Designing a Life

I find it unfortunate that you don't get a blank slate when you become an adult. Well, while your legal records might get a soft reset once you turn 18, everything that you've lived through up to this point -- the poor habits, traumatic¬†experiences and negative emotions -- continue to bog you down later in… Continue reading Designing a Life

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Relativity of Pain

Several years ago, a friend of mine crossed paths with a man who was paralyzed from the neck down, the result of an attempted suicide from a highway overpass. In their brief conversation, the man told his story about how and why he decided to end his life following an unfortunate breakup, one that had… Continue reading Relativity of Pain

you are your own maker.

I believe that with enough dedication, hard work and motivation, anyone can achieve anything (within reason, of course). In a society that values the individual so much, it's no wonder the American Dream has been around since the very beginning. I have broken free from any confining path. I don't believe in meeting standards set… Continue reading you are your own maker.

Quiet, Yellow Man

I sit, as one, divided. Divided in today's nearly black world where the society around me forces me to pick sides. On racial issues. In political debates. On everything. And when I can't quite make up my mind, I end up staying silent: a mute watching from the sidelines. When I keep my mouth shut,… Continue reading Quiet, Yellow Man

Dear (Younger) Lawrence,

This is one of many letters I'm going to write to my high school self. This is a letter I wish I had gotten in the mail as I started my summer leading up to college. This is a letter I'm writing in hopes of helping someone else transition from being tucked under the protective… Continue reading Dear (Younger) Lawrence,

A Continuation

My own journey begins long before I was born. In the December of 1996, a young Chinese student left behind his family and a homeland in turmoil, crossing the Pacific with only two suitcases. With only the bare necessities in his hands and the weight of the world on his shoulders, he still managed to… Continue reading A Continuation

StuffStuff&Stuff

When I bring up the fact that I'm economically conservative, people usually assume I'm referring to the political use of the term. In reality, the government's spending isn't what I'm referencing, but personal spending. The modern epitome of success can be exemplified through the richest human beings on Earth: celebrities. Movie stars, rappers, CEOs. The… Continue reading StuffStuff&Stuff