our train is delayed and i am late for lunch with a boy i like because he makes me feel less lonely and that seems like a sufficient definition for love these days in this city where it is possible to be surrounded by the warmth of millions of apartment lights and still feel cold
You can’t stop letting the rain get to you; you are tired. You feel 30 when you are 22. Life is caving in, but a few caves had to fall to build volcanoes’ molten middle. You are 7,000 years of repression. The world will hear your thoughts all at once in all it’s might.
And when life gives you lemons, plant a tree, baby. No one ever made changes without passing lessons on. Sow your trials into the ground and you won’t just find your roots - you will make them.
If you happen to get up on the wrong side of the bed, give a small whisper of thanks for being able to get up at all today. Remember the universe is vast, remember we are all finite. You will breathe with less entitlement.
And if you get the ax, consider yourself free, child. You are fuel. You are flammable, baby. Without you there is no fire during winters and fall.
If it so happens that you bite the bullet, remember you are not a target. You are a weapon. They have armed you. Aim and fire.
And don’t believe them, darling. You are never at the end of your rope. Life is not series of mass hangings but be careful who you choose into your life. Either they make a noose or attach a booey.
The more you travel, the more you lose sight of who you are. People always say travel will help you “discover yourself” or redefine who you are- I think what travel really does is just let you get over defining yourself altogether.
You’re in a flux, constantly changing and evolving. After a while, you lose track and don’t even know if you miss your friends back home or you love the idea of missing them so much that you’re inducing sadness upon yourself. The constant change brings uncertainty in your life, which consequently brings growth, open-ness and willingness.
Travel will help you lose sight of who you are. And that’s a definitely a good thing.
“He says he has the hands of a carpenter, not soft, like my past lovers.
By this he means: “Not good enough”.
I tell him to carve me;
widdle me with his words until I am nothing
but sawdust kissing the ground and he
is the one sweeping me up.”—Sext (He Loves Me with Wood-chippings)
“We can never get yesterday back, and we can never know what tomorrow will bring. So live today like yesterday’s gone, and live like there’s no tomorrow.”—william chapman (via classybitchbutnevertrashy)
“It could be any cricket ground on the globe, but it has to be
a Pakistan versus India match to get a crowd so involved.
And if the ground happens to be Eden Garden, Kolkata, in
India, any opposing team, but especially one from Pakistan,
faces 100,000 plus eleven opponents. And if you happen to
be a young and unknown Pakistani pace bowler who has just
taken the wicket of Rahul Dravid, one of the world’s most
accomplished batsmen, you can feel 100,000 pairs of eyes
boring into you while a deafening roar pours out of 100,000
throats as their hero, Sachin Tendulkar, walks in. But if you
knock off his stumps with your very first delivery to him, your
ears meet with a deafening and almost eerie silence. I did it,
I thought, I did it, as I pressed my forehead to the ground
in gratitude.”—Shoaib Akhtar in ‘Controversially Yours’. (via severus003)
“Watching Pakistan play cricket is like watching a man who wakes up every morning and is marched to the gallows. On some days, the fear of death grips him so closely that he collapses before the noose is brought out. On other days, he lives in defiance of his impending death, relishing the freedom of being alive for a few moments.”—Ahmer Naqvi (x)
1. Do not date a boy who does not care what your favourite song is. The boy who does not care what melodies ignite your heart strings with love and wonder while staring at passing street lights on the last train home, will not care if it’s 2 a.m. and your heart is breaking.
2. Do not let anyone fold you up like last winters tattered scarf and put you away with the others in a neatly labeled box. Even when there’s thunder and the sky is crying, you are your mum’s favourite summer dress. You are to wear yourself like you believe it.
3. We are all stories. Write yours how you want. Make today’s chapter about purposely taking the wrong bus and discovering a tiny blue tea shop, or folding origami paper hearts over and over on your window sill. Just make sure it’s something you’d enjoy reading.
4. I will always try to save you.
5. Someday you will be 19 and lost and heartbroken and you will think about a place you’ve seen on TV or heard or read about in a book or seen a picture of. You will feel your heart drop into your stomach. Go there. For a day, a month, forever, but it’s important that you go.
6. The world is so beautiful. Do not let the slumped over homeless man outside the convenience store or the stories of guns and bombs on the television let you believe otherwise. We are all so lost. All of us. We all show it in different ways. I write bad poems. Others start wars. There is no inherent evil, only good people searching too hard.
7. I love everything about you.
8. Money turns people into liars and emotional ghosts. School grades are an inaccurate representation of you. Measure your life’s worth in how many times you’ve nearly lost your life to laughter, how many books you’ve closed with happy tears in your eyes, people whose lives you’ve brought joy to, marshmallows eaten, or countries visited.
9. Don’t ever let anyone tell you to stop crying. Cry if you want to. It’s okay. You’re allowed.
10. My best friend once told me that the most important decision he had ever made was to love everyone and everything. He’s the only person I’ve ever known to have a viewable aura of light around him. Don’t forget to love this world, to love people. Be light. You are already mine.
First episode of the I Am Karachi Radio Show with team members from the I Am Karachi Coordination Unit: Muhammad Abdullah, Humayun Ansari and Bilal Khan. This young and energetic team runs the campaign control room and in this show, they talked about what the I am Karachi campaign is all about, what activities are happening and what makes Karachi special for them.
Audience were engaged through social media, SMS and live calls interactions. #Iamkhi giveaways were also distributed through a contest.
The show was co-hosted by RJ Fahad Pervez and RJ Fariha Awan.
"Sensitivity is a sign of life. Better hurt than hardened. I bow to those who keep their hearts open when it is most difficult, those who refuse to keep their armor on any longer than they have to, those who recognize the courage at the heart of vulnerability. After all the malevolent warriors end each other, the open-hearted will inherit the earth."