Category Archives: Life Reminders

When Laziness Works In Your Favor

You read things on the news and learn about all the horrible shit that is going on around the world. You read about it, and go about your day as you normally would. Out of sight, out of mind. You never expect things to happen to you and when it does, you almost have no idea how to react.

This morning I lagged getting out of bed, perusing Facebook as I laid under the comfort of my blankets. Thirty minutes later than planned, I finally dragged myself out of bed and got ready for my day. As I was just about to head out the door, my half asleep roommate says, “There’s a shooting on campus” before casually taking her dog outside for a pee. I stood there a little confused about the situation, contemplating whether I should just go to campus anyway. I remember thinking, how serious could it really be?

I don’t think the gravity of the situation really hit us until we started getting more and more updates, and more and more worried friends / family texting us to see if we were okay. We found a live KTLA feed of our campus and saw footage of our campus swarming with police cars and SWAT vehicles filled with armed officers. None of it seemed real to us.

I’m glad that I am okay and all of my friends are okay. I’m glad that it wasn’t a mass killing as many of us feared when rumors rapidly began to spread about how there were 4 shooters in all the different parts of campus or how the shooters were spotted running from Kerckhoff to Bunche, etc. But, people really need to watch what they say in situations like this. Like seriously, how the fuck did those rumors start and where did people get that information? It really screws with people and that isn’t okay.

This incident also made me realize two things.

Firstly, unexpected things can happen anywhere at anytime, but that doesn’t mean that we should live in fear, especially not in the fear of dying or any other terrible thing that the news teaches you to be afraid of. Even in times like this, I want to trust humanity a little, especially as I witnessed the other side of things during this tough time, the side where fellow Bruins, friends, and family united with one another and made sure everyone was okay. Heck, we even housed a few random students from my roommate’s class for a few hours because they were too scared to walk home. Life is too unpredictable to waste it living in fear. Be adventurous and satiate whatever curiosities you have, even if they scare you a little. Obviously don’t be dumb about it and throw yourself into stupid situations, but just take the necessary precautions and go for it.

Secondly, I was reminded of the amazing people I have surrounded myself with over the years. To all the people that took the time to text me to make sure I was okay, thank you. During such a scary situation, you don’t know how comforting it was to receive messages from ya’ll  letting me know that you were thinking about me and here for me with whatever I need. I love you all and truly appreciate having you all in my life.

Anyways, the timing of today’s situation was absolutely crazy. If I would have left my apartment at the time I had planned to, I would have gotten on campus just as all the craziness started. I don’t even know what I would have done or where I would have gone. I guess I have my morning laziness and my warm, comfortable bed to thank for helping me avoid that situation. #TYlaziness&warmbed

And on that note, I’m out. My bed + Netflix awaits. ✌🏽

 

 

It All Comes Around

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A few months back, I made the terrible investment plan. I had bet on the fact that Beyonce tickets would sell out quickly, and that I would be able to flip my tickets for profit. Turns out, I was wrong. In fact, a lot of people have been selling it for below face value, pushing me to do the same. At least my sister was able to find some friends who were willing to buy my tickets at that less-than-face-value price. Even though I will still be losing money, it is better than losing 100% of it if no one were to buy my tickets at all.

On a separate note, I have been wanting to learn a new instrument for awhile, but did not want to drop a lot of cash right off the bat before I was sure. Because of that, I asked one of my best friends, Brian, if I borrowed his ukulele. Today, I was talking to him about the ukulele again, and I told him that I definitely wanted to buy it off of him. I just wanted to wait until after I came back from Asia since I probably wouldn’t take it with me abroad, and I did not have excess funds to splurge at the moment. His response almost brought tears to my eyes.

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God damn. Time and time again, I am reminded of how blessed I am to be surrounded by such amazing friends. Thanks Brian, you don’t know how grateful I am to have a friend like you. Not many people can say that they have had a best friend since kindergarten, and that is something special we will always share. I love you to bits my friend!

The funny thing about my Beyonce tickets and my interest in buying a ukulele is that the amount that I would have paid for the ukulele were Brian not to generously give it as a gift, exactly equals the amount I would lose for selling the Beyonce tickets to my sister’s friends. Basically, I broke even. How weird is that?

Reminders and Words to Live By

Lately, I have been addicted to lists. With the new year coming around, it’s a new beginning and a new opportunity for me to improve myself. While this list expresses things I want to change about myself, I’m sure it can apply to many others out there. I plan to continue to expand on this list as I think of more things to say!

1. Be more patient. Take time to absorb my surroundings and appreciate the little things.

2. Do something every day that I truly enjoy, even if it is only for 30 minutes.

3. Remind myself that I am good enough.

4. Don’t live in the past and don’t push things into the future. Live in the now. Don’t make excuses to postpone happiness.

5. Read more. Learn more.

6. Put myself out of my comfort zone. Make mistakes. Fail. Learn from them, and move on.

7. Stop making excuses about not having enough time. Make time!

8. Laugh often. Smile everyday.

9. Keep an open mind, see the good in people, and let go of petty grudges.

10. Be me. Embrace the weird, and don’t give a shit about what others think!