When I was a teenager, which was over a decade ago, me and my friends passed out a notebook—each free to write their thoughts and stories. My adolescent years unraveled at a time when writing in pen and paper were very much practiced; when the internet was just booming and blogs and social media did not dominate our daily lives yet. That notebook was an … Continue reading Old School
About eight years ago, I saw you walk into the room for a formal interview.
I’ve always liked how you carried yourself, how you presented your arguments and held your ground when we tried to shake you. Years later, I guess not a lot has changed — in retrospect, I think I’ve still been ruffling your feathers, unconsciously (sometimes consciously) throwing you into challenging circumstances, pushing you and allowing you to fly… because I know you can. Continue reading “To Frances, for her 26th”
I cannot even begin this letter without stating the obvious: I love you. Immensely so. In a way that lingers, but does not cling In a way like the sun kisses the sunflowers–giving it warmth, but does not burn In a way like the spring breathes in new life –subtle. beautiful. hopeful. I think of you and I think: Home. One that knows your secrets … Continue reading Certainty
There is a certain psychological and societal pressure in turning a quarter of a century.
Because turning 25 also means re-evaluating the decisions you’ve made, the life goals you want to achieve, measuring their impact, and becoming more self-aware. This is ‘adulting’ at its peak. Continue reading Quarter of a Century
So this is how your typical day goes: You try to act like a cool, sane functional adult even when various thoughts and worries cross your mind all the time. On good days you travel. You go that soul-searching path. And when you get back, you find yourself alone with your thoughts again. On a typical day, you are browsing the web, looking for job … Continue reading Late Night Musings
Last year, I met two people who taught me a lot about life: The Happy Guy and the Peaceful Man. Happy guy goes with the flow. Happiness is the ultimate goal, the deciding factor in everything in his life. He does what wants to do. He gives in to his heart’s desires. Happy guy knows what makes him happy and he takes it. Happy guy … Continue reading Happily Peaceful, Peacefully Happy: The search for peace and happiness
Because it is worth celebrating, no matter what. ————- I’ve wanted to start this birthday letter with a comprehensive list on how to celebrate your day but I changed my mind at the last minute. Just because I think we’re done making lists–at least for the time being. I suppose I do want you to spontaneously enjoy your day and to allow the universe to … Continue reading To Eah, for her 24th
For the next 30 days, we will be working on the daily writing prompts by Bianca Sparacino which we find truly inspiring. There are mornings when you wake up where you do nothing but stare at your reflection for a few minutes. Not because you’re vain. It’s to make sure that you are still here. That you still recognize the girl in the mirror. You are … Continue reading Prompt 4: Write an apology to someone you deeply hurt
For the next 30 days, we will be working on the daily writing prompts by Bianca Sparacino which we find truly inspiring. Dear Mom and Dad, Right now, as I am writing this piece, I am inside the room that I share with 2 of my friends—eating what could possibly pass off as a decent meal. I swear I could hear your voices reprimanding me of … Continue reading Prompt 3: Write a letter to your parents.
For the next 30 days, we will be working on the daily writing prompts by Bianca Sparacino which we find truly inspiring. Resolutions. Ten is too few to cover everything I want and plan to do but ten is too many for the things I can genuinely commit to, right at this moment at least. It’s challenging to come up with a list of things … Continue reading Prompt 2: Write a list of ten resolutions you have for yourself right now. (Althea’s list)