1. Quit smoking. When every person claims that it’s bad for me, then it is probably, most likely, and obviously bad for me. So please refrain myself from arguing with him or her that it’s all propaganda promoted by media.
2. Settle down. I need to realize that I am not looking to get marred with the hottest babe at a bar. A wife is not a commodity, but a true soul mate.
3. Learn how to play piano.
4. Reconnect with my father. Before he is my father, he’s a human being. And that comes
with territory and price. Accept this fact first and then start respecting him for the sacrifices that he’s made for me but I might be not aware of on a conscious level.
5. Send an email to all of my old friends at least once in every two weeks. Understand that my friends are the only people in my life outside the family whom I do not share any business interest with. And that is the true blessing in disguise.
6. Stop bitching about life. Life is not fair. I should know this by experience. But do look for the silver lining in the clouds. After all, life is equal in the eyes of every person.
7. Always carry the changes so that when I see a person in need of mer help or cash, I would always have the money to spare. For every ten alcoholic freeloaders, there must be at least one person with soon-to-be rejuvenated determination for a new life.
8. Increase the bench-press weight at least by 30% by the end of this year.
9. Learn to how finish one-mile run on a consistent basis. And please, please don’t stop for a cigarette break while I am at it.
10. Respect my older brother. After all, he’s four years older than me. And please remember the very fact that it was him who bought me a new pair of the Andre Agassi shoes - out of his first meager paycheck.
11. Learn how to hold liquor in a manner comparable, or at least mildly acceptable, to the standard of my friends. By now, I should have figured out that it’s freaking embarrassing to deliberately try to spill the overflowed alcohol on the table when they are not looking. And please try to realize the obvious that I am not the only person who has noticed this blatant, poorly calculated strategy.
12. Learn to hold the door for ladies. Being in Korea doesn’t give me the exclusive right to adopt the nation’s prevalent way of life and to disregard the mannerism I have acquired previously.
13. Enjoy walking. If I can’t get the morale of this advice, it might be useful for me to take a look at myself in the mirror, because I look pretty amazingly, unbelievably pale, even in comparison to those Korea high schools senior girls who spend most of their time studying at school.
14. Do approach a girl that I find attractive. For every ten girls who quickly avert their eye contacts from mine, there must be at least one girl who might be interested in what I am doing for a living. Oh, and if she does indeed ask me for what I do for a living, don’t try to be cute by saying, “it’s a secret.” That strategy never worked even in high school, and most likely, it will never work in the future either.
15. Don’t get perplexed and disappointed if a Korean girl tells me, “No way! You can really speak English well!?” After all, she does have every reason to doubt my fluency in English, given the profuse amount of evidences of the poor grammar being used on this blog.
16. Learn how to say, “Oh, I am sorry. The word ‘recalcitrant’ means ‘unruly’, not ‘polite’ as I have just told you” in a very humble manner. After all, all my students probably figured out by now that they have more potential to score above 600 on SAT Verbal section than I do.
17. No, I will not buy a motorcycle, no, no, no, not ever in my lifetime. So please stop hanging around that bike shop.
18. Learn how to look cool in plain white shirt and a pair of jeans. After all, it is a SKILL to look cool in plain fashion.
19. Please understand and accept that the real-life case of “being good under pressure” applies only to Michael Jordan and no one else (not even to the beloved Kobe). And learn to stop procrastinating.
20. And finally, try to drop a note to every blogger who has been considerate and caring enough to log on my site and leave me a message.
Because they do mean a lot to me at this juncture of my life.