Iceland: Day 1
These photos were pulled off of my dad’s point & shoot camera because I somehow forgot to charge my camera’s batteries. Incredibly disappointed with myself, but it’s hard to stay grumpy when you’re visiting the Blue Lagoon with your parents. Pictures really don’t do it justice. Iceland has multiple man-made thermal lagoons & they’re all this brilliant color.
So, cool fun fact: I originally wrote this post last year on 12/25/2019 thinking I would post it within the week, but I guess things got away from me & I forgot about it. Posting it now though. Just half a year later. Here are some quick updates since December 2019.
- Got 3 brand new roommates.
- Added ads to my blog (I’m sorry), but I figured why not? Might make all of $1.00 off of ads if I’m lucky, but free is free.
- I am currently a Product Manager for a small software development company.
- I started playing The Sims again since the apocalypse/pandemic/Coronavirus to cope with shelter-in-place mandates.
- I started making Sims 4 Let’s Plays for my YouTube channel. My last LPs were made 9 years ago. Holy cow.
- Despite COVID-19 ruining everyone’s life, I’m thriving & I know I’m really fortunate to even say that.
- Got a new laptop & camera since I turned 30 this year. #TreatYoself
It’s difficult to gauge exactly how meaningful or significant this year will actually be for me when considering one’s lifespan. I don’t know about you, but I’m hoping to live beyond 100, so how character-defining 2019 is unknown. Who really knows if my time in Iceland will matter to me when I’m living my best raisin life, retired in the French Alps or Tuscany? If our reality became similar to the world of the Netflix’s French Original Series Ad Vitam, then nothing that happened to me this year should really matter in the long run. In Ad Vitam, scientists developed a medical breakthrough allowing humans to live indefinitely by a process called “regeneration”. When we can live beyond 150, would a couple of years of hardship really be so unbearable? How much weight would we continue to give our problems? Would we feel less anxious about time passing? Would we take one another for granted even more than we already do?
Even if we won’t see regeneration in our lifetime, we know the average age of life expectancy is increasing. Yet, our human nature permits negativity to frequent our thoughts, filling our minds with anxiety, stress, and toxicity no matter the triviality. No matter how long we live, our time on this little blue dot is limited. Unfortunately for many of us, we haven’t evolved to become emotionally unaffected by hardships that will soon be forgotten. How many times must we tell ourselves, “this too shall pass,” to console ourselves?
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- I had a full-time job & I got promoted.
- I got accepted to Boston University’s School of Public Health to pursue an MPH.
- I got rejected from Harvard’s & cried a little. The audacity!!!
- I moved to a new apartment in Cambridge.
- I started graduated school & became a full-time student.
- I wanted to work part-time, but apparently that wasn’t an option for me.
- I left my job; actively looking for a part-time job.
- Paying for benefits when you’re unemployed is really expensive.
- I screwed up my sleep schedule, so now I quietly celebrate whenever I go to bed before 3 AM.
- I started seeing a therapist to improve my mental health & I’m not ashamed to admit that. More people should. Depression is not a joke. Shout out to BU for free mental health services.