09 August 2016

Da wha in da where?

Oh man August, you are brutal. But I love it. Well, it finally happened, after 6 or 7 or 8 years of working in the summer heat. I have finally come of age where I can no longer tolerate it (or no longer find the reason to tolerate it) and have become one of the many earth-shattering people who live in an air conditioned room and work there. The good news is, no birds are killed since they're all long gone and the better news is, now that I'm working with this, I'm super duper focused. Also, spotify has decided to add a "Gaming" genre with game OST's which is awesome, I just wish they'd get the Quake and Doom sound tracks, that would make life easier (even though I have the audio files... )

So things have been crazy as usual but nowadays, I'm learning to appreciate things like allowing myself to enjoy for a change. I'm also learning to draw the line better in other word, realizing that sometimes even though I can, I shouldn't. Like, work never stops and sometimes you just have to realize that and do what you want instead. I know it's easier said than done (boy do I  know that) but hey, it's a start.

Oh I've also been working on my hand-stand and after 2 lessons, I get the concepts, very cool and I'm getting there. I still need the wall but after I realized that it's all about using your hands to control yourself while keeping the rest of your body stiff as a stick, it's just a matter of practicing all the time. The cool thing is now that I get it, it's way more fun and I understand the direction I have to head. 1 more class and I'm on my own with practice and hopefully by September I'll get back to my olympic lifting sessions. Been a while but I've been working hard on strengthening my shoulders, scapula and opening up my torso.

Speaking of opening up, I recently was invited to be a guest speaker at a teenage center and it was so much fun because I got to talk with younger people and hear about what they're thinking and the struggles they're facing, man I so remember when I was in their shoes. And it's good to be able to share with them what I've gone through and am still going through so they realize it's not a matter of "oh but he's different". The cool thing is I felt young, the bad thing is I felt old at the same time. While everyone was all Pokemon-Go this and that, I was like "man, it's hard to even keep up with facebook" ahahah... oh man, it's just a matter of time before I become the grumpy old man I feel I almost already am.

Anyway, here's to a fantastic next 10 days. The year is shaping up to be a kick ass year, so much has changed, so much has improved and I can only hope that so much more goodness happens.

OK I know, I know, think positive. Well right now, thanks to yesterday being leg day (and having a good workout), my legs are sore and I am totally dreading walking up the slope home. 1st world problems suck.


Anonymous Alistair said...

Stop mentioning Facebook or Twitter. Use Snapchat, Instagram, maybe Viber and Telegram.

16 August, 2016 09:20  
Blogger Vivek Mahbubani said...

Lol. This is where my age really shows....
Going to experiment with those on my cruise gig next week :)

16 August, 2016 11:35  
Blogger Daniel K said...

Hey man, I just violated and referred the patient Vivek from Taiwan to go see your show, and another Indian visiting HK from Sydney... let's see if they show up! In healthcare terms, I referred them to another professional for real medicine: laughter! So... what am I missing out by not being on Facebook?

16 August, 2016 19:50  
Blogger Vivek Mahbubani said...

Daniel, you mean you suggested they try "alternative medicine"? :P

I think the main thing you're missing out are all the hours spent scrolling through your news feed to watch random videos of random things. A very meditative experience when your brain is fried....otherwise, I guess you're missing out on people liking your status?

17 August, 2016 11:22  
Blogger Daniel K said...

yes, I like the way you put it as "alternative medicine"! The real medicine actually prolongs life and might even give worse quality of life! The sad fact is none of us are going to make it out of this world alive so why not laugh. In other news, I am treating my drug stations as a comedy testing ground, so far it's working! BUT! I'm studying :( maybe I'll just have to concoct the best ideas and brew them and 执好晒 (damn simplified Chinese update) before I get on stage! Why not use and abuse the stage at work! Laughter is great, it makes work so much more rewarding given how morbid it gets!

24 August, 2016 16:35  
Blogger Vivek Mahbubani said...

ahahaha true, I sometimes try new bits or ideas I'm working on at other random places other than open mic nights, like if I get a student interview, I might mention this bit and see their initial reaction, or even slip it in between 2 strong bits in a show, just to keep things exciting for me.

I have to tell people, no matter what you do, even if its something you totally enjoy, you always hit a point where you need something different to keep things fun, otherwise you end up losing your mind if you just "work".

25 August, 2016 16:15  

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