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Visit to the Meiji Jingu Shrine

Thoughts seem to come to me many-a-times when I'm showering, or commuting on the train or moments before I fall asleep at night. But mostly, when I'm showering. Perhaps it could be the idea of cleansing or having water fall on your head in a really metaphorical way whereby thoughts, like a shower of water, is planting ideas into your head. Wow, that got real deep real quick. Honestly had no idea where that came from.

Last Autumn, I was lucky enough to have made a trip to Tokyo and visited the Meiji Jingu Shrine. Before you enter the grounds of the shrine, locals will usually bow three times hence I followed along. I think the whole point of traveling to different countries and cities for me personally, is to learn about the cultures and only by immersing yourself in the daily rituals of the locals are you able to fully understand a little more of their history and way of life. The grounds was really huge and not long, you'll reach the entrance of the actual shrine where locals and visitors alike will cleanse their hands before entering. I happened to be there when a guide was explaining to his guests on what the steps to proper cleansing was like and *Surprise SURPRISE* I followed suit! I've alwaysss wanted to do this after seeing it on countless vlogs and movies as well. 

I guess another thing that I've always wanted to do was to write my wishes on a wish paper and then drop it into this box and hope my wishes come true. (Yes, if you look closely enough, I was writing it all in Mandarin) If I knew that this ongoing virus that we are currently battling was here to stay for a long time, I would have also wished that it didn't have to come to this. That there could be a better way to remind us humans to show the Earth a little more kindness. 

Anyhow, back to my thoughts in the shower, I was just thinking about how lucky I am in my current state of life. I feel like, it may be assumingly difficult for others to believe that, someone who has such a go-getter personality like me could also be gratefully contented. Even though I always feel like I can do more, be better, inspire more, I know deep in my heart that it is also extremely important to reflect and be grateful for the things you currently have in your life - to learn content. And I for one, have many things to be grateful and thankful for. 

Right at this moment, I am thankful that my family is safe, even though I still worry (in my head). Though luckily, everyone's living under the same roof so it's easier for me to "be there". And hopefully, the grandparents are doing fine. Apart from that, I guess I'm happy. Many a times, people feel that happiness ought to be shouted out loud and proclaimed and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. But to me, true happiness is a quiet glow. No one needs to know, other than yourself cos only you - can dictate your own happiness.

If you're feeling down or sad about what is going on out there right now, take a few moments in your everyday life at home to find that quiet glow of yours. Be it making yourself a cuppa Dalgona coffee, or baking some cookies, do something that makes you happy and content and grateful that you're safe. I hope this post inspires you to make the most out of your sheltered days indoors.


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