good intentions are not enough

9 10 2009

So unless you’ve been living under a rock or have been busy helping NASA bomb the moon today, you should know that the Obamster has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Isn’t it amazing how the world seems to just be going down that downward spiral faster and faster these days? Personally, I’m loving all the commentary I’m hearing online, offline, on screen, on everywhere…nothing better than controversy that’s powerful enough to rile up the masses!

But seriously now, what’s going on here? Last time I checked, to win the Peace Prize, a person had to a) do the best work to encourage fraternity between nations b) abolish or reduce standing armies and c) hold and promote peace congresses. And so, Obama won the Peace Prize because? Because he’s the commander-in-chief of three wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan and two other lower-scale ones in Africa and the Philippines? Because he’s given plenty of lofty speeches full of equally lofty promises? Because he’s apologized for America around the world? Because it is his fervent hope that peace will be achieved one day? Oh right! How could I have overlooked that?

But now there’s talk that he was awarded the prize not because of his actual accomplishments or achievements but rather to spur on and motivate his determination for peace. So now we’re awarding prizes to individuals who might do something in the future? Roiiight then…like my title says, good intentions are not enough. If it were, I could write a whole list of people who would be eligible for the prize (myself included). Everyone hopes for peace, everyone has good intentions, but the mere intention does not merit an award. All words and no action is undeserving of an award of such calibre (well, I guess that calibre is questionable now…)

And if this is a means by which to encourage him and motivate him, does the Nobel Committee actually think that it’s helping his cause? If anything, it’s hurt him…there’s backlash everywhere. And a lot of that backlash is and will be toward him, not to the people who awarded it to him. If anything, it merely highlights and reminds everyone just how little he’s done during his time as president.

But hey, I gotta give props where props are due! Obama has once again shown the world that you can do anything if you have the ‘audacity of hope’! Heck, he didn’t even hope to win the prize, and he still got it!…so for all us aspiring Nobel Peace Prize winners, can we do it? Yes We Can!



25 08 2009

If I get this internship, I will honestly die of happiness. I haven’t wanted anything so bad like this in soooooo long! The job is absolutely perfect for me and it would just really set me towards the direction I’ve always been dreaming about. Oh please, oh please! I want this so bad! I’m keeping my fingers crossed!

AHHHHHH! I’m melting in anxiety and excitement!


23 08 2009

Snapshots of Europe keep randomly appearing in my mind and when it happens, I’m shaken. The feeling is gripping and a whole wave of emotions comes over me. I’m sad but grateful…and there’s this huge yearning inside of me. This longing to go back and to relive each moment again. I never thought that this trip would have such an effect on me. Yes, I knew it’d be an “experience of a lifetime”…that it’d be like nothing I’ve ever experienced before…but prior to takeoff, those were all just abstract words people kept repeating to me. And yes, I knew I’d be different…that everything would be different. But this? This is something else. The feeling is profound. It’s like I’m in this sort of limbo right now. I’ve experienced greatness and I know that there’s still more to come and yet, right now…there’s this kind of lull. And this feeling of restlessness grips me to the point of paralysis…

the doldrums

24 07 2009

It’s hard going back to the relatively dull suburbia after traveling Central Europe. I mean, you can hardly really compare the two vastly different places. I feel so indifferent and uninterested in what’s going on around here and I seriously miss the gorgeous sites, the independence, the people, and believe it or not, our decrepit little dorm room. It’s like I’ve seen greatness and now I’m back to…well, Markham.

I’m deep in a funk. Someone get me out.

one thing

16 05 2009

This is it, people! Leaving for the airport in a little bit…the next time you’ll be hearing from me, I’ll be in Brno, Czech Republic!

Baz Luhrmann says, do one thing everyday that scares you. So here goes!


13 05 2009

Staring at the blank page before you
Open up the dirty window
Let the sun illuminate the words
That you could not find
Reaching for something in the distance
So close you can almost taste it
Release your inhibitions

Feel the rain on your skin
No one else can feel it for you
Only you can let it in
No one else, no one else
Can speak the words on your lips
Drench yourself in words unspoken
Live your life with arms wide open
Today is where your book begins
The rest is still unwritten, yeah


Love, love, love this song and absolutely love, love, love the lyrics even more! Chose it cuz it pretty much sums up where I am now and where I’m headed. The past couple of months have been tumultuous, to say the least. And I am more than ready and eager to shake off the baggage that is now the past and start something new, something fresh. It has often been said, from adversity comes greatness….and when better to start this highly renowned path to greatness than now? After all, there is no day but today, n’est pas?

And how fitting is it that in three days, I’ll be shipped out of the good ol’  T Dot to the Czech Republic, a completely foreign country with complete strangers? Perfect setting to start, if you ask me. My first time away from home, family, friends, and basically everything I know. So I say, out with the familiar and into the unknown! It’s exciting and terrifying all at the same time…can’t help but think of all the new people I’ll meet and the places I’ll see. Oh, the places I’ll go!

And so as my big brother once advised (and yes Po, you got a shout on my first post…Waddup!), you gotta dive into the deep end and make a BIG, BIG SPLASH. So I’m off to the deep end…hope you’re all ready to get soaked!