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On the post-travel blues

Traveling is incredible. It presents us with infinite opportunities to explore faraway places, grow, and connect with kindred spirits. But, one inevitable part of traveling is rarely talked about – the post-travel blues. It’s that dull state of mind we find ourselves in when we must settle back into our normal routine after having had an epic trip, regardless of duration.

The Rosebud Diaries – End of Year Reflections

With 2016 soon coming to a close, I decided to take stock of the past twelve months before setting goals for the new year by writing ‘The Rosebud Diaries.’ In this piece, I share three roses (wins from 2016), three thorns (struggles faced in ‘16) and three buds (hopes for 2017). Here is to acknowledging the good and the bad of the past year, while maintaining a hopeful outlook for 2017. 

THE RETURN EFFECT

Due to my imminent return to Chicago [for a brief stint to visit family + eat ALL the food] and as a nod to the sometimes nostalgic-filled holiday season, I write about the various meanings ‘returning’ can denote. Whether we are going back to our country of origin, our childhood home, or revisiting something more intangible like an inspiration or an experience. I also explore my personal definition of home.

Remember to Breathe

Have you ever felt like you couldn’t breathe? If you haven’t, consider yourself a lucky duck. Experiencing shortness of air sucks. After all, we need oxygen the way fish need water to survive. This theme was a major staple of my childhood. The first recollections I have involve some type of asthma attack in which I am in dire need of air. In the following story, I share one of the worst asthma attacks I remember from when I was 5 or 6 years old. Beware that it’s heavy stuff but at the end of the day, having endured and persevered such trying circumstances helped shape the perspective I have today. Whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, right? Well, I can personally attest to that! 

What it’s Like to Move to the US

Any kind of change, especially moving, can be daunting and a challenge. I wrote this short story to reflect on my experience as I attended an American suburban middle school for the first time ever. I think of this story as a snippet into culture shock setting in as I had been in the States for about a month. 

Why You Should Think More About Death

Earlier this week, I wrote about the meaning behind the upcoming Día de los Muertos holiday. To further explore the theme of death and transcendence, I bare a part of my soul to give you a glimpse into the inner workings of my mind with this short story. The story is from the viewpoint of a 6 year old me, doing what Alan Watts urges us to do in the above quote, acknowledging immortality. After all, I tend to prefer abstract thought and find philosophical concepts and questions highly appealing. Before you read on, understand that I now live a fuller life because of this specific dark and somewhat morbid contemplation. Ever since this incident, I have been and still am on a quest to find meaning and lead a life full of purpose with the goal of leaving behind a memorable legacy.