24, ilvermorny quiz and soulmates

Saturday, July 02, 2016

if harry potter is your thing, then you've probably heard of the new ilvermorny sorting quiz on Pottermore. if you don't keep up with the magical times, then you might be wondering what's going on?

don't fret, i was in the dark as well but saw the light! ilvermorny is the North American magical school that exists within the entire harry potter universe. there are other schools in various other locations (such as Brazil, Japan, and Uganda) that rowling has written on before, except that we now have one more originated from North America. 

of course, i had to take the quiz on Pottermore because it just seemed like the right thing to do. 

i have to say, all of the questions were pretty great. they were simple but thought-provoking. so, when i came upon one i had to stop and really think about it for a couple minutes. 

the one that caught my eye was the soulmate one. the question goes like this:

A soulmate is...
  • out there somewhere
  • an illusion
  • a psychic twin 
  • strong where i'm weak, weak where i'm strong
i guess this question primarily struck me because of where i'm at in my life. i'm 24, turning 25 in a couple months. my friends and i have graduated college and find ourselves in that never-ending cycle of being an adult and working.

when people ask me how my university experience was i find myself describing it as a wonderful bubble; a fictional world presiding on the cusp of reality.

when you're in college, the world it exists in and the people who live inside of it become your reality.

school is composed of begrudgingly waking up in the morning trying to decide if you want to make it to your 8AM class or if you can merely survive off of other's notes and your own studying, late-night hours at the library with various cups of coffee, parties and social gatherings on the weekends (or even weekdays) interacting with a multitude of people in hopes of finding your social niche, deadlines that creep up on you for neglecting to keep an orderly schedule throughout the semester, winter and summer breaks that mean finally reuniting with your family who you haven't seen for months and finding an odd sense of nostalgia when you return home, and eating endless amounts of horrible food with little to no exercise.

when you graduate this precious bubble bursts. it just goes " p o p " and you're sucked into reality- that foregone world you left behind for a couple years while you were off making memories and rejoicing in your youthfulness.

around this time two years ago, when i was about 23, things began to shift a bit. sure, i was still in that bubble of college, but there was a certain unease that began to filtrate its way inside my enclosure.

it was a sort of signal, alerting me to the fact that we were going to leave this place in about a year's time. it was also about everyone reflecting on their lives and what they were studying, where they were going from here.

post-graduation became a major theme of our conversations when we would meet up with one another after class or on the weekends and ask "where were we heading? what's to come?"

now, a year after having graduated and settled down a bit, the conversation has shifted once again to "will we find ourselves alone or with that significant other anytime soon?" 

some of us might not want to admit to it, but on some level, finding a person who makes you feel right and good, makes you laugh, who you can confide in and drag to all your own dorky things is a mate who your soul finds solace in (at least for some period of time).

for those of us who are single and just doing our own thing, this other unknown person starts to appear in our minds more. now our bubble is gone and it's hard to meet other people. my generation says the way to go are dating apps. that whole bumping into a stranger thing or meeting people while you're out is a farce.

when i took the ilvermorny quiz and got to the soulmate question, i sighed and said, "hmm..." while i don't take the idea of a soulmate so seriously as to there's one and only one destined for you, i think finding that compatibility is pretty one of a kind, and it's something that the majority of my generation is searching for.

this is why the guys in fictional stories are so eternal. they steal hearts and show up at the right time and place (well, usually). what's your take on soulmates and who is your current fictional heartthrob?

xo Alex


a little update

Saturday, June 18, 2016

i have no idea how long it's been. i don't really want to check either. mainly because i know i've neglected this little part of me, but i dont want to beat myself up over it. life happens!

instead, i want to go over a couple of recent highlights that stand out in my mind:

- i hit 1 year of working at my current job in May // how did that even happen? graduation feels like it was just yesterday, but i guess that's what happens when post-college life! 

- ran my first ever 5k // while i was really looking forward to it, my time wasn't all that great (~34 minutes) i think this was mainly due to the run being a pretty big one. there were so many people participating, i felt closed in and lost my pacing

- picked up longboarding // i went to California in April, i believe, and tried surfing for the first time. it was amazing. i'm so bummed that Florida doesn't get the waves Cali does or else i would be getting my butt kicked in the water with a board! so, when i got back home i thought what else can i do in the meantime that is a bit like surfing? long/skateboarding seemed good to me- and so far i'm loving it!

- i lost my phone while on a trip // now, how is this a highlight you might ask? actually, it really isn't. it was a huge bummer and dampened my trip. i ended up calling it an early night. but, it made me realize that you don't need to have your phone out at all times waiting to capture a moment. let things be. 

- i've been attending church regularly // this is pretty personal to me, but it's been a huge factor in my life. i'm still trying to get the "hang" of it- attending on a weekly basis- but i find great comfort in it. 

- reading was put on the backburner // i kind of went on hiatus with reading. i caught myself buying books that were stacking up on my bookshelf. with no room to put them, i made myself a promise to not buy anymore books until i finished what i had. so far, it's been going good, but i've been uninspired to pick up anything. recently though, that changed. last book i read was The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson which was a great summer novel!

- Venezuela made it pretty far in the Copa America // Venezuela is not known for it's amazing soccer skills but this year we have been doing pretty well. i am super impressed! unfortunately, this came to an end tonight against Argentina (4-1), but we put up a good fight and that's the best you can do. 

and that's that! i was also contemplating adopting a cat because i fell in love with my cousin's barn cat, but that idea was quickly shot down. 

i've been doing more thinking about my future lately and trying to feel things out, but i think that's more of an ongoing discussion we all have with ourselves, right? 

i might come back and post pictures- if my phone decides to work (it completely shut down on me this morning and won't turn on). 

i hope whoever is reading this is having a happy Saturday. i encourage you to jot down some of your own 'highlights' and share them with me :) 

xo Alex 


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