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Semen to ash

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Don’t let yourself forget how many doctors have died, after furrowing their brows over how many deathbeds.

How many astrologers, after pompous forecasts about others’ ends.

How many philosophers, after endless disquisitions on death and immortality.

How many warriors, after inflicting thousands of casualties themselves.

How many tyrants, after abusing the power of life and death atrociously, as if they were themselves immortal.

In short, know this: Human lives are brief and trivial. Yesterday a blob of semen; tomorrow embalming fluid, ash.

To pass through this brief life as nature demands. To give it up without complaint.

Like an olive that ripens and falls.

Praising its mother, thanking the tree it grew on.

— Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

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Start training with resistance bands today. It’s a new kind of challenge.

Weight is down to 72 kg. Still the belly doesn’t seem to get any smaller.

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December 29, 2016 at 9:10 pm

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Giving blood

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Morning in Chiang Mai. Bought traditional food: spicy sausage (ไส้อั่ว), pork rind, nam phrik noom. Had khao soi for lunch, which was really good and cheap (50 THB). My friend and I then had unplanned blood donation in a mall. She wanted to do it, and I just went along, thinking, what the hell.

Traditional northern spicy sausage grilling

Beef khao soi

Pumping out blood

I can’t remember the last time I gave blood. I think of it as a small challenge to face. A needle in your arm doesn’t seem pleasant, but it’s just a brief physical discomfort. You can treat it as a stoic practice. The donation isn’t unhealthy in any way. To me it is not altruistic in the sense of a sacrifice. If my blood turns out to save another human’s life, then great. But giving blood is good for my health too, from what I have learned. It allows the body to come up with fresh plasma and blood cells and reduces oxidative iron.

Aside from giving a bit of your time and a temporary drop in energy level, there’s nothing lose. It feels good to do it. I could get used to this.

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December 14, 2016 at 7:15 pm

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Letting go

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Deaths are natural. I no longer mourn them. People come and go. Soon it’ll be my turn. The world will keep on turning. Young people will take over, before they too will get old and die. 

I don’t want to be memorialized. I want people to live their lives and don’t waste time pretending to be sad. They must surely realize the end is coming for us all. 
Things change. What seems to matter now won’t years or even days from now. Soon I’ll be forgotten by everyone on this earth. And that’s just fine. I’m not here to be remembered. Nor to be liked. I’m here to lead a good life. To have the journey of my own full of learning new things everyday. I wake up each morning not knowing whether i would die that day. But I’m already at peace with it. When my time is over, I will leave quietly. 

When someone dies, he is returned to nature. Once you understand nature, there’s no reason to feel sad. It’s not sad when something falls down and breaks. It’s not sad when it rains. It’s not sad to be old. There is nothing you can do about any of those things. What’s there to be sad about? 

Of course you can be sad about not able to see or talk with that person anymore. Then, be more mindful each time you are with someone you love, as it could be the last time. Make your remaining days count. People are dying all the time. Soon it’ll be your turn.

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December 12, 2016 at 9:28 pm

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Challenges

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Challenges make you grow. Embrace the challenges. Those who cower in fear are afraid to fail. Be wise. Understand that failing is part of being alive. It’s the learning process. Your life is filled with events, like a book with stories. In the end, nobody cares if it’s a perfect book. 

Those who fail after those with courage to try new things. Those who don’t fail are cowards who never try anything. Winners are those who don’t stop when they fail. They don’t quit because others laugh at them. If you care about what people think you already lose.

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November 17, 2016 at 8:46 pm

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Virtuous path

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To accomplish something big, you must first dare to dream big, and then plan carefully. Be realistic and try sincerely to reach your goal. Use your wisdom to come up with a plan that is actually promising. You can fool other people but you cannot fool yourself. If you fool yourself, your plan will suck and you will never succeed.

Dare to dream. Dare to be different. Dare to fail. Have a life full of failures instead of fears. You learn from failures. Be courageous in doing the right things. Don’t get too down on yourself when things don’t go your way. Be moderate in your feelings. Identify external factors and distance your feeling from it.

Your dream is yours. If you always try to please others, you are weak-willed and your life will be wasted. Each day must serve as a stepping stone for you to get closer to your dream.

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November 15, 2016 at 7:38 pm

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Be useful

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The ocean is so big. The sky is enormous. Embrace the vastness of the world and your role as a part of nature and society. Don’t chase meaningless things like fame and money by giving up principles.

During your short life, be a useful person to the community you belong to. Contribute something to the world. Do your best when you choose to do something. Be a genuine person who leads a life of virtues.

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November 11, 2016 at 9:23 pm

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Do good

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To fear death is to submit yourself to ignorance about nature. We are born to live for a short while before we say goodbye. Death is natural and is unavoidable for everyone. Do good while alive.

Good means living wisely, with courage and justice. Be brave to do and say the right things. Be fair to everyone, friend or foe. With understanding of nature comes moderation. Never get too high or too low. Happiness or sadness. Success it failure. It is all just an interpretation. It is not real. 

Improve the world by bettering yourself everyday. Be more wise, fair, brave, and calm under any situation. That’s the goal.

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October 12, 2016 at 9:29 pm

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