A little something you forgot to consider

When you look at the world you see a combination of brilliance and dirt altogether. It makes you want to get out and explore every single part of it, every possible human emotion and at the same time, it makes you want to run to bed and stay there forever. It’s like being in a huge library with a billion books. You wish you’ll choose the most fascinating ones, those that will teach you a lot and make you a wiser person but still… you cannot know the ending in advance. There’s always a risk.  It’s scary – terrifying actually – but I suppose life can give you a few things that are worth the “pain and the aches of the outcoming fortune” in the words of the Danish Prince.

It is incredible that you have all these choices concerning who you want to become and how you want to use your life in order to contribute to society. But what most people forget to mention when they talk about the endless possibilities is risk and fear. The smallest choice you make has outcomes. There’s never a win-win situation. You always have to face consequences, responsibilities and stand up for the path you took and for the person you are today.

We chose friends, behaviors, careers, lovers, places to live in and even ways to approach situations. Every little thing is crucial but there are some choices bigger than others. These are the choices that will change your life. When you stand in front of a choice this big, I tell you, it’s scary. Nobody mentions that. Everyone goes on and on about doing the right thing but… when you’re actually standing a step away from opening one door or another, you can’t see “right” or “wrong”. You can only see the regret at the end of each way and you’re afraid of it. There are paths that guarantee security and others that involve greater risk.

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Making the step is hard. But no matter what you have been thinking so far, no matter what all the voices around you have been going on and on about, you have to take a step back and put yourself in the microscope. I don’t mean endless hours of worrying and re-thinking – which is something I am guilty of, to be honest – but to really stand across your deepest desire and ask yourself “Where do you want to go?”.

This process is usually so hard because we forget to keep in mind the fear that goes with it. It’s what we forget to consider when we make plans. Fear is usually a huge part of our choices but it shouldn’t be. Go with your gut. There is an instinct inside every one of us, we’ve just learned to ignore it over the years while trying to rationalize everything.

Remember back when you were a kid? You took one look at a person and you knew if you liked them or not. You went to ballet lessons for a week to find out you want to quit and then you tried piano and Italian and none of those were right for you. You knew and you were not afraid to admit you changed your mind. Nobody would call you a loser. Then, you finally tried tennis or playing the tuba and it was fun. You couldn’t see the time to go to practice. That’s what we suppress over the years, our pure instincts. We learn to like what we should like but, how will we ever be happy if we don’t risk walking the road our heart tells us it leads to happiness?

Charles Bukowski said “Go all the way” and he was right. If you don’t go all the way, you’ll never know. It takes a huge amount of courage to stop thinking of every little thing that can go wrong and focus on your pure desire. Don’t be afraid of it. Take a step on the path your heart points at. There must be some reason. Show it some trust and you’ll eventually find out why it took you there.

Have a magical day,

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by Elena Ktenopoulou

What if you made music a bigger part of your life?

It’s always there… it’s either what’s making you move, either just what making your day a little brighter while playing in the background. Music, whether it’s the protagonist or just a guest, is what makes those boring moments more… meaningful.

Listening to music is usually a way to underline feeling in a way but… what about playing music? This week, I wanted to talk about the decision to try and play an instrument and I don’t mean professionally. Music as a hobby can benefit your life in many ways.


I have been trying to play the cello for more than a year and I considered it important to encourage more people who might be afraid that they won’t make it because they don’t have previous experience. Even if you never play professionally, you will gain a lot just by devoting some time to something creative – any form of art, really but today we talk about the benefits of music. –


Here’s how music has made my life more beautiful and why you should also try:

  1.     Patience

Truth to be told, I was never a patient person. I love getting what I want right away but when you try to master an instrument, you certainly cannot do that in a few  months… not even in a few years. Studying music  has helped me to become more patient and I’ll explain how. The more patient you are during practice, the faster you get the result you’ve been anticipating, it’s a very important lesson. When you give it time and you take it slow, you will have better results.

2. Organizing time 

Learning to play an instrument takes time and daily practice. That requires discipline and a very well structured schedule that you have to follow in order to manage everything else in your life and make time for music. I have noticed that since I started playing, I have come to organizing my time a lot better than before and not just around my music studies but in general.

3. Exercising the mind 

When you watch musicians playing it looks so easy… let me tell you, you have to think about a million  things at the same moment. What is that note? Am I pressing the right spot? Am I putting too much pressure on the bow? Why does this sound different than before? Scientific research has shown that practicing music is a very demanding activity that activates a lot of parts of the brain. That makes you smarter and able to handle more tasks at once.

4. Enjoying music 

The hardest part of music – especially for a person who starts in their twenties as I did – is certainly not  learning the technique but learning to hear correctly. That takes a lot of practice and exercise but you’ll notice that slowly, you start to understand music better than before and enjoy it more.

5. Feeling of achievement 

When you practice and practice and at the end of the week, you’ve finally reached your goal, you feel extremely satisfied and motivated to keep going. That way you learn to work based on setting small goals that eventually lead to a bigger one. Isn’t that the secret for success after all?

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I am not going to talk about the thrill of playing in front of people or the happiness when you create music of your own just because it takes a while until you get there and today’s article focuses more on the benefits of learning. But I grantee you, it’s all worth it!

Trying learning to play an instrument will benefit you in many ways. You will even see your personality improve as you’ll become more organized and more hard working. The only thing you need is the decision to start and the desire to play. So, don’t waste any more time get busy!

have a magical day,


glance at the sky

by Elena Ktenopoulou