Faith, Life & Reflections

To: Wendy of 2016

Dear Wendy, twenty-sixteen will be a year of unexpected revelations.

But before you start straining for what’s ahead, I want you to pause and remember something with me–after all, it’s fresher in your memory than in mine. Continue reading

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Faith, Life & Reflections

I Have Depression and This Is What I Want You to Know

I never thought that I would have depression.

It seemed like something only strangers had. Even when a close friend of mine struggled with depression a few years ago, I couldn’t relate to what she was going through. I just thought of it as a really low period some people had and would eventually get out of, if only they tried hard enough.

Depression was a faraway concept, and “depressed” was a word I used casually when I felt particularly sad. I didn’t understand depression—until it happened to me. Continue reading

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Bhutan, Life & Reflections

Can You Really Travel to Find Yourself?

I used to consider traveling and its accompanying “find yourself” mantra overrated.

In the 2010 American romantic movie Eat Pray Love, the protagonist, a divorcee, escapes from her daily life in which she feels lost and confused, to “exotic” lands like India, where she finds inner peace and learns to love herself (as well as another man). I’ve always found the logic behind this movie problematic. The idea that one can simply run away from problems to lead a more carefree lifestyle, and return with everything somehow magically resolved is not how life works. Continue reading

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Life & Reflections

Thanksgivings for Twenty-Fifteen

Twenty-fifteen was a year of many first’s.

This goes without saying for most if not all of us, but 2015 holds a particular resonance for me. It was a year of first’s laced with joy and threaded with pain–some reminisced with a soft smile and a wistful sigh, others remembered with downcast eyes and knitted brow.

These were my most memorable first’s of 2015. Continue reading

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Life & Reflections

On Cherishing Vulnerability & Other Musings

A few months ago, I spent an afternoon interviewing Pam and Rachel, two of the founders behind a dinner picnic initiative, Hygge, for a YMI article I was writing.

During our interview, Pam recounted an incident in which a guest had shared something a little ‘too personal’. The others at the picnic didn’t know how to respond, so they just awkwardly changed the subject.

“Not many people know how to handle vulnerability, but that’s always something we try to push, because we think that’s something very precious,” she had said.

This struck me. How could vulnerability be something precious? Continue reading

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