Today is my birthday.
I just had sex and I’m feeling slightly euphoric. Afterwards, the urge to write overcame me. So here I am.
Without doubt, 2015 has been my favourite year of being on planet earth. I got up to a whole lot in 2015:
- accomplishments I’m proud of;
- travels far and wide;
- kept in touch with close friends and families;
- fostered new friendships; and
- found my love for reading (finally).
But there were also things which I did not do well in, things that I’d like to work on in 2016:
Lose my temper less
I have trouble keeping tabs on my emotions and have a tendency to become a real shitty person when my mood goes unchecked. This usually happens after some time in a crowded shopping mall. My girlfriend has fallen victim to my cold alter-ego on multiple ocassions so I’m going to keep watch of this in 2016.
Lucky for me, she doesn’t like shopping. Lucky for her, I don’t go to the mall much.
I don’t complain much but I could do with less in 2016. Quoting Marcus Aurelius from Meditations:
“Don’t be overhead complaining about life at court, not even to yourself.”
“Everything that happens is either endurable or not. If it’s endurable, then endure it. Stop complaining. If it’s unendurable…then stop complaining. Your destruction will mean its end as well.”
Everybody judges. I sometimes judge, usually in silence, which is no better. In 2016, I will learn to accept more, judge less. Marcus Aurelius wrote to remind himself:
“Leave other’s mistakes where they lie.”
“To live a good life: If we can learn to be indifferent to what makes no difference.”
It pays to know how to quieten your mind. It’s the reason why adult colouring books have become such a hit. Meditation has shown to be a common daily ritual among many world-class performers, in areas spanning arts, sports and finance. I like the meditative practice because you don’t need to be a believer to reap its benefits. You just sit and learn to be mindful. This year, I will find 10-15 minutes each day to meditate.
Maintain the low-carb diet
I maintained the low-carb diet for some time and felt more alert and energetic. It eventually turned into a carb-load diet when work got busy and dinner allowance got raised to $40. Excuses, excuses, I know. I’m reading the Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg right now and am looking for guidance on ways to better adhere to the slow-carb diet this year.
Say no often
Time is the only non-renewable resource. This year I will say no often, in order to vacate time and energy for the few things that truly excite or matter. Busyness is a form of lazyness. There is no point being busy.
Much to look forward to in 2016 but for now, we’re in Wuhu, China.
There is a kick-ass theme park in town, supposedly one of the largest in Asia. Weather looks fine tomorrow and it’ll be quiet given it’s a week day.
Today is my birthday. We’re gonna ride rollercoasters.