We often look to other people when thinking about characteristics and personality traits that we find annoying, maddening, or wrong. Yet we overlook one crucial factor: that we, in our personal ways are frustratingly difficult. We’re human, after all. It is not belittling to accept the fact that at some point in our lives, we have been the “toxic” person in someone’s life, just as … Continue reading Are You Difficult?
It had been a tiring Wednesday after work on the 5th of May. I crashed early, and expected to get some solid shuteye. Well, that was until at 4:41 am that morning I was awoken by a flurry of texts and missed FaceTime calls from my mom. “URGENT.” “PLEASE EMAIL EMBASSY.” “WAKE UP.” I looked at my phone in the darkness of the room, squinting, … Continue reading Coronavirus: On How I Was Evacuated Via Airlift
Extended hours spent in the same place can negatively affect you physically and emotionally. Don’t take my word for it, it’s science. Yet we find ourselves in a situation that I described in my last blog (On Stoicism) as an extraordinary and unprecedented situation. We don’t really have much of a choice this time, and I assume most of us are chomping at the bit … Continue reading Making The Most Of Quarantine in 4 Ways
The last few blogs have been centered around what I think about recent things. I’ve drifted from writing about how I feel about the things that have transpired in my life recently. I’ll attempt to do that here. What I, and all of humanity, are going through now is something that is so extraordinary and unprecedented that all of us are living in lockdown just … Continue reading On Stoicism: Dealing With Hardship
Hannibal Ad Portas. These three words are ingrained in special history, one that has piqued my interest for quite some time now and something that I feel bears great importance and resemblance to our situation with COVID-19. That was a phrase the Ancient Romans used during the Punic Wars. Loosely translated to “Hannibal is at the Gates”, it was used to signify a sense of … Continue reading Panic: COVID-19 And Human Survival
For the last four months, I’ve been partaking in the job hunt. It has had its moments of pure joy and utter frustration, and it’s given me some insights that’ll stick with me for a while. The job search is one of those processes/moments in my life that has felt unnatural to me as a person. You’re expected to sell yourself and talk about your … Continue reading Life Lessons From The Job Search
The nature of modern society has fashioned the normal week into a 6-day grind. By the time the weekend comes around, some of us can be so drained that we may just utilise Sunday as a recovery day from the work week. It begins with Sunday morning; on weekdays you’d already be at work or in class by now. Today, you’re sleeping in. Normally you … Continue reading On Sunday – And Self-Development
What does home mean to you? For most of us, the word itself is reminiscent and elegant. Home is where we bask in comfort and a greater sense of security and understanding. In our lowest moments, it is the thought of home that we turn to for solace. Though for some of us, like myself, home is not just a single place. For whatever reason, … Continue reading Summer. Home.
I have now lived twelve thousand kilometres from home for over 8 months now, alone, but the people and hobbies I have found here have made me feel closer to home than I could have ever imagined. I could not have pictured when I wrote the blog post High School to University that I would so quickly, and so happily settle in to this city … Continue reading A Year Of University, As An International Student
Good people. In these trying times of living in fear, we often forget that other people, while seeming so strange and alien to us, are much like us in what they feel. There are people like us, and if you believe that you are a good person, this transitively mean that there are people like us that are good people. This past week has been … Continue reading On Good Samaritans – And Being One