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For the entire year that passed I wasn’t able to write anything. Was there nothing worth writing about? Not at all. There were actually so many things I could’ve made a series of posts on, but it all happened too fast for me to even grasp what was quickly passing by.

All I could think of at the moment is how different my life is now.

From the rush of last year, I have come to a complete stop. In some ways it has been hard and emotional, and in other ways, it has been the easiest time of my life. This season is probably the most telling of how unprecedented God’s grace really is. And all I can do is bask in His love and goodness.

It is still a battle of fear and of hope. But as the year ends and a new season is ushered in, I can only sit still and be grateful for the beauty of never being alone. Friends. Family. Friends that have turned into family. I am surrounded by love.

Life is different now.

But the experience of God’s love and grace is still the same.


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.

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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. 🙂

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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