You’re A Fighter

Yes, you read that right. You’re a fighter, and don’t you ever forget it. Life may be tough right now but you’ll get there. You’ll make it, I promise. I believe you can do it. You have what it takes. I see it in you – you have the power to do whatever you imagine. You’re smart enough, pretty enough, tough enough to make it through.

God gives his toughest battles to his strongest soldiers. Hang in there. Don’t give up now. Not quite yet. Just a little bit longer. Just a little bit harder. You’re getting there. You’re on your way to victory. You don’t always need a clear-cut plan, a laid out map to tell you exactly which way to go. Sometimes you need to just trust your instincts and keep going – see what happens. You might even surprise yourself.

Create a vision for your life. Do something you love. Do something that makes you want to jump out of bed every morning. This fight is worth it, and so are you. These battle scars are only making you stronger. Do whatever it takes to see your dreams through.

The walls that you see that separate you from your dreams are meant to see how badly you want to achieve this. They’re not meant for you. They’re meant for the other people who don’t want it badly enough.

It’s a revolution – the time has come for you to win. Don’t give up now when victory’s so close. You can beat this. I see the fighter in you, dying to break out. Breathe, take a break. Get back at it. Don’t lose sight of the finish line, you’re so close.

Don’t let it get you down, if you don’t make it the first time. You have your whole life ahead of you to prove yourself, so stop beating yourself up. Promise me you’ll smile today. Promise?

Stay strong,

Deliya x 🙂

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15 Things Only Twins Will Get

So, in case you guys didn’t know, I’m a twin. (Hold ALL of your stupid comments and jokes and puns about twins, no matter how darn funny you might find them.) Being a twin isn’t easy, no matter what the commercialized versions show you. It’s a hard life. I mean, yes, you have someone to fall back on when nobody else is there for you, and, yes, you have someone who’s going through the same stuff as you and with you so you can always relate. So yes, you’re never alone, physically or mentally.

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But seriously, you normal people just do not understand the toils that us twins go through on a daily basis. So for, all the twins out there, this ones for you!

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1. The countless times we have to explain to people that NO, we do NOT have a telepathic connection and NO we cannot feel the others’ pain

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2. That awkward moment when somebody (like a teacher) confuses you for your twin and you just feel like rolling your eyes and playing along ’cause you just aint got the time

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3. Having to deal with some Grade-A Butts who try to tell you which one of you is better-looking (the nerve!)

4. Dealing with the occasional identity crisis because of having spent your entire life being confused for the other

5. Rolling your eyes in frustration when you’re taken as a unit and not as 2 separate individuals

6. That wonderful feeling of instant companionship when you meet other twins

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7. Getting sick and tired of the constant comparison between you both but not being able to do anything about it because its the only way people tell you apart

8. Explaining to people that sharing (our clothes, books, etc) is a part of our nature; we never think about it

9. Trying to tell people that we don’t know any different so your questions are irrelevant

10. The oh-so-obvious gawking and obligatory questions

11. Always having someone to have your back

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12. Learning to respond to your twins’ name

13. “So which one of you both is the evil twin?” – Shut it.

14. Having lots of inside jokes because of a shared sense of humour

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15. Having someone to discuss problems with…always!

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That’s all I’ve got for you guys now, I’ll see you guys soon! (or not, I have exams next week.)

Bye!!

Stay amazing,

Deliya x 🙂

I Challenge You

Today’s post is all about dreams. And challenges, of course.

I was sitting on the edge of my bed yesterday wondering about what on Earth I would blog about that everybody who read this could relate to and suddenly it hit me. What is the one thing that everybody on the planet has in common? We all have dreams. Some are big, some are small, some are crazy and some are life-changing. But they’re all possible. Everybody wants to achieve something, to live in a better world. In any case, today, all I’m here to say is that whether your dream is to beat somebody at arm-wrestling, ace your exams or end world hunger, it is possible.

Live Your Dreams

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You just have to believe in it. No, it’s not going to easy. You know that, and if you don’t, you should. It’s hard to motivate yourself to work hard, because anybody can dream but to work to make your dreams a reality is another ball-game altogether.

My mum always says that if you want to get something, you always had to give something in return. There are no free lunches. You’re going to have to work really hard, be determined to see your work through to the end, come what may, and you’ve got to donate your time, effort and blood, sweat and tears on this mission. It’s a tough world out there, with millions like you trying to make it big.

Live your dreams!

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You’re going to face disappointment, you’re going to experience failure and you’re almost definitely going to want to give up at one point or another. But no matter how you feel, you need to push on, because that success story, that vision of victory that’s playing in your head, that is possible, and it can happen to you. Greatness is your calling. Own it.

Dream High

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Some people live there whole life in a trance – just doing the things everyone else is doing, going the places everyone else is going and hence achieving the things in life that everyone else has already achieved. So, obviously, when you stick out, when you take risks, when you try to be different, you will face discouragement. Don’t fall prey to the everyday gossip of the everyday person. They’re just a face in the crowd of all the people that look exactly like them. No matter what, don’t give up until you win.

Dream Your Dreams

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So today, I challenge you.

Dream

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I challenge you to have the courage to follow your dreams, no matter how hard it is.

Plan your goals

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I challenge you to drown out the noise of the crowd and believe in and trust yourself above all others.

I'm doing this.

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I challenge you to love yourself before you love anybody else.

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I challenge you to invest in yourself – your mind, your body and your personality.

Don't quit now

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I challenge you to create yourself.

Earn your success

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I challenge you to keep going.

Not an option

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But above all, I challenge you to never give up on yourself.

Because, in the end, you’re all you have anyway.

Stay strong,

Deliya x 🙂

From Paris, With Love

Paris. The City of Lights and Love. Romantic, untainted artistic beauty.

I’ve gone there twice in my 17 years, for 10 days each. And I was blown away. The city takes my breath away and no matter how many times I go there, it’s buzzing life and unforgettable aura will make me feel like coming back.

My family used to travel a lot when I was younger. The first time I visited it, I was just 10. When our plane landed in Paris, it was, quite coincidentally, the 14th of July, France’s Independence Day. It was already 7 in the evening by the time we got to our hotel but I remember dragging my poor parents to the Eiffel Tower anyway, regardless of how tired they were after our flight.

And it was beautiful. It was getting dark by the time we reached it and the it was all lit up like a Christmas Tree and fireworks were going off all around it in patriotic fervor but at the time, I didn’t know any better. All I knew in that moment was that the skyline back home had never been quite this…dazzling.

We climbed up to the 2nd floor and looked down at the city lights. The moon was high above me, and the streets were far below and the wind was blowing in my hair and it was like magic. It felt like it was where I belonged. It felt like it all fit in somewhere in me.

Of course, I went again when I was 15 years old because I just couldn’t get enough of the city. (And because I’d read The Da Vinci Code and needed to see the Louvre with a fresh mindset). Its little stone-paved streets and its bookstores and little cafes just make you fall in love all over again. There is no moment quite as beautiful as resting your tired legs, pulling out a cane chair and having a nice latte in a Parisian cafe.

Coming to Paris in the winter was inspirational. Creative was not a word intense enough to describe what I felt the day I saw snow fall in Paris. If you are a writer looking for a that slow black and white mood to get your ideas, come to the City of Love in the Season of Snow. 

Of course the food, the fashion, the language and the people were a huge part of the charm and the architecture and history of the city was mind-blowing. And let’s not forget Disneyland. Paris is never more pretty than it is at night. The city pretty much comes alive under its starry covers. There is no limit to the artistic inspiration you can derive out of the night life of Paris.

That’s all for now guys, I hope you enjoyed reading this as much as I loved recalling it, and I hope this makes you want to fly to Paris on your next holiday! Tell me what you think!

Yours always,

Deliya x 🙂

P.S. No, none of these pictures are mine because, neither am I good at photography and neither do I have any pictures that do not include my family in it, so there.

I hope life isn’t just one big joke, because I don’t get it

I hope life isn’t just one big joke, because I don’t get it.

Recently one of my favourite uncles was in a near-fatal situation and those hours on those uncomfortable hospital chairs really got me thinking. At first, I went all numb like I did when I got hit full-on on my face with a badminton racket. Everyone around me was crying and sobbing but I coudn’t really feel anything except a dull sting on my head like an ant bite, sort of (later that required 3 stitches, but thats not the point).

After a couple of minutes in those dreaded chairs, as the reality of losing someone dear to me truly began to sink in, and every minute seemed to crawl into infinity, I began to bawl and later ask myself what would really happen to or family without Uncle Dan. I’ve never really been a religious person, but just then, the only person who I could seem to turn to was the dude up there. As I thought about how, all too quickly, all the happy times with my uncle could just be snatched away in a second, I hoped and prayed that he would be able to fight it.

I don’t want to sound too depressing so I’ll cut this short. My uncle’s OK now, but these sort of things really get you thinking about what you would do if the same thing happened to, say, your mum or dad tomorrow? What would you do, where would you run, where would you hide? Its like the permanant goodbye. No second chances. And all you can think of is the last thing you said to them, and whether you remembered to tell them ‘I love you’. All I want to say is (and I know this one’s been done to death but) enjoy and treasure every single moment with the ones you love (no matter how annoying that li’l sis of yours is). You have no idea how much you’ll miss her when she’s gone. Take it from me.

Deliya x 🙂