without ambition

“Without ambition one starts nothing. Without work one finishes nothing. The prize will not be sent to you. You have to win it.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson


endless list of favorite characters → penny (stardew valley)

↳ “penny quietly tends to her chores in the dim, stuffy room she is forced to call home. she is shy and modest, without any grand ambitions for life other than settling in and starting a family. she likes to cook (although her skills are questionable) and read books from the local library.”

La La Land reactions
  • Person without arts-related ambitions: Oh, what a lovely, beautifully-shot, bittersweet nostalgia-fest!

What’s problematic is when a couple of self-righteous wankers start lecturing people that Molly had it bad because she has been “degraded” to a love interest as if it’s something to be ashamed of, when in fact, it’s only degrading if the female character had no purpose at all but to be put there as a plastic blow up doll, without any character, ambition or (often) chemistry with the main lead. Sometimes you wonder why she is even there. Most times she is cliche. A fantasy woman who is hot, dangerous and cookie-cutter.

And yet everyone in the Sherlolly fandom know and love Molly as a unique, fully formed character. Her first scene is declaring cheerfully that she knew the corpse personally when he was still alive, that he was a nice guy. No remorse or disgust, just a ball of sunshine that treats death as a commonplace thing. Molly Hooper, a doctor who spends her time around dead bodies and body parts while calling her friends up to plan a wedding, a loyal friend, morbid and sweet, caring, funny, supportive and gentle. Puts Christmas bows on her hair, loves colorful jumpers. Dated Jim Moriarty. Broke up with Jim Moriarty. Lonely, yes, but will always be there when you need her. Earnest. Faithful. Beautiful.

What a beautiful, intriguing character.

So when she finally became the “love interest”, it feels so oddly satisfying, because it feels like Sherlock has finally realized what we have all seen all along: That Molly Hooper is one awesome person.

Now, I ask, to those who feel that Molly was degraded, whose characterization of Molly Hooper is apt? We see Molly Hooper differently than you. That’s the reason why you will never convince us that she had it bad. Poor Molly? Fuck you. Poor Sherlock. Poor Sherlock for not realizing what was in front of him. Until now, that is.

So you know, try harder. 

Or just get the fuck off of our tag, maybe?

Stay without ambition, without the least desire, exposed, vulnerable, unprotected, uncertain and alone, completely open to and welcoming life as it happens, without the selfish conviction that all must yield you pleasure or profit, material or so-called spiritual.
—  Nisargadatta Maharaj
Sorting Hat Idea

What if instead of having the students being sorted in one house for life and having to stay in that house, there was a sorting ceremony each year? Like a Gryffindor could turn into a Hufflepuff because in the last year they’ve leart how to be kinder and value that more. And a Ravenclaw could be sorted in Slytherin, because they have understood that intelligence without ambition is pointless. And what if, once they finish Hogwarts, they can choose which house they wanna belong to. But they choose based on their experience on every house, they don’t cage themselves in one house and only one. Because no one is only one house.

I was never one who rests comfortably in between oppositions. Be honest with me or leave me alone. Give me your all or completely let go. I am too passionate, and feel the fire behind life that heats up my soul to settle for anything half-assed, without ambition.
—   Awakened Vibrations 

You can’t choose what stays and what fades away.

Cristiano wins GOAL 50 for the fourth time | 11.11.2016
It’s for all my team-mates at Madrid and in the national team. I feel very happy and very proud. Nothing is achieved without ambition, personal effort and without a team of colleagues and workers who support you day in, day out. That, day to day, is the most important thing.”
[2. Luis Suarez 3. Antoine Griezmann 4. Lionel Messi 5. Gareth Bale]

episode 1 - fic recs

@adifferentkindofson​‘s recs:

with a whimper by kitundercover 

Dystopian AU. Louis has been alone for too long to remember how not to be, and Harry has too much to worry about to deal with a scrawny, wild, stranger. 

finding that love song by lydiastjames (The Raven Cycle)

Ronan Lynch dealt with his father’s sudden death by plunging into music. With high school coming to a close, and without any ambition to go to college, Ronan convinces his best friends to start a band. The only problem? They’re in need of a vocalist, and the young mechanic with the perfect voice is playing hard to get.

@strangenewfriends‘s recs:

nothing less than poetry and songs by tigriswolf

Louis’ popular book series is being turned into 9-episode show on the BBC, and there’s a man with curls he keeps bumping into.

come right back to you by karamelised

When time travel is involved, a long-distance relationship takes on a whole new meaning. 

the student prince by fayjay (Merlin)

A Modern day Merlin AU set at the University of St Andrews, featuring teetotal kickboxers, secret wizards, magnificent bodyguards of various genders, irate fairies, imprisoned dragons, crumbling gothic architecture, arrogant princes, adorable engineering students, stolen gold, magical doorways, attempted assassination, drunken students, shaving foam fights, embarrassing mornings after, The Hammer Dance, duty, responsibility, friendship and true love…

@floralrry‘s recs:

lips speak louder by bravefortheboys

AU in which Louis is a summer camp counselor along with a few other less-than-qualified people just trying to make it through the next four weeks in one piece. The curly-headed bloke from the camp sharing the campsite with them surely won’t let that happen

the go to guy by closer (Suits)

Harvey’s client is trying to take on the mob, in the form of John “Three-Guns” Boccacho. Johnny Three-Guns has decided Harvey’s an easier target, but fortunately Harvey’s top PI and all-around badass, Mike Ross, is on the case.

Jedi weren’t immune to guilt, fear, doubts and for sure these feelings grew stronger during war time. Jedi were put in difficult position; the peace makers were changed into generals and commanders. They were forced to make the hard choices; they made mistakes and sometimes they failed miserably. The old sources - now called Legends - presented quite often various Jedi and their internal dilemmas but how often do you hear Jedi, especially master Yoda, saying “I’m sorry” for what they did? How often Jedi aloud admitted their mistakes?

This is one of the things that struck me while watching TCW, namely “Wrong Jedi”, the final episode of 5 season. After Ahsoka’s trial in senate, there was scene when she and Jedi masters met in the same chamber. Anakin was the first person to apology Ahsoka (”I am so sorry about everything”) though he believed in her guiltlessness the whole time and it was him who in the end proved Ahsoka’s innocence and thus saved her life / freedom.

Beside Anakin, only Plo Kloon apologied for Jedi Council’s mistake (”You have our most humble apologies little ‘Soka.The Council was wrong to accuse you.”). The rest of Jedi went with talking about her “great strength and resilience” in her struggle to prove her innocence or how it was a Will of the Force that made her a better Jedi (”This was actually your great trial. Now we see that. We understand that the Force works in mysterious ways and because of this trial you have become a greater Jedi than you would have otherwise”). And Yoda, just said “Back into the Order you may come.” What a kindly words after everything what Ahsoka experienced, yeah. No “sorry” or any explanations why Jedi Council decided to kick her out of Order in the first place.

I understand that it was a hard decision to make; it wasn’t just about Ahsoka but also how public opinion would see Jedi after bombing attack. There were political pressures (Tarkin, senate) and Jedi Council did what was best in their opinion. I don’t blame them for that. But after recapturing her no one, beside Anakin, tried to prove her innocence nor show her any kind of support. They handled her to senate and then didn’t do anything. Looking at Ahsoka’s reaction, she wasn’t thrilled by what Jedi Council told her after trial.

What brings me to the contrast between Yoda and Anakin.

Yoda was usually seen as the wisest yet kind master. But when things went wrong - especially during Clone Wars - his standard answer was along line of “Dark Side of the Force clouds everything” and thus he was unable to see threat before something bad happened. It was sort of religious excuse for making mistakes, sure, why not - but it was hardly an apology for harmful behaviour or choice. As much as I believe that Yoda cared about Jedi, I don’t remember much of times when he directly apologized someone (especially someone outside of Jedi Council). And definitely there wasn’t any apology from him for Ahsoka. Or Anakin, after the whole mess of “Obi-Wan’s death” (admitting it was wrong to deceive Anakin is not the same as being sorry about it, not to mention that soon after this statement Yoda said “you’re too unpredictable”, like it was Anakin’s fault he didn’t told him truth from start. Frankly, I can see why Yoda was wary of Anakin’s reaction and how it would affect Obi-Wan’s mission but it was really that difficult to say “I’m sorry it turned that way but it was neccesery” or something?)

You may say what you want about Anakin - how arrogant he was, how reckless - but he was one of those Jedi that actually bother to apology for his fault, difficult behaviour or acting on anger/fear. He was stubborn and prideful(?) so admitting his own mistakes was difficult and sometimes took time but in the end ANAKIN APOLOGIZED and MEANT it.

issue two announcements + a quick poll!

Hello, everyone! A very important post containing definitive details about issue two of stars aligned

  1. We will be accepting multimedia work in issue two! This includes edits (gifsets, moodboards, etc), music (like covers, original songs), videos (using canon clips or graphics), cosplay, etc! We want to encourage whatever creative outlets you have and not be exclusive to writing and art.
  2. Merchandise (like charms, stickers, etc) will be made available — as per the wishes of the creators in the zine. Last issue, we last minute threw in a bonus of postcards without ambition for other goodies, but this time, we have much more time to make this issue super special!

Most importantly, however, is that we want to ask you all to vote on two items:

  • whether or not we should continue with an open submission process or if we should switch to an application process
  • whether or not we should have a predetermined theme for the zine

There are pros and cons for each choice, and we hope that you help us make the ultimate decision for issue two. We want to allow you to make the most informed selection, and so we include more information below the read more, and as always, we encourage you to ask questions if there are any.

The link to vote is below, and this poll will be open until February 11, 2017 at 11:59 pm EST. We’ll inform you of the final decision shortly after.

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