Well here I am – on the internet once again. Things feel different though. More transparent. Setting aside any notions of patronizing superiority, what’s written on this blog aren’t the views of an individual hiding behind a pseudonym. They are the views and thoughts of someone who has opened up their life with this blog. It’s yours to read. That someone is me. These posts are records of lessons learned, heartache, loss, love, passion, and happiness. Therefore, they represent who I am and who I will become. We are dynamic organisms; constantly adapting to change. I can’t imagine a better way to document it than through this blog.

Tattooed on my inner right forearm is “Look to this day” from the Salutation to the Dawn by Kalidasa which serves as a foundation for how I perceive the world, how I interact with it, and how I live my life.  Writing has always been an outlet for me. A way to express myself and articulate my feelings when spoken word just doesn’t work. I’m not the best. I’m far from a iterary genius. But I enjoy it and it’s seemed to have worked it’s way into my professional and personal lives where I’ve written a monthly column for FutuReale Magazine, contributed to ROM Magazine, and blogged for the Royal Ontario Museum during my travels to Jordan as an archaeologist.  But personally, it’s a place for my thoughts and life lessons.

Indeed, I feel that I’ve been blessed with something special – the hunger to explore the world around me. Recent events in my life have prompted me to reevaluate what I want. Not from others, but from myself. What makes me tick? What makes me happy? What makes me sad? For as long as I can remember, mental anxiety has had a firm grip on me. Constantly in my thoughts, an antagonist heard only by me, it clung to me like a shadow. Therapy was a tremendous help. It provided me with a judgement free space to articulate my long suppressed feelings and provided me with the tools to take control. But I found myself wondering how I was going to go about answering these questions about myself. How was I going to take control of my life? How was I going to change myself for the better without losing what made me “Daniel”? I didn’t want to change who I was or what I was. I instead wanted to change how I felt and how I treated everything around me.

Then it clicked. March 16, 2012 marks the day that I became obsessed with getting the most out of life. The day that I decided it was time to man-up and make myself the better person I always dreamed of. Be it fate, destiny, coincidence, or supernatural forces, I somehow stumbled across Gretchin Rubin’s book The Happines Project. I instantly connected with the experiences she shared. Needless to say, it inspired me to start my own “happiness project”. In the simplest sense,  I decided to a year to try to become happier. I called it “(365) Days of Daniel”. Where will I be on March 16, 2013? Who knows. I certainly don’t, but I’m incredibly excited to see what a difference a year makes.

“Look to This Day” initially served as a way for me to document my progress. However, I now feel that it’s my responsibility to share what I’ve learned with the world. To continue sharing the lessons and wisdom that changed my life for the better. It’s a responsibility I’ve eagerly shouldered. At this very moment, Look to This Day has become a place where I hope others can find solace and inspiration. A starting point from which you can rebuild yourself from the ground up or a place to inspire those with the urge to do something with their lives. Very much I like did.

208451_543960548969575_163180437_nDaniel Kwan –> Archaeologist. Blogger. Food enthusiast. Geek. All around nice guy. Lost and seeking something NEW.

Look to this day. “For it is life, the very life of life. In its brief course lie all the verities and realities of your existence. The bliss of growth. The glory of action. The splendour of achievement. Are but experiences of time. For yesterday is but a dream and tomorrow is only a vision; and today well-lived, makes yesterday a dream of happiness and every tomorrow a vision of hope. Look well therefore to this day;such is the salutation to the ever-new dawn!” – Kalidasa