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Using Tragedy to Get What You Want à la Batman

Bruce Wayne's Parent's
No doubt, if you ask any man you meet on the street to name his top 10 well-known superheroes, you would not be surprised if the top 3 would include the Caped Crusader of Gotham City. Who else is this character than the Dark Knight of DC Comics – Batman!

From the beginning of the world, death and suffering have always been a fact of the universe. Creation does not come about without destruction. Albeit a sad fact to comprehend, tragedy and agony are things living beings must endure if they want to continue surviving in a universe full of formidable opponents. Come to think of it, who said that they should always be in opposition to you? If tragedy is a fact of this world, then why not use it to your advantage rather than whine over it again and again?

No, I am not saying you should laugh and smile to any suffering you encounter; sorrow is meant to be cried upon and such emotion surely has its design. Cry if you need to, but let your tears water the seed of a magnanimous tree. Turn your tragedy into a catalyst of magnanimity.

If you have been following my past articles here in Scroll Down and Read, you have probably read how I quoted outstanding men and women who got over enormous obstacles. They are people whom we now see as inspirations and examples of motivation. In this article, however, I am going to draw lessons from one of comic books' iconic characters. Although fictional, his origin story is something that pop culturists have ingrained in the petroglyph of modern mythology and literature.

We owe our gratitude and acknowledgment to Bob Cane and the many writers and directors of the Batman comics, TV series, and movie franchises. Batman a.k.a. Bruce Wayne, with his dark and compromised childhood, is a hero who values life even if he has witnessed something that was contrary to it.

So how do you use a tragic event to catapult you into greatness and heroism, just like what Bruce Wayne did?

Batman Inspires Me

1. Seek solace from those who care about you

Who would not know the Dark Knight's origin story? If you are not familiar with it, then I guess you are one of the few exceptional humans who think Richard Nixon should have not resigned from the presidency. :)

Imagine losing the 2 most important and loving people in your life at a very young age yet old enough to comprehend tragedy and human suffering. Bruce Wayne lost his mom and dad, the people who undoubtedly loved him more than anyone else. Even if he still had material riches, he felt he had lost everything in his life. It pushed him to the brink of despair.

Alfred Pennyworth
Michael Caine as Alfred Pennyworth
Luckily, there was a man in the household still alive and ready to take care of him just like his own son. Alfred Pennyworth was the Wayne Family's loyal butler and friend, and he became Bruce's third parent.

If Alfred was not such an altruistic guy (as we know him from the comics), I doubt if Bruce would have retained his wealth as a Wayne scion. I would even doubt if he would become Gotham City's hero if he was not fatherly raised by Alfred at all.

I am sure you know there are people who love you unconditionally, and you indeed are fortunate to have them. Sometimes, when sorrow and tragedy come, the love and affection of friends and family are temptingly ignorable; you feel like it is better to drown yourself in misery and loneliness. You want to prove to the world that you can be strong and unbreakable, alone without anyone's help.

My advice: Go to your loved ones, let them energize you, and make them feel you need them too. Love is a proven healer of emotional wounds and a source of personal strength; do not ignore its power.

2. Feel the pain, but not the hate

Surely, Bruce cried and mourned for his parents' death. In fact, this tragedy made an impact all throughout his life. His dark personality and his introversion were all outcomes of his aphotic past. He felt the pain – yes he did, and he continued to feel it even in his adulthood. Yet, did he become evil because of such bitterness? No, he did not. The temptation was there, but giving in to it was not his option.

If you are a Star Wars fan, you would remember Master Yoda's teaching about the emotion called hate.
“Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. And hate leads to suffering...”
Indeed, hatred will just compound the suffering you endure. The hate virus and its ill effects will infect every bit of life you come in contact with. Tragedy is painful, but your life overall should never be hateful.

Also, in Christopher Nolan's Batman Trilogy, it was told that Bruce had a phobia of bats. He used this fear not to agitate hatred, but he remade it as a symbol of courage and justice. Do not let fear lead you to anger and hate.

3. Do not give up on school

One of the lamentable occurrences of our time is the mentality that tragedy gives the absolute right for people to rebel and go against conformity. For the youth, what more obvious way to show rebellion than to go against the most famed and established institution of society – the school.

“I am hurt and I am down. School is not where I should be found. The streets and peddlers are better having me around.” Wow! It is so soothing to read and hear sentences when they rhyme. Seriously though, if this is your mentality, I advise you to get it off immediately because it will bring you nowhere but negativity.

Bruce Wayne did not rebel and become a bum. He moved on with his life, finished school, and took over the family business. He used both school and career to pursue his heroic agenda.

4. Learn outside the walls

If there is someone who understood that learning should not be confined to the walls of the school, it is Batman.

Bruce knew that if he wanted to fight off the thugs, crime bosses, and evil freaks in Gotham City, he needed to have special skills and gadgetry. These could not be learned from just attending the usual courses in the academe. He had to get out of his comfortable mansion, he went into different countries, he joined an assassins' league and trained his physique to learn martial arts, athletic agility, complex magic tricks, and weird science. All of these he would utilize to combat evil and subjugate the hostile enemies of Gotham City.

So do you need to acquire all those that Batman has? Maybe not. Yet, you know your needs and you certainly have a longing to fill something empty in your life. Learning does not end in school. Go and continue seeking it outside of its walls.

5. Accept the help of allies

The Joker, Penguin, Riddler, Two-Face, Poison Ivy, and many others have wrought havoc in Gotham City. Luckily, its citizens have a Dark Knight to put a stop to all these villains and their monstrous schemes.

When the job is over, all credit goes to the Caped Crusader so it seems. Lest we forget, there is an Alfred, a Commissioner Gordon, and some honest cops of the Gotham City Police Department behind his back ready to assist him even in the most minute details of the mission. Oh hey, do not forget the sidekicks – Robin and Batgirl!

You have a mission, you have an agenda, and there is this tragedy holding you off from your past. The aid of friends and allies is never without benefit. Accepting the concept that no man or woman is an island (just like what a song says) is not going to hurt you.

6. Know when to work alone or with a team

Robin, Batgirl, and Nightwing are characters of the Batman mythology who will always come to assist our hero if the need arises. The thing is, given his dark and introverted character, Batman works well when he is alone. There are battles he is joined by sidekicks and there are those that he wins without them.

Batman and the Justice League
Real life is just the same. Some of your personal struggles can only be won on your own, and there are conflicts that are best confronted hand in hand with people who are in common interests with you. Pray for the wisdom to know the difference in both situations, then decide and act accordingly.

Oh, before I forget, I want to mention this one. If the state of affairs is too much for Batman to handle, he admits to himself that he is human with no superpowers – so he gets the help of his friends over at the Watchtower, the Justice League headquarters. :)

7. Beyond anything else, choose life

If you would ask me why Batman is one of the top most iconic superheroes and pop culture characters until today, my answer is that because he values life more than anything else.

Albeit his skills and gadgets are deadly and he is threatened my murderous super-villains, Batman never sees death as a weapon to achieve his mission. He safeguards life even those of his enemies. What makes Batman different from all the costumed and masked plebs of Gotham City? Surely, if he kills his enemies to achieve his objective, then he is no different from the villains he tries to quash.

It is said that to defeat an adversary, you have to be its opposite. If tragedy is as painful as hell, then in order to subdue it, why not be its opposite? Be compassionate and treat life (yours and those of others) as the most precious aspect of your existence.


There is a reason why we, human beings, have a passion for stories, whether they are fiction or non-fiction. Yes, you get entertainment from these tales, but you also relate with the characters and learn an inspiring lesson or two.

Values and lessons have their way of coming to us – either from the imagination of a storyteller or from the real events undergone by a great man or woman.

The Murder of Bruce Wayne's Parents

Courtesy of New York Magazine's Youtube Channel

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Envy and Jealousy - There is a Difference

It is so common that I often hear people mentioning envy and jealousy sparsely as if they are synonyms and interchangeable. I will argue that they are not; they have different meanings and that is why I believe they should not be used interchangeably. The only thing that I find them to be similar on, is how they are symbolized through color – both are represented by the color green.

Envy is the ill-feeling that makes you think that someone is greater than you because he/she owns something that you do not. So if for example, you have a buddy from the neighborhood who just bought an awesome sports car and you feel bad about it, that is envy.

Jealousy Sucks
On the one hand, jealousy is a natural feeling when you are under the impression that someone is taking or has taken something which you believe belongs to you. That is why, if ever you see your S.O. (or significant other) kissing someone of the opposite sex, you would tend to feel that something reserved only for you is being taken by someone else – what you feel is called jealousy. Another example of this is, your mom and dad are giving a lot more attention to a brother or sister over you, and you feel that you are being left out.

More Sinister

Between jealousy and envy, however, the latter is more sinister. Albeit both can bring out the monster in you (if it is not put under control), envy is an emotion that employs scheming and treachery. In jealousy, you can even find it sweet and touching once you recognize that a loved one gets jealous because of you. On the other hand, a person who is the object of an envious scheme can find himself or herself the subject of gossips and a target of hidden attacks.

So there you have it. The next time you use either of these 2 words, make sure you are selecting the appropriate one lest your words betray your intent.

Circe Invidiosa
Circe Abounding in Envy by John Waterhouse

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Jealousy Sucks c/o geralt / Pixabay

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Reminiscing the Pope's Visit in The Philippines - What He Said Struck Me

I was at home all throughout the 5 day visit (January 15-19, 2015) of his Holiness, Pope Francis, in my home country the Philippines. Because I had to work and I was not able to avail of the 5-day holiday in Metro Manila (albeit luckily, I was working via telecommute at home), I had no chance to go to any of the places the Pope would pass through .

I am an avid fan of Pope Francis. Catholic? Yes. Devout and practicing? Well, I do go to church to hear Mass on Sundays and Days of Obligation, and I say my prayers every now and then. Honestly, though, I cannot say that I am a very good Catholic - trying maybe, but not yet there.

Fortunately for me and the others who did not go outside of their homes, our era has given us the advantage of television, radio, and Internet live stream. I made sure that I tuned in to every broadcast activity of the Pope. If I cannot see him in person, at least I could get to hear his words to the Filipinos and to the world.

Indeed, I was not disappointed. Pope Francis was an eloquent homilist, an emphatic preacher, and a truly effective pastor. I listened to his sermons and took note of the sayings that really struck me to the core. I made the quotes into memes and arranged them in the order of when and where they were said.

Meeting with families at the Mall Of Asia Arena - January 16, 2015

The capacity to dream is our ability to hope. If a person loses hope, he allows himself to fall into self-pity and despair. When you are in such condition, you heart and mind is blinded by selfishness and hopelessness. How indeed can you see through the eyes of love if despair has clouded your sight?

This particular quote is addressed to husbands and wives. All married couples, as they grow older, have to endure the "feeling" of love  gradually fading away. Seers and wise men advise that love is a decision, that beyond feelings there is that love that decides and acts. Pope Francis here challenges couples not the lose that "feeling of love" - the emotion that comes when you love your better half - even as you grow old with age.

The author of Psalms composed the lyrics, "If the Lord does not build the house, in vain do its builders labor." (Ps 127:1) The Pope just reiterates the message of this wonderful verse, and indeed, no effort or work of human hands will ever be fruitful without the blessing from the Lord. "Ora et labora" (pray and work), says St. Benedict.

It is the accusation of many that faith detaches a person from reality, that he would be unable to think and act to solve the issues of society. Pope Francis thinks otherwise, he reinforces what the Apostle James exhorted more than 2,000 years ago, "Faith without works is dead." (James 2:26)

Meeting with Yolanda survivors in Tacloban City - January 17, 2015

The Pope mentioned about how he wanted to come immediately to the places ransacked by Typhoon Yolanda (internationally called as Haiyan), how he wanted to be with those who have been devastated. He did come to Tacloban, even bracing another storm just to get there. Yet, I want to take note on the last sentence of the quote - it is not him, the Pope, who will bring consolation - it is Jesus who consoles His people because He never lets anyone down.

When you are with someone who is experiencing extreme sorrow and suffering, words really will not be enough to appease and console the person. Pope Francis admits this. All we can do is to walk together, accompanying each other, and look unto Jesus for He too underwent so much suffering - He alone can understand us fully, He alone can rescue us.

"Mama" pertains to the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of Jesus. The Pope says this in connection to what he said above, that in the moments of suffering and feeling of helplessness there is the Divine whom we can hold on to and seek soccer.

I remember the scene from Mel Gibson's film, Passion Of The Christ, wherein Mother Mary immediately approached Jesus when He fell due to the heaviness of the cross, juxtaposed to an event when he was a small child who needed rescue from his mother. Her words were reassuring, "My Son, I am here."

Meeting with the youth at the University of Sto. Tomas (UST) grounds - January 18, 2015

The Pope exhorts women's capacity to weep, because the capacity to weep is the ability to feel and empathize. Many people can react and respond to someone who is in need without feeling and empathizing. Pope Francis challenges us to "weep" so that we can feel what the person in need is undergoing, and therefore empathize with him/her. As His Holiness further laments, "There is a compassion which is USELESS... It's a compassion that makes us put our hands in our pockets and give something... If Christ had that kind of compassion, he would have greeted a couple of people, given them something, and walked on."

In response to the girl who wept after asking, "Why children suffer," Pope Francis honors the women of all ages because they alone have wisdom that were honed from a different perspective; and men should solicit and bow to this wisdom.

This was his answer to the young man who asked on what to do with so much information in our generation. Indeed, knowing something is not enough, because knowledge should be utilized and not kept hidden. To those who have been given much, much will be demanded from them. (Luke 12:48)

Actions speak louder than words as we all say, but knowledge without practice and application is inutile. Yet, His Holiness reiterates the need to feel - that, when you put your knowledge into action, you should not forget to feel the emotion - to sympathize and empathize.

In this period of time when anything can be answered by just a click of a mouse and instant results are demanded from things and even from people, we are left with the scenario where there is no room for surprises, everything is expected and life becomes mechanically boring. God is indeed a God of surprises! What the Pope is saying is nothing new, so he reinforces the message - if you want to be happy and always excited, pray to God that He may surprise you.

Most of us are ready to give gifts - and that is alright. In this quote, the Pontiff is saying how valuable humility is. Being generous is one thing, but being lowly and humble enough to be the recipient of another's generosity is another challenge. Emptying ourselves  and allowing ourselves to be filled by God and by the abundance of others, even if they are poorer than us, is an act humility. The act of giving provides us a sense of worth, but receiving makes as look helpless. Are we humble and lowly enough to receive and become a beggar?

One of the qualities I admire from Pope Francis is his ability to adapt to the situation at hand. When he heard the questions from the youth or saw the tears from the orphan and the victims of Yolanda, he felt that there was a better way to disseminate God's message with such an audience. Rules and letters are important, but people, their feelings and their needs are much more important than the former.


I bet there are still many wonderful quotes Pope Francis said during the Papal Visit in Manila and Tacloban. There were the speech in Malacañang and the address to the local clergy in the Manila Cathedral, which I did not mention in this article. If you think and feel there are quotes that should be highlighted and it struck your heart, feel free to mention them in the comment section below.

Truly, food is not just for the body, there is a certain type of food that should be consumed to nourish the soul, and pastors like Pope Francis have the duty to feed the souls of their sheep. I hope we do listen and get fed.

Below is a Youtube video of his Holiness' message to the Filipino youth.

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What Prevents You from Fulfilling Your Passion

You know you have the talent, and within you lies the desire to hone and use that gift. Yet, after many years of living in a world where both opportunities and obstacles abound, you wonder, “Why the heck do I feel miserable of just being satisfied seeing myself doing what I love to do best in my DREAMS?” Yes, only in your dreams and never in reality!

What a sad fate you have fallen into, you might say. So why are you trapped in this condition? Your response to this question would probably something that blames every bit of external factors but never your own very self. You cannot accomplish the desire of your heart, the one that can make you happy and content, because there are those that forestall your effort from achieving such state.

Steve Jobs' Epitaph

One of my favorite inspirational speeches was spoken by the Apple-Macintosh technology stalwart, the late Steve Jobs. Here is an excerpt from that speech which really struck me the most...
And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle.
I bet you might have heard a lot of motivating words like the one above, quotes saying that doing the work you love will make you content and fulfilling your life's passion will gratify your dreamy heart. Guess what, after hearing and reading all those honeycombed words, your ambition is nowhere near your reach.

My article is not to discourage you further, even though your past and present seem to make the future look bleak (which I think it should not be and it is not really that bad, you know). What I intend in this article is to provide the reasons, the primary ones I suppose, that prevent you from fulfilling your passion and which is making your life miserable, or so it seems.

By knowing these reasons, you can understand where they are coming from. Maybe (at least maybe) you can cut the source and finally defeat those that have become hindrances to achieving your aspiration.

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1. Need for mammon

Remember the scene from the Bible when Jesus said, “You cannot serve both God and mammon”? The word mammon here refers to money. In fact, in Christian literature, there is a demon associated with Greed – the deadly sin that directly connects with the obscene love of money. He is named as Mammon.

J. Jonah Jamieson
J. Jonah Jamieson,
Peter Parker's Boss
Of course, you would defend that you are not greedy and there is no way you love money because you are avariciously materialistic and consumerist. You just need some pennies to pay for the rent and all the bills that are piling up on the table. So instead of pursuing your life long dream and sharpening that hidden talent in the closet, you work in a job that you do not love but has the capability to sustain your bank account, provide a crumb of bread with a piece of butter on the diner, and keep your mortgage to a minimum level.

You are like the young Peter Parker who, albeit he is the Amazing Spider-Man, is struggling to pay for the tuition of his college education and help his Aunt May with the daily expenses of living in urban New York. So he endures working as a part-time photojournalist for a sensationalized news oriented tabloid with an overbearing and unfair editor-in-chief.

Your need to earn a decent amount of money just to keep up with life is clogging you from your passion. Has it ever occurred to you that the pursuit of happiness is not really about money per se? Allow me to quote the entire passage of Jesus when he taught about worldly riches.
No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.
Matthew 6:24

2. Traumatic experience

You were at the prime of your ballet training. Everyone of your classmates in the ballet class admired how you exceeded them with your talent. Your instructors have commended you and predicted a future of you being a prima ballerina. As matter of fact, you saw that future on yourself as well.

And then, at the awaited recital, all the town's top brass and all your relatives were there to witness how a budding prima ballerina would awe a crowd hungry for an artistic performance. In just one wrong step of a toe, you rolled over ridiculously causing you to grasp your skirt and accidentally tearing the garter that held it to your waist. Now, your skirt fell down leaving your pelvic area uncovered. With a slip of a foot, you fell at your face on the wooden stage, and then BLAG! It did not take a minute for the audience to blurt out their reactionary giggles. Humiliation was a stranger to you until this moment. Tears dropped from your eyes and, from then on, you said to yourself, “No more dancing and no more performing on stage!”

Experiences that traumatized your memory like the one above can indeed cause you to be disheartened. How you would wish to forget about it and erase it from your head, right? Yet no, it remains as a lingering narrative in your consciousness over and over again and it has become the villainous nightmare tormenting your dream.

Maybe you want to be a classical musician, a popular composer, or a prolific story writer. Maybe there is this childhood dream of yours but you keep it buried at the bottom of your cortex. Why? It is because of a particular event in the past – an embarrassing scold from a teacher, a hateful criticism, or a shaming ridicule from a crowd – it might not be just a single event but a series of occurrences that are putting you down. Whatever it is (or they are), it is intrinsically forbidding you from following your dreams.

Healing is the key. It may require time; it may even involve some help from a friend or loved one. I would rather seek it rather than let the wound get infected and turn into something worse.

3. Dispiriting models

If number 2 on this list is about events in your life, item number 3 is about people. I guess you will agree with me that there are people who, may not be ill-intentioned, but tend to be discouraging agents instead of encouraging supporters.

Parents, teachers, older siblings, and trusted people whom you think have moral ascendancy, more often than not, want only what is good for you (there are few who could be exceptions, though). Since you treat them with utmost respect and by chance you listen to their words as advice from Angels, you may deny it or not, but they do have a certain amount of influence on the way you think and decide on what to do or not to do.

Here is the thing, there are not a few people whom I have heard telling me that they did not take a tertiary degree they liked just because an influential elder person pushed him/her to take another course. This kind of decision is now haunting them even in their sleep.

Did you want to go to Music Conservatory or take a bachelor's degree in Fine Arts because you have the knack for painting and sculpting? Yet, Mom and Pop advised you to take a Welder's Course because they opined that its tuition was cheaper and the job market was lucrative once you graduate.

J.K. Rowling
J.K. Rowling, Author of
the Harry Potter Book Series
Maybe your community or church was offering a scholarship grant for a Creative Writing degree, and you always wished this chance to come by your way. However, the lovely teacher, Mrs. Jane Doe from your English literature class, told you that your writing sucked and by no means could you become the next J.K. Rowling. That comment became your defining moment and you decided to be a gardener and the town's favorite lawnmower man or woman.

Geesh! Get over it, dear Reader. They may be the most influential people in your life and you certainly look up to them, but in no way should they prevent you from being the man or woman your destiny has in store for you. By nature's course, they will die ahead of you and you will be left roaming the world without them. Go and seek your heart out! You can still love them even if you go against their own mere opinions.

4. Mañana habit

In Filipino culture, procrastination is a vice so prevalent yet is viewed to be destructive it requires a distinct phrase to describe it. Doing it can get you a scolding from any grandnanny in the neighborhood with the unscrupulous intention of pulling you up from your sluggish ways. It is called the “Mañana habit.

Mañana is a Spanish word that is translated as morning, tomorrow, or later. In this sense, the latter 2 renderings are preferable. You can use this word as a retort to someone asking you to do a chore if you are feeling lethargic.

You may all have the conditions to train and develop yourself so you can attain your ambition. The opportunity is now a finger's reach, yet there is this something inside your flesh that makes putting it off to a later time seem enjoyable. In this case, I recommend that you read my article on why laziness and procrastination are temptingly fun and entertaining.

Sloth is the soul's enemy that breaks any great opportunity.

5. Angel with the scythe

Both ancient and pop mythologies have recognized the hooded creature wielding a long scythe as the Angel of Death. Her image has been universally accepted as the symbol of famine, sickness, and death. You would see her in visual artworks displayed in history museums all over the globe.

Lady Death
If there is one final and strongest obstacle to fulfilling your passion, it is sickness and death – and when I say sickness, it is the one that is terminal and will eventually lead to death. Obviously, death is not just the end of your life but the end of your dreams as well. The previous 4 items in this list can be defeated by an act of choice, determination, and decision, but this 5th and last one is a passion ender even the greatest and most passionate men and women were not able to avoid. With death, it ends right just that.

The only one who loves and adores Death that I know of is the Marvel Comics villain named Thanos. In the Marvel Universe, Death (albeit an infinity) is depicted as a beautiful woman who only turns her face into a skull at the spur of a moment. In some comic releases, another Marvel character named Deadpool is shown to be proposing to and marrying Death.

Even if Death's humanly appearance is stunningly attractive, you need not wait for her to come to you before you actually fulfill your passion in order to impress her. Because once she comes, she will be wielding her scythe and she will relentlessly strike you with it. Your life on earth will be a thing of the past.

As a final treat, here is the video of Steve Job's speech at the Stanford University graduation ceremony in 2005.

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Steve Jobs' epitaph c/o ckgodman / Pixabay

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Lady Death c/o OpenClips / Pixabay
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Post-Christmas Blues - Getting the Hang of January

A friend narrated to me how the level of happiness and enthusiasm he experienced, when he was making and decorating his Christmas tree, was suddenly turned and doubled into sadness and wariness once it was time to take it down.

Removing Christmas Decors
To most people of many cultures, Christmas is the most anticipated time of the year. It brings about joy, excitement, and a certain glow in the eyes of every child-like being in our weary world. Christmas will not be Christmas if it is not coupled with gift giving, banquets of many kind, family reunions, and (of course) the long vacation.

Oh yes, the long vacation! I would agree that this is one thing you can expect from most workers and students during the Christmas holidays. So what happens next if such long and lazy vacation is over? - An even graver and demotivating laziness...

Winter Sadness
Just a few days when everyone is about to go back to work or school (tie it up with the decreasing temperature of the winter season), you will see the faces of tiredness, depression, and sloth. The holidays should have given the much needed break and rest for our tired minds and bodies, which have been working all year around; but we want more of the holidays and extend the days when we can spend more time with family and loved ones.

Queen Elsa Doll and Balloon
I guess this "After Christmas Blues" is one of the simple trials we have to overcome every now and then, something we need to get over with every start of the year. Anyways, there is another Christmas waiting for us at the end of the year. It is a good thing we live in the age of social media, when we can reminisce the Holiday memories in full digital clarity with a click of a mouse or a tap of a finger.

The Queen of Arendelle advises us to "Let it Go" and it is a good advice, indeed. Yet, I would rather hear the cry of Vaughn Monroe because "we really have no place to go" but to move forward.

Photo credits:

Removing Christmas Decors c/o jill111 / Pixabay

Winter Sadness c/o PublicDomainPictures / Pixabay

Queen Elsa Balloon and Doll, photo taken by author
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