Ambiguity

The Meaning of Life

Life! Awesome.

They say we should enjoy life to the fullest, savour every moment, live like there’s no tomorrow. And the arguments are there – you only have one life to live, you’re only young once, and everyone has the right to happiness.

So why is it that we’re all swarming to higher education, multiple designations, and office drone jobs? For some, knowledge is their virtue. They truly enjoy learning, and derive immense value from education. But for the majority, it’s another form of torture we subject ourselves to, in hopes of gaining higher returns later on in life. Everyone wants to succeed and flourish. Is that the greed and selfishness reflected in human nature? Or is it just the path society has paved for us, upon which we are expected to follow?

How should life be lived? Should we make the best of everything now, because there may be no tomorrow, or should we work our hardest now to luxuriate in life later, because there is no joy without sacrifice?

Double dose

Of birthdays, that is. There are way too many July birthdays. On Friday I bussed back just in time for Sunny’s surprise fondue birthday party. Lily planned the whole thing and it was a success. He wasn’t so much pleasantly surprised as perhaps “constipatedly shocked”. We had fondue, BBQ’ed in the backyard, played some video games, possibly annoyed some neighbours, and it was good times all around. No alcohol for me, but some other people may or may not have had just a tad too much beer…

The next day, Lis hosted another birthday celebration, this time karaoke at Ten23. Because of all the mutual friendships, interestingly enough, it was a lot of the same people from the night before. So of course what’s there to do but have another awesome time? :) After karaoke we headed to Alice Fazooli’s for dinner. They seated us in the lounge where the live DJ was blasting music, so we had to yell at each other the whole night. Also, they messed up Tracy’s order and subsequently did not charge her anything.

I got a couple mosquito bites on Friday, which thrilled me. That signifies that it’s really SUMMER! :D To celebrate, I think a layout change is in order. I was getting sick of the duo-tone colour scheme of the previous layout. Also, I’m pretty sure something there was inhibiting my WP stats plugin from working.

Feeling the squeeze

The Promised Land is kind of a letdown for over-achievers these days. As the NYT article puts it,

Members of this generation have lived their lives like track stars trying to run a marathon at the pace of a 100-meter dash — their parents typically waiting at every turn with a stopwatch.

And it’s like the biggest reality check you can have thrown in your face. All that hard work, just to… move back in with your parents? Ugh. FIX IT!