Monday, May 24, 2010

Time goes by SO fast

Like literally, whenever anybody ever asks me the date, I'm always like two weeks or so behind. This is one of the things that are kind of just really depressing. But also really very humourous in retrospect.
At the moment, I am watching the first Harry Potter film, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, and I must say that it is really shocking to see how much people can grow up and mature in really such a very short time.
Just for your information, I am quite a big Harry Potter fan, one of the original ones I must say. I read the book when it came out at school, and to be honest it felt like it took forever to read that book, whereas nowadays it will really only take me a good day of solid reading to finish it. The funny thing is, it is one of those things that I am more than happy to read again and again, it's quite simple to read and can grab you at any age in my opinion. But that really is just my imagination.

So anyway, I am watching the first Harry Potter movie at the moment, and it just is really bizarre to see all those little pre-pubescent faces on the screen. All the young actors and actresses seem kind of, for want of a better word, clumsy on the screen, much more to do with their age than their acting skills to be honest. I think it's kind of that awkward teenager stage, right before anything actually starts changing, and like all those avid Potter fans, you'll notice that things kind of start to happen, voices break, heights lengthen, but for the most part it is kind of unnoticeable, unless you've watched them more than one time.

One of the things I've kind of noticed about that example in particular is that they were really lucky in a way that everyone grew up to be of quite "normal" proportions. None of them are too short, too fat, and of course you would have to assume that there would have to always be some kind of touching up going on behind the scenes, but in general all of these gawky little kids have come to be teenage heart-throbbers. The injustice of it all.

So when I was watching the latest movie, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, it was kind of a bit of a shock to see how much all the characters have grown up, because in essence I am just a fraction younger than them, and I suppose it hasn't really dawned on me how much I've changed in however long the Harry Potter films have been out for. I don't really reflect on this too often, because for the most part I would rather think about how I am in the moment rather than in the past, something that you can't really change.

At any rate, it is kind of cool looking at the child actors and just see how they grow up, its kind of like those picture slideshows where they take a picture every day of a plant grown from a seed. Those are really cool to see, and I definitely recommend you even try and make some of your own, just so you can see how nature works.

And to be honest, nature is exactly what it all come's down too, not only is it the food source and energy supplier for our little planet, but it's also pretty entertaining at times. I find it almost as entertaining and fulfilling seeing the plants you have planted and looked after grow, as much as seeing a new film and stuff like that. It's very self-gratifying, just doing you're little part and contributing to the ecosystem, even growing your own vegetables and fruit. That particularly is one of the most rewarding things ever, being able to say you've grown all this food from scratch.

On a final note, yesterday was World Turtle Day, but I don't really see any reason why we can't celebrate world turtle day today. They are really one of the few animals that I think almost everyone likes, every pretty much has a soft spot for turtles, whether you're a fan of the turtles in Finding Nemo or of the turtles in the Galapagos Islands, they're really amazing, and I love them. So if you do find that you have a penchant for our shelled reptilian friends of the sea, check out the Wilderness society page on World Turtle Day. The idea was to build turtles out of sand on the beach, and it was unfortunately supposed to be yesterday, but I don't see the harm of building a turtle next time you go to the beach. Heck, build a turtle sculpture every time you go to the beach, they're well worth saving.

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