"i never sleep, 'cause sleep is the cousin of death
beyond the walls of intelligence, life is defined" - @nas | #newyorkstateofmind
"your present circumstances don't dictate your destination, they only determine your departure point." - albert camus | #wisdom
i usually shy away from all sentimentalities but i feel that i should return all the love that's been showed to me on my birthday and share some of the insights that have fed my personal growth in the past year. so early on in my thirties, i have been fortunate to learn so much, especially about the things that really matter in this short journey we call life. we all are guilty of having poor values. we all stress the small stuff. we all ignore what truly matters (health, family and love) and most worryingly, at some point we lose sight of where we're headed. the most poignant lessons i've learned in the past year are lessons in self-belief and patience...in a world where we are so consumed with instant gratification and overfed stories of overnight success stories, we have become blindly impatient and hard on ourselves when things don't go our way. we lose hope and faith fades. personally, i feel that we must accept that some suffering is always inevitable. no matter what you do, life is comprised of failures, loss, regrets and death. but once you become comfortable with the shit life throws at you, you will become invincible.
i truly believe that we are all born geniuses in our own right. but somewhere along the ride, we hit a bump in the road and we become demotivated. we compare ourselves to our peers and berate ourselves when we wrongly assume that we don't match up. my advice is to remain steadfast in your dreams and aspirations. be patient and persevere, believe your own hype, because you are great and you will create. do not let the demons of doubt win. if you're going to do something, remember that all things worth doing take time and that the joy of the journey to the top is in the climb itself...so, keep chasing that dream. start that idea you had. give it a go. don't try to be perfect because no one is. find what you believe in and what you're good at and believe...
thank you for all the kind birthday wishes. i am humbled by the love. here's a photograph of me vaping on a rock somewhere in the world. 🏌🏿