“However, this mirror will give us neither knowledge or truth. Men have wasted away before it, entranced by what they have seen, or been driven mad, not knowing if what it shows is real or even possible….It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live, remember that.” – Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore

The first time I read these immortal words (which must’ve been in the third grade), I was…moved? Awestruck? I wish I could say any of these things, but truthfully, I don’t remember how exactly what I thought about it. Hey, I was only 9. But now, having become one of the most notorious Harry Potter snobs to date, I can say this now–of all the wise things Albus Dumbledore ever came to utter in the following, THIS was the wisest of them all. Because to my own life, this quote matters immensely. To let you know a bit about myself, I’m currently on a path that optimizes success, at price of sacrificing my innate penchant for the arts–and it’s making me utterly miserable. But I wish to fulfill the expectations and hopes of my hard-working parents, and I intend to force myself to love what I have to do to succeed, at least for their sakes if not mine. Even if it’s a choice I may regret later on, I won’t cry or resent anyone for it.

But it’s still been difficult trying to repress the part of myself that loves so many other things: books, music, art, writing, nature. So let me tell you about myself through this blog. Of course, jobs, applications, internships, taxes, bills, and my smelly socks should never take the backseat in my priorities…but neither should my hopes and  dreams. Therefore, I’ll unleash all the happy ghosts that have haunted my mind for all these years…and maybe someday I’ll wake up to find that I’m truly living again.

So until that day, salute. Or in Dumbledore’s words, pip pip!