The Average Guy

Exploring every facet of life of the adventurous human to the do the impossible superhero
Oscar selfies with some of the best people I know #oscarselfie #selfiesunday #teamtoughmudder #teamuganda #jinjaninjas

Oscar selfies with some of the best people I know #oscarselfie #selfiesunday #teamtoughmudder #teamuganda #jinjaninjas


IT JUST MAKES SENSE

I need to hit up all 5 boroughs of New York City

The Bronx

Staten Island

Manhattan

Queens

Brooklyn

LET’S GO.

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

I JUST FOUND OUT I’VE BEEN PARTING MY HAIR THE WRONG WAY MY WHOLE LIFE. AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH. NO WONDER I’VE HAD TROUBLE WITH MY HAIR ALL THIS TIME UGHHHHHH. MY LIFE THOUGH. I HAVE TO TRAIN MY LEFT HAND TO KEEP BRUSHING MY HAIR LEFT NOW. AWKWARD. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

It’s 2014. Some food for thought

And every class I go to for any of my clinically related topics, they still say the “cause” or “pathogenesis” is still unknown. It’s starting to get annoying and shows huge gaps in science that still exist today. Either not enough money is getting thrown at research and health care or there is not enough political will to solve life’s mysteries.

On another related note, CAN YOU BELIEVE THAT WE WILL BE THE NEXT GENERATION TO RUN THIS COUNTRY. It’s quite shocking. Look around you, look at your peers in your classes, look at the friends you hang out with everybody. Do you think they have enough maturity/knowledge to sign off on the next bill to raise/lower the retirement age, finally find the cure for AIDS/HIV, or build the next Golden Gate Bridge? Jesus christ, we have a long way to go, ladies and gentlemen. 

From Wikipedia. Looked up gonorrhea for one of my classes and this was the main photo. But LOL. Pretty messed up, but very true. I guess back then they didn’t have to deliver the message too subtly. 

From Wikipedia. Looked up gonorrhea for one of my classes and this was the main photo. But LOL. Pretty messed up, but very true. I guess back then they didn’t have to deliver the message too subtly. 

It’s still hard

I want to accomplish things that I never thought I could accomplish.

I want to hit milestones at an early age so I could move on to bigger and better things so that I can spend the majority of my waking years to help people. 

But it’s put an incredible stress on myself. It sometimes makes me want to throw up. The thing is, I don’t even burn out so I can force myself and push myself to the point that I become a robot sometimes. I don’t really have an outlet for the stress either and talking to people doesn’t cut it anymore. It sometimes drives me crazy to the point that I often have this need to see a psychologist. 

Then I think about the end of this journey. The bliss I’m going to get when I do finally achieve my milestones and devote my knowledge and my experience to the benefit of others.

And the stress goes away.

Go to pubmed.org and search “Edward Park”

DO IT

Only three things that I want to accomplish

  • Get into medical school
  • Get a paid job for the gap year
  • Snowboard
I tried to answer as many questions as I could, but I’ve got to go. I do have one question for you: How can we help more people understand that foreign aid isn’t 25% or even 10% of the U.S. federal budget, but less than 1%?
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Top comment by Bill Gates earlier today in his AMA on Reddit

http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/1xj56q/hello_reddit_im_bill_gates_cochair_of_the_bill/



YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE CHECK IT

The World is a Big Place

The world is a big place. It’s hard to fathom the many different lives people are living all over the world. Hell, if I had never stepped out of Cupertino, I don’t think I would even know what poverty was. I thought I got out of the sheltered life when I came here to Los Angeles, but I still remain sheltered. I have trouble keeping things in perspective and recognizing the plight that people are in all over the world. I can read books on developing countries and go to lectures where they teach you about poverty, but nothing comes CLOSE to confronting the thing in person. Poverty is a monster.

My first contact with poverty and suffering came in 10th grade when I went to Bolivia, but after I came back I slipped back into my old life, doing the things I wanted to do, being selfish. Even after Peru, after a week, two weeks, the memories faded away. However, after each trip to a developing country, I had an easier and easier time reminding myself that what I wanted to do was help thousands of people until the day I died. 

I believe that everyone should go to a developing country and observe and learn from those people suffering from poverty, from real life issues. I’m currently reading Half the Sky for one of my graduate classes and although I knew about most of the issues from earlier classes, some of the personal stories are more heart wrenching. Gender equality issues are absolutely NOTHING in America. Women are the heart and soul of economic growth, of relieving poverty, of making this world a better place. They are the center of the family and the backbone of education. It is now the 21st century and it is time for us to give them the respect they deserve.

After I came back from Uganda, I hung up 2 paintings right above my piano and desk. They are just two elephants, but they are two reminders that I have yet much to accomplish before I can give back to the world. Two reminders that I have to keep myself focused. For people that have been to developing countries: It’s so easy to lose sight of what you saw, what you accomplished in the country you’ve been to. It’s easy to go back to online window shopping for hours a day, it’s easy to play video games with your homies for four hours a day, it’s easy to go back to worrying about the next restaurant or yelp place you have to go to that weekend, it’s EASY to worry about how this person or how that person is thinking about you. But let’s keep in mind that life isn’t so easy for the other half of the world. 

José Alberto “Pepe” Mujica Cordano

From Wikipedia:

He has been described as “the world’s ‘poorest’ president”, due to his austere lifestyle and his donation of around 90 percent of his $12,000 (£7,500) monthly salary to charities that benefit poor people and small entrepreneurs.

In 2005, Mujica married Lucía Topolansky, a fellow Tupamaro member and current senator, after many years of co-habitation. They have no children and live on an austere farm in the outskirts of Montevideo where they cultivate chrysanthemums for sale, having declined to live in the opulent presidential palace or use its staff. His humble lifestyle is reflected by his choice of an aging Volkswagen Beetle as transport. His wife owns the farm they live on. The Economist in an article writes that some Uruguayans see him as “a roly-poly former guerrilla who grows flowers on a small farm and swears by vegetarianism”, but he is not vegetarian. He is an atheist.

THIS IS THE KIND OF PRESIDENTS WORLD NATIONS NEED. RESPECT.

I MISS UGANDA

I MISS IT I MISS IT I MISS IT I MISS IT OH I REALLY DO MISS IT OH SO MUCH. I MISS IT!

I’m gonna go see a therapist

I think this is overdue, but I think I just need to talk about my thoughts and feelings about my life to a professional. I have my doubts about going to see a therapist, but I don’t think it’s going to hurt. I need to reconcile differences in my heart and my mind about my career and my past.