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"We don't see things as they are, we see things as we are." Anais Nin

No matter what direction you choose, there will always be gains and losses. We cannot keep everything… or everybody… One must choose what is priority at that moment.

Music!

Music… such a powerful thing. It can touch you deep, calm you down,  help you to put the walls down and let feelings free even if it is for 5 minutes. Music can change your mood, can lift up your spirit and make you think. That is why I love music… good music! I am not a musician but I am a really good listener.

Inspired by: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2lSc4zv_wSE

Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe

‘Robinson Crusoe’ by Daniel Defoe was written almost 300 years ago! The book is classified as: speculative fiction, fiction, novel, adventure novel, children’s literature. I was amazed to find out that this book was aimed to children (especially boys)! The quality of the level of language is impressive. I would never have thought that it is part of the Children’s Literature. This book showed me how high the level of language was, even for children. It is sad that this is changing; language has been simplified… losing a lot of its quality.

The plot is very good! It is mainly focused in one character only, Robinson Crusoe. He leaves his family, against their will, to have an adventure over seas. A lot of things happen to him, which he could have taken as signs to go back to the safety of his home. However, his curiosity and desire to be free are stronger than his good sense. Crusoe continues to be lead by this desire and after some misfortune, he ends up stuck in a tropical Island completely alone. For a good part of the book we are left with Crusoe and his inner thoughts. Which is a great insight into human nature and the possibility of understanding and developing ourselves as human beings.

I can’t say anymore or I will give away too much of the plot and I don’t want to do that!

I really enjoyed reading this book, it was really worth the time. There are a lot to think and analyse after reading it and there are some quotes I want to share with you. These are very meaningful quotes, really worth to give a thought to.

Quotes:

“I saw… the folly of beginning a work before we count the cost and before we judge rightly of our own strength to go through with it”

“I learned to look more upon the bright side of my condition, and less upon the dark side, and to consider what I enjoyed, rather than what I wanted” -> in other words… be grateful for what you’ve got now and not unhappy for what you don’t have.

“We never see the true state of our condition till it is illustrated to us by its contraries; nor know how to value what we enjoy, but by the want of it”

“All the good things of this world are no farther good to us than they are for our use; and that whatever we may heap up indeed to give others, we enjoy as much as we can use, and no more.”

“Today we love what tomorrow we hate, today we seek what tomorrow we shun; today we desire what tomorrow we fear.”

I hope you enjoy reading this book as much as I did!

Sex Lines by Aidan Herron

Sex lines by Aidan Herron is the type of book that everyone should read. It is a great guide for parents and teachers, but it is also a very useful read for young adults. Why wait until you became a parent to start learning how to lead with children and teens? In my opinion, the earlier the better. After all, our own teenage years are not that far behind, which can make it easier to relate and understand the growing process the younger ones around us are going through.

The book also emphasizes the importance of eliminating  ignorance on sexuality by giving an open and honest information. I am in my early 20’s and I thought I knew everything about Sexual Education, but after reading this book I realised that I still have a lot to learn. For example, I thought Sexual Education was about talking about sex, contraception, pregnancy, AIDS and STDs. Surprisingly enough (to me), it is much deeper than that. Sexual Education is all of the mentioned above, but it is also about equality, social issues involving both sexes, respect, the difficulties of growing up such as peer presure, sexual ignorance, prejudice and so on.

The writer also highlights that if parents and schools got together to better inform children and teenagers about all cited above, we would be working towards a more just society. Because understanding raises awareness and respect, which are steps towards equality and, I believe, a less violent society. Of course it does not happen over night, but need to start somewhere and, hopefully, some time soon.

This book contains some tips on parenting, which I found useful. The writer opened up my mind and eyes for what really is the “innocence” of the past and the importance of proper Sexual Education in everyone’s life, especially at early growing up stage. I don’t think anyone wants their children to receive misguided information from video clips, internet and even other children. He also helped me to understand my parents situation a bit better. After all, being a parent is the most difficult task in life. How could they act differently if they weren’t taught how?  That is why I think it is vital for our generation to start now to be more informed and be well-prepared, as we ourselves are going to be parents, teachers, aunt/uncle or even a big sister/brother. Just think how your parents could have done much better if they had more information themselves. I believe though, that most of them do/did their best with the capacity they have/had for doing so.  We can make the difference by learning from the blindness of the traditional ways and progress for a better future for all of us.

Introduction was never my strongest point. Let’s give it a try!

Hello everyone and be welcome to Faccioli Codex! My name is Amanda. I am Brazilian and I’ve been living in Europe for a bit more than two years. It has been quite a long time that I don’t write. For some reason I stopped doing one of the things I like the most… among with many other things. So, I decided to start this blog to bring it back. I am also trying to improve my writing skills and the best way to do this is writing!

Constructive criticism and suggestions are always welcome! Feel free to tell me what you think!

Thank you!

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