The Day After the End of Time

Self

It was December 21, 2012. I woke up at the dusk of dawn hyperventilating from a nightmare, my body aching with shooting pains accompanied by the sensation of my brain throbbing against my skull. Apart from my own discomfort, something was terribly wrong and my conscience was not permitting me to believe otherwise. The city of Los Angeles was in turmoil knowing all the prophecies of doomsday associated with the date 12.21.12 but my family did not raise me to believe in such notions. I was a firm believer in science. Then why was I feeling this way?

I went about my normal day trying to remain oblivious to the local gossip, refusing to worry about something I knew was not going to happen. The more I went along with this attitude, the stranger the events seemed to me. At noon, I could hear the tides of the Hermosa beach in front of my home crashing vigorously as the ground began to tremble and break in ripples like an unsteady pond. My parents and younger sister began shrieking my name. Our first instinct was to bolt outside before our abode crumbled to pieces on us. Upon reaching the beach, we met with a tide higher than anything I had ever seen, enveloping us with a shadow so dark as if it were about to consume us. My family and I held hands and prayed. Whatever happened, we would be in it together. We thought there was no possible measure we could take, but to wait for the colossal tsunami to hit us while we still had our dignity and solidarity.

I knew what was about to happen. This was no ordinary earthquake on the San Andreas fault. The Mayans were right about their Mayan Long Count calendar and I was a fool. This was the last earthquake, larger than any Richter scale could measure. This ‘earthquake’ would wipe out all life forms as we knew it. But this didn’t happen quite as it should have. Here I am telling you my story. My family and others somehow managed to make it out safely. No life would be worth living without them, and they are my saviors.

We are survivors.

Hello, Hola, Salut, Kon’nichiwa

Self

If I were to choose a superpower among these three choices:

  • the ability to speak and understand any language
  • the ability to travel through time
  • the ability to make any two people agree with each other

It would have to be the ability to speak and understand any language. Why?

We live in a diverse and globalized world. Every profession deals with communicating with people from varied backgrounds, be it serving customers or settling business deals abroad. The ability to understand another human from a different country than you is great. I sometimes struggle to comprehend what my foreign professors are saying but I wish that the language barrier was not so wide. Hence, my adoration for polyglots.

Now why did I not choose to travel through time or make any two people agree with each other?

If I attain the ability to perform time travel and alter history, when something bad happens, I would feel like the duty is solely mine to make things right. Every event creates a domino effect, changing the future drastically. Who knows, changing something in the past may lead to you or me not even existing right now. Preventing something as terrible as the Holocaust could have potentially lead to something worse down the line. It’s like the movie Project Almanac. Saving one friend’s life could potentially threaten another’s. In my opinion, things happen for a reason so there is no need to play God.

Here is an amazing Twilight Zone episode related to time travel.

As far as making people agree, we have our own minds and are capable of deciding for ourselves what we wish to believe. The reason why we meet different people is to understand their points of view. Don’t be embarrassed if others don’t agree with your viewpoint. We must defend our ideologies and also open up our minds to welcome new information. If everyone had the same thoughts on everything, then why bother socializing? There would be no difference between us and robots. Then we would have no presidential election because the vote would be unanimous anyway. Difference is good and sometimes we just have to agree to disagree. That is the beauty of individuality.

Today’s post was inspired by the prompt: “If you’re like most of us, you need to earn money by working for a living. Describe your ultimate job. If you’re in your dream job, tell us all about it — what is it that you love? What fulfills you? If you’re not in your dream job, describe for us what your ultimate job would be.”

If you could choose a dream job or lifestyle , what would it be and why? Let me know in the comments below!

The Path Unknown

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The Path Unknown

There was a road I longed to tread, with

Rotten leaves and words unsaid.

Unknown to all where this path leads,

Sanguine I stay, must trust my creed.

This hope shall lead my heart back home.

My joy subdues the more this body roams, but

Enchanted that my curiosity was fed.

Today’s post was inspired by the Daily Prompt: Fork

Living the Dream

Lifestyle, Self

If money was not an object, what would I do? Who would I be? What would I aspire for?

If money was not an object, I would aspire to start my own successful hotel franchise, Farihah Hotels. I would also want to be journalist, actress, and UN ambassador. I would want to the world would be my palace so I could go on mission trips to benefit those around me. I would donate a large fraction of my earnings to the poor and to the research of developing cures for diseases. My home would be a simple one, as long as I have a loving family to cherish it with. I would live in a scenic and serene area not too close to the city, but not too secluded from society.

Unfortunately, money plays a considerable role in our daily lives so I do have to think practically when if comes to pursuing my dreams. That doesn’t mean I won’t shoot for the stars, because I know I was meant to fly. Believe in yourself.

Need a little motivation? Check out the motivational video for the week here

Today’s post was inspired by The Daily Prompt: Money for Nothing. “If you’re like most of us, you need to earn money by working for a living. Describe your ultimate job. If you’re in your dream job, tell us all about it — what is it that you love? What fulfills you? If you’re not in your dream job, describe for us what your ultimate job would be.” If you could choose a dream job or lifestyle , what would it be and why? Let me know in the comments below!

 

Hello, Hola, Salut, Kon’nichiwa

Self

If I were to choose a superpower among these three choices:

  • the ability to speak and understand any language
  • the ability to travel through time
  • the ability to make any two people agree with each other

It would have to be the ability to speak and understand any language. Why?

We live in a diverse and globalized world. Every profession deals with communicating with people from varied backgrounds, be it serving customers or settling business deals abroad. The ability to understand another human from a different country than you is great. I sometimes struggle to comprehend what my foreign professors are saying but I wish that the language barrier was not so wide. Hence, my adoration for polyglots.

Now why did I not choose to travel through time or make any two people agree with each other?

If I attain the ability to perform time travel and alter history, when something bad happens, I would feel like the duty is solely mine to make things right. Every event creates a domino effect, changing the future drastically. Who knows, changing something in the past may lead to you or me not even existing right now. Preventing something as terrible as the Holocaust could have had lead to something worse down the line. It’s like the movie Project Almanac. Saving one friend’s life could potentially threaten another’s. In my opinion, things happen for a reason so there is no need to play God.

Here is an amazing Twilight Zone episode related to time travel.

As far as making people agree, we have our own minds and are capable of deciding for ourselves what we wish to believe. The reason why we meet different people is to understand their points of view. If everyone had the same thoughts on everything, then why bother socializing? There would be no difference between us and robots. Then we would have no presidential election because the vote would be unanimous anyway. Difference is good and sometimes we just have to agree to disagree. That is the beauty of individuality.

Today’s post was inspired by The Daily Prompt: A Bird, a Plane, You! “You get to choose one superpower. Pick one of these, and explain your choice: the ability to speak and understand any language, the ability to travel through time, or the ability to make any two people agree with each other.” If you could choose any of the superpowers, which would it be and why? Let me know in the comments below!

The Eighth Deadly Sin

Self

Ignorance. The root of all evils is fueled by the negligence to open up to the world around you and understand what makes society the way it is today. Living in the 21st century, technology has globalized ideas rapidly, making us all a more united population. It is our duty to seek information and knowledge to help us explore what kinds of people walk amongst us, their beliefs, cultures, backgrounds, and experiences. If we continue to stereotype and fail to escape the minuscule narrow cardboard box of a mind, then this world will never develop. Wars occur throughout countries based off of misunderstandings that no one thought to clear up. Innocent lives are lost, friendships die out, and bonds are already broken between you and people who you never even had the courage to speak to. Speak nothing about those who you do not understand. If one person from a particular faith does something outrageous, don’t assume. Dig deeper, search further… for the truth. Don’t rely on a rumor or a common assumed ideology. Ignorance kills. You can save us.

Today’s post was inspired by The Daily Prompt: The Eighth Sin. “Remember the seven cardinal sins? You’re given the serious task of adding a new one to the list — another trait or behavior you find particularly unacceptable, for whatever reason. What’s sin #8 for you? Why?” If it were up to you to pick an eighth deadly sin, what would it be and why? Let me know in the comments below!