Health Issues

Lately I’ve been experiencing quite a few health issues.  I often sense that I’m under a lot of pressure and pain.  I’ve been asking myself a lot lately why people in general have to feel pain.  There must be some kind of reason for it.  I believe a sense of accomplishment often accompanies the emergence of pain.  As in, hey, the fact I’ve suffered so much and yet I’m still here is definitely something to be proud of.  At least I would hope most people see the good with pain in a manner similar to this.  In the meantime, I will continue to remain hopeful through all this pressure, realize I’m not alone, and understand that the issues I’m going through mean something.

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The Cyclicality of Life

What I find so interesting and beautiful about life is how cyclical everything behaves.  This can be found in the seasons, which from year to year always cycle in a recognizable pattern.  It can also be seen in days, constantly alternating between daylight and nighttime.  The water of earth continually cycles from flowing to the oceans to being evaporated and precipitated down to the ground again.  The life cycle of a plant is seen from the seed, to the mature plant, to the release of new seeds.  The rhythmic spasms of an orgasm display beautifully a cyclical pattern.  There is a constant cycle between people resting and being active throughout the day.  The earth itself as well as other planets are always orbiting around the sun.  The human body breathes in and out in a circular mechanism from time to time.  The moon is continuously orbiting around the earth as well.  The cyclical nature of life is seen in the back and forth motion of waves, including electromagnetic waves.  “Blinking” of the eyes appears to be cyclical as well, from open to closed every now and again.  Blood “beating” throughout the human body seems to cycle in a never-ending manner.  The sun and other stars are always orbiting around the center of their galaxy.  These examples of cycles really demonstrate to me the awesomeness and cyclicality in life.

I’d Like To Visit Egypt Someday

I’ve always wanted to visit Egypt.  Mainly for the history, but also just to take in the sights and sounds of an exotic and arguably enchanted locale.  Of course, the highlight would have to be the Pyramids of Giza.  Not only is the Great Pyramid the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, it is the only one of them still left relatively intact.  There are so many interesting theories surrounding the Pyramids, such as who built them, why they were built, and how long it took to have them built.  It would be awesome to finally see them, and perhaps go inside one of them.  I also wouldn’t mind seeing the camels or the beauty of the Nile River.  Maybe on the same vacation I could somehow visit the Sahara and see some oases there.  And on this same vacation it would be nice to journey also south of the Sahara and go on a safari.  I’ve been on some Disney safaris, but to go on the real thing would be incredible.  I’d enjoy seeing the elephants, giraffes, ostriches, and zebras.

Piano as an Escape

When I was eight, I began taking piano lessons.  I continued taking lessons through 2009.  Nowadays, I find that playing the piano has tremendous therapeutic and mental benefits.  Whenever I’m under a lot of pressure, or the day has been rough, it always helps to just sit at the piano and play a tune.  Lately I’ve been experimenting with writing my own stuff, although I do enjoy playing classical music every now and then.  Some of my favorite composers are Beethoven, Bach, Mendelssohn,  Chopin, Schumann, and Schubert.  There is so much energy, passion, and romance in some of the olden days’ music.

When I was younger, sometimes a song from the radio or from a movie would get stuck in my mind for what seemed like hours, if not days.  This caused an immense amount of pain.  I literally would have headaches because of the negative stimulation that it would cause.  I found that playing the piano always seemed to get rid of it somehow.  To this day, when an ugly song gets stuck in my mind, it helps tremendously to play the piano and kind of work out a tune that will stay and provide relief.  I’m so thankful for my piano.