penciling your passion

Don’t just pencil in your passions as afterthoughts. Let them become what breathes life into each new day.

We all have things that light us up inside and fill us with energy and excitement. Activities, interests or roles that make us come alive and allow us to operate in our “zone.” These are our passions – the sources of joy, purpose and vitality unique to each of us. For many people though, pursuing their true passions can get pushed to the back burner. The realities of work, bills, family obligations and general busyness take over. Hobbies and callings dear to our hearts get shuffled aside as lower priorities. Before we know it, the spark within starts to fade.

That’s when life can start feeling flat, draining and unfulfilling. We’re just going through the motions, disconnected from activities that make us feel truly engaged and purposeful. A part of us knows we’re living beneath our potential for authentic happiness. The solution is to be more intentional about making room for passion, no matter how busy life gets. It doesn’t have to be everything you do, but prioritizing devoted time for your interests is essential self-care. What recharges you and gives you joy needs to be actively penciled into your schedule on a regular basis.

For some people, a passion is a hobby like art, writing, music, sports, gaming or something creative they adore. For others, it’s intellectual pursuits like reading, learning languages, researching topics of curiosity. It could be outdoor adventures, teaching others, volunteering or community work. Anything that allows you to light up! Pursuing passions provides so many amazing benefits. You rediscover what makes you feel inherently motivated from a place of enthusiasm instead of obligation. Interests that captivate your focus help quiet mental chatter and anxieties.

You get recharged with a sense of purpose. Reclaimed confidence and self-esteem blossoms. Making space for passion also teaches you a ton about yourself – your authentic voice, values, abilities and truth. Expressing those provides profound feelings of vitality. When you let more of your “true colors” shine through in the world, you start attracting people, opportunities and circumstances more aligned with who you really are. What often holds people back is fear – of embarrassment, vulnerability, failure, wasted time or resources. But denying what inspires you is far costlier in the long run. Your passions are what add spice, meaning and joy to everyday living. They bond you to the wonder and creativity of being a person. So don’t neglect the activities that set your heart on fire! Get creative about making them a consistent priority in both small and big ways. Let them revitalize you and inject more aliveness into each day. Because when you live with passion as fuel, you’ll look back with far fewer regrets about playing it too safe. Passions pursued are what make a life vibrantly lived. Now you know why The Border of a Mind is so dear to me. I put my soul into it.

irrigating passion

a capture of my brother photographing the wide gardens near Ras Al khor wildlife sanctuary in the UAE.

Lately, I have been thoroughly pondering on the aspect of irrigating the mind. Experiences and my reads have encompassed me with the discernment that the soul has to be irrigated for consistency and to be filled with life. Our faith, trust, passions, love and life as a whole needs to be irrigated. The passions are to be fuelled to keep them from dying how dwarfed it might be in the rush of our lives. We’ve to hold to that rope and do our best in a positive sense within our individual means and situations to kindle the fire of aspects and things we are passionate about. Don’t leave them away. Don’t let the chores and events crush your passions and dreams. The border of a mind is a signature that I’m endeavoring with the limited time I’ve to candle a flame I’ve for art, visual imagery and a positive vibe in general. With you, I’m trying to remember that even though data has a decisive role on much of life’s decision making, it’s truly passion that provides purpose and an organic direction of where we’re heading to. We’ve to rewind that in our mind in channeling time.

Remember Job from the Heart that we talked about few years back ?
I’d like to link this as well: Quality | indelible objectivity

the lab of dreams

the lab

This work of art was inspired during a visit to Netta’s work laboratory in a university in Dubai. Although I worked on it pretty in the instant, I liked the way it turned out. From the colors and shades of the equipment to the stickers around to vibrant tones of chemicals around, it all set that mood to instigate a creative fervor. Notice the DNA shades on my tees as well. Now, this is a frame that was bound to happen right down to its finest details. I’d like to correlate this theme with something else.

Today I was listening to a generic talk and the speaker was gently enunciating that what we physically work on or dream initially forms as an abstract in our mind. Any material object that we procure or any project that we pursue would first form in our minds. So, he was saying that in order to chase dreams, first sculpt them in our minds with a deep passion and to try our best to draw in an action plan to chase it. Very interesting. Our mind is the lab of our dreams If we philosophically postulate an extension for this artwork. God bless.

re-scaping tank

After over 6 months, I decided to do a deep clean of our little tank and re-scape the entire foundation of the tank. Took more than 3 hours from the deep cleaning to the removal of stains and dirt from the tree barks. I was literally surprised at the amount of dirt accumulated with wooden blocks submerged in water. After a thorough cleaning process, I removed one of the barks and decided to go with only one bark to give a more roomy and wide space for the Neon tetras to swim around. Upon reading somewhere, I learned that Neon tetras are more comfortable with open wide spaces. The half-moon betta is not in the photograph, and it seems to be unwell for the past week or so. I doubt it’s related to the chemistry of the tank, as I’ve been using some new conditioners for curating the water quality in the tank.

3 hours of re-scaping work

I’ve been reading and watching a lot of aqua-scaping tutorials on different layouts possible in a smaller tank and I was inclined to a more simple one as opposed to the seemingly dense option we had previously. After removing the dirt from the soil bed, I filtered them out by removing floating watery dirt with a manual water pump by water cycles of over 8 to 9. Later, I deep cleaned every single element in the aquarium and separated flora which was affected by line algae which were dominant in the aquarium. Netta helped through all the stages. I removed one of the wooden blocks, set up a new tree bark in an inclined position with ferns slowly arranged on the top. Meanwhile, I planted the grass and Japanese Hydrocotyle on the front side of the tank. I hope it will take up a more dense profile as time passes. But now we have a minimal, simple, and much cleaner and roomier tank space, and here’s the final result.

A much more roomier tank. Excuse those flying ferns on the top. More on that below.

One thing what I learned from this whole process is that when we do a deep cleaning for the tank and if there are ferns to be included, they need to be attached to the wooden barks by some means. Either it can be a glue or they can be manually inserted into any holes or spaces available in the bark or by another means. Even though I watered them slowly, I found out that the ferns were floating around after the pump and filter started working. So, I should be taking care of it in the next episode of this whole thing.If you love aquascaping, skim through Story de’aquatics.

I have also written a detailed article on Planted aquariums – How to make them last based on my personal experience of setting everything on my own.
And yes, we love short videos, and here are the ones on those themes
Fluvial Zeal | The Woodland | Neon Gems

garden of thoughts.

Recently I read a very interesting post on what really matters on what you build and long for. It can be anything – it can be a product, a service, experiences, personal connections, travel spaces, mindset, you name it.

“Do you see all those people who whipping their smartphones out as soon as they get on the train or stand in a queue? They’re not just avoiding boredom, they’re searching—but not only for information, or laughs, or updates. They are searching for a feeling of connection.

We want places to go and places to be. Places to kill time and places that make us feel a little less lonely in the moment. Places to learn. Places to share. Places that make us feel safe, or smart, or welcomed, or funny, or hopeful for the future. But most of all, we want places to belong and places where we feel like we matter.

Those places used to be our family homes, our dinner tables at 6 pm, or football games with friends on Saturday afternoons. Increasingly they are digital spaces.

Whatever you’re building, think beyond features, functionality and design and think first about how the person you serve wants to feel when she arrives at the place you’ve built.” [ source ]

This is exactly on the nail on how I conceive and present the soul of The Border Of a Mind to you as a valuable reader. As I wrote previously, I put my heart and soul into every little word, graphic and theme that you find inscribed here. In this world of bustle and commotion, I always love to prepare this place as sort of a virtual garden of my thoughts and whisk it with some spice of original arts and photography.

Picture in the brain.

Interesting conversation with Dave Howells, advertising photographer, and ex-photojournalist as he’d love to call himself. He explains how he creates his signature frames and his experiences photographing famous people in his clientele. It’s the passion of a person towards his craft like this that puts a quintal of inspiration into you. Thanks, Becki and Chris for hosting this.

Some stuff from the conversation that I felt entertaining:

  • The earlier you get in on a job, the more input you have – one of the earliest piece of advise that he received when he started pursuing photography.
  • Advertising – clients pay for ideas. Editorials – Client pay for filling space in the newspaper or magazine.
  • He walks through his decades of experience in photography in news and media. Technologies that used to be the thing at that time pop up occasionally during the conversation (high-speed flash, for instance). Very interesting.
  • He was asked who was his favorite among the famous people whom he had photographed and he responded that his favourites aren’t famous and that everyone has a story.
  • If I think your idea is crap, I’ll tell you it’s crap and I’ll be fairly blunt about it in a charming accent, but if it’s a brilliant idea, I’ll probably steal it“, he says.
  • It’s not about the gear, the picture should happen in your brain long before it’s got to your fingers
  • There’re a lot of photographers who photograph what people look like, but there’re only a few who take pictures of who they are!Wow.
  • The more you shoot, the better you get.
  • Ready, fire, aim