In this edition of This Was Me, we'll look back at times in my 30s when I was unwell, although you wouldn't know it just from looking at the picture. This photo was taken in December 2011, only a week or two after being discharged from a 2-month hospital stay. I was better in… Continue reading This Was Me: The Things That Photos Hide
I did my first big international trip (aside from a high school exchange trip to Japan) when I was 22, and that was when the travel bug firmly took root. From then on, each year I would take all my vacation time together in one block and do an international trip, other than the years… Continue reading This Was Me: My Travelling 20s
Peopled seemed to like the This Was Me post that covered my younger years, and this post will look back at my high school years. I wasn't a huge fan of that time in my life. Nothing bad happened; I just felt like I had very different interests from the vast majority of my peers, and… Continue reading This Was Me: The High School Years
I've written about this before in more general terms (What Does the Self Consist of?), but in this post I'll try to get a little more specific. I think a major part of the foundation of who any of us is is the sum of our life experiences. No one else has had the exact… Continue reading What Is It That Makes You, You?
What is it that makes you, you? Is there even a self? A fundamental concept in Buddhism is non-self. The word Anatta is used for the principle that "there is in humans no permanent, underlying substance that can be called the soul" (Wikipedia). The belief that there is a self is viewed as a source… Continue reading What Does the Self Consist of?