Rain was knocking on the roof above Mary’s head. She leaned against her wardrobe looking into the distant vastness of the woods surrounding her parents’ home. Even though I was standing at the door, she seemed lonely, desperate and empty. She did not even turn her head. I still remember the first time we met. It was a day quite similarly rainy and depressing. We were both five years old and I was crying because I hated water. She came straight to me, gave me a warm smile and whispered silently into my ear: “Do not cry, I’m here for you,” while she hugged me. I was a stranger to her. She saw my desperation and started what would become the most important and long-lasting friendship I would ever experience. Continue reading “Ember [Short Story]”
Content creators tend to do update videos to keep you informed about their blog/video channel/podcast/etc. Here’s a reason why not to give updates: Continue reading “Update: Why I Don‘t Do Update Posts”
Success. Everybody wants it, working hard day by day in order to achieve it. The constant urge to reach a better grade on a test, a higher paycheck at the end of the month, clicks on your website or YouTube channel. It is predominant. But once we reach it, it is not enough. Sometimes it can even feel like it‘s never enough. Often we find ourselves asking: “Shouldn’t I be happy? I got an A on that test”. Why is that?
Maybe the root to it is our perception of success. Does happiness really equal success? Apparently not, since it doesn’t bring us the joy we crave for. Why is reaching our goals not enough? The explanation could be easier than we thought!
I created my Facebook account back in 2009. This year I thought about deleting it alltogether quite often. Why you might ask? I miss the time before social media. It is certainly not just nostalgia knocking on the door. I am sure that social media does not have enough benefits to actually justify its existence. While there are tons of research which already show the bad influence of social media on our everyday life (e.g. this article in which Facebook admits just that) it might even harm the way we use the internet in general, especially when you consider how much bitterness and hate is spread on Twitter and Facebook, even by government officials.
Yesterday, my favorite YouTuber, Austin McConnell, released a video essay about the books he read. It was so inspiring to see how many and what kind of novels a person I admire as a creator is reading. I hope to do the same for you. The following books are what I have read this year. It might not be much but sometimes quality is more important than quantity: Continue reading “Books I Read in 2017”
The year 2018 is near and streaming services are everywhere. You can stream music, TV shows and movies with any subscription-based service of choice. This is already seen as being revolutionary. But is it? Continue reading “Is Streaming the (Already Present) Future?”
Yesterday I stumbled upon a 20 min long documentary on YouTube which is outstanding and puts things back in perspective. As an adult I take for granted to be able to read and write. But there are people that managed to graduate without proper skills in the two domains. At first, this seems quite shocking. But instead of shaming these people into guilt, we should try to support them with learning how to read. If you are interested in the topic, you can watch the documentary down below.