Portreti Im

(English)

 Portreti im në fotografi ,
Me ata sy që shkëlqejnë ,
Me atë fytyrë që buzëqesh ,
Me atë shpirt që ndjen!

Sa shumë shpresë . . . sa energji!
Po tani që vetëm je
Ai që fati e kish caktuar,
A e ke përmbushur vallë destininë tënde?

E si mund njeriu të përmbushë një destini të tillë!
Premtimi . . . kurdoherë më shumë se e vërteta!

Portreti im në fotografi,
Me ata sy që shkëlqejnë,
Me atë fytyrë që buzëqesh,
Me atë shpirt që ndjen!

Jeta vetë sa e mundëshme sa e kapëshme . . . !

Po tani që jam, ky që jam,
Jam bërë vallë ai që thotë portreti?
Apo dikush tjetër — nga fillimi në fund?

Sa shumë ngjarje më dhanë formë,
Tani vetëm se kujtime të jetës sime,
Më duket se kam jetuar në disa jetë,
Se kam parë era të vinë e të shkojnë.

Eshtë ky përfundimi?
Eshte ky realiteti final?
Apo ndoshta ka akoma distini,
Në jetën time, në fatin tim?

Kush e di? Tashmë 33,
Jo aq i ri. Jo aq i pandalshëm,
Por ende prapë me energji,
Të ndjek udhën e fatit tim.

Portreti im në fotografi,
Me ata sy që shkëlqejnë,
Me atë fytyrë që buzëqesh,
Me atë shpirt që ndjen!

Ky isha unë . . .
Një djalë i zakonshëm,
Nga një lagje në një qytet të zakonshëm,
Me një jetë të zakonshme.

U bëra i famshëm?
U bëra i pasur?
Apo i rëndësishëm?
Jo . . . aspak . . .

U bëra një njeri i zakonshëm,
Nga një lagje çfardo,
Në një qytet çfardo . . .
Me një jetë të zakonshme.

Të ardhmen . . . dikur mund ta shikoja . . .
Endra gjithmonë më e bukur se realiteti . . .

Moshë e rinisë – moshë e artë
Vite të stuhishme,
Idealizëm në ajrin që thithnim,
Dashuri në shpirt dhe në zemër.

Tani qielli është i hapur,
Mosha e burrërisë ka ardhur,
Mosha e arësyes,
Paqja dhe qetësia dominojnë.

Me sa duket kam arritur atje ku do t’arrija,
Kjo është jeta ime që do të ishte,
Kjo është destinia ime,
Pranoje dhe duaje . . .

(perktheu Luli Shetuni)

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That Picture of Me

(Albanian/Shqip)

That picture of me,
With those eyes that could see,
And that face that could smile,
And that soul that could feel!

Such potential energy!
But now that you are
Who you were to be,
Have you fulfilled your destiny?

How could one fulfill such a high destiny?
The potential is always higher than reality.

That picture of me,
With those eyes that could see,
And that face that could smile,
With that soul that could feel!

Life itself was o’ so real!

But now that I am
Who I was to be,
Have I become the man foretold in that picture of me,
Or did I turn out someone else entirely?

So many events that have shaped me,
Memories imprinted on my life story.
I have lived in so many lives
And have seen so many eras come and go.

Is this my final reality?
Is this the end?
Or could there be more destiny
Left in store for me?

Who knows? I am only thirty-three,
No longer young, no longer indestructible,
But i still have enough energy
To wield the forces of my reality.

That picture of me,
With those eyes that could see,
And that face that could smile,
With that soul that could feel!

That was me, an ordinary boy
From an ordinary street,
In an ordinary town
In an ordinary life.

Did I become famous?
Did I become rich?
Did I become important?
Far from it…

I became an ordinary man,
From an ordinary street,
In an ordinary town,
In an ordinary life.

The future then I could see,
The dream’s always more beautiful than reality!

Age of wonder,
Age of storms, age of thunder,
Idealism was in season,
Love was in the air.

Now the skies are sunny,
Middle age is here,
Age of reason,
Peace and calmness are in season.

You’ve already made it,
This is it,
This is the life that is meant to be,
And you’ve got to love it!

 

Motivational Quotes 3/23/18

You become the company you keep (popular)

If you hold on to a dream too long, it flies away like a bird, before you can act. So just act!

When was it ever easy?

Happiness doesn’t make us happy; It’s the pursuit! –Dan Ferguson

I should listen to myself

You must pay your own debts – Emerson

A new year is a new hope

Without happiness there can be no vigor –Emerson

Only the smart suffer.

My Gun Control Plan

Requirements

  1. Applicants must pass a mental health screening administered by a psychologist. If applicant is found to be unstable he or she must be put into treatment, and not awarded a license; mental health screening is to be facilitated at gun shopper’s personal expense. Screening consists of three one hour counseling/therapy sessions, a review of past mental health history records; psychologist shall provide formal evaluation.
  1. The minimum age for gun ownership is to be 23.
  2. Parental Permission for Gun Shoppers beneath Age 30.
  3. Married persons are to provide spousal permission.
  4. Persons with children below age 23 in household must purchase a safe for the storage of firearms.
  5. Three personal letters of reference for all gun shoppers.
  6. Proof of current employment and for continuous employment for the previous 12 months (students must submit proof of enrollment at university for the past year. Persons of retirement age are exempt.)
  7. Applicant must write a two page typed essay explaining the importance of firearms to him/her and what it means to be a responsible gun owner in a free and civil society
  8. Must submit a photo
  9. Must submit fingerprints and pass a criminal background check
  10. Must take a videotaped oath in front of a magistrate: “I am name, job, from place of residence. I understand that a firearm is a dangerous weapon. If I am granted a license to purchase firearms, I will never use any of my firearms in a shooting spree or to commit murder. I will use my firearms for hunting or for sport, at a shooting range, or in a very rare case of defense.”

The review process

Once the application is complete, it shall be submitted to the State Firearms Authority. A panel of three experts 1. a judge, 2. a criminologist, and 3. a law enforcement officer will review the application. Each expert will vote independently on it.

The Votes

  1. Applicant is mentally fit and shows the necessary responsibility to possess firearms
  2. Applicant is mentally fit but does not show the necessary responsibility to possess firearms
  3. Applicant is not mentally fit and is likely to become a threat to self and society if armed

The Results

A majority vote in the A category will result in the applicant being awarded a license.

A majority vote in the B category will result in the applicant being denied a license.

A majority vote in the C category will result in the applicant being denied a license to purchase firearms and additionally, he or she shall be put into psychiatric treatment immediately against his/her will.

If there is no majority vote in any category the applicant is to not be granted a license to purchase firearms by default.

 

Additional Rules

Shooting rangers are to be equipped with firearm lockers.

Military style firearms (such as semi-automatic rifles and high-capacity magazine rifles) may be available for purchase but shall be stored in shooting range lockers; they shall never be taken home.

The license is good only in the state in which it is awarded.

The license expires after 3 years, and must be renewed.

It entitles the applicant to 1 firearm purchase every four months, a maximum of 3 per year.

Applicants who fail to earn a license, but are found to fall into the B category may reapply one year later.

An applicant who falls into the C category may not reapply. Applicant may appeal the decision in a court of law after 3 years.

 

Motivational Quotes 2/9/18

If we sit back and assume the future will be good because destiny is in control, we couldn’t be more wrong! We have to make it good.

There’s more to health than serving the body. There’s a soul that’s got to be nourished.

We don’t see what’s in reality. We see what’s in our eyes.

Happiness is the aim of life.

Spontaneity is the spirit.

You didn’t even try!

            I’m here to move you! I’m here to prove to you, that we can rhyme on the positive side of things. -Marky Mark

The future needs you! The world needs you! Yes, you.

Motivational Quotes 1/12/18

A new year is a new hope

Without happiness there can be no vigor -Emerson

It’s easy to make a resolution; it’s hard to keep one.

We are too young to know the impossible – The Rebelution

We live in a society and must care for others in order to be happy ourselves.

Remember your past.

If you can’t overcome the haters, you don’t deserve to be on top.

Only the essentials.

You can’t quit. You can’t give up.

Motivational Quotes 12/15/17

Daily life is everything

You aren’t the only one with problems

Whatever you do, do it well!

The price for dependence is dependency.

The reward for self-reliance is self-determination.

It’s a long horizon

A good friend is like a good pond. You can see yourself reflected back. (folk)

Apply yourself!