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A Love Story Of An Old Couple That Would Make You Smile And Cry

A Love Story Of An Old Couple That Would Make You Smile And Cry

Love makes the world go around. But often, by the time we realize it, it’s too late. We confuse our ideas of love with illusions of star-crossed romances, expensive honeymoons and unrealistic expectations from our significant other; forgetting, as the spoken word poet IN-Q puts it, love is the ‘Only Reason We’re Alive’. Check out this beautiful poem brought to life by some splendid animation.

Finding love at 85

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    The narrator’s persona is an old man who has finally found his soulmate at…you’ve guessed it.. the age of 85!

    Matching track-suits, aerobic classes and dancing

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      From going on dates, to spending time with each other, laughing in a cafe and ‘holding hands during Sunday masses’, the poet shows us that love is all about appreciating the present time with your beloved.

      Darker sides of love and life

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        But he also talks about the dark sides of it, of the impending illness, of the inevitable wrinkles and even feeding your wife because she’s too weak. He further recites,  “Hold her head close like death isn’t chasing us… planning on erasing us. And replacing us with better versions of us. Reshaping us, remaking us, then recreating us with new identities so we can make new memories.”

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          As anyone who’s read or watched ‘The Notebook‘ will realize, love is all about appreciating the beautiful things in life, while they last. So follow the ‘Carpe Diem’ theme, and find your love before you’re 85!

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          10 Things To Remember When Everything Goes Wrong

          10 Things To Remember When Everything Goes Wrong

          Problems and heartaches in life are inevitable. However, there are some things to remember when you’re right in the thick of it that can help you get through it. When everything seems to be going wrong, practice telling yourself these things.

          1. This Too Shall Pass

          Sometimes life’s rough patches feel like they’re going to last forever. Whether you’re dealing with work-related issues, family problems, or stressful situations, very few problems last for a lifetime. So remind yourself, that things won’t be this bad forever.

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          2. Some Things are Going Right

          When things are going wrong, it’s hard to recognize what is going right. It’s easy to screen out the good things and only focus on the bad things. Remind yourself that some things are going right. Purposely look for the positive, even if it is something very small.

          3. I Have Some Control

          One of the most most important things to remember is that you have some control of the situation. Even if you aren’t in complete control of the situation, one thing you can always control is your attitude and reaction. Focus on managing what is within your control.

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          4. I Can Ask for Help

          Asking for help can be hard sometimes. However, it’s one of the best ways to deal with tough situations. Tell people what you need specifically if they offer to help. Don’t be afraid to call on friends and family and ask them for help, whether you need financial assistance, emotional support, or practical help.

          5. Much of This Won’t Matter in a Few Years

          Most of the problems we worry about today won’t actually matter five years from now. Remind yourself that whatever is going wrong now is only a small percentage of your actual life. Even if you’re dealing with a major problem, like a loved one’s illness, remember that a lot of good things are likely to happen in the course of a year or two as well.

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          6. I Can Handle This

          A lack of confidence in handling tough times can add to stress. One of the best things to remember is that you can handle tough situations. Even though you might feel angry, hurt, disappointed, or sad, it won’t kill you. You can get through it.

          7. Something Good Will Come Out of This

          No matter how bad a situation is, it’s almost certain that something good will come out of it. At the very least, it’s likely that you will learn a life lesson. Perhaps you learn not to repeat the same mistake in the future or maybe you move on from a bad situation and find something better. Look for the one good thing that can result when bad things happen.

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          8. I Can Accept What’s Out of my Control

          There are many things that aren’t within your control. You can’t change the past, another person’s behavior, or a loved one’s health issues. Don’t waste time trying to force others to change or trying to make things be different if it isn’t within your control. Investing time and energy into trying to things you can’t will cause you to feel helpless and exhausted. Acceptance is one of the best way to establish resilience.

          9. I Have Overcome Past Difficulties

          One of the things to remember when you’re facing difficulties, is that you’ve handled problems in the past. Don’t overlook past difficulties that you’ve dealt with successfully. Remind yourself of all the past problems you’ve overcome and you’ll gain confidence in dealing with the current issues.

          10. I Need to Take Care of Myself

          When everything seems to be going wrong, take care of yourself. Get plenty of rest, get some exercise, eat healthy, and spend some time doing leisure activities. When you’re taking better care of yourself you’ll be better equipped to deal with your problems.

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