Around The Web #2: Inspirational Edition

I’ve been reading a lot of “feel-good” or “get back on your feet” stuff online and it gave me the idea to do an Around the Web entry. This stemmed from the realization that no matter how shitty, down, lonely, depressed, helpless, low you feel, you are not alone. You are not singled out from any misery in life.

I came across a lengthy status from an old college friend on Facebook about how she was having a hard time, that she had no one to talk to, no shoulder to cry on, and despite having a husband and 2 lovely children she has never felt more alone than ever. Having a bit of a hard time myself, I told her that while I do not completely understand her situation, I know it’s not easy. That we all go through these tough ropes at some point in our life, but we have to constantly remind ourselves that this is all temporary, and at the end of the day we are all we have so we have to do our best to nurture ourselves, take care of ourselves, and most of all love ourselves.

Here are a few snippets from around the web that I hope will inspire you as much as they have been an inspirational read for me.

If your heart is beating, if your lungs are breathing, if you are still alive… then it is not too late to do something kind, creative, generous, satisfying, and courageous. Today.

It is not too late to behave like the person you want to be — instead of continuing in a cycle of behavior that you will regret.

The commitments you make to yourself are just as important, if not more so, than the commitments you make to everybody else.

Recently, I read this very powerful quote by August Gold: “To enter the conversation with Life we only have to change one key word: We have to stop asking, ‘Why is this happening to me?’ and start asking, ‘Why is this happening for me?’ When we can do this, we’re free.”

”Rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.”

The well of loneliness may have run dry, but in its place there are pools of possibilities, lakes we have yet to dive into, oceans we can allow ourselves to drown in. Most of the time it still feels like the current is against me—there are still a lot of blank screens and empty pages—but on some days, good days, I can float on the assurance that my words are still safely within me, only swimming in a way that’s different and exciting and daunting and new.

Every person faces setbacks in life, I don’t know anybody whose not had face something difficult to get where they are today. There are so many circumstances that we cannot control but how we come back from them is totally in our power. Just because you’ve had something set you back doesn’t [mean] you’re a failure. We should never let those situations define us.

Around the Web #1

Welcome! I’ve been wanting to do this for a long time now because I read so much shit online that I might as well share it here. It’s a list of links that I come across, read, learn from, and bookmark from around the web. It’s something that I’ll try to do as often as long as I remember to bookmark the links that I’ve read or liked.

Here goes..

I have been obsessed with Ellen Pao (and her husband, Buddy Fletcher) articles the whole weekend. I don’t know how many I’ve read but the two above were what struck me the most. Honestly, I don’t know how to feel about the whole situation. My main concern is that it’s crazy how she still chose to work at the same company she felt so strongly (and sued) against. With her background and intelligence, she could have worked anywhere.. or even set up her own empire. Everything’s so crazy to the point that it almost doesn’t make sense.

A lot of things (with the exception of religion) that were listed there made a lot of sense to me and I totally related to. Your 20s is such a pivotal time in your life because it’s where you get to learn what life really has to offer.

It’s always very inspiring reading about celebrities and their battle with mental disorders. The stigma nowadays is still so bad (especially for people in the limelight) that I admire the courage it would take for them to talk about their struggle with it.

I feel I’m gonna have to look back on this entry every time I turn a decade older. It lists out the financial matters you’re “supposed” to take into account and separates them every decade. Personally I don’t see myself opening a retirement fund anytime soon but I do have an insurance plan that I don’t plan to touch until I’m old and unemployed. Does that count?

That’s it for this entry! I was supposed to have a few more but I realized I didn’t want to populate the page too much if I were to talk about every link I mentioned. I prefer this way of being able to explain my side for every link I post to make it a bit more personal. After all, this is very much a personal blog.