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Kathleen

Wander with wonder

  • museums
  • nagano
  • kyoto
  • kimono
  • life is good
  • ueno
  • nikko

And so as promised, today we’ll take a look at my Statement Shirt part 2 entry: Life is good.

Disclaimer: Greys make me look sallow. Thus, you won’t see me wearing this shirt anywhere else other than the gym. Quite unflattering.

Here’s a video of some workmates breathing the good in ‘Life is good.’ I hope this will suffice as a better introductory visual.

#lifeisgood @guesthouse_lamp #nagano #japan @mba_cebu

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Life, to me, has been both trivial and profound in 2017. Would I dare declare life is good?  Indeed, the simplest words make the most thought-provoking questions.

Let’s check on the zeitgeist of the last quarter of my 2017 to help answer that.

 

Exercising the faculty to perceive beauty in art and nature.

Each museum in Ueno is rich in symbolism.

Even a stair, no matter how mundane it may seem, is rich in allegory

Nature gladly obliged to become my aesthetic.

 

Immersing in a new culture

Would you believe the history geek in me was apprehensive to even smile when this shot was taken? I was, after all, on sacred grounds and was told wearing a kimono entails to act with elegance and not to be overly friendly. Plus, cultural appropriation is an unresolved social issue.  Thank you Logan Paul and Katy Perry. More about culture on my next post.

Meeting people

I find it truly attractive when a person has the ability to articulate his or her desires and feelings in a concrete way.  I owe Mr. Go and his revolutionary thinking awe. Who better than LIG’s boss to teach you about optimism. #lifementor

#lifeisgood when you’ve got bosses as cool as @mrn106 and @gosan

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Look, the universe tried its best to be gracious towards me. Yet, all these don’t necessarily guarantee a good life.  Others may even find them mere superficial joy.  Alert: Kathleen is cold water dousing you: she’s no life is good advocate.

 

Truth is I don’t take myself that seriously. Take these photos as evidences.

Kath’s post existential crisis look.

 

Whilst this is Kath on crisis (mostly because of skin breakouts)

 

You see, I look the same. I just continue as if things were normal like a drone on autopilot.

Life WAS good to me. All the time? Definitely not. I say this bluntly. I’m not upset by this; nor am I angry. It’s a statement of fact. My life is drifting by most measures of life. And life should be unapologetic. It’s not life’s fault for it has something to do with my poor risk appetite. I never followed through with my plans because there was always an excuse available- whether that be lack of resources, time, will or energy. So to speak, I was a mediocre to life’s vicissitudes- I lacked the sense of wonder to life’s wonders.

Simply put it as a disservice to life’s generosity. Here’s a list:

1. I didn’t bother to take a closer look at the display in a calligraphy museum. Kanji is so alien to me.

2. I wish I had eaten more apples in Nagano.

3. I only donned that kimono  for 3 hours. The hefty price I’ve forked out should have been an enough motivation to wear it for a day. But no. I gave in to the cold. I know better now, of course. Autumn could never be as unkind as Winter.

4. Zombie days when I could not get up from bed…without a second thought, I would skip going to the gym.

 

I had to find ways to pivot after self-diagnosing this settling complex (as evidenced by the satisfaction of getting a moment photographed)

She who loves to #twirl

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Pivot literally. Humor me.

Here, then, are the baby steps I have taken towards a better life:

1. Arriving at work 2 hours earlier than the call time. Mostly to avoid awkward social interactions. HAHA. Don’t pretend like you didn’t know I’ve always been an introvert.

2. Experimenting in the kitchen when no one’s looking. I am yet to become a kitchen fairy. Shame.

3. Taking Japanese language classes twice a week. The morning person in me mandates to make the most of the time before my beloved work commences. All thanks to Marina’s encouragement and support.

#karagenki just being honest

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4. Investing on skin care products because climate change is flat out cruel. Aging doesn’t help either.

@kiehlsjp to the rescue! #kiehlsjapan #kiehlsharajuku #harajuku

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Let’s see where life takes me from here * wink wink

When life presents itself as GOOD to you,  always strive to make it BETTER. Remember that self-destruction is optional. Please don’t fall into the same trap. Take the high road and ask yourself-  did I make the most out of life’s goodness?