For the longest time, I’ve kept my reflections and musings only to myself. I treasured that privacy very much. My vulnerable state led me to retreat, always have a guard up and isolate my thoughts from the outside world. Maybe this is because of all the tribulations in my life that I have experienced, I lost trust and did not want any soul into the vast, soupy, complex and intricate design of my mind. I know I sound very dramatic but that was the past and the present is a new, glorious positive start, hence the picture in my header (which I can proudly say was taken by me in an airplane on the way home to Manila from a foreign land 🙂 ) and the title of this post: “Sunrise” which is symbolic of a new beginning. I read a quote once stating: “Art is not art if it is not shared”. The pieces I will create here I will consider to be my personal art, and to actualize the “art”, I will be sharing it.
You may be wondering why my blog is entitled Amor Fati. This is actually a Latin phrase which translates to “Love thy fate”. This is a famous quote from the philosopher Frederich Nietzsche whose works have inspired me from the time I watched the movie “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” (Where Kirsten Dunst’s character quotes him and says: “Blessed are the forgetful for they get the better even of their blunders”) until the time I studied his works in my Existentialism class. The concept of loving thy fate is very significant for me because it is an attitude and a lifestyle I want to adapt. It means an acceptance and surrender to one’s fate no matter the outcome. Sweet or bitter, loss or success – it is all part of the goodness of our life’s journey.
I want to learn more and more to see as beautiful what is necessary in things; then I shall be one of those who make things beautiful. Amor fati: let that be my love henceforth! I do not want to wage war against what is ugly. I do not want to accuse; I do not even want to accuse those who accuse. Looking away shall be my only negation. And all in all and on the whole: some day I wish to be only a Yes-sayer. – Nietzsche