My Reasons Why

I don’t know how many blogs are currently a part of WordPress, but I would not be very surprised if that number is somewhere above a million in total. I think we all come across new blogs every day that look interesting, have topics that you like or just look pretty damn awesome. But, no matter which way you look at it, you can’t follow everyone. I have a dayjob that keeps me pretty occupied throughout the day, and as such I have about 5-6 hours of free time on weekdays. I love reading other people’s posts, and commenting on them, but I have currently reached my limit at the number of people I can follow. But, sometimes, you want to give yourself a slap on the forehead (or punch yourself in the face whatever works best for you), when you find out that you are not yet following a blog that you thought you were. For me that happened just before I headed of to Animecon. I was just checking through some older comments that I had missed during my hiatus, and found out that I had been tagged by Irina. (Don’t worry I will get to you after this). Reading through the post, I found out that the tag was created by Kimchisama.

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This is me: trust me you will understand when you read the next paragraph.

She is someone who I have seen making regular comments and giving likes on my posts, as well as following me on Twitter. But…I wasn’t yet following her. Sigh…needless to say, after I found out I punched myself in the face (and ended up with a bloody nose), and finally hit that follow button on her blog. So, if you are reading this post now please accept my humble apologies for not following you sooner. And if you are someone who also had yet to discover/follow her blog do the same as me (that is hit the follow button, not the punching in the face part). So…what about Irina huh? What can I say about her that hasn’t already been said? How awesome she is? Well, you all already know that right? How supportive and incredibly strong a person she is? Naw, that’s also common knowledge. Maybe her being one of the most important people in the anime blogging community? Sigh…I give up. Everything has been said already. Suffice it to say Irina is totally bad ass, and although she will probably deny everything I said here, she knows in her heart that I am right. So, in the small chance you are not following her either yet, also hit that follow button. Right…so…on with the tag!. What this all about?

Rules

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Why are there always rules?

1. Mention the person who nominated you

Now Irina asked to mention Kimchisama

2. List 13 reasons why you keep going/living (This is borrowed from the book but I’m taking it the opposite direction).

Well, see below if I managed to make it to 13 reasons.

3. Nominate 10 or more people to give their reasons why.

Whew…10 huh? Well…I will give it a try.

4. Use the picture that I created in your post. I’m sorry that I’m a bit bad a making these things… But I tried 🙂

Done.

Now then, on to the most important part of this tag, here are my 13 reasons to get up every morning, and go on with this crazy thing we call life:

1. My parents. 

I am an only child, and come from a very small family. In fact it’s so small, that it’s just me and my folks. I could not have been blessed with better parents then the ones I have. Always supportive, caring, and giving, they are a very constant factor in my life.

2. My friends

Who can live without friends? People who say that they can are lying through their teeth. Everyone needs friends in his or her life, no matter how hard you might deny that fact. I don’t have a huge group of friends, but the ones I do have (and you pretty much know who you all are), are the best ones you can ask for. Always there for me when I go through a rough time (and vice versa), I have never taken them for granted in any way.

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You can never have enough friends right??

3. My blogging friends

Ever since I started this blog I have met people that have become an enormous and very important part of my life. Why mention these friends seperately? Because we might never meet in real life, but all the same they are just as wonderful as my normal friends (as far as we are all normal that is lol). Again, you all know who you are, but wow give yourself a big hug and a pat on the back, for the amount of kindness and love you have shown me is nothing short of amazing.

4. Movies

You probably did not see that one coming right? Seriously though, movies are very, very important to me. There is nothing better than to drift away for an hour or two in a different world in a movie theatre and forget all your troubles for a while. Movies, especially the good ones, can manage to lift my spirits when I am feeling down, or reach me on an emotional level in a way that almost nothing else can.

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Just like you can never have enough friends, there is also no such such thing as too much anime.

5. Anime

I started my blog a little over two years ago. At that point I did not really know what I was doing and I just posted randomly not even really following any blogs. But then I came across Karandi’s blog, (and seriously if you don’t know who she is, where have you been all these years), and I loved everything about it. Moreover through her writing she managed to rekindle my love for anime, something I had stopped watching for almost 5-6 years. Right now anime is another big part of my life, and someting I can’t stop watching anymore.

6. My blog

Well, this one is very obvious isn’t it? During my unfortunate, but necessary hiatus, I really felt a weird emptiness in me. Blogging had become a routine and it was very strange not reading posts, placing comments, and writing new posts. I have always said this: blogging is a huge part of my life, and I can’t see a future where I would stop blogging altogether. It’s great to be back and speak to everyone again.

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No these aren’t my books…it comes close though 😅😅

7.Books

Just like movies, books especially the well written ones, allow you to escape for a while into another reality. It’s great to dive into a book that will have you on the edge of your seat, especially after a tough day.

8. My job

Having a job in this day and age is not as obvious as one might think. Finding a job that you enjoy is even tougher. Even though my job is always very busy, and there are certain days that I could live without it (last friday being one of them), I certainly don’t hate my job. As you spent a big chunk of your life in the workplace, it’s definitely important to have something that you can sink your teeth in and offers a challenge.

9. Winter season

Yes, everyone is gearing up for summer now, and relieved to finally see the cold weather being a thing of the past. But…I am not one of them. I love the winterseason. The dark, cold days where you come home, crank up the heat or curl up in bed whatever suits you best, and watch a nice movie or read a good book. Everything about that season is just very cosy, and that’s why I love it so much.

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One day I will conquer my fear of flying and vist an Asian country.

10. Asian culture

As most of you that have been following my blog for a while now pretty much know, is that I simply love Asian culture. It’s a love that started for me when I was a child and continues to this day. Movies, anime, Korean dramas, it’s rich history, it’s customs: all those things have my interest and for me make it a culture that I highly respect and have a great fascination for.

11. Love

Well, I am still single. And have been for a long, long time (please don’t cry or pity me, absolutely not necessary). But I am a hopeless romantic at heart. Though I feel the clock ticking as I become older, I have not yet given up total hope in finding miss right. It might even be the biggest cliche, but it’s so true: love usually does bring happyness. (Though admittedly it has also brought me a lot of sadness, but that last thing only makes you feel more alive doesn’t it?)

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Naw…this is totally not making me hungry…at all!

12. Desserts

The best thing about a meal? Desserts! I can’t get enough them. A meal for me is not complete when I don’t get some kind of dessert to close it off. Even at lunch I try to get a cup of tasty yogurt or pudding when I get a chance to. Really, what’s not to love about desserts right?

13. Games

I have always loved playing games. I don’t even care if I win (though of course that usually is even more fun if you manage to achieve a win), but playing the game is for me what’s most important. Whether it’s playing a solo game, or with some friends, the experience of a great boardgame is what always manages to put a smile on my face.

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Who says you can’t have fun at boardgames??

And….over to you.

Here you go: the ten people that I nominate for this tag:

1. Kwenzqoatl

2. Karandi

3. The Things I’ve Seen

4. Biblionyan

5. Ya Boy Jack

6. Pete Davison

7. Scott

8. Kim

9. Dani

10. Didi

This is not a tag that’s for everyone, so really don’t feel any pressure or need to write a post for this one. Nor is there any rush (Lord knows I am really running behind on tag posts/award nominations).

Thanks for reading as always: see you at the next post!

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57 thoughts on “My Reasons Why”

    1. Haha….that gif is priceless 😂😂😂 I live in an apartment building on the 12 th floor. With the current heat it at times feels like I’m staying in a furnace. So….yeah…Winter all the way 😊😊😊 Maybe I should think of moving to Alaska lol😂

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      1. Ouch! I hope you are least have AC, but, then again, we don’t, so maybe not. Whose idea was it to include heating everywhere but *not* include AC at the same time? They should be found and shot! Non-fatally, but repeatedly! 😛

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      2. Lol, no idea who that was, but I agree they should be shot non-fatally…or even better, also endure the heat without AC..that will show them 😊 And nope…no AC either here 😊

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  1. Funny board game GIF. Boogie has lost a lot of weight since that footage was taken.

    There was a time when I used to read everything my followers put out. Sadly that is no longer possible. I have less free time and too many followers. I tend to focus on the ones who comment/like and then if I have time left I’ll scroll through the WordPress feed for interesting posts.

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    1. Lol, while searching for a gif, and coming acrros this one I really had to laugh about it as well. (And let’s face it, there are definitely players that can react like that lol😂😂)
      True enough, that is the same for me too. On weekdays especially I really don’t have enough time to keep up with everything, even as much as I would want too. So I have pretty much the same routine that you have 😊 I would also not know how to keep up with it in another way, short of taking two years of work or something 😂😂

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  2. Thanks so much for the shout-out. You have some great reasons here… I have a lot of crossover with them, too! I also love the winter months. I actually *despise* summer, particularly if it’s as hot and humid as it has been here the last few years. I’ve seen people mocking us Brits for not being able to handle temperatures well under the hottest the US gets… but we are a nation that has, rather irritatingly, never really taken to air conditioning, so anything above room temperature is suffering!

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    1. Haha…well living in Holland our weather has never been really normal either to be honest. And when it gets hot here, it’s always extreme, like it is currently. And in summer you get wasps, which is another reason I really don’t like the summer lol.
      So yeah: totally agree…let’s just hope winter is coming…(erm…not in the Game of Thrones way of course 😀😀)

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    1. You are very welcome Kim, my pleasure 😊
      Lol, I like the way your Nana used to think: in fact I think that should be turned into a rule 😂😂
      Winters here rarely turn into blizzards and if they do, they don’t turn out to be as crazy as you have them, so I can understand not being fond of them 😊

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  3. Thank you so much for the nomination 🙂
    I really love reading this tag. It very interesting seeing, what people love and what keeps them going 🙂
    I have to say most of these would be on my list, too. Especially Desserts, it’s definitely the best part of a meal. Even more so, if it involves chocolate or ice cream. hehe 😀

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    1. You are very welcome! 😀
      Yeah desserts are way too good if you ask me. You could even wake me up for them if need be lol😂😂 And I like the way you think: chocolate and ice cream…bonus points 😂😂

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    1. Haha, yeah you would think he would. I really had to laugh at that Gif though (and then to think there are probably people out there that really react like that when they lose 😂😂)
      Thanks so much! 😊😊

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  4. Wonderful list of 13 reasons! Blogging, kdramas, and kpop would definitely be on my list. And I have a hard time deciding between summer and winter. It gets really hot here as well as really cold, and I dislike both, lol. Spring and fall are what I like, but they don’t last long. Give me 70 degrees year around and I would be a very happy person 🙂

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    1. Thank you. The list definitely could have gone way beyond thirteen if I am being honest, but it would have become a way too long post lol.
      Haha…no surprise that K-dramas would be on your list (it would have been a surprise if they weren’t lol 😂). Ooh…but then in that way it is very hard to decide which season to go for. Winters here aren’t as cold as they used to be anymore though. But I figure I rather have the cold: at least one can dress against that…there is very little to do agains heat 😊😊

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  5. Awesome reasons, sir. That pretty much covers everything for sure. Friends, family, work, any hobby we enjoy. It’s definitely important to have things that keeps you grounded and connected to the world. And getting up to discover the world and all the surprises it might have (good and bad) is a must. It builds us into who we are, and that’s how we find out who we are. Great post, Michel. 😀

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    1. Thank you again. Even though life at times throws a wrench into things, for the most part I think it’s been a great experience. And the hardships are part of life too, so there is that. Awesome comment my friend, thank you 😊

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  6. I’m so happy you posted this because it helps us to get to know you a little better. I’ve always thought you were very sincere and special and now this just proves it. A shout out to your parents, friends, bloggers, etc. Also seeing what you love about life and keeps you going is fantastic. Well done my friend.

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    1. Wow…really thank you so much for such a kind and heartwarming comment. This really made me blush, but it was so sweet 😊
      I’m really happy that you are back, and that I have “met” you through the blogging sphere 😊 Really, thanks again: this comment totally made my day 😀😀

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  7. After myself being gone it was so lovely to come back to such kind words. Gosh I don’t even know what to say but thank you! Thank you for sharing and posts like these give me so much hope. I agree being gone from blogging does make one feel a bit empty and being away from all these amazing people when we are connected with those thin lines from the internet. (It is kind of how I picture it in my head ha). To be able to talk about the things we love is amazing and I loved reading all your reasons and thank you so much for following my blog :).

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    1. Haha..welcome back: I currently have an issue with wordpress where I can’t see posts in the reader on my ipad,so I am trying to get it to work on my phone, but that doesn’t work too well. But enough about that, I hope this issue get’s resolved soon, but of course you are very welcome. I have been having a blast since I came back, and I really enjoyed writing this tag: So I really should be thanking you 😊😊

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