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Lady from the Orient

i haven’t had much to say so i’m just here, hanging out behind the computer screen. things that didn’t concern me before seem to be more important lately, like my health. bummer. so for 2012, i gotta try harder to get healthy. actually, i’ve been hanging out on instagram these days via iphone. seriously, what an amazing phone. again, thank you steve jobs for creating products that change how we interact with the world.

oh and happy 2012 to all of you. get ready for the apocalypse.

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2011

i didn’t paint a whole lot this year. it’s okay though, i feel satisfied. maybe 2012 will bring some motivation back…or not. it doesn’t matter. i’ll paint at my own pace.

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you will always be…

a mere shadow of someone else, and the ones who walked the earth before you. someone you constantly took from, yet you yourself received all the praise and accolades for your unoriginality, always taking and never giving back anything of true value. while you might fool the masses, you are still transparent to those who truly know what lies beyond your physical appearance and projection of yourself to your so-called audience. we sit back in the shadows, among the sea of people and watch while those who once loved you will eventually despise you. familiarity breeds contempt.

Quotes from Steve Jobs

“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.”

“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.”

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.

… Stay hungry. Stay foolish.”
— Stanford University commencement address, June 2005.

The Rules For Being Human

I love forgetting about this and finding it again only to read that it’s still holds true:

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The Rules For Being Human
(article taken from a spiritual paper)

1. You Will Receive a Body.
You may like it or hate it, but it will be yours for the entire period this time round.

2. You Will Learn Your Lessons.
You are enrolled in a full-time informal school called Life. Each day in this school you will have an opportunity to learn lessons. You may like the lessons or think them irrelevant and stupid.

3. There Are no Mistakes, Only Lessons.
Growth is a process of trial and error: experimentation. The “failed” experiments are as much part of the process as the experiment that ultimately “works”.

4. A Lesson Is Repeated Until Learned.
A lesson will be presented to you in various forms until you have learned it. When you have learned it, you can then go on to the next lesson.

5. Learning Lessons Does Not End.
There is no part of life that does not contain its lessons. If you are alive, there are lessons to be learned.

6. “There” Is No Better Than “Here”.
When your “there” has become a “here”, you will simply obtain another “there” that will again look better than “here”.

7. Others Are Merely Mirrors Of You.
You cannot love or hate something about another person unless it reflects something you love or hate about yourself.

8. What You Make Of Your Life Is Up To You
You have all the tools and resources you need. What you do with them is up to you. The choice is yours.

9. Your Answers Lie Inside You.
The answers to Life’s questions lie inside you. All you need to do is look, listen and trust.

10. You Will Forget All This.

11. You Can Remember It Whenever You Want.

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Live in the now

i’m really trying but, i’ve been [sporadically] bored. i always find something to complain about, i hate that about myself. well at least i still have a job…