The Perfect Morning

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The gentle breeze of the ocean air fused with the gentle calm of the waves signals it's time to wake up. There is no alarm clock—it just feels natural to wake up to chase the light of day. Excitement starts to brew to another day of adventure—another day of living. 

And as I go deeper into a meditative state of the mind, I'm just so appreciative of this "perfect day" that is to come. A conflated mind layered with traffic jams of ideas begins to converge into a narrow road...leading to pure silence. It's time to wake up, smell the coffee, and go out for my morning run. 

Daylight is creeping up with the ocean to my left and the mountains to my right. No music is necessary as the orchestra is playing in the background surrounding me—children laughing and peddling their bicycles towards school, the ocean waves beating against the battered rocks in unison, and the angelic sound of nature.

ZzzzzZzz! A cold shower! It's been a tradition, and it's my perfect way to start the day off. And even after years of cold showers, you can never get old of that instant rush of chilling frost over your warm body. Goosebumps. That feeling when you know you're alive and human. Goosebumps turn into smiles, and you realize your day has started. It's time to live. 

By 2050, 80% of marriages will come from online dating

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Did I scare you?

Well, I just made up a catchy title, but it could very well be the truth in 30 years. Today, 1/3rd of all marriages come from online dating...who's to say it won't be 80% by 2050?

If you haven't read Aziz Ansari's Modern Romance, I suggest you don't. It may very well scare you find that we are all turning into robots programmed to swipe left and right. But it does provide some interesting insights into modern day dating told by a comedian and backed up with research from a real sociologist. 

Why do millennials never answer their phones?

"Phones calls suck and they give me anxiety."

And sadly, that has become truer and truer over the years. Weakass millennials.

And the biggest problem of all may be analysis paralysis. Back in the day, you most likely married your neighbor even she wasn't a perfect 10. You simply had no choice. But now? Too many goddamn millennials think they're God and have the hope to conjure up the next goddess with a swipe of their thumb. And then you end up texting with ten people and sadly end up with 0. 

Modern day dating =)

On eating healthy...

Feeeeeeed Meeeeee

Feeeeeeed Meeeeee

Trying to eat healthy...oh I'd rather try Mt. Everest.

Speaking of New Year resolutions and breakthroughs, I am still waiting for that one pill where we can swallow to be able to snack on endless In-N-Out animal fries while still maintaining that 8-pack. I guess science hasn't caught up with technology yet.

But looking back to the times when I ate healthily, slept dreamily, and exercised vigorously...I' felt like Superman.

Current state:

Exercising vigorously? Check

Sleeping dreamily? Half-check

Eating healthily? 1/3rds-check

2018 is off to a fantastic start!

My 2018 Reading List

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Here it is...52 books in 52 weeks (wish me luck):

  1. The Sympathizer
  2. A Walk in the Woods
  3. Autobiography of Malcolm X
  4. Sapiens
  5. The Everything Store
  6. Tao Te Ching
  7. Brain Rules
  8. Art of Learning
  9. Atlas Shrugged
  10. On Writing Well
  11. Checklist Manifesto
  12. How to Talk to Anyone
  13. Total Recall
  14. The Compound Effect
  15. Personal MBA
  16. Turning Pro
  17. The Wisdom of Crowds
  18. Principles
  19. The Dip
  20. How to Fail at Almost Everything
  21. The Road Less Traveled
  22. The Culture Code
  23. A River in Darkness
  24. The Kindness in Strangers
  25. The Journey in Between
  26. On the Road
  27. Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man
  28. In a Sunburned Country
  29. The Power of Myth
  30. Radical Acceptance
  31. Tiny Beautiful Things

(to be continued)