I feel very sheepish about posting half-baked ideas, particularly the ones that I am still labouring to process. However, I am a practicing imperfectionist, who is learning to embrace the idea that: if I wait for all my ideas and research to be perfect, then I may have missed the most valuable element: time. Or, in the words of Alex Hormozi, whose work ethic I revere: “By the time you have complete information, the opportunity has closed.”
So here I am, squirming to post these raw, unrefined thoughts but posting them nonetheless. 🥂 To stepping outside of our comfort zone.
November came and went in the blink of an eye. I am still trudging through my “third-life crisis”, trying to discern which axioms to best live my life by. While I have been holding tightly onto the people who love me and remind me of the essence of who they know me to be, I also know that I have strayed into the company of vague acquaintances and surfaced conversations. My excuse is that: after long hours of working, learning, and deliberating about the directions for the next stage of my life, sometimes my mind just needs a break, an escape. While I am not too proud of those nights out, nor the company that I had kept, I think they just might be necessary to preserve my sanity for the moment.
Besides my struggle to equilibrate between Romanticism and Pragmaticism (as per my October update), I have also been vacillating between living in the present and planning for the future. Specifically:
How Does One Hope for the Future and Live in the Present Simultaneously?
There are countless wisdom and philosophies about the only path to pure and absolute happiness in living in the present,
and just as much teachings about striving for the future. Here’s what I mean:
True happiness is… to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future.Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Realize deeply that the present moment is all you ever have. Make the Now the primary focus of your life.Eckhart Tolle
You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment.Henry David Thoreau
We have always held to the hope, the belief, the conviction that there is a better life, a better world, beyond the horizon.Franklin D. Roosevelt
Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.
Thich Nhat Hanh
Hope is important because it can make the present moment less difficult to bear. If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear a hardship today.
Our human compassion binds us the one to the other – not in pity or patronizingly, but as human beings who have learnt how to turn our common suffering into hope for the future.
If these two concepts weren’t dichotomic, then perhaps I wouldn’t be having such a hard time.
Anyways! Here are some photos for those of you who are more visually inclined:
November in Pictures
That’s it from me! Thank you for reading, and for being part of this journey with me💙 Until next time!