Be the decisive element.

John Wolfgang Goethe once wrote:

I have come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element. It is my personal approach that creates the climate. It is my daily mood that makes the weather. I possess tremendous power to make a life miserable or joyous. I can be a tool of torture, or an instrument of inspiration. I can humiliate or humor, hurt or heal. In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis will be escalated or de-escalated, and a person humanized or dehumanized. If we treat people as they are, we make them worse. If we treat people as they ought to be, we help them become what they are capable of becoming.

I try to live by these words and have found that they are true. You have incredible resources, time and influence, so use them. There may never be another time in your life when you have this kind of power, so exercise it to the fullest.

Pearls of Wisdom

In life, if we are blessed, we are given powerful moments in time to reflect, to contemplate, and to grow. I find myself at such a place. If there is anything that I might give to those who come behind me, it is the following pearls of wisdom:

  1. Know that each and every one of us has cause to be thankful.
  2. To give of oneself without considering how you will be rewarded.
  3. To do what is right even to your own peril.
  4. To be kind just because.
  5. To value each person’s experiences.
  6. Be willing to learn from others.
  7. Never stop dreaming.

And, never forget why you engage in important work. It is not for honor or fame; those things fade away. It is not money or compensation; those things are soon lost. But remember that you tire endlessly and give your all for the people. Your legacy is your work. Never forget it.

I don’t like cosplaying as a hobby.

While I was preparing for my Japanese studies as an incoming middle schooler, … I discovered cosplaying and a plethora of other Japanese stuff like anime, manga, gyaru (girl) style, visual kei style, …………

Anime and manga fans who cosplay – dress up as their favorite characters – were such “eye-candies” to me as a kid. The homemade or “professionally-made” costumes they wore were much more colorful, detailed, and unique compared to the Halloween costumes you’d see at your local party stores.

But soon after discovering the hobby, I realized that cosplaying is far from glamorous.

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Quick Thoughts: Media Literacy Should Be Taught To Children (and Parents)

Kids (and, surprisingly, babies) nowadays have their hands on smartphones, tablets, computers, and/or gaming systems with social media sharing. They’re exposed to much more information than I ever was when I was a kid! (I’m a post-millennial, by the way.)

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How I Imagine 2NE1’s Reunion (BLACKPINK & YG Family Concert)

2NE1 will probably reunite. I don’t know how soon, but it’ll probably happen for a YG Family Concert. And it’ll probably be one of the most popular “2nd gen.” K-Pop comebacks of that year.

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News Reporters and Journalists Definitely Need (More) Protection / Reaction to the Capital Gazette Attack

My initial reaction to the Capital Gazette shootings on June 28, 2018 (before the shooter was identified): “Is this a ‘Charlie Hebdo-like’ attack on American soil?” Yesterday (July 2), I saw the video below and was shocked to hear what Jim Cavanaugh said about the shooter: he was posting tweets about Charlie Hebdo (4:14).

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