Sunday, March 18, 2007

Quote 10: Mark your friends' birthdays on your calendar!!!

You may have too many friends and sometimes forgotten the birthdays of some. So MARK THEM ON THE CALENDAR ON YOUR DESK OR THE ONE IN YOUR HANDPHONE!!! This way you're less likely to forget them. And at least send a sms to them on that day, wishing them a happy birthday. That's the LEAST a good friend should do.

I have a bad memory for birthdays. I'm always sending belated e-cards to my friends. Why am I such a failure at being a good friend? *sigh*

Friday, March 16, 2007

Quote 9: We can't always get what we want in life. Sometimes we have to compromise in order to move on.

We want our wishes to come true. We had made plans for ourselves in the past. But things didn't always go as planned and we sought for alternatives instead.

I'm at the stage of getting into university and deciding which career path to take in the future. I'm torn between studying a course which I have interest in or one which reaps high salary in the future. It's a huge responsibility for any student and the decision I make now will affect the rest of my life.

Some people are very lucky to have their interest match with a career that eventually generates a high income. VERY lucky people. However, there are people who have immense interest in certain less popular courses but on the thought of the small job market and low pay, they gave up their passion and sought for other better career options. So what can sustain us for the rest of our life? Interest or money?

I believe interest can't sustain life, most of the time. The degree you plan to achieve must have a good range of career options or a specialised job with a good pay that allows you to live comfortably. If your level of interest in a certain course is able to reach a 60-70%, that's good enough. Look at the career options next. Let's be realistic. How many people get to live their dreams alive and make it big based on interest alone? Don't let your 16 years of education go to waste. 16 YEARS!!! And university education ain't cheap you know. Unless you're Paris Hilton where monetary issue isn't an issue at all.

Yes, I agree that there are people out there who didn't mind the low pay and made the choice to follow their interest. I salute them for their courage and passion. If you are ready for the bumpy ride ahead, go all out and follow your passion. But if you're not the kind who have guts to do so, compromise. We can't always have it our way. Compromise is perhaps the solution for you.

For me, I'm still searching for my true calling...

Quote 8: When you were a child, you wished to be an adult soon. Now when you're an adult, you wished you had not grown up so quickly. How ironic.

When we were children, we all wanted to grow up faster so that we could have more freedom and control over our lives. Now as we grow up to be adults, we wished time had slowed down a bit more. We reminisce the childhood that was free of responsibilities. Even when we had certain responsibilities, we could so easily shirk them and let our parents face the consequences. The world revolved around us back then. It was a time when we had the right to be selfish.

I think Spiderman said this in one of his movies," With greater power comes with greater responsibilities." A better statement for me would be " With greater AGE comes with greater responsibilities." As you grow up, greater responsibilities are thrown onto your shoulder- excel in your studies; get into university; find a good paying job; bring home some money to your parents every month; find a spouse; get married; find an apartment; start a family; have kids... The list goes on. Now you know how boring life can be.

I'm 18. I'm still a student. But I could already feel the pressure of adulthood- the many responsibilities I have to undertake when I graduate fron university in 4 years time. In 4 years time, I will be "officially" an adult. Wooh! How time flies!

Treasure your time as a student. 'Cause it isn't long when you won't be one.

Quote 7: Relativity. It's not foreign or scientific. We use it everyday.

Missara's Theory of Relativity

Relative to a begger on the streets, I'm rich. Very rich. Relative to those people living in the Orchard area, I'm poor. Peanuts even.

Relative to a secondary school dropout, I'm an achiever. Relative to a scholar, I'm nothing.

Relative to a person whose height is <1.7m,>1.7m, I'm short.

Relative to a model, I'm fat. Relative to a woman with 3 months pregnancy, I'm thin.

Everything in this world is relative to one another. It's just who we choose to compare ourselves to to make us feel better or worse.

Quote 6: Find your true calling, follow your passion, beat the odds.

Simple words with great meaning. A good reminder for ourselves everyday.

Quote 5: Truth is what you believe in. Most of the time.

Quote 4: Shame- It stays inside you throughout your life.

Have you ever done something that you're ashamed of? Think about it longer. It haunts. It stings. It's all coming back now huh?

Ashamed but don't be disheartened. Don't let it bring you down. Move on and work extra hard. Show others what you're truly made of.

Quote 3: A leopard never changes its spots. Can it shed its fur then?

Think about it.

Quote 2: Life is full of choices. It all comes down to whether you make a good or a bad one.

There are plenty of them out there. Sometimes we are presented with them; sometimes we have to grab them. But the dilemma comes in when you're presented with more than one choice. You thought you've made the right decision but it ended up being the wrong one. When will it ever get right? Why isn't there a choice maker that can always make the right decision for us?

Quote 1: Life is all about comparisons- you compare or you get compared.

Pretty simple. We do it all the time. We are always in the process of selection and comparison. It started from the day we were born and it will never stop.