This year was a bit controversial for me.
People say, a lot of stuff happened in my life during the year. However, I don’t remember many of the things probably because of the eternal summer here in Malaysia. Every day seems the same. Time flies dramatically, though.
After the happiest year of my life that I spent in Indonesia, enjoying my life fool of freedom and adventures, 2015 seemed very unsatisfying at times.
Many times I was not sure what I am doing at this point of life and what should I be doing next.
Many times I felt bored, tired and confused.
Many times I felt satisfied with the skills I gain, work I did and projects I accomplished.
Many times I felt self-respect for the strength I have.
And how many times I felt grateful for the amazing people that I met here, who inspired and guided me during this year!
Psychology is my true love. I love to learn how to understand myself and others better. I have been doing it for a while now: reading, observing, reflecting. Today I can say that I have specific set of rules that I follow in daily life and when dealing with people.
I have experienced “village lifestyle” during one year in Indonesia. Basically it was a gap year, more leisure, travelling and having fun than anything else. Although I was living in the 3rd biggest city in Indonesia, life around me didn’t motivate me to develop, dress up every day or be ready for conversations about global issues. And all that was a part of my daily life as university student and young professional in Ukraine. And all this was forgotten during my stay in Indonesia. Life there was very simple, I didn’t have to deal with any troubles, just organize my everyday routine. Planning trips and travelling was pretty much my only business.
After a year of laziness I was so tired of doing nothing that I felt excited about getting a job and developing as a professional, doing something good. I spent 4 month in Ukraine and finally got to Malaysia. I came to an office and during first two days I had lots of doubts and questions about the life I’m going to have here… Continue reading →
Some time ago, Viet – my friend from Vietnam asked me why I am so excited about travelling. At that moment I could not give him complete answer, I just said that it changed me a lot and made me a better person. Now I want to tell you why:
Natural spots: hike in Himalayas or enter volcanic crater, swim in natural hot spring in the middle of the rice fields or take shower in the waterfall in the middle of the jungle. This reminds that I am a child of the Mother Nature: careless, young and free. Continue reading →
It was my first book about Buddhism recommended by friend who I met in India. After visiting Dharamshala and participating on Dalai Lama’s lecture in summer 2012, it was essential for me to read something about one of world religions that I see more as philosophical tradition.
The book is written by American psychiatrist Howard Cutler. During years he had conversations with Dalai Lama about ways to have a better life. I love the writing style of the author and the language he uses as it is very easy to understand. Also combination of interviews and quotation of Dalai Lama’s opinions with his own reflection from conversation and views of western scientific thought on particular topics. Here are my favorite quotes from the book:
What is a system? It can be defined as a structure that consists of the set of elements that are connected and cooperate with each other. A system, as a sum of the elements, has more characteristics than each of its components by itself. The society is a system. It is hard to identify what is initial a whole or a part from which the whole is formed. Nowadays we live in the surroundings that are based on neoliberal ideas that penetrate every part of our lives. We believe in the ideals of democracy, natural human rights, capitalistic model of economics. Continue reading →