Calmest Waters: Summer Edition II

Good morning and welcome to a brand new edition of Calmest Waters. I sincerely apologize for the delay – the Summer is up and running for some time now, and the general drought when it comes to this blog which we happened to experience these past two months. At first, there was nothing to talk about, then I was too busy to post, and then there was so much to talk about and so little time to talk about it, that I went into a shutdown mode and didn’t post anything at all, as to, sort of, regroup. Nevertheless, the Summer, as we all know, is well underway, and that calls for a celebration, a new background photo, and some promises I do not expect to fulfill at all.

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It’s been an absolutely fantastic Spring overall. Most of it was just how I like it – slow, steady, uneventful. Simply perfect. Thankfully, when something big, and not necessarily good did happen, through my experience I remained disciplined enough to deal with it. Then the exams have come and gone. Particularly unexciting this year, which again, is a good thing. I moved back to my Summer home and already started my new job, which is excellent and so needed. But what matters most, in the context of the blog, is that I’m biking again, and oh boy, am I biking a lot.

Thus, it is safe to assume that biking posts will be the dominant force on the blog these next couple of months. I would suspect that this means an increase in blog posts being posted per month, but I honestly wouldn’t know, too early to tell.

My Summer looks rather promising. A decent job, while still having a lot of free time. No serious obligations otherwise, which is great. No real plans, other than biking, which I love the most.

Some things I’ll need to deal with sooner or later, so I do have some thinking-things-through posts coming along. But that’s for another day.

The new background photo, yes. We all know how it goes, it’s Summer, it’s hot, it’s sunny. White sands, azure water, not a cloud in the sky. That’s Summer. Maybe not mine, as mine will be much greener than that, but perhaps one day… It’s one of my life goals to book a holiday in a place with white sands and palm trees on the beach. One day.

As for the headline – I thought with all the adventures, traveling and wandering around, I’d look for something that would herald the wonders I might find out there, and yet at the same time, elevated it to a new level, where the pure pleasure and joy to be taken from that experience would be more than a good time, but more of a blessing. Thus, I decided, Van Morrison’s “Into the Mystic” works perfectly. Our motto for the next three months or so.

The time has come to say farewell to the fantastic Spring that we had, and jump into the next stage of this amazing year.

Summer Edition no. 2 is a go, ladies and gentlemen. Let’s do this.

-Calmest Waters

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Maintenance: Spring Edition

We did it! Ha, we actually did it. We survived this goddamn abomination of a season, the Winter, and as hope returns to our hearts, we can look to the future with confidence and joy. The darkness has passed, ladies and gentlemen, and the world basks in the Spring Sun. And my dear friends, it’s only going to get even better from now. As hard it might be to imagine with the nightmares of the season pass still fresh in our memories, the age of light is upon us, and the terrors of the cold have no power over our minds and souls anymore. We are saved!

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The Winter was as horrible as it could. Cold, snowy, uneventful (aka boring), felt much longer than three months, and when something actually did happen, it was somewhere on the “bad” spectrum. I failed to achieve any of my goals, except for one, and in many ways, I feel like I’ve taken an involuntary step back. Thankfully, it’s nothing that can’t be fixed, and the opportunities will present themselves, of that I’m certain.

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Happy New Year!

You know, everyone’s complaining, but my 2017 was pretty damn good. So in celebration of its well-deserved retirement, I share with you my number one favorite partying song, wishing you all a HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Tell me this song isn’t awesome? You’re welcome! I mean, I don’t usually like this genre, but this makes me want to dance. I don’t know how dancing to that song would look like, but I would do it anyway.

We gon’ party all night loooooooong.

-Calmest Waters

Maintenance: Winter Edition

Technically it’s still three days until the Winter actually starts, but it’s within the margin of error. So, new season, new edition. Nothing spectacular, when it comes to changes, just some adjustments, and upgrades.

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New background photo. Obviously, since it’s Winter, it’s gotta be cold water and lots of ice, so that people know it’s Winter. I made some small changes to the menus, perhaps unnoticeable, but I think it works better now.

New header, a quote from a fantastic happy metal by Freedom Call, linked below. For once I decided to quote someone other than myself, which is a big step for me, you know. It’s a great song that just happens to be about oceans, so it works great for me and this blog.

Not that many new photos of mine on account of the weather not being the way I like it. Recently I’ve been mostly reusing old photos I already posted before. However, I do have serious plans about going hiking, so who knows, maybe I’ll bring some gifts. Plus, I really want to take some pictures of the stars, the nighttime sky in general, and I might have a great opportunity to do it properly in the near future, but time will tell.

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Calmest Waters Revival

It’s time, I’m longing for home again,
And I fly, from the eye of the storm I come,
I see that shine whereever I roam the land,
I’m Alive,
Alive I’m riding back to the sun,

Chris Bay

That’s right.

My heart’s at peace and my soul won’t falter, my friends, as everything returns back to the way it should. I have once again emerged victorious from all the commotion that keeps, and as it seems will forever keep returning every now and then, and even though it tries harder and harder every time to disturb me, my tolerance rises in time and so does my determination. 

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That being said, I do owe you an explanation. Especially since most likely sudden departures will be occurring rather frequently, certainly more frequently than I would wish them to.

The thing is, I have two separate chronic illnesses. I’ve been diagnosed with hypothyroidism over six years ago, and with multiple sclerosis four years ago. A lot of my depression comes from the fact that I neglected my health for far too long, and a lot of my recovery is me being taken care of better than I deserved. Anyway, although I am nearly 100% functional most of the time, there are days, and, recently, weeks, where I’m struggling more than I would prefer to let people around me know. Weeks when I truly can’t spend any resources on writing posts or making music simply because I wouldn’t do it right anyway. A decision I made when I was starting this blog was to do it right. What does that mean in this context? Well, essentially, don’t force yourself to do anything. Otherwise, this blog, which I truly consider a success, or a tool as useful as I hoped it to be, will fail, like so many projects I started before, and which are now forgotten because of my wrong choices and attitude.

I only recently realized that hell, I can tell you all of this, because I’m still anonymous to the internet, at least while using a disguise of Calmest Waters. You can still judge me, but your judgment is irrelevant. A perfect relationship.

Alright. We’ve wasted a lot of time, everyone. While I did neglect to post anything on the blog these last couple of weeks, I do have a lot coming, for you, and for me. We’re talking songs, we’re talking thoughts&discussion opportunities, we’re talking writing of any and all sizes and shapes. So, let’s get to it. Better late than ever.

Thank you for the all the kind words and support, truly. I can’t promise to be a better blogger, but I do promise to be a better friend to you from now on.

-Calmest Waters

P.S. I couldn’t help but notice that “likes-wise”, the post about me taking a break from running this blog was one of the most successful posts on this blog. I’m not sure how to think about this, so I won’t. But I’ll be watching you all.

P.P.S. That is INDEED a Creedence Clearwater Revival reference in the title, good for you to notice!

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A hiatus.

Difficult circumstances force me to take a break in running this sorry excuse for a blog. 

Some old issues I have to deal with again, some new things I need to think through – much like in my posts, but this time, I can’t do it here. I sincerely hope to return to writing sometime in December, but at this point, it’s impossible to tell if I will.

Regardless, a big “thank you” to everyone who dropped by and stayed even for a moment.

And then special thanks to two people, whom I don’t feel at liberty to name just yet, and who have been especially supportive and incredibly nice to me this whole time, which made it not just beneficial, but also simply fun to write down my thoughts and share my music that carelessly. I feel I might be letting you two down right now, leaving things hanging this way, but I promise to do my best and make up for it in the future.

See you all later!

-Calmest Waters

Maintenance: Autumn Edition is a go.

Continuing the still new trend of introducing changes to the blog with every next season, and with the astronomical Autumn being just behind the corner, I declare it is finally time to say “fare thee well, Summer, you will be missed”, and launch the Calmest Waters: Autumn Edition.

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No big changes are to be expected. Few, minor adjustments.

First of all, new background photo AND for the first time new blog description. After several months, the “When you think too much, but have no one to talk to” verse that welcomed visitors on the front page is being retired. From now on, the description will be changed with every season, just like the photo.

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Idea Sharing Opportunity

I have signed up for a project started by some wonderful bloggers, and which I want to introduce to everyone who might be interested.

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Since there’s no chance in the world that I would explain it any better than people directly involved in starting the project in the first place, I’ll just quote and link bluefish’s post:

“In simple terms, the idea is for a group of bloggers to write a post based on the same topic every so often (I was thinking maybe once a month) so that we can have a collection of different perspectives on the same subject – I, personally, think that this has immense educational value!”

Sounds easy enough, and I know this will be both fun and valuable experience, so if anyone is interested, you should follow instructions explained in the original post right here.

See ya.

-Calmest Waters