Time | Saturday Adventures

Compared with my previous adventures, these days aren’t as adventurous. Nevertheless, they’re still adventures! Since I’m on winter break right now; I haven’t been doing much. I’ve been from one house to another for holiday pot-lucks. There’s always a lot of great food going around during the holidays.

This week, we welcomed the new year. The day before the new years was my brother’s 16th birthday which is a big step from the 15th birthday. Turning 16 is a milestone because you’re able to start driving which is a big responsibility. I was looking through our photo albums for a good baby picture of him since I remembered that when he was little, he had the craziest hair. Even now, his hair remained untamed and curly. I found the picture, but I continued flipping through the glossy pages memories clicking into place again. I saw myself with long pigtails and a front tooth missing. I saw myself with a cheeky grin with my screaming brother in my arms. I saw round glasses and tucked in shirts. It seemed like a long time ago when I most certainly lived it. There are pictures to prove it! It’s just a little crazy to think that 16 years ago, my brother was born and nearly twenty years ago, I was born among the millions who entered the world.

Time feels so fleeting, but it’s so tangible. If we sit in awe of the amount of time we’ve been through, we would just lose time. If we forget to take note of how precious time can be, then things would start to lose meaning. Humans are the only species who have this concept of time. On another note, each individual born onto this world has a unique footprint that they’ll leave behind. Who knows what my brother and I will leave behind? We can strive for getting a large and deep footstep, but who will know what life leads us to doing? We’re all so precious and unique that it just doesn’t make sense to compare someone else’s feet with your own. We’ve all been through various things at different points in time, so don’t compare their beginning with your middle. Don’t compare their strength with your weaknesses. In fact, don’t compare yourself with other people because it will only bring you down. Take a step back and look at where you’re are right now and where you’ve come from.

Don’t beat yourself up. You’re still a work in progress!

Alice

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Pancakes and More | Saturday Adventures

Hello everyone,

A week ago, I started NaNoWriMo (National November Writing Month) and I’m at 11,896 words! I’m writing about how an ordinary man becomes a murderer. This story is told from his perspective and it’s coming along well so far! I find that I write more in the evening than in the morning probably because I do most of my school work and go to classes in the morning. With two hours, I can spit out the daily goal. Besides that, yesterday was packed with hanging out with friends. I started the day off with a prayer meeting and it was really nice to pray with fellow Christians and hearing our voices mingle together. Shortly afterwards, I went to someone’s house for brunch  with some friends. Someone made this amazing cinnamon mixture and when the pancakes were cooking, she swirled them on. When those pancakes were flipped over, the cinnamon glazed and caramelized. It was delicious. Then, we just sat around, eating our brunch and reading Facebook statuses from a couple years ago. The moral of that story was that we’ve all had our moments of awkwardness, sass and just boredom. Directly from the brunch, I went to practice. Only two beginners showed up so I lead practice again with similar format as the other two weeks I lead practice. Since I’m not nearly as skilled or experienced as other members, I try to coach so that the beginners and possibly the advanced members build up a greater kiai and spirit. I noticed that last year, it wasn’t explicitly taught, but it was only strongly encouraged. In kendo, having a big fighting spirit as well as the focus plays a big role during matches. I guess that’s my contribution to the team besides all the administrative work. I came home from practice and a little while later, my friend came over. We basically talked a lot, like family and we spontaneously decided to go see a movie at midnight which proved to be difficult since we were already pretty tired. I came home and slept until 10am this morning. As I’ve gotten older, I noticed that sleep is my most treasured thing. Anyways, I hope you have a great Sunday!

Thank you for coming along!

Alice