Half Done, Half Still Dawning

Slightly annoyed with myself for not being able to complete the series of blog posts I was supposed to do. But, oh well, here we are. Might as well move on to starting new ones!

Half of the year just flew by. Some closed doors and yet-to-be-fulfilled hopes later, I’m already looking at med school in the face, but I still can’t seem to recognize it. I still haven’t grown into the sense of clarity and confidence that I’m finally a medical student. Is there something I have to do to begin feeling the vibe? Or is it like learning a new language, you don’t really understand it unless you start experiencing [speaking] it?

One thing’s for sure, I’m glad a new season is dawning.

Personal, Photography & Digital Art

Key Lessons: January 2018

Constant reflection is an important practice. Here’s some of the reminders I collected in January:

  1. There are inconveniences or even pains we have to endure in order to retrieve or access what’s eternally more important.
  2. Never let go of your hope and vision for the future. It’s the only thing that can keep you going when the process becomes painful or confusing.
  3. There is no breakthrough without the “breaking through.”
  4. Always treasure moments of rest.
  5. Don’t let the rain at the end of the day make you forget the sunshine that woke you up in the morning.
  6. Things take time, relax. The seed doesn’t turn into a tree overnight.
  7. In the same way, what you invest in now may take time to produce its returns. Have faith in your investments. Don’t begrudge it for taking its time to unfold naturally.
  8. Tragic things often happen to cause us trudge away from even more danger.
  9. The world is dynamic, but temporary.
  10. Do not be consumed by the temporal.
Cover photo was taken during my flight to Thailand to attend the Prince Mahidol Award Conference 2018. We were about to land when I took it. 🙂
Character & Leadership, Heiress of His Promise

Who is your Leader?

I thought about my decisions in the far and recent past and the factors that made me decide to push through or not. This includes both the big and small decisions that have defined my life as it is now. And I realised there were a lot of times I was pressured, instructed, or influenced by leaders around me. It could be someone superior in organisations I belonged to or even spiritual leaders at church. Many times it was my mom. It can also be friends who I considered were ahead of me in certain aspects or issues in my life, even though they weren’t my “leaders” per se.

They didn’t have to have an official title or position, but it was a matter of how I myself placed them in my life.

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Valuing friends

As I was doing research for a personal project, I found myself scrolling through my facebook timeline starting from the first year of college and I realized that my world of relationships has expanded so much. It makes me so nostalgic for the friendships I grew apart from and subtly longing for the deep and long and beautiful conversations now lost in our memories.

Suddenly I asked myself: Have I really gotten to know these people? Or was I merely scratching the surface of who they really were/are?

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