2Cellos – Hurt

Every time I come across musically talented people on YouTube, it makes me question my actual connection with music. I know that I love music. If I could live the rest of my life investing in music, I think I would. But when I see extremely talented people on YouTube who have perfect pitch or a fantastic play-by-ear talent, I get discouraged. I question if I am really as musically inclined as I think I am.
But all that changes every time I watch a 2Cellos video. The amount of emotion, effort, and genuineness they put into every cover, performance, and video makes me realize that it isn’t all about the talent. Granted, the duo has an exuding amount of talent that is almost impossible to match, but it reminds me that music isn’t just about the talent. Music is about the emotions invoked and thoughts provoked. Music is about the how you interpret the melody. Music is about so many things besides the talent, and that is what makes my love for it flourish even more.
Even without lyrics, music is a common language among anyone in the world, and I think that is by far the most beautiful concept in life.


Obstacles of Love

“Being rich is an obstacle to loving. When you are rich, you want to continue to be rich, and so you end up devoting all your time, all your energy, in your daily life to stay rich.”

– Thich Nhat Hanh


Lately, I’ve been on this Nujabes kick with it being exam week and all. I haven’t been stressed out, but I’m definitely losing it a little bit since I’ve been up till 4 studying for each of my exams. Mind you, I was diagnosed with insomnia almost 7 years ago and I’ve been coping with it since, but it sucks when I’m spending more than the 24 hours given in a day to study for an exam that I have yet to find hope to pass. Phew – it has been a rough 2 weeks, but exams are almost over! I have my last one today and I’m going to go out with a bang.
Yay for being an insomniac pre-med student. I was prepared for my torturous all-nighters before I even got into college, haha. Anyways, hope everyone’s October is going well and that you continue to find reasons to be compassionate to those around you.

ps. Hope you enjoy the song! It’s one of my all time favorites by Nujabes.

Inner Awareness

“We all want to live a happy life and have a right to do so, whether through work or spiritual practice. I’m subject to destructive emotions like anger and jealousy the same as you, but we all have potential for good too. However, our existing education system is oriented towards material development; neglecting inner values. Consequently we lack a clear awareness of the inner values that are the basis of a happy life.”

– Dalai Lama