To be a fitter me

When I started to jog, I can only run for 2km. And I was super tired. I told myself, man, I don’t have the stamina to jog or jogging/running related activities is not suitable for me. 

On good days, I ran 2km or 5 laps of running tracks. But I told myself to run at least 3 laps and don’t walk. 

I hardly able to go beyond that distance. Either shorter or just meet 2km nicely. 
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Is it wrong?

Doing the right thing doesn’t necessarily mean right.

Because as a doer we always think that what we do is the right thing.

Doing the wrong thing doesn’t necessarily mean wrong.
Sometimes you need to do wrong to realize what’s right.

That’s what my swimming coach told us last Wednesday. He explained when you’re in the water, it’s easy to lose the sense of direction and movement.

You need someone to help you to see and point where you do wrong.

Or need a coach or a mentor.

And here is the story behind it.

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Mission I’m Possible

My second attempt to a multisport event. The first one was Duathlon few months back. 

Swimming is my weakest. I trained a lot for this segment. But it’s still a long way to go. 

 
I was so nervous the day before the event. But in the end I pulled it through. I think, I just need to push my limit. 

  
Looking at my result, I feel accomplished that I was able to complete it. 

My friends told me to try the next category next year. Should I? 

Maybe I should. I started to like this sports. 

Lesson from life

Some people may give you hard times, but how you react to it it’s up to you. You may ponder why the other party behaves like that. And most of the times, it’s just a waste of energy. It’s either you accept them as they are or leave them.

The challenge is if you’re working with them for accomplishing a project as a volunteer (unlike in work environment where people has more commitment to it). But, I’ll take it as my fault because I made a decision to work with them.

This recent experience brings back my memories in my university time when I had to work with certain people for a school festival. It’s known that this person A is unwanted; most of the other team didn’t want A to be inside for many reasons. But, I saw some potential in A, so I decided to take A in. However, after trying with many different ways seems none of them is working. One of my best friend asked me whether I still saw the potential in A? My best friend thought that I was too positive, so I wasn’t realistically assessing A.

We finished the school festival and, to be honest, I couldn’t even remember who A was now. But the lesson learnt and my best friend remark remained.

Back to my current situation. This person, B, whom I worked with now was highly recommended by another friend. That friend told me that B has potential in this and that. I didn’t have many chances to work with B before but most of people are having same thought about B, that B has some issues. And, I decided to take B in. I thought the same when I took A in, those people can be wrong.

Apparently, I was wrong, again. We had big argument early this year and B denied all my attempts for having a good talk to sort things out.

So here are the 2 major points I learned:

  1. Not all has the chivalry to fight and move on. So, pick how are you going to deal with them.
  2. Regardless what are other people said or recommend, ask yourself if you’re going to regret the decision you made, if there is a slight no, trust it. It’s ok to miss the chance to work with the other party at that time because there will be better times to work with them at different time.

Lastly, one of my best friend used to mock me because I enjoy to be in a “fight”. I told my friend that when you’re having a fight with other party, you’ll know better the sides that usually not visible to people. I think I have at least a fight with my best friends (some of them are just small cat fights but I think I had few big ones haha) but we always manage to have a good talk and then move on. But I also have good friends which don’t have to go through a fight too. (hey I like peace)

Anyway, it’s just a way to learn more about other people. I’m not promoting violence, ha! 😀

Learn something, learn more

There is a saying, never too old to learn anything, and I think, it sinks well in my personality. Even though I’m not in school or actively studying as full time student anymore, I’m still learning new things every now and then. It leads from my curiosity on certain things. I will spend time to research on it, discuss it with friends, admire it, then I usually ask myself “Shall I take it more seriously? Like by taking lessons?” And most of the time the answer is “Let’s do it.”

There are some cases when I don’t pursue it any further after completing the basic level because I don’t have time or any other reason, for example learning Korean. Or I have to stop or pause doing my current interest in order to give me time to practice or make time for the newer one, for example taking photos.

One take away point from all the learning experiences is, I become more and more appreciate other people with their different skills. So, it’s like playing a game (I still like game simile) there are fighters, healers, supplies or others and they will work together as a team.

Although that if you see it from the other end, people with multiple skills are more stand out than the others. It depends on the person, doesn’t it?

So, if you have something that you want to do or learn for quite sometime, I’d encourage you to do it. Each of the learning will expand your horizon which will enrich your life too.

Older or wiser, you choose

This trip was special. I celebrated my birthday with new (close) friends, on another country adventuring. Hong Kong is the fourth country I have my birthday.

Birthday Cake

Usually on my birthday, my mom will cook mee-suah (面线) for me. It’s been a tradition in my family to eat noodles on our special occasion, such as birthday. Noodle means longevity by the way. Since I studied in Melbourne before, my mom can’t do it but she still asked me to make my own or at least I still eat it. So, it’s part of birthday routine I had many years.

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