The pursuit of happiness. For me, it is the ocean. That sense of calm and peace as the rhythmic percussion of waves roll. // People who are emotionally happier, who have more satisfying lives, and who live in happier communities, are more likely both now and later to be healthy, productive, and socially connected. These benefits in turn flow more broadly to their families, workplaces, and communities, to the advantage of all. So I implore you, forget about those materialistic items and go enjoy what nature has to offer.
依依不舍 [yīyī bù shě]. // It means reluctant to part and after two weeks with my sister I was indeed reluctant to be going 4,370km back home. It is the first time the 3 sisters are scattered across the globe and I can tell you that it sure is lonely being an only child.
"Science provides an understanding of a universal experience, and art provides a universal understanding of a personal experience." - Mae C. Jemison
"Concern yourself more with accepting responsibility than with assigning blame. Let the possibilities inspire you more than the obstacles discourage you." - Ralph Marston.
On the run. //
"When you do something noble and beautiful and nobody noticed, do not be sad. For the sun every morning is a beautiful spectacle and yet most of the audience still sleeps." - John Lennon.
Yours truly. // As I begin my 22nd year around the sun today, here are 22 things I've learnt in no particular order.
1. Be kind to others - don't let other people's judgements influence the way you treat someone else.
2. Try new things.
3. Make the most of all the opportunities life has to offer. (So you have stories to tell when you are 80).
4. Make memories to last a lifetime. (Take photos and videos doing the things you do and with the people you love).
5. Go on as many adventures as you can - big or small, local or international.
6. Spend time with the people you care about. Life is short and time is precious. Tell people they are smart/beautiful/funny, or give them flowers to enjoy while they can. You will not remember the hours spent watching tv but you will remember the time you spent with your parents.
7. Exercise when you can, and as much as you can. It is good for you.
8. Be grateful - (for me) to be healthy with no significant illness to limit me from doing anything, having food and shelter.
9. Be open to change. People do not like change but change is inextricably linked to growth and development.
10. Stay hungry. Hungry to learn, develop and expand your knowledge. (And for food too, because food is life).
11. Laugh. It's contagious. (Lame jokes and all). 12. Try not to compare yourself with others.
13. Some of the best things in life are the results of countless hours and hard work.
14. Just because you are getting older does not mean you cannot let your hair down.
15. Have confidence in yourself. (But stay humble).
16. Smile more. It is also contagious.
17. Sleep is glorious.
18. Majority of people do not have life figured out. It is ok to feel lost and not know what you will be doing in 5, 10, or 20 years time.
19. Try not to dwell on things from the past. Learn from those experiences and do better next time.
20. Your actions have a ripple effect on the people around you.
21. Be smart with your money, but not so cheap that you miss out on experiences and things that make you happy.
22. Nobody owes you anything. Be thankful for the people who take the time to help you. You also need to take responsibility and grab life by the horns.
"How will you serve the world? What do they need that your talent can provide? That’s all you have to figure out. As someone who has done what you are about to go do, I can tell you from experience, the effect you have on others is the most valuable currency there is." - Jim Carrey. //
What a dream. //
Sometimes the best people or things in life are not always the smartest, the most popular, the designer label, or even the one with the most luscious leaves.
"Some old-fashioned things like fresh air and sunshine are hard to beat." - Laura Wilder.
"Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. Don't wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future. Think how really precious is the time you have to spend, whether it's at work or with your family. Every minute should be enjoyed and savored." - Earl Nightingale. //