Approaching 25 (& feeling every minute of it)

I’m turning 25 in 4 months, which means I’ll be a quarter of a century old, and 5 years away from 30 (I still remember the birthday message I received for my 15th birthday: “half-way to thirty”).

Feeling almost-25

  • Sleepy at 11pm (those days of sleeping at 3am are behind me)
  • Facebook friends are getting engaged, or married, or having kids (should I be worried??)
  • Being health-conscious (because without health, you can forget about everything else)
  • Becoming more conscious of my spending – like L. N. Smith said: “every dollar you spend (or don’t spend) is a vote you cast for the world you want.”
  • Having a few close friends is better than having many acquaintances
  • Accepting that everyone is different, and not judging others for being different.
  • Becoming more aware of the world around me (Woody has been a good influence on me in that sense)
  • Starting to understand things from my parents’ POV (and thankful for their many sacrifices rather than focusing on the shortcomings)

Circle Game by Joni Mitchell – A song from my childhood (grade 2) — how time flies. I am dragging my feet in the circle game now. Please slow the circle down…

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Music therapy

I just discovered BBC live lounge, and I’m hooked! There are so many nice covers – Ed Sheeran’s “Dirrty” cover, The Script’s “Chandelier”, and of course, Birdy’s “Let her go”…

Good music. Friday night. Relaxing evening. Good night, world.

Update: March, 2015

I’ve started taking a translation course this month for two evenings a week, and I must say — translation/interpretation really isn’t what I thought it was! There are so many techniques to learn in translation, and being fluent in the subject or target languages does not mean that you can translate.

We are currently learning English -> Chinese written translations, and it made me feel quite inadequate in terms of my Chinese abilities, so I borrowed the Chinese translation of “The Great Gatsby” to: 1. improve my Chinese, and 2. study the translations in hope that I’ll learn something. (I absolutely love “The Great Gatsby”, and I was so happy to see that this Chinese translation did it justice)

In the end, I decided that written translation is not for me. Well, the oral translation part of the course will start in a couple of weeks, so maybe? Hopefully??

Honesty is a virtue.

I was going to write about honesty today, and something along the lines of how I appreciate having a special person in my life who is honest with me, and tells me the truth even when it hurts.

However, tonight I decided that it would be more fitting to write about the things not said. Sometimes it isn’t the spoken truth that’s scary; rather, it’s the unspoken. When something isn’t said, then the mind goes wild and imagines many things. Trust is a tricky issue, because we want to believe that we can truly trust the other person, yet our hearts still worry and yearn.

So what can we do? Well, falling in love means taking a risk that you will be hurt. In the end we can only put our faith in the other person and hope that their feelings are true. I know that mine are.