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​"Instead I put my head down, glared at the asphalt and shouted at myself, 'You bloody idiot! Nobody made you do this! You only have yourself to blame!"

Isn't it funny how we sometimes make choices which later on will give us exactly what we need? It may be in the most spontaneous way and we may very well have agreed to something that was not very well thought through - and probably we will be very mad at ourselves for making us do this. But in the end there was probably some sort of sign telling us to take this opportunity. Remember, what you want is rarely the same as what you really need. 

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"After the Wall fell in 1989, Carl returned to the city and managed to find his file in the Stasi archives. It was nearly two feet thick: they'd observed and meticulously noted every tedious detail of his life: from where he ate ant stayed to whom he met. Looking back, I feel slightly offended they didn't find me more interesting."

Lately we've been talking a lot about the surveillance society we are currently living in and creating. I usually think of it as something that is being created as we speak, something that has it's basic conditions in the modern technology. This description of the old East Germany proves me wrong. They clearly managed to keep an eye on people back then too - just using more old-fashioned methods. What I though find more interesting is the psychological aspect of this. You would think that any person would be grateful to find that their private-life is or has been kept private. The last sentence of this quote shows otherwise. 

There is something appealing about the thought of being important enough to be watched. If the state are willing to spend money keeping track of what we are doing it must mean that they see us as interesting and just a little bit threatening - which must mean we've actually accomplished something. As much that we despice the thought of being controlled and supervised there is some sort of confirmation in it. And it is the nature of human beings to search for acknowledgement - isn't it? 

- Adeline Fredriksson

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"Two failed marriages and a nine-to-five job to pay my mortgage… Hardly magical memories to take with me to the pine box that awaited."

The thing about life is that we have a way of getting stuck in the habits of our everyday life. Usually as we grow up we manage to create a life for our selves which demand that we make money. We buy a house, a car and have 2 children to financially support - and there you are. The possibilities that we experience while we are young are long gone. There are bills to pay and in order to do that the only choice we have is to continue to go to our nine-to-five job that does not really stimulate our minds but it sure does pay the rent. I believe the majority of people does not choose to live in the same town, go to the same job and eat the same chinese take-out food from that place around the corner for the rest of their lives. They just make choices that lead to that being their only way.

With this I do not mean to say that it is impossible to still develop as a person and experiencing new things once you've grown up. But I am saying it takes a lot of courage. Because as we build all of these needs in our lives we also build a lot of amenities. We become so comfortable in always knowing how the next day will start, and how it will end. Habits equals safety. I think it's common that we simply forget the satisfying feeling of pushing our selves. We leave our curiosity behind and settle for the things that we get easily. We need to remember the dreams that we have. We need to keep the hope up - and most of all we need to stop being comfortable. I think there are only two things stoping us from fulfilling what we really wish to do in life: Fear and laziness. There is a cliche proverb which is the following: "If you want something you've never had, you've got to do something you've never done". The thing about cliches is that they usually are true.

- Adeline Fredriksson

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"But damn​ it all if he hadn't planted the idea in my head. And the crafty old bastard probably knew it"


​Isn't it funny how people do not even let themselves to dream, how we turn down when something scares us. So many chances to fulfill our dreams, but afraid of thinking at it. And then we live our whole lives wondering if. But no sometimes we don't even let ourselves think that.

But it's never wrong to have that one person in your life that dares to propose those scary ideas, that pushes you just a little bit further. Someone who can plant an idea in our heads. To be brave sometimes you have to be stupid and dare. Otherwise what's the meaning with our life?

- Marigona Bala

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We are two girls who are 18 years old. We have started this blog as a school project. During the following two months we will be reading the book "Brave or Stupid" and would like to invite you to follow our opinions and how we are influenced by the book. But for starters; a short introduction!

My name is Adeline (to the right in the picture). I am 18 years old and currently attending upper secondary school at Thorén Business School Helsingborg. I'm also working as a waitress at a restaurant during the weekends. When I occasionally have some time off I usually spend it with my family or my friends. One of my big passions in life is traveling and therefore I am very exited to read this book! I think it will open my eyes to new ideas and develop my way of thinking. Now over to my partner in crime…

Who am I?
It's a good question, and I think it's hard to say who I'm because I haven't figure that out yet. But I promise that I will do my best. My name is Marigona Bala and I'm eighteen years old, I live in Åstorp in Sweden. The upper secondary school that I go to is named Thoren Business School. My dream is to become a detective, I love reading and living my life. You can never laugh too much, so I try to do it as much as I can.

 So would you love a cup of tea darling?


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