My dad grew up in the poor villages of Burma and his family had a little business selling noodles and batteries, as many of the other families did at the time. To help out his family, he situated himself underneath the table everyday where his 4 other siblings did homework and tried to make money for his family. He hid only because he knew if his parents found him trying to make money for the family, they would feel saddened by the thought that their poor son couldn’t study enough like the other students at school. Until it was night time and his siblings had gone to bed, he would finally start his homework. Thanks for showing me what real responsibility and loyalty is. There is no man quite like you.
-find a meditation temple (go 3x a week)
-go to Midtown by myself at night
-look at christmas trees and street lights!
-find a tea and pastries place
-wake up at 5am to watch the sunrise
-understand the transient states of body phenomena
-call friends at least once a week
-drink hot chocolate! (no coffee)
-make the lemon and pepper detox water (ask Nitya about this)
-8 hours of sleep/night, sleep no later than 1am please!!
-drink a glass of water every hour
-study at Woodruff, Health Sciences, or possibly the Claudia Crums building (whatever it’s called)
-watch the rain <—most excited about this actually :D
-maybe dance in the rain if I’m brave enough :)
-go to Lenox
-learn a new dish
-try out a new restaurant
-find a dress for DPhiE Spring Formal <3
sooo I know it sounds gruesome to stay in Atlanta over winter break, but I’m really excited to explore this place on my own. I’ll miss my friends and family a lot but there’s such excitement and I’m having so much butterflies thinking of all the things that I could do with my day. What makes it more bearable is that my family may come visit during the holidays which I’m truly and absolutely grateful for.
But last and certainly not least:
-study MCATs (haha, but in all seriousness).
-^^ and because of the above, socialize with at least 1 person a day please! Through the phone doesn’t count! Well maybe, depending on how late you study, but talk to someone!!
The difficulty in expressing both the simplicity and complexity of this concept isn’t beyond the scope of the human mind but overlooked subconsciously in our daily actions. What we define “love” as is a strong attachment for the other person, object, or living being, and the attachment and desire for what is pleasant in our minds and what we hope or want to be permanent and thus we deem it satisfactory, and dangerously, perfect. We attach these feelings of a person, object, or living being as ours and we become obsessed with the idea that the things we love define us and perhaps contribute to our happiness because it is so pleasant to the windows to our eyes and the mind. The clinginess to the object or living being causes our minds to crave and such feelings lead to unsatisfactory thoughts. Thus, our attachments lead to unsatisfactory thoughts. Should we say that our love or attachment to such things are then satisfactory? If permanent things are satisfactory, then impermanent things are unsatisfactory. Thus, the concept of love by society’s definition, and the love for such things are thus impermanent because the object itself and the living beings themselves are not permanent.
I wish I could one day say this to you. As close as we are, I can’t seem to break down your wall. But one day, when the moment comes, here’s my advice to you:
You don’t have to be better than others for them to respect you, nor do you have to gracefully contribute to a conversation for someone to be fascinated in you. My greatest realization in this social world that we live in is that people are drawn to you by the way you make them feel when they’re around you. They are intrigued by your grace, whether you say a million words or nothing at all. Your patience and careful yet natural placement of your body pulls people in like how the moon is pulled toward the earth by gravitational force. You don’t need to raise your voice to be heard, nor do you have to smile so wide to convince others that you have been accepted. Say that I’m idealistic, but I firmly believe your presence alone can stop a room full of people for I have found the most beautiful people the monks who sit peacefully and naturally and speak ever so meditatively. I am forever intrigued by their calmness and their contentness. How can someone be happy with the slightest things yet find no attachment toward superficial and internal pleasures? I only wish for your realization and well-being that follows.
Your beloved cousin
Enjoyed some Napa wine today with Eric :)