The Year of the Dragon

Bruce Lee

李小龙
李小龙

This year is the year of the dragon in China. I was born in 1988, so this is my year, which only happens every 12 years. So why not talk Bruce Lee, the “Little Dragon”? I went to watch a documentary about him a week ago, called I am Bruce Lee. This is a really good documentary, it touches on every part of his life from his childhood up until his tragic death at age 32. There was also lots of celebrities who talked about him at length, including his wife, daughter, Kobe Bryant, UFC President Dana White, etc. It’s all very interesting, and I think more people should watch the film, about a man who sought to defy racial stereotypes and promote Chinese pride over 40 years ago. He brought Chinese martial arts to the west, was the father of mixed martial arts (his ‘style’ is called Jeet Kune Do, the way of the intercepting fist), the first major Asian star in the U.S, married a white woman (still rare today that Asian men marry white women), and a great philosopher who constantly strove to improve his body and mind. All that, and he died young. Perhaps those that God loves die young.

Acoustic Guitar

I’ve recently decided to focus more on acoustic guitar. I’ve played guitar for 8 years now… and up until recently have focused on the electric and shunned the acoustic. I’ve always thought electric guitars could do anything, emulate any instrument like violin, and guzheng, and piano and even acoustic guitar. Although I can make it sound similar, there’s something about acoustic guitar that feels really natural, and I love the portability of it, not needing an amp to play. I can easily bring it to a friend’s house, unlike an electric. So all this is short for ‘I bought a new acoustic guitar’. Yup. A Martin OMJM for $2500.

Martin OMJM
Martin OMJM

What can I say? It’s really really good, and I love playing it. An acoustic guitar only has one factor in the tone besides your playing, and that’s the guitar itself. An electric guitar however, has lots of factors like the guitar, pickups, cables, pedals, amp, strings, etc. An acoustic guitar really only has strings and the guitar itself, hence the pricey investment. Here’s a video of me playing it.

httpv://youtu.be/rY3KK-PKGtU

Social Life
Finally,  I found that its still been hard for me to make friends here. Mostly because of my chronic shyness. Why is it so easy for me to talk to someone online but in person I lose all courage and become so shy? Perhaps I am afraid of people reacting to me.. but I want to fix it, how do I fix being a loner? Go out and meet people. Join meetup groups. Attend church services. Volunteer. Go to clubs and events. Take courses. Look for ways to connect with people from the bay area. Find a roommate once my lease is up. Most importantly though, I have to keep practicing talking with people, especially with talking with  a group of people, and sustaining a conversation, which I find difficult. Because I’ve been a loner since I was young, this is something that needs a lot of practice. If I don’t practice, I will be doomed to be forever alone… =( .

Comments

2 responses to “The Year of the Dragon”

  1. Stephanie Avatar

    It is too bad that Bruce Lee died at such a young age! It is ironic that he died from a bad reaction to a drug that he took for legitimate reasons while so many celebrities are dying of drug overdoses of illicit drugs these days. If the Christian God exists, perhaps he takes those who have already attained all that is worth of heaven with him, shortly after a person has attained heaven. Bruce Lee was indeed an amazing man. Martial artists today still worship him.

    I’m not a Christian, but one thing I really liked about the New England Congregational Churches that my friends went to was the various community service activities that the members partook in. If there is any place that you can develop social skills outside of school, church is definitely one of them. I’m sure that you’ll get yourself lots of practice, and that you will definitely not be forever alone. As a girl, I shall take the liberty in saying that if I were single and lived in the Bay Area, I wouldn’t mind going on a few dates with you knowing what I know about you now.

  2. Tiff Avatar

    Baby steps! Maybe find 1-2 things you’re really passionate about and find people who are passionate about the same things. If you’re an introvert, you might find doing a bunch of activities and meeting too many people can be overwhelming. Also, it might be hard to connect to people if your attention is divided between too many things. As someone who was really shy growing up, and still am, I’ve found a good network of people whom I’ve developed genuine friendships with. Just had to make a conscious effort to get out of my comfort zone and not turn down invitations (unless, you know… it sounds dangerous or sketchy). Good luck!

    Also, congrats on the acoustic guitar!

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