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I'm a Nature-lover, aspiring conservationist, and wannabe traveller in search of outdoor adventure.
My interests vary from conservation to education to heritage to Nature (biodiversity & wildlife) to outdoor activities to life in general.
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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Great mysteries of life.

As a biologist/zoologist/pseudo-palaeontologist/evolutionary biologist/ecologist, there are many mysteries of life we try to unravel and understand. Big questions like, origins of jaws and paired fins in vertebrates, of flight in insects and birds. Or why we see the distribution of the diversity we see on our planet, or how different species are somehow linked (in evolutionary or ecological ways). But I think the one question I would most like to have the answer to, is why are some people so ridiculously nice, while others are just so damn awful?

It reminds me of this video I watched, where some people were just so so so horribly mean to this guy. I don't even understand how.

I usually like to think that people aren't all that bad, perhaps they were just having a bad day, or they were just never exposed to certain situations and didn't know how to react, or something.

Anyway, there's no point focusing on bad energy and people who make you feel awful. That thought was just triggered cos I had a long and draining day today, with a revision crisis in the middle of it all. You know, the kind of irrational thought that seeps in, telling you that you're not smart enough for exams, or for life in general (or what I want out of life anyway). And I was just feeling quite tired and drained by dinner time. But I had signed up for soup run tonight, and it's not one of those things you decide to not go just cos you don't 'feel like it'. I do it cos I enjoy it, I like helping people and it keeps me grounded, reminding me of what truly matters in life.

And it's just nice when people say nice things that make you feel better, even when they don't know you're feeling shit in the first place. And good conversations. And when you unexpectedly get cake in your pigeonhole.

It might take a lot to make someone's day, but it doesn't take a lot to ruin it. We don't all have to go out and 'make other people's day', but you know, just being nice, and not just nice to your friends, but nice to everyone, that could make someone's day, and it definitely wouldn't ruin anyone's.

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