Archives for the month of: July, 2012

I did it. After spending most of the summer in Jordan talking about it, I finally bought a longboard. I gave it a try today, and it was a fantastic experience! Despite some falls (why would I lie?), I have yet to be dissuaded from reaching my goal. In fact, I think I’ve been doing really well! It was near-indescribable. Much like sand boarding down a massive sand dune this summer, I was filled with this feeling of freedom as I glided down the road. If this experience has taught me anything, I think everybody should take some time to try something new. Let me re-phrase that. If this experience has reinforced anything, it’s the importance of spontaneity, stimulating and fulfilling curiosity, and overcoming adversity/challenge. It doesn’t have to be anything extreme or outlandish. It could be simply going to a restaurant that you pass by every day on your way to work. That shop that you’ve always wondered about. That genre of music that has always sparked a bit of curiosity. TRY SOMETHING NEW!

As a side note, I also tried tennis. My dad has been playing for over 20 years and offered to teach me. How could I say no?! It was really fun (I’m just glad that I’ve been playing squash for over 4 years) and I will definitely be playing more.

– Daniel


Many, including myself, can be in a constant state of happiness while staying within the bounds of our usual activities. But reading Gretchen Rubin’s thoughts on novelty and challenge made me think. Despite being a pretty happy guy, could I be even happier if I break free from the usual? Would this be an important step along my happiness project journey? Indeed, in attempting to compile and complete my list of 100 things I want to do before I die, I’ve certainly tried many new things. As a side note, people often ask me what I plan on doing once I complete everything on my list. My answer is always simple. I’ll write another 100 things. See the thing is, it isn’t about actually finishing the list. It’s about the process of attaining a goal that is meaningful and stimulates self-reflection.One of my favorite TV shows to come out of the spring 2012 season is Touch (look it yup, you won’t be disappointed). In the 11th episode of season one, a character (Jake) notes that “it’s possible to break free even after years of circling the same waters”. I have come to realize that this is absolutely true. While not trapped, we tend to forget about all of the amazing possibilities provided by the world outside of our comfort zones. Albert Einstein once said that “in the middle of difficulty lies opportunity”. Trying something new may be challenging, but the process of learning and achieving brings a type of happiness unfelt by one content in the “comfort zone”. In May I had the opportunity to go sand boarding in Wadi Rum, one of my favorite places on this planet. Riding down that sand dune was an amazing experience; a freedom that I hadn’t felt before. I want to feel that again. I want more. That’s why I’m buying a longboard (the closest thing I can get to that feeling in Toronto) once I get my next paycheque and completing #13 on my list – learn how to longboard.

“The days are long, but the years are short” – Gretchen Rubin

– Daniel

For those of you who may know me, perhaps not my few close friends; I have a hard time dealing with anger and frustration. I’m known to have a short fuse. But per Gretchen Rubin’s “act the way I want to feel” I am generally in a very good mood. I hate to let my negative emotions dampen the lives of others. But I’m still human, and anger and frustration can sometimes take over. And that sucks. Stress? Although we all experience it, I certainly have a lot of stress in my life (thank you anxiety disorder). Correction – via a lot of self-reflection, I have come to learn that those with anxiety disorders have the same amount of stress and anxiety as everyone else. We just allocate a lot more of our energy to mediating these experiences. But as debilitating as it can be for me, self-reflection has really helped me manage my stress. Anger, on the other hand, is something that I have yet to gain mastery over. Incompetence (particularly those whom I have to work with), laziness, and the inability – although these are all things that even I may display from time to time, I can’t help but allow them to make me angry. How should I mediate this? Acception? Distraction? Only time will tell. What I do know is that holding onto anger is wrong. It’s an emotion that must be processed. The key to dealing with anger? Perhaps it’s surrounding myself with things that make me happy?  Time will tell.

– Daniel