Snow captured and calmed down the chaos of the city of beautiful Istanbul a bit last week. The negative consequences of the snow turned out to have some positive impact on my life. Spending more time staying home than I usually do, finally helped me find the courage and determination to deal with other things that I tend to procrastinate on.
For instance, I finally managed to draft a new speech on my freelance life which I will supposedly deliver next month. Plus I started taking up a new online course on writing for the web. I will tell you more about all these in the upcoming weeks.
But now, I will leave you with my weekly suggestions for this week:
These days I try to keep my mind away of the current absurdities of the country. But as you might imagine, it doesn’t come easy at all. Adam Phillips is a very well known psychoanalyst, so famous that most people regard him as the Carl Jung of our times (whom I utterly admire). This book of his consists of essays focusing on the subjects that seem pretty ordinary but are not deeply examined yet such as kissing, tickling, risk, being bored and even farting.
Movie: Nocturnal Animals
An excellent combination of an interesting story and beautiful acting.
First 15 min. of the movie could be a bit disturbing to watch, but later on, it runs like butter.
A quote from the movie: “Susan, enjoy the absurdity of our world. It’s a lot less painful. Believe me, our world is a lot less painful than the real world.”
TV Series: The OA
If you are into science fiction and supernatural powers, I would suggest you take a look at this Netflix drama. In the series, a young woman named Prairie Johnson tries to get back to normal life after having been missing for seven years. But seven years is long, and it is not easy to keep up with the current life, especially when you have secrets to reveal and problems to solve. If you watched and liked Stranger Things, this series would be a good choice for you too.
New word: “Sisu”, a Finnish word for the psychological strength that allows a person to overcome extraordinary challenges. The most similar word in English seems perseverance.
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