Thoughts about Life

Missing the boat

One of my favourite songs is called “Your Time is Gonna Time” by Led Zeppelin. It’s a song about how justice will finally come to those who deserve it.

Now in the song this person has not meant well and their actions will eventually pave the way to their downfall. But in this post, I’d like to apply this concept to someone who has meant well. I speak of a person who has wanted so bad to do good and find success that others have found.

But that time hasn’t come yet. And in the meantime, it seems like the ship has sailed.

You’ve missed the boat.

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Having many friends but very few close friends

I know a lot of people. Many of them I consider friends. They come from in town, out of town, from elementary, middle, high school and university. Or from work, family get togethers, trips, social gatherings, synagogue, and even Facebook. As a matter of fact, I have many ‘friends’ on Facebook. (You probably do too).

I guess it’s save to say I’m a friendly guy and people like me as well.

But there are some friends some of us do lack. They’re the most important ones. The ones on speed dial. The ones you have at and invite to your wedding party.

They are the close friends. The best friends.

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Thoughts about Life

Thoughts on turning 24

When the clock struck midnight last night, the age twenty three I was no longer,  thus bringing forth the arrival of the Great Two-Four (as we like to call it north of border). And while my joy for the realization of that number is great, it doesn’t even come close to how happy I am to NOT be twenty three any more.

23 is now the past… And 24 is the future. (And I am Jack Bauer… racing against the clock, doing my very best to thwart the terrorists threatening to trample the town that is Tevy…)

(And yes… I just used ten straight words starting with ‘T’, and eleven out of twelve when including Tevy.)

And though finding it very hard to believe (being 24), I am nonetheless happy and very much looking forward to what next year has to offer.

And I wouldn’t be anywhere without the grace of G-d and the copious amount of support from all the people who care about me. I am beyond appreciative.

And since it is December 16 (and I of course want more hits), feel free to check out a previous post I wrote about said date. That being said, I’d like to wish all the people of Kazakhstan a very happy Independence Day…. It’s nice!!

Much thanks once again.

You’re older today. And that’s a good thing.H to the B, young fella.

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3 Things You Never Say To Someone With Depression

Yesterday marked the beginning of a new initiative by Bell Canada, entitled ‘Let’s Talk’, which aspires to spread awareness, information, but most importantly mass discussion and communication about mental health.

The first day of the campaign, February 9,  was pronounced “Let’s Talk Day, ” where Bell donated 5 cents for every text or long distance call made by its customers to support mental health related programs in Canada.

In addition to the donations, many celebrities, including Canadian Olympian Clara Hughes took part in the campaign.

And while the day has passed, the talking has only begun (hence why it’s called an initiative). And as an individual who has personally dealt with depression (having been diagnosed with it last year), it is only fit that I do my best to play a role in publicizing the message of the campaign. Continue reading “3 Things You Never Say To Someone With Depression”

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10 Posts From 2010 Worth Remembering

When I look back on 2010, dear G-d I hope I can find some kind of solace and strength from a year I honestly want to forget and move on from… But if I can’t, I can always look back on some of these ditties that came about via this blog. Here are some of my top/favourite posts from this past calendar year: Continue reading “10 Posts From 2010 Worth Remembering”

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It’s My Birthday, And I’m Happy

When the clock strikes midnight, the date will be December 16. And I will one year older…

It was 23 years ago on this date that yours truly came into being.

And no matter how things may seem in the long run, or even the short run – there is NOTHING that can stop me from being happy about this occasion.

Not even that exam I have to take at 9 am until noon. (Albeit even though I’ll be 23 at midnight… when the clock strikes noon, I’ll be Free and 23 😉

My birthday tends to be a more than one day celebration and hopefully this year is no different…

And as for the year altogether, I guarantee it’ll be much better than 22. Personally I don’t wanna remember 22….

So another new beginning starts for me, and let’s hope with G-d’s help, great things will happen and are bound to come for year #23

H to the B!

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I miss NCSY

It’s the last weekend of November, and it means I’m excited for December, which includes my birthday, Hanukkah plus the end of another school semester. Yet something seems missing… call it a void, or a cease in the way things usually occur…

That’s because for the last seven years of my life, this time of year has revolved around one particular event.  And for the first in seven years, I will not be partaking in that event. And for many reasons, it pains that I can’t be there.

This event is none other than the NCSY Winter Regional (Canada Region). Continue reading “I miss NCSY”

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Heartfelt gratitude & a clean slate: My Yom Kippur message

Tonight begins the holiday of Yom Kippur, one of the holiest days of the year Jewish calendar. While the day holds an immense amount of importance in both its significance – G-d forgives us for all of our sins from throughout the year, and its customs – fasting, non-leather shoes and extremely long yet certainly meaningful prayer services, I’ve been having a hard time really getting excited for holiday this time around. Continue reading “Heartfelt gratitude & a clean slate: My Yom Kippur message”

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Shana Tova!! Here’s to a successful 5771!!

As I’m writing this I’m about to take a nap, so if this post seems messy, I think you get the picture.

But regardless, I just want to wish all my Jewish readers a very healthy, happy and successful new year. Tonight marks the beginning of the holiday of Rosh Hashanah, which translates into the start of a new Jewish calendar year. And while the change of weather outside is somewhat cathartic, if not a pathetic fallacy to a changing of the season – no further do I need to look than at myself while searching for sense of change, if not a new beginning altogether.

While it’s no secret that this year didn’t turn out to be that awesome of a year (in fact, I’ve called it the worst year of my life on more than one occasion), that’s all in the past now (or at least I’d like it be that way…)

For now I have more important things to forward to – like my last year in university (for now…) at the University of Toronto Scarborough Campus. G-d willing I should have a Journalism degree at the end of the school year. And while that burden should hopefully be lifted soon (and without too much pain), G-d willing many other personal burdens should be lifted as well….

And in part in making things better, here’s hoping I can get to know you better. Who is you, you ask? You can anyone really… My parents, my friends, whether close or distant, family members, rabbis, fellow students and pretty much anyone I come into contact with. I cherish and value every relationship I make and encounter and I hope you can reciprocate the same feelings in return. And if it’s hard, well then we’ll just work together at it. Ain’t that the essence of a relationship – a partnership between two or more entities with a common goal in mind to achieve. G-d willing, whatever the goal may be – we’ll achieve it together… and grow stringer as a result.

Shana Tova!!

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Purim: A break from depression

Tomorrow begins the holiday of Purim, and on the occasion of this wonderful holiday, I’ve decided to break the indefinite blogging hiatus in honour of the special holiday.

Even though this is my first post since my hiatus message, I am still dealing with a number of issues of which I am not ready to disclose through the blog or by any other means of social networking. I appreciate those who have offered their assistance and I am grateful for  those who haven’t given up hope on me. It’s been an up and down roller-coaster ride, with seemingly good moments but mostly overshadowed by ugly ones and those who have been there for me have helped make those good moments shine brightly and create optimism for the future.

I won’t make this long because I know people are getting ready for Purim/Shabbat, and I don’t want to take anyone away from pressing needs…

Purim is a happy time of the year and no matter what ugliness is going on, there’s always that assurance that things will work out as long as you keep trying and keep the faith. Even though at this precise moment I feel completely disgusted with how I have handed myself this past week in preparing for the holiday, most evidently at the current time as I sit here having not eaten all day, on little sleep, and having spent all day making a costume that I don’t even know if anyone will see it… I’m not even close to being ready for shabbos and I don’t know if I even want to be ready… I still feel very alienated by the people closest to me in my life, but deep down I know that I am the one responsible for that, and I must suffer the consequences of my bad decisions.

Nonetheless, Purim will help ease the pain. Temporary it may seem – that pleasure, but most definitely worth it.

Rabbi Dessler teaches in his book entitled Michtav Eliyahu, that Purim is a time that we can reach very high levels of spirituality by means of physical indulgence. The direction of that indulgence is the key.

So for this Purim, I leave the message of doing what we can to utilize all our strengths, skills, and whatever traits we possess towards a proper and meaningful direction. I pray, with G-d’s help that this will not only come about on Purim, but also for the rest of existence.

Have a great shabbos and chag sameach to all.