Saturday, November 26, 2016

Risks and Regrets

I keep telling myself that I have no control over what risks other people are willing to take; because even though you know it’s true, you still feel bad or responsible if something goes wrong. You can’t control a free-willed human being, especially adults, and especially those you have no direct influence on. Even those you do have some influence over, you can give your opinion but you still can’t control what they ultimately decide to do.

And yet I have taken a few risks myself - depending on how you look at it, I might still do - that might have put my life in danger.

Once, after the end of a temporary work, I walked home alone because everyone was busy and couldn’t pick me up. The walk was about a kilometre long and I was followed by a man on a motorcycle halfway through. It was a Friday afternoon and very sunny - a bright sunny afternoon is not something you would associate with danger or terror or horror; I even walked through a graveyard and saw a group of men digging a grave.

Looking back, something could have happened to me; I had to walk through a few quiet streets; I was alone and practically defenceless; and that pursuer in a motorcycle could have done something to me - he did offer me a ride which I declined; those gravediggers, if they were gravediggers, could also have done something… anything - but nothing happened. I did it, the walk, because I didn’t think there was anything to fear; it was and still is a relatively safe neighbourhood; and for the most part of the journey, I did enjoy my walk. But it could have been the most regrettable decision I made.

And then, there was a risk everyone around me was willing to take which I knew would be a mistake. It was everyone against me. The agony of trying to convince everyone and being ignored, while at the same time you felt a life was at stake, was something I had never experienced before. I never felt so lonely. The decision made by the majority resulted in my brother being hospitalised for the third time in a year. Being right was the last thing I wanted to be.

Perhaps the folly of doing something risky is that the repercussions of an action. It doesn’t only affect the immediate future, it affects everything in every little way - and sometimes permanently.

I’m not saying that all risks lead to regrets. When everything goes well everyone is happy.

They say that you regret the most the things you didn’t do. But in real life that isn’t always true; some people are still paying for what they did do. Sometimes it takes one ‘regret’ to change your life profoundly or someone else’s life or end a life.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Making Baby Lips with Maybelline

Baby lips in a stick.
I made history! I finished up a lip balm up to its very core. You see, I never did buy many lip balms before and when I did I never finished them; this I blame the texture of lip balms in general. But this time, I did finish one; and nothing is left of the Nivea Watering; I even used a lip brush to get to the bottom of the product.

I bought the Maybelline Baby Lips in Anti-Oxidant Berry months before I finished the Nivea Watering. I promised myself to finish what I was using first before starting a new one, because I knew if I didn’t, I wouldn’t have finished the older one.

One thing about the Baby Lips I absolutely love is the smell - it’s berry like. Berry like what? Berry like berries. I’ll smell it first before putting it on.

Another thing I don’t quite like about lip balms in general is that they make your lipstick lasts a few seconds, OK maybe a few minutes and then it's gone; because there’s a filmy layer under your lipstick, the colour won’t last long; there's no hard ground to hold on to; it will just glide on. What I do is that I apply whichever lip balm I currently use and leave it overnight and you’ll have softer lips the next day, and don't need to apply your lip balm before your lipstick. Particularly for the Maybelline Baby Lips, it seems to have an exfoliating effect in which dead skin comes off revealing a softer layer, which I don’t think happened with the Nivea Watering. The exfoliation, I think, makes my lips softer and stay that way well into the next day.

So, just apply this lip balm and behold your lips going Benjamin Button on you. Jenson Button on the other hand… will probably like this lip balm for its softening effect, but the cheery poppy design will probably cramp his style.