Why Books are Important

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Do you know why books are so important? Because good writers touch life often. The mediocre ones run a quick hand over her. The bad ones rape her and leave her for the flies. So now do you see why books are hated and feared? They show the pores in the face of life. The comfortable people want only wax moon faces, poreless, hairless and expressionless.”

- Faber, a character in Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 

Once you graduate from school it is hard to surround yourself with books. In college you literally had to read everyday because you were required to. But after your 4 years of education is exchanged with a single paper, a diploma you really have to determined to read or else you fall into the cycle of daily repetition of preparing for work, working and unwinding from work. Many people do this over and over again without giving little thought or perhaps they’re too busy doing those three.

But I know and believe in reading books. I am writing this blog and quoting Faber so that I can kick myself to read good books.Unfortunately I happen to encounter some shitty books which wasted my time. Maybe I can ask you readers to recommend some books that have touched your heart. Thanks.

If you can’t

Okinawa, Japan.

Okinawa, Japan.

 

If you can’t be positive, then at least be quiet.

If you think it can’t be done, then shut up so that people who are trying their best could do it. By the way you get no where by grumbling and complaining. At least be quiet just like the fishes in the aquarium. You don’t hear the fish complain do you? All you hear from them is “bubble, bubble, bubble.” A very powerful and a wise statement indeed. I like it better than your complaints.

 

Interesting girl #6

Zooey Deschanel

Zooey Deschanel

 

Perhaps it is true that we do not reallly exist until there is someone there to see us existing, we cannot properly speaK until there is someone there who can understand what we are saying, in eSsence, we are not wholly alive until we are loved.” 

- Alain de Button 

To be loved and to love is the greatest experience one could have during one’s life on earth. If a girl loves you, that is suffice. What more could you ask from her? Her love alone will be enough to bring Joy in your life. But the biggest joy comes when her joy becomes yours. The only thing you care about is to make her happy and loving. Then you are truly in love and that girl will be the most interesting girl you will meet on this planet.

 

아마 우리는 누군가가 우리의 존재를 몰라준다면 실제로 존재하고 있지 않다, 우리의 말을 이해하는 사람이 없다면 우리는 말조차도 안할 것이다, 그래서 우리는 근본적으로 사랑받고 있지 않다면 우리는 살아있지도 않다.

- 알렝 드 보통

사람이 살아가면서 가장 위대한 경험은 사랑을 받고 사랑하는 것이다. 어느 여자의 사랑을 받고 있다면 그거 하나로 충분하다. 더 이상 뭘 바라겠는가? 그녀의 사랑 하나로 당신의 삶의 기쁨을 안겨다 줄 것이다. 하지만 그것보다 더 큰 기쁨은 그녀의 행복이 당신의 행복이 될때에 비로서 그게 진정한 행복이고 기쁨이다. 그 이후로는 어떻게 하면 그녀를 행복하게 할까, 어떻게 하면 더 사랑해줄까 고민하기 시작하는 것이다. 만약 이런 상태라면 진정한 사랑을 하고 있고 더 이상의 관심 가는 여자는 필요 없을 것이다.

P.S. This is my last series on “Interesting girl.”  Thanks for reading.

 

(오늘은 내가 눈을 뜨고 꿈을 꾼 날)

Impossible is an opinion

 

Long ago I came across a quote from Adidas that goes like “Impossible is an opinion.” This has proved to be true. Let me give you an example.

I am athletic and yes I like running but I have never ran in a marathon. So in 2012, I signed up for my first half marathon. Before I ran the race, I never believed that I could actually finish the 21km race. For training, the most I ran is like 10km and the longest was for 45 minutes long. I practiced and practiced, I pushed myself to run for more than an hour but my body was defeated. So a couple of days before the race, it was almost impossible to see myself finish a race. I ran and I did finish it. My first record was 2:08 minutes.

So this year I took up the challenge once again. My goal was to best my previous record. Finish the race within 2 hours.

I did it again. I finished the race in 1:50 minutes.

2 races which I thought was impossible a couple of years ago but proved to be wrong. There are many goals that seems impossible, but I have learned that you have to go out and give it a shot. Most of the times, the impossible becomes the possible. And that experience will give you the confidence to conquer your next goal or the impossible.

Just do it.

 

My first half marathon record.

My first half marathon record.

경주 벚꽃 마라톤에서

경주 벚꽃 마라톤에서

나의 2번째 기록.

나의 2번째 기록.

 

생각의 차이

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위에 보이는 달력은 내가 당직을 스면서 발견한 어느 두 생활반의 있는 달력이다.

어느 생활반의 하루 하루는 빨리 보내기 위해 X 를 표시했다.
어느 생활반의 하루 하루는 행복하게 잘 보냈다 라는 의미에서 하트로 표시를 했다 (내가 생활반 인원본 결과 얻은 답변이다).

두개의 달력은 똑같은 의미인데 느낌이 다르다. 또한 그 생활반 인원들의 군생활 자세와 태도를 잘 보여준다.
그래서 군생활이 나쁘고 좋은 것은 없다. 그저 나쁘다고 생각하는 군인과 좋다고 생각하는 군인이 있을 뿐이다. 군생활을 빨리 해치우느냐 아니면 하루 하루 정말 즐겁고 행복하게 보내느냐는 생각의 차이다.

난 하트가 있는 생활반에서 생활하고 싶다.