Thursday, January 11, 2018

New Year, Same Old

It's one week into the new year. I feel absolutely no different from last year.

And that's awesome.

Last year, this year, what's the difference?

Well, there are some differences, of course - the inconveniences and annoyances. I now have to get used to typing "2018" instead of "2017" in emails and forms (why don't smart devices auto-correct this?). When people ask us how old we are, we've to squeeze in a few more words: "I will turn X this year, but my birthday is still a few months away on X, blah blah blah..."

New year - like all false beginnings - is more trouble than they're the worth.

Oh, I had quite a good New Year's eve party this time round (can't really remember the last time I had a blast). And 2018 has quite a nice ring to it (it's my favourite number, corresponds with my birth date, and already drove me to make 18 goals this year).

And yet, the year already feels the same as last, and the ones before.

How unremarkable my life is. Just like this article, right?

Even I fell asleep halfway writing this article...

One Day At A Time

So what does the future hold?

Truth is, I don't think too much about the future. I have a rough idea what the week ahead will be alike, and an even rougher idea of 3 months down the road. After that, who knows? A lot can change in a couple of weeks.

As John Lennon once sang: "Life is what happens when you're busy making other plans".

Worry too much about the future, and you lose sight of the present.

Best to take one day a time, and enjoy the moment as it comes.

What Else To Write?

And then there's this blog. It's not easy thinking up new things to write about, after writing for so long and so regularly.

Tempting as it is, I won't give it up just yet. True, it can feel like a real burden, sometimes. But so can waking up in the morning.

Writing is a habit - a good habit. If I ever do stop (never say never), it'll be because I've found another equally good or better habit to hone (like moving rocks with my mind). Giving up because I feel lazy and uninspired - no way!

I may not know what the future holds, but I'm excited about what new surprises tomorrow may bring.

And that's how I've been keeping up writing for so long. I don't really plan far ahead what to write. I just let my thoughts wander, and write whatever hits me. I've been writing thrice a month since October 2013 without fail, so I guess it must be working. 

Inspiration is a river. It keeps flowing, and never runs dry.

If a giant boulder rolls down and threatens to dam the river, I'll just have to rush with a pick-ax and break that damn boulder into pieces.

Rejoice! For life is a never-ending journey winter...

New Year, So What?

Of course, I'm looking forward to the new year. Just as how I look forward for the day, each time I wake up in the morning.

Every second is magical. And every year brings forth infinite magic.

Monday, January 1, 2018

18 Goals For 2018

It's a brand new year, and every new year breathes new hope into life.

Most people settle with 3 to 5 resolutions per year. How unambitious! There's 365 days in a year - surely we can do more!

So instead of setting a low bar, I'm aiming high - way up high, high as the stars!

My goal is to be Mr. Worldwide - and more...

Here are my 18 epic goals for 2018:

1. Appear in the press (for positive reasons)

2. Travel to South America (only continent I've yet to visit) and hook up with a hot Latino chick (Havana-na-nah!)

3. Rave, drink, sleep, repeat at Tomorrowland

4. Publish an international bestseller

5. Get 100k subscribers on YouTube

6. Fly on a private jet

7. Get elected into public office

8. Shake hands with Donald Trump

9. Space-walk

10. Get backstage passes to Victoria's Secret Fashion Show

11. Beat AlphaGo

12. Discover the Theory of Everything

13. Discover the meaning of life

14. Start a religion

15. Start a revolution

16. Gain exclusive rights to Star Wars, de-canonized TFA and TLJ, and reboot the Sequel Trilogy

17. Break Taylor Swift's heart till she retires from music (forever! no comeback!)

18. Travel back to the start of 2018, and repeat all those wondrous feats (to prove they ain't a fluke)

Bring it on, 2018!

2018 is going to be an exciting year. I hope I don't run out of all those 18 goals too fast. 

Wish me well, and all the best to hitting your epic goals too!

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Christmas Isn't Awesome Anymore

I remember a time when bells would jingle in my head come December.

I remember a time when I would brave the weekend rush and spend hours after hours roaming the mall hunting for presents (for someone who can go for months without visiting a mall).

I remember a time when Christmas meant something.

Not anymore.

Over the years, the joy of Christmas has dwindled into a modicum of indifference.

Right now, Christmas feels more like a chore to get over with, rather than an occasion to celebrate.

What a fugly tree

The Chore of Christmas

Don't take it personally, Lord Jesus. It's not just Christmas. I feel the same way for all cultural festivals - Chinese New Year, Deepavali, etc.

Wear new clothes, stock up on food, put up some decorations in office, attend some dreary party-organizing committee, brave the homecoming traffic...

Who's getting the turkey this year? Whose house should we visit first?

How boring. How tedious. How stressful.

It's always the same old routine. I hate routines. Routines remind me of religion. And I opt out of religion a long, long time ago.

Christmas reminds me of the time I had to attend Church every weekend (mass on Saturday, Catechism on Sunday). It's bad enough I have to attend school for five days a week. I don't even get a day off. What's up with that?

What's Christmas To Me?

Christmas Day can be a pain. I have no choice but to celebrate it on 25 December every year, no exception.

But I still love Christmas - the spirit, and what it stands for.

For me, Christmas is about sacrifice, hope and love.

Sounds as cheesy as The Last Jedi (now, don't get me started on how it spoilt my Christmas even more than The Force Awakens), but it's true.

All year round, I sacrifice, I hope, I love.

I don't need to do all that only when bells start jingling.

I don't need a day in the year to remind me not to be naughty, but nice.

I don't need a reason to celebrate life.

All I want for Christmas... is for Star Wars to reboot

Life Without Christmas

I already celebrate life as it comes, every moment of every day.

The whole month of December has been awesome. And it's awesome precisely because I'm not even thinking about Christmas.

It's hard to enjoy your day when you're constantly counting down to a specific day in the distant future - Christmas, birthday, Valentine, whatever.

All I ever look forward to is today. Not the end of the month, not the weekend, not even tomorrow,but today.

And if you can feel good about today, and every other day - believe me, you won't need to wait till Christmas to feel good about your life.

Sure, Christmas is fun, no doubt about that. But over the years, what I've come to realise is this: Every day of my life is just as fun, if not more. And it's only by putting aside my feelings for major celebrations that made me appreciate my daily life even more.

Forget about Christmas. Do good, and feel good, no matter the time of the year. There's no day but today.

Live the moment.