPOSE DRIVEN
We weren’t going to say “you reap what you saw”, but Beyonce mentions it a song so it must be still cool. When you do not plan ahead at the beginning of everyday what your intentions and goals are for that day, you run the risk of not achieving much for that day. Value your time, because you value yourself. Set out some goals for yourself when you start a new day and use your time wisely. When you do this, you start being aware whenever you are wasting time. What is your goal today?
We hope these help, and we would love to have you add some of your tricks in how we can all bring more positivity in our lives this year in the comments section below!
Squid Game Ending Explained; We’ve Been Scammed
We’ve been had, and Squid Game is here to prove it.
When the end of the South Korean horror drama arrives on the ninth episode, the winner finds himself harrowed by what the coveted prize has cost his soul. In the rat race for survival, along with a better life that hinges on the never ending hustle, there’s no time to stop and see the horror our lives become. By the end, we see how the winner has sold his soul for a crappy deal that came with a few toys, and a happy meal.
A group of 456 players are mysteriously invited to take part in a set of children’s games for a grand prize of $38 million, which will be enough to give the winner the financial freedom they desperately need. The players are selected from different walks of life, with the burden of excessive debt being their biggest motivation to give the Game a go.
The first of deepening terrors comes during the first game, when the players discover that penalties for losing in the challenges will be death. DEATH. Horrified, the players initially vote to leave and return to their lives.
This noble departure doesn’t last long; their material realities as fugitives on the run from debt collectors only highlights the glow of the precious promise they’ve now left behind. When they return for the second time, they now consent to their highly probable deaths.
Led by Lee Jung-jae, who plays Seong Gi-hun, a taxi driver with a gambling addiction, the South Korean series has become somewhat of a global phenomenon. Now the most streamed Korean series of all time, Squid Game is also said to be on pace to dethrone Bridgerton as the most streamed series in the history of Netflix. And it’s with good reason. Squid Game is a trip.
Survival is the drive. The blues of a broke life pile up for Seong Gi-hun, who’s daughter is being taken away to the US by her mother and step father. His mother is battling deteriorating diabetes and even in her frail condition, is still working hard to make ends meet. It’s during the peak of his frustrations that Gi-hun is randomly invited to take part in the Game.
After accepting the offer, he finds himself in a discreet location along with 455 players, who are also drowning in debt. The players are kept under an authoritarian system of surveillance. Masked guards in pink suits keep the scene under control under the supervision of the Front Man. Gi-hun allies with other players, including his childhood friend Cho Sang-woo, as a the most strategic way to survive the bloody challenges.
Amongst those that end up in this team is player 001, a frail old man who who became his “gganbu”. Sae-byeok, who was also in the team, was killed by Sang-woo, Gi-hun’s childhood friend, team member and flip-flopping ally. Several other team members had to be killed by their team mates, which revealed the wickedness of the games.
In the end, Gi-hun’s victory came without an apology. He had to defeat a close ally in the games, the old and frail player 001. They’d bonded throughout their time, but in the end he had to advance himself against those he’d built alliances. As the games progressed, the players found themselves having to face tough calls. Someone else has to die for you to make it another day.
After a series of brutal games, it comes down to childhood friends Gi-hun and Cho Sang-woo. They’d played different games, with Sang-woo having played hard and stopping at nothing to win. Gi-hun is mad at Sang-woo for a series of betrayals, including him stabbing Sae-byeok to her death. In the end, Gi-hun wins when Sang-woo apologised and kills himself.
Yet despite emerging a winner, Gi-hun finds that the cost of becoming an overnight billionaire has bankrupted his soul. For a year following the day his bank account was loaded with a nine zero figure, he didn’t touch the money. After all, he returned to find his mother dead on the floor. One of his motivations was getting the money to get her medical help over her advancing diabetes.
Gi-hun is clearly troubled by the bodies upon which his new wealth rests. A year passes and he hasn’t touched the money – even oddly reverting to old patterns of asking for loans to get by. It might be late to be so concerned about the moral questions surrounding the games now – the long and short of it is he won and his life has changed.
Later, he is shocked to find out that the “gganbu” who had to be killed after losing to him in a game of marbles, was never really killed.
In a shocking plot twist that changes everything – he also finds out that the old man is in fact the creator of the games! Finding him in a medical bed after receiving a mysterious invite to the location, Gi-hun discovers that the man’s real name is Oh Il-nam, an obscenely rich fella who created the games in 1988 (the same year Korea hosted the Olympics for the first time) purely for their entertainment. We already know by now that ‘the VIPs’ are a bunch of morally bankrupt elites who find pleasure in watching the poor masses slaughtering each other for money in a broken system. Where have we heard that before?
Although his participation in the games as player 001 was a farce, what he told Gi-hun back then, that he had a brain tumour, had been true. And of course, he challenged him to another sick game. A man had been freezing to death on a street pavement, and Oh Il-nam challenged Gi-hun to guess to bet on the odds that someone who help him when the clock strikes 00:00 at midnight. As Gi-hun wins, Oh Il-nam dies.
We assume this marks the end of the games. However later in the episode, Gi-hun sees the man who recruited him doing it to someone else. He runs to stop what is happening, but arrives at the exact scene late, the train has already taken off. Later on the way to boarding a flight, he turns and calls a number. “I can’t forgive you for everything you’re doing,” he tells ta man we assume to be In-ho. He turns back, clearly about to begin his new mission.
What we know now, is that Oh Il-nam created the games to tickle the sick tastes of his sick rich network. But he is now dead. Who is now behind the games? This, and Gi-hun’s passionate manifesto, are strong indications that next season of the series is already shaping up to a different arc. It’s his final transformation, and he is ready to take down the operation and those behind it. He won’t allow people to be “horses” for the entertainment of wealthy elites.
We know that In-ho shot Jun-ho in a bid to stop him from alerting the police about the games. The signal was bad, delaying the delivering of the evidence Jun-ho had been trying to send in several texts, right up to the moment the moment he plunged from a cliff and hit the water. What we don’t know is whether the messages were really not delivered. There’s also no conclusive evidence that Jun-ho is dead.
Potentially, the biggest lesson from season one is that our relentless pursuit for material success in a punishing money system kills us.
First Look at HBO’s Game of Thrones Spin-Off ‘House of The Dragon’
Things look promising for HBO’s upcoming drama series, The House of Dragon. The highly buzzed Games of Thrones prequel’s first visual teaser has been met with much fanfare, raking in more than 8,6 million views on Youtube within two days of its arrival.
First reactions and buzz around the epic teaser have been strong indications that the series, slated to premiere in 2022, is off to a good start despite the infamous final season slump suffered by G.O.T. And it could mean that maybe, just maybe, the world ready to let old baggage go.
The House of Dragon, created by an entire different team, will arrive about three years since the cold winter. The cast includes Matt Smith, Paddy Considine and Sonoya Mizuno who will be bringing to life a different era of Westeros.
Midnight Mass is Creepy With A Dark Subtext and You Need To See it
‘God’s angel’ had sinister plans for the town.
The reign of terror plunges a small and quiet town to ashes when the arrival of a charismatic yet mysterious priest coincides with the return of a disgraced young man who has just been released from prison.
While Riley (Zach Gilford) initially finds that Crockett Island and its 127 residents – along with his childhood sweetheart Erin (Kate Siegel) – still conduct a mundane existence, Pastor Paul (Hamish Linklater) soon changes that.
When the island’s much loved Roman Catholic senior priest takes a trip to the pilgrimage and never comes back, an energetic new priest takes his place at the Holy Land church. And while his arrival brings with it a new wave of spiritual revival amongst the island community, something sinister begins to haunt the town.
With each episode, the esoteric occult that powers Paul’s ability to perform astounding miracles and mesmerise the islanders, slowly gains dominion over the unsuspecting community. Instead, they begin taking up a renewed interest in the church as word of mouth spreads about the signs and wonders. Much like Jesus Christ was able to draw crowds wherever he went, the appearance of Paul’s supernatural power is able to attract even those who’d remained sceptics their lives.
It’s the blending of the sacred and the sinister. The taking of communion that has been contaminated with demonic blood, which functions as the miracle drug promising eternal life.
We soon find out the miracles come at an unthinkable cost.