And In the Morning, I’m Making Waffles. Rest In Peace Mr. D



 

I haven’t written in a whole, and to those that were disappointed with the lack in posting, please accept my apology, I am sorry.

I’ve been putting off writing this because I was trying to find the “right” way to write this, but really, no words can truly describe the shock, confusion and sadness. Here it goes.

Last week was a difficult week for me, and many others I know, we lost a good man, a son, a father, a colleague, a friend, a teacher, a mentor.

He is a hero to me, a man who helped me out during tough times, who was understanding and caring. He motivated and inspired. He gave the best damn hugs in the world and had a smile that was infectious.

He helped me see the light when I needed it the most.

He understood, he cared and he helped.

I am very sure that my feelings of him are shared by many others, I only wish that our friendship could’ve been much more.

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When I heard the news, I didn’t believe it, I told my friend not to kid about this and check his sources and told me not to get back to me until after my test… But I couldnt wait and called him an hour later, and it was confirmed, the world lost one of the Good Guys. My dear teacher was no longer with us.

I felt numb, confused and shocked. It wasn’t easy, the day was hard and I can’t imagine what the others closer to him must have been going through.

Mr. D, I will remember you for all that you taught me. The laughter, the motivation and hugs. I will always remember you for the person you encouraged me to be, that I was not relegated to letting my condition to dictate my life. I will remember you for all the good you did and all the smiles you gave us. The dancing, the Music and the pizza.

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Thank you for helping me see that I can be what I always want to be. Thank you Mr. D, thank you so damn much.

Thank you to the organisers of his memorial on Monday, it was beautiful. Heartfelt, spot on and very Mr. D.

My condolences to his family back in Canada. My condolences to his loved ones, friends and colleagues. My condolences to my fellow classmates, seniors and juniors. And my condolences to anyone who knew him. This is a tough time but we will get through, there is a light at the end of this tunnel, you might not see it now, but it is there.

Thank you for reading this blog Mr. D and encouraging me forward. I will make it a point to pay it forward.

Well, I think that’s it, it’s time for me to test some shut eye and… In the morning, I’m making waffles.

Straight From the Heart

 

The letter i wrote to him a few months back.

6 Songs that might Get you Motivated and Pumped


 

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Good Afternoon all, today’s piece is going to be very short. Had a very nice stay at Stay at One World Hotel, just checked out, and had a great time listening to brialliant jazz at No Black Tie last night and getting to know new people, slept at about 5am and got up at 10 for breakfasthome third favourite thing about staying at hotels. Now I’m at the Signature Starbucks in One Utama, spent the first hour here in quiet, having my holy hour and then another 30 minutes spent dreaming about life and my future; where I want it to go and all that jazz. Visualising my dreams in my head ( 30 minutes daily, alone with music that gets you dreaming or in quiet) has been helping me stay driven and helps me Keep Moving Forward.

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On that note of moving forward and keeping driven, here are 6 songs that I listen to that helps me get motivated and pumped when I need a boost or in any general circumstance. These songs may not appeal to you as they do to me, I take what I want from them and ignore the rest.

1. Eminem‘s Till I collapse.
The beginning of this song speaks volumes to me, I till get goose bumps when I listen to it, and I look back and see how far I’ve come and how much further I can still go. From thinking that I would never be able to not feel fatigued to a current state of daily exercise and energy. I’m so damn proud of my progress, and till the day I collapse I ain’t going to stop.

‘Cause sometimes you just feel tired,
Feel weak, and when you feel weak, you feel like you wanna just give up.
But you gotta search within you, you gotta find that inner strength
And just pull that shit out of you and get that motivation to not give up
And not be a quitter, no matter how bad you wanna just fall flat on your face and collapse.

2. Eminem’s Lose Yourself.
Not many people like Eminem, but he has some brilliant songs above perseverance and fighting and all that. This was one of the first Eminem songs that I started listening to that made me realise how profound some of his lyrics are. This song reminds me that in life we’ve gotta take the chances and opportunities that pass us by. No one ever said life was going to be easy, but that doesn’t mean you should give up and not try, that you shouldn’t lose yourself in the music and go be that which you really want.

3. T.I. & Mary J Blige – Remember Me
Listening to this song reminds me of the fad that I want to leave a lasting legacy, who and what I want to be remembered as when I leave this world, that I want to make an impact. That I want to Make A Dent in the Universe as Steve Jobs put it.

4. T.I. & Rihanna’s Live Your Life
The title already speaks volumes and the chorus just reminds me to keep at my dreams, to keep being ambitious and that I should let the “Haters” get to me (not to be confused with constructive critiscm).

5. RDB & Ludacris‘s Shera Di Khom from Speedy Singhs.
Why?

Yeah we were always told growing up
We have to strive to be the best
Always strive to success and 2nd place is not an option
That’s what we were told
So no matter what came up in my life, I got through it
That was my motivation
Now nothing can stop us
We will never lose, never fear, overcome all and persevere
Be the best and we down to show it any place anything, we will overthrow it
We will never lose, never fear, overcome all and persevere
Be the best and we down to show it
– RDB

These lyrics always pick me up when I need a kick in the ass.

And:

At the top and I’ll never come down
Always stay focused super star bound
Always was the dopest, never got weak
Head to the sky but my ear to the street
Foot on the gas, hands on the wheel
Get on my lap coz I’m going for the kill
Drink for the nerves, smoke for the stress
But death to the haters and to hell with the rest
I don’t pay my dues, make my moves
Blow a hundred thousand, walk a day in my shoes
Long time coming, long time gone
10 years been but I’m 10 men strong
Never gave up, I just won’t lose
So many hits but I just won’t bruise
Rappers just dying n I put them out the misery
Its Ludacris and I came to make history
– Ludacris

6. Fort Minor‘s Remember the Name

This is ten percent luck, twenty percent skill
Fifteen percent concentrated power of will
Five percent pleasure, fifty percent pain
And a hundred percent reason to remember the name!

I hope these songs help you the way they help me when I need a physical or mental pick me up.

Be sure not to overdose on them as they may lose their effectiveness, but don’t worry I’ll put a new list of 6 songs when that happens, or you could request a new 6 with a comment whenever).

Straight From The Heart

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Tuesday Morning Inspiration 2


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Good morning everyone, any guess where i am? 😉 hope Monday didn’t take too much of a toll on you.

As for me, I wasn’t feeling in tip top shop on Sunday, but I’m doing way better today. Got up at 7:30, swam for a bit, and came over to Monash. It’s feeling like a good day.

I have said before, motivation is something that we need regular doses of, just like showers they eventually wear off. So put together your own regular dose of motivation, I’ll help you if you want it, all you have to do is ask. Have I told you about my wall? It’s covered with papers. Quotes, sayings, lessons etc. I read it every morning before I go out into the world, and it helps. I’m not bullshiting. It has made a huge difference in my attitude and mood.

For every “issue” of ‘Tuesday Morning Inspiration’, I will attach a video with it, a video that I feel is great motivation and hopefully you feel the same way. Today’s video is a scene from the Al Pacino’s movie ‘Any Given Sunday’, please do watch it and tell me what you think. I first watched it last year, sometime after Arsenals colossal screw up in the Carling Cup, the original clip I watched was Pacino’s voice over an Arsenal clip, if you are an Arsenal fan, take a look at it, it is a fantastic clip called Arsenal – March 2011, Down But Not Out‘.

I just finished re-reading Richard Branson’s Screw It, Let’s Do It (Expanded), a great read, I highly recommend it. Here are a few quotes from this amazing, persistent, innovative, entrepreneurial, Crazy Humanitarian Capitalist.

“The lesson I learned throughout all this is that no goal is beyond our reach and even the impossible become possible for those with vision and belief in themselves.” Richard Branson

“Don’t Give up, stick to your guns and find another way.” Richard Branson

I hope this post has helped you, even a little. 🙂

Straight From The Heart

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“You need to stretch to grow.” Richard Branson

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