20 April, 2014  

To Live: It's important to constantly add to your definition of "living."


As continued, on the "what is living" series, we are joined by college blogger Sade and her endless adventures. haha.. just kidding. I am not Dr. Phil, and this is not a therapy and counseling show. All jokes aside, I went on a long-awaited hiking trip to Shenandoah National Park. My legs and underarm are definitely still in pain. We went on a 2 day trip, which included camping. I went with a close friend of mine because we both wanted to try something different and experience "the Great Outdoors." Our actual hike started at 2:45AM... Yes, you read that right. 2:45AM. We wanted to leave early in order to catch the sunrise at the peak of the mountain. Originally, when I signed up for the trip, I suspected some level of difficulty (I mean we are in the outdoors). But during the 3 hour hike uphill, I was doubting myself to why I would put myself through this slow and fast-pacing pain. As we went into our 2nd hour of hiking, group morale was fairly high but I was already reflecting on the beautiful hike down and getting some breakfast. Unfortunately, the group had other plans. I pushed myself through it until we reached the very top of a mountain. Isn't that insane? We literally reached the top of the mountain. It was a rewarding and enlightening experience. Biggest lesson learned: it's completely okay to push yourself. Challenge is good. This "what is living series" will continue through different events but in a less consistent form that they usually have been. And for those wondering what food I ate, we all pitched in and put sides to make one big burrito line, it was glorious. Tip: Try burritos with chickpeas, won't regret it. Until then, I'm outtie.


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19 January, 2014  

To Live: I Want to Live

What does it mean to really live?
I've come across this topic several times. Often with motivational speeches that say "live your life", "it's far too short."

For me, I want to live more than an ordinary life. It may sound overplayed and misunderstood. But I don't want to merely exist but I want to live a life worth living. To me, it means taking advantage of all the opportunities that are made available to me. And to take advantage of those opportunities with a sound mind and good judgment. I don't want to be held down to the pressures and anxiety that come with society. Including, making decisions based on others' perceptions and not my own. As a young person, there are so many pressures that often bog your mind and lay heavy on my heart. For me, A lot of "really living," is the conscious decision to not allow life's failures to get you down. I take failures as lessons learned for the future. I've always heralded the principle of "living for yourself," I feel that once you know who you are not what  others think of you, is when you're able to start living. I want to live the life that was created for me. My faith holds that I am living this life for much more than myself. For some people living is enjoying a great book, traveling to a new city, going out to eat, visiting a family member or even dialing a friend. Case in point, I want to live.

These are just some pictures that I found inspirational.

We’re all In search of something greater and beyond ourselves. Right?
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20 July, 2012  

Finding the Good in 'Goodbye'.

Finding the Good in 'Goodbye'. It's such an interesting concept isn't it?
For me personally. It took a long time for me to really accept that sometimes, certain people leaving your life would only lead to the better. For the longest time I always hated good-byes because it meant the ending of relationships, and looking back at the memories wondering what happened. It almost always felt like an oxymoron- good bye. But at what point do we begin to look at these departures as well wishes instead of scornful leaves? Still to this day, there are some 'goodbyes' that lay heavy on my heart. Albeit some people are just better apart than together, sometimes people take time apart and come together for the dual good. And I've grown to realize that some people don't really "change", they just grow. And growth has never been a bad thing. It's just that some people well, grow apart too.

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