A good quote to live by

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Hi. Currently in commute from 🇨🇳 ✈️ 🇨🇦

This blog post will just be a quote. This quote is from my business professor’s daily blog (the professor that inspired me to start this blog!) He recently updated his blog layout and I read this great Emerson quote on his “About Me” page. I loved it so much I felt like I needed to share it as well.

To laugh often and much; To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.

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Unexpected

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Some things that come unexpectedly are the best

When you don’t have time to plan things out or premeditate an escape plan

This way you can’t back out

I didn’t plan to perform magic for the hosts of The View during my New York trip senior year of high school.

I didn’t plan to attend Villanova University School of Business. I thought I’d become a doctor or lawyer…

And today, I didn’t plan to get a foot massage. I didn’t even know we walked into one until my cousin started taking off her shoes inside the store.

Off topic, but why don’t we have a word to describe either male of female cousin, and on which side of the family, in English? It’s so much more clear in Chinese…

Tomorrow I fly back to Vancouver.

Hopefully something unexpectedly good happens, like an upgraded seat to first-class. 🙂

Passport woes

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Today I lost my passport in the morning

Had a great day spent with my cousins (after a stressful afternoon of reporting lost passport)

And retrieved the found passport at the airport after dinner. (My passport ended up being in the airplane as we had thought, but it flew to another city and back before we could retrieve it)

It was a stressful instance but I managed to still spend a full day with my cousins and not let it bother me nearly as much as I thought it would have

For some reason, I thought it would just work out

And although losing your passport is one of the worst things you can do while abroad, I guess I was right to not let it ruin the day, because in the end it did work out

Gui Zhou

Today I am flying from Beijing to Gui Zhou province.

Gui Zhou is where my biological father grew up and I will be meeting my grandmother and grandfather for the first time (granted they say me when I was little but I don’t count that because I don’t remember)

I don’t know what to expect.

I am 18 years now and meeting family members for the first time.

Maybe I don’t need to expect anything, because having expectations generally means you know what the situation will be like.

But I’ve never been in this situation before and even if I tried to have expectations I wouldn’t know what to expect.

Either way, I’m excited and a little bit nervous. I bought a prop-up card and wrote a little handwritten note in Chinese. I hope that is enough.

song lyrics

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Drake writes & sings songs

His lyrics are an expression of his life, metaphors and allusions that represent the world, seen through Drake’s eyes.

What’s amazing is how one person’s perspective can also be translated to so many other people’s perspectives.

I’ve been so caught up in this China trip that I’ve lost my “me time”

My meditation…

My thinking time…

My Netflix & feel good nights…

Writing these blog posts every day have been keeping me sane.

In a weeks time, I’ll finally be home, and I think then I’ll have a better understanding of what songs I want to write.

Spoilers

Hi Guys.

A few days ago I wrote a daily blog post about why everyone should share their writing. It’s like opening a part of your heart and exposing the most vulnerable parts of your soul, yet it is so refreshing.

This is Daily Blog post number 282.

But this isn’t written by me. This is written by a friend whom I didn’t initially think I would become good friends with. This is written by someone who, just like you, has a story to share. I hope you’ll take the 30 seconds out of your day to read this lovely post. Hit that “like” button to show my friend some support!!!

Let me know if you’d like to share your writing as well. Don’t be afraid to tell your story!

Cheers…

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Lots of times, I have conflicting feelings about spoilers. When a friend threatens to reveal the end of a movie to me, I say “I’ll kill you if you tell me!” with a mischievous grin on my face, knowing that they’re going to tell me anyway (and that I won’t care either). Part of me likes knowing what’s going to happen so that I won’t be surprised at the plot twists along the way and so that I won’t be too nervous during the movie. For some reason, other people always seem to be able to see the plot twist that I miss entirely.

And you know what? Sometimes, I wish someone would spoil my life story for me. Just when I’m laying in bed at night, scrolling through texts or replaying scenes in my head, wondering what the repurcussions of every single one of my actions is. I just want to know what’s at the end sometimes, SO badly. Am I one of those people who’s meant to get caught up in their career and live by myself in a studio apartment until I die? Or will I have kids, a husband, a white picket house in the suburbs, and a puppy that grows up alongside my children? The small, stupid things now, like boys that say one thing but do another and friends that seem two-faced–I want to know what’s worth investing my time in and what I should just give up on now.

Maybe if I knew things like when a boy would let me down or when a friend would turn on me or when something I would say would permanently hurt a loved one, my life would be so much better. So many tears shed over worthless relationships, nights spent tossing and turning over people who won’t lose a wink of sleep over me, and broken ties could be avoided.

But what could compare to the moment in a movie when love prevails and against all odds? Or, when the villain seems to have won but the hero pushes them over the cliff? The suspense has been killing you for some time, but the rush that brings you to the end of the story has made the buildup completely worth it.

Even better, that moment when you find out that your crush likes you, or when your best friend surprises you after months of not seeing them, or when the pregnancy test is finally positive. There is absolutely no way to be completely sure of the twists and turns of our respective lives and what the cause and effect of each of our actions is going to be.

Spoiled or not, life is going to happen. We can’t do anything to stop it. If we knew what was coming our way, it would be convenient, maybe. But then life isn’t as exciting or spontaneous. As of late, I’ve been telling myself this so that I can live my life moving forward. I’ve been realizing that things truly do happen for a reason, that I should accept events for what they are instead of dwelling for way too long on the why, and keep going.