“Foes and false friends are all around me, Lord Davos. They infest my city like roaches, and at night I feel them crawling over me.” The fat man’s fingers coiled into a fist, and all his chins trembled. “My son Wendel came to the Twins a guest. He ate Lord Walder’s bread and salt, and hung his sword upon the wall to feast with his friends. And they murdered him. Murdered, I say, and may the Freys choke upon their fables. I drink with Jared, jape with Symond, promise Rhaegar the hand of my own beloved granddaughter…but never think that means I have forgotten. The north remembers, Lord Davos. The north remembers, and the mummer’s farce is almost done. My son is home.”
The screenshots are from Season 5 Episode 3 of Game of Thrones. Quote is Wyman Manderly talking to Davos Seaworth in A Dance With Dragon, the fifth book in the A Song of Ice and Fire book series. I felt it was a matching quote, chances are I won’t see the quote played out in the show so might as well relate it to what we get.
The title’s 101 not because I have that many dalmatians at home, but because as of this moment that’s the number of posts on this blog. Which isn’t showing off — I started the blog in May 2012 so really it’s quite the opposite as I know a fair share of you who cover 100 posts in a week or two. I’ve been on and off in the past, unable to get myself to stick to posting. Back then it had a different purpose, different content, and a different theme. But I believe now I have a more clear direction and a better management of my time for it, so it should hopefully keep growing instead of stalling. In just 2 months this year I’ve achieved just as much as I did during 2014 and 2013, and I’m one third of the way to beating my stats for 2012. Which is not to say the path it was headed toward previously is wrong, it was simply aimed at a different target. Or, to use another Hemingway quote…
“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” ~ Ernest Hemingway
Just because the start might not have been that brilliant, it doesn’t mean I get to just ignore it. It still included writing and thoughts that came from me, it included pieces of myself. But it’s important to remember and honor the past, just as much as we aspire and plan for the future. Without the past we wouldn’t be where we are and there would be no future to look forward to — we’d still be at square zero.
So, a note for myself, and for everyone else I guess, keep bleeding, keep writing, keep sharing your hurt with the world. If we can all relate and help each other get through the pain, we’ll come out stronger in the end. Here’s to another 100 posts — cheers!
“Learn to be alone and to be yourself, don’t let the company of others define who you are.”
My own take on the “don’t let others define who you are” quote; we all need at least a soft whispering voice of our own if we are to leave a trace in this world. Socializing and hanging out may have benefits of their own, but so does some alone time. If you spend your whole life following others, you’ll never give yourself the chance to learn and experience what your soul craves to do.
Make sure you step away from others once in a while, and do something on your own. Something you always wanted to do. Something you love. Something that’s you.
“All these kings would do a deal better if they would put down their swords and listen to their mothers.” ~ Oleanna Tyrell, A Storm of Swords by George. R. R. Martin
It might be just me, but I think the quote has a much deeper meaning that you see at first sight. It speaks not only of kings, but generally every human on a position that turns him or her into this pompous being who believes whatever they do is the rightful thing and no one can deny them in that. Our judgement over any action is clouded by what we personally feel and often the error is done when this is perceived. A bit too late, which might not have been the case if one only took the worthy advice they were given.