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Everyday NhanSense – Day 49

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Everyday NhanSense: Each day, I will blog about something that comes to mind. My goal is to practice writing about my hobbies, my interests, my opinions and so forth.

Day 49’s Topic: Laughing things off.
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Do you want to know who I think are the happiest people on this planet?

The ones who can laugh off things like it’s no big deal.

Tonight after my card game tournament, I experienced this kind of feeling for the first time in a long while. I did utterly terrible in terms of performance. I dropped near the bottom of the rankings and managed to eek out a victory in the end to avoid the goose egg of “0” wins.

And you know what? I am not mad, sad or anything negative. Quite the opposite, really.

In a sense, I am happy, relieved even, that I managed to brush off losing so hard. Yeah, I could make excuses that I lost because I wasn’t on my game today or it was because I altered my deck as an experiment, which I did, but that all doesn’t matter.

I had fun regardless. This is something I wish I could apply more to daily life, and then I would be such a happier camper with less of the stress and drama to bog me down.

If you were to come across the old me from just a few years back, I probably would have rushed home after the tournament to mope that I lost so badly, but instead I stayed a few extra hours and had a lot of conversations with others. Heck, I even bartered with a few people for some good card trades to help improve my deck.

This is something, by the way, that a shy person like myself has a hard time. I asked politely and traded with confidence. I even ended the trades with a handshake and a thank you.
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Everyday NhanSense – Day 47


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Everyday NhanSense: Each day, I will blog about something that comes to mind. My goal is to practice writing about my hobbies, my interests, my opinions and so forth.

Day 47’s Topic: Childhood dreams.
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When you’re a kid, you don’t really know what you want when you’re older, do you?

I know I sure as heck didn’t know. I thought I did.

I was going to make video games and work for Nintendo. I wrote a letter to the company’s American branch as a class assignment in sixth grade. I was so sure that was the path I was going to take in life. Guess what? I ended up not going down that path. I am not going to say things didn’t pan out, but it was more that you come across different forks in the road and you have to make a choice.

You have no clue what each destination will ultimately take you, but I guess this is the challenge about living out your life.

Things certainly are easier when you are a kid in this regard. Ignorance is bliss, after all. You think the whole world is your oyster, and we are fed with the notion that we can be anything if we all try to be.

The reality is, however, we cannot all have certain dreams come true for whatever reason.

For instance, due to my height being something less than six feet tall and lack of coordination or ball skills, there was no way I would end up playing in the NBA as a basketball star. Not gonna happen.

Nope.

No way, Jose.

It would be impossible.

But you know what? I don’t have to be an NBA star. It’s not what I want to do, anyway.
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Everyday NhanSense – Day 21


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Everyday NhanSense: Each day, I will blog about something that comes to mind. My goal is to practice writing about my hobbies, my interests, my opinions and so forth.

Day 21’s Topic: Card games.
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One of my favorite types of games out there is easily any card game. There is something intricate about cards that I just enjoy. A good card game gets my mind thinking from all kinds of angles, especially when deep and intricate strategies go beyond just the text on the cards.

The first card game I really got into was Yu-Gi-Oh! all the way back in middle school. I played the card game with my little brothers and friends. The game boomed in popularity for a few years, lingering into the end of my freshman year of high school before the fad died down (for the time, anyway.)
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Needless to say, I’ll admit I was one of those dorky kids who liked playing some matches with other random kids in the library during lunch break. Yeah, I was one of those people during freshman year of high school. Big surprise, right?

For an overly shy guy like myself with severe social anxiety, card games did not force, but more like, they encouraged me to be sociable. The person who would clam up under normal circumstances suddenly became a lot more vocal and confident when it came to slamming cards down onto the table with confidence.

But as the Yu-Gi-Oh! card game started to fade away in its local player base around my area, I had to store my cards away for years and years. It wasn’t until just a year and a half ago, give or take, that I started to pick up the hobby again in the form of Magic: The Gathering. It’s the world’s most popular card game in the world for a reason, after all.
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Everyday NhanSense – Day 16

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Everyday NhanSense: Each day, I will blog about something that comes to mind. My goal is to practice writing about my hobbies, my interests, my opinions and so forth.

Day 16’s Topic: Being a shut-in.
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I have been a shut-in my whole darn life. It has just been ingrained into my personality since day one. Even as a kid, I preferred staying indoors, tucked away in my room above all else. I guess in a sense I was destined (doomed?) to be an introvert at heart.

Heck, I was one of those kids whose parents would have to force their child to play outside. I recall lots of moments where I would get scolded for not getting enough fresh air. After all, it was typical for my parents to see me sitting on the floor while watching cartoons or playing video games for hours on end. Then again, cartoons and video games were my favorite things in the world as a child.

As a matter of fact, not a lot has changed over the years in a sense. I still love anime/animation, and being a gamer is still something I can label myself with confidence. Of course, the shut-in aspect is actually a part of me I want to change. At least, in some regards.

Because you see, I value my privacy. I like being able to relax in my own personal space without anyone cramping my style. But at the end of the day, I have found myself feeling very lonely without enough human interaction.

A random conversation does wonders for my well-being.

A discussion about sports. A debate about what’s the best kind of pizza topping. Anything. Just anything. Sometimes, I wish I could just talk to more people about things.
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Everyday NhanSense – Day 3


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Everyday NhanSense: Each day, I will blog about something that comes to mind. My goal is to practice writing about my hobbies, my interests, my opinions and so forth.

Day 3’s Topic: Peace of mind.
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It’s almost 6 a.m. PST as I type this blog post out. As expected, it’s a side effect of having panic seep in all at once. The amount of worries have begun to pile up, causing me to experience insomnia and inconsistent sleep schedules. For the past few weeks in particular, I can’t say that I have hit the hay at the same time each night.

I have had to force myself to lie in bed and just hope I can doze off and catch some Z’s. I am not necessarily someone who needs a lot of sleep to function properly, but I’ll point out how I do have a restless mind multiple times throughout a typical evening.

Do you know what I mean? It’s that in-between area with your mind thinking thoughts and that state where you are kind of dreaming, but you’re not. One could say I take that trip to la la land often during bedtime. Gosh, I wish I could just lay my head on the pillow, flip that switch to tell my brain, “Go rest now” and then turn in for the night. Heh, if only it were that easy … if only. Continue reading

Daily NhanSense – Day 12


Daily NhanSense: Every day, I will blog about something that comes to mind. My goal is to practice writing about my hobbies, my interests, my opinions and so forth.

Day 12’s Topic: Music.


Lyrics
I was so afraid of the days long ago
Now I realize that I never did know
Now days have changed; they’re complex and sad
Missing all the days that I once had
I don’t really think that I’d want to return
Today may be hard, but I live and I learn
My heart believes; I don’t think that it’s wrong
Then it shouts that I have been just right all along

Now is the time for our fate to connect
Believing in the same future, we intersect
All of the tears we have cried yesterday
Let’s dry them up and keep smiling on today
We are a team; we share all painfulness
But yet we also share all the same tenderness
As long as you stay right here next to me
I will stay strong for tomorrow; you will see..
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Daily NhanSense – Day 10


Daily NhanSense: Every day, I will blog about something that comes to mind. My goal is to practice writing about my hobbies, my interests, my opinions and so forth.

Day 10’s Topic: Music.


“Get good. Be better.” – Nhan Fiction