I haven’t been blogging for a while, simply because I didn’t feel like it. It is good to have a choice.

Recently, I’ve been indulging in some binge watching. I usually don’t watch too much dramas or movies, but this is an exception. And I mean just an episode (or half) a day, and that’s already considered a lot for me.

I remember when I was young, my brother and I would be totally engrossed with video games and computer games, and Romance of the Three Kingdoms is one of the series of games we regularly played. Because of the games, it got me interested in 三国演义 (a historical fiction novel) and I even read it, although I didn’t quite understand a lot of it.

The drama I’ve been watching is called The Advisors Alliance 大军师司马懿之军师联盟 and it is entirely from the perspective of Sima Yi 司马懿 instead of the typical goody two shoes Liu Bei. With a delicate mixture of serious and occasionally goofy parts (it is a drama after all) supported by some great acting (esp. 于和伟/曹操). The HD series is available on YouTube.

In the recent episode I watched, Sima Yi’s father, Sima Fang 司马防, has passed away. At the wake, Sima Yi exclaimed the following :

爹在的时候
我总往外跑
想着做完事
就能回来尽孝

一件事
又一件事
这一转眼
以前总觉得
日子长
原来
这么快
这就叫子欲养
亲 .. 不待

A day we have now, versus a day in five year’s time. Both are still 24-hours long, but we know that they are not the same.

The body we own. The family we have. The friends around us. The work we do. The life we live. They are no longer the same too.

The same goes for money. The $500 we choose to spend today is not the same as the $500 we spend in five year’s time. How, and what we spend on, matters.

In the pursuit of financial goals that so many of us have our eyes on, always a reminder to self not to lose sight of what is right in front of us, within our grasps, rather than look back in regret some day.

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