“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” – Mae West
2015 has been about finding my purpose and living it. Even in the confines of working full-time, I believe that I can find my purpose and live it. I have been thinking about it over the past few months. I actually cried out in despair a few days ago because I thought to myself, “I don’t know what my purpose is! I would live it, if I knew what it was.” Continue reading →
This is a guest post by Shruti, a story-loving traveler driven by curiosity and a thirst for inspiration.
You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that person is not to be found anywhere. You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe deserve your love and affection. – Buddha
When I was little I used to think that I would grow up, fall in love, get married and stay that way forever. I imagine I’m not the only one who looked at love this way, thanks to fairy tales and blockbuster films. Now fast-forward a couple of decades to a more recent time when I sat eating fish and chips with a dear friend. Between delicious bites of haddock and tartar sauce, the conversation turned to our thoughts on lasting, romantic love. No better segue to matters of the heart than food! Continue reading →
Recently, I updated my phone to the latest version of Android, Lollipop (I had to do it – how could I not with that name?). Of course, I forgot that most first updates are buggy, and I couldn’t make outgoing calls with my phone anymore. I received calls, I could listen to podcasts, I could update my twitter, I could do everything else with this phone. Except call people! Continue reading →
Almost everything–all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure–these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart. – Steve Jobs, US computer engineer & industrialist (1955 – 2011) Continue reading →
I was reading the book, ‘The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari’ by Robin Sharma. In it, there is a story about how the monks from Sivana would go to a cold waterfall and bathe in the freezing cold water when they had a negative thought in order to prevent the negative thoughts from proliferating.
Everything we do, every thought we’ve ever had, is produced by the human brain. But exactly how it operates remains one of the biggest unsolved mysteries, and it seems the more we probe its secrets, the more surprises we find. – Neil deGrasse Tyson
I have been giving up a lot of ‘stuff’, physical and emotional, in the past few months, and I have been realizing more and more how much space this ‘stuff’ takes up in my mental space. You don’t actually realize you are holding that much tension in your mind, until you release a particular item. Often times, it is an item that you didn’t even think, you were thinking about. Without realizing, this item has been living rent-free in your head, quietly; like that serial killer that every neighbour thinks is the nicest, quietest guy in the world.Continue reading →
A journey is a person in itself; no two are alike. And all plans, safeguards, policing, and coercion are fruitless. We find that after years of struggle that we do not take a trip; a trip takes us. – John Steinbeck
I was musing over travel the last few weeks, and how a lot of my good friends are going to South America in the new few months. It seems the hot place to go to right now, like South East Asia was a few years ago. I started thinking if my backpack could talk, the stories it would tell. I have lent out my backpack to a few people in its lifetime, and I have been to some quirky places myself. Continue reading →