Life, Stories, Works & Research

“Keep searching and trying. Till it finds you…

I have been keeping that « uniform » of mine for 10 years. You know the MSF T-shirt, the kaki pants and the Dr. Martens… I would move across continents and take them with me, even if my job didn’t require them. That was some clutter that I couldn’t let go. They represented my 生き甲斐 ikigai: my purpose for living, my reason for being and why I would get up in the morning. I was telling myself: « No matter how hard, how obscure this path gets, just keep exploring. Don’t give up. Keep searching and trying. Till it finds you. »
Your ikigai might change over time, and it’s okay. One day, all your detours, your moments of immense solitude, your soul searching will make sense. Let life unfold for you, one step, one day at a time. 加油!
Photo: courtesy of Jungsil Song.
MSF logistics team in Aweil, South Sudan 🇸🇸.

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Life, Love

There was nothing wrong about you. You didn’t attract the wrong guys.
You lived the love stories that you needed to live, to learn to love yourself more. You learnt that there was more waiting for you, even if you didn’t believe so at the time. You learnt that you didn’t have to settle for less than you deserve.
We don’t leave people because we don’t love them anymore.
We leave them because staying together becomes too painful. We realise that we have outgrown the relationship. In the end, we simply learn to love ourselves more.
Life will give you many opportunities to love and love even more. Simply, because you can.

– Ruoxiang Chau
Analects, to A.
Reviewed with the loving eyes of Gabby Gabriel.

There was nothing wrong about you…

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Life, Love, Quotes

“You deserve a life full of love, happiness and magic. But to get there, you need to believe in it too. Believe in yourself and believe that there is good in the world. And when you finally do, it will come to you. And you will realise that it’s been there all along. You’ve just decided to open your eyes to see it for what it was.”

– Phoebe Garnsworthy

You deserve a life full of love…

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Life, Works & Research

Some days are made for climbing trees …

Some days are made for climbing trees. My friend RJ says that Oki Alexander trains now, so he can climb trees with his grandkids. I love this spirit.
May you keep your heart light and let your inner child fill your life with these little wonders.

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Life, Quotes

“Travel isn’t always pretty…

“Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind.”

— Anthony Bourdain

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Life, Quotes

“Never forget that you are one of a kind. Never forget that if there weren’t any need for you in all your uniqueness to be on this earth, you wouldn’t be here in the first place. And never forget, no matter how overwhelming life’s challenges and problems seem to be, that one person can make a difference in the world. In fact, it is always because of one person that all the changes that matter in the world come about. So be that one person. ”

― R. Buckminster Fuller

“Never forget that you are one of a kind…

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Life, Quotes

“Once upon a time, there was a wise man…

“Once upon a time, there was a wise man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing. He had a habit of walking on the beach before he began his work.

One day, as he was walking along the shore, he looked down the beach and saw a human figure moving like a dancer. He smiled to himself at the thought of someone who would dance to the day, and so, he walked faster to catch up.

As he got closer, he noticed that the figure was that of a young man, and that what he was doing was not dancing at all. The young man was reaching down to the shore, picking up small objects, and throwing them into the ocean.

He came closer still and called out “Good morning! May I ask what it is that you are doing?”

The young man paused, looked up, and replied “Throwing starfish into the ocean.”

“I must ask, then, why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?” asked the somewhat startled wise man.

To this, the young man replied, “The sun is up and the tide is going out. If I don’t throw them in, they’ll die.”

Upon hearing this, the wise man commented, “But, young man, do you not realize that there are miles and miles of beach and there are starfish all along every mile? You can’t possibly make a difference!”

At this, the young man bent down, picked up yet another starfish, and threw it into the ocean. As it met the water, he said,
“It made a difference for that one.”
― Loren Eiseley

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