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“Study while others are sleeping; work while others are loafing; prepare while others are playing; and dream while others are wishing.”―William A. Ward
There are wise words that will surely hit us. Some might be written in a simple manner but holds a deeper meaning.
It is good to see that you are doing well in your life because of what you have invested in the past. But things don’t end there, you must continually invest to make yourself better, and to benefit your future.
I have read and heard about Aesop’s Fables since I was young. This day, at work, I found some of Aesop’s Fables. While reading one-after-another, I get stuck with The Ant and the Grasshopper.
I’ve seen a lot of people doing their best to invest while their still young. It’s not about money, but instead, they are investing in knowledge and skills. They knew that It will reach a time that all their sweat will be paid.
Here’s the fable for a refresher:
In a field one summer’s day a Grasshopper was hopping about, chirping and singing to its heart’s content. An Ant passed by, bearing along with great toil an ear of corn he was taking to the nest.
“Why not come and chat with me,” said the Grasshopper, “instead of toiling and moiling in that way?”
“I am helping to lay up food for the winter,” said the Ant, “and recommend you to do the same.”
“Why bother about winter?” said the Grasshopper; we have got plenty of food at present.” But the Ant went on its way and continued its toil. When the winter came the Grasshopper had no food and found itself dying of hunger, while it saw the ants
distributing every day corn and grain from the stores they had collected in the summer. Then the Grasshopper knew:
It is best to prepare for the days of necessity.
When I started in college, I was living in a boarding house. It was a great adjustment for me because I was living my younger years in complete dependence: money matters, meals, laundry etc. The best thing about living away from home is, you’ll be able to ponder on how [easy or] difficult life is.
- Do what you want. Sometimes you don’t need to break some rules to do what you want. When living away from your parents, you have your own rules. Also, you’ll get to know what are your limits.
- Being resilient. Living alone means you deal with your problems the moment you encounter it. Of course you can call someone, but later you will be able to resolve it all by yourself.
- New friends. When you live all by yourself, you get to meet new friends of all ages or gender. You’ll learn how to interact with people with different backgrounds or morals.
- Confidence. Have you ever went to the grocery or supermarket falling in line just to buy something because you desperately need it? I did. You will also get to ask help from random people at ease.
- Budgeting skills. Sure you have a big allowance, but will it last long? While this is quite difficult for most of us, having this experience will really help you later in you adulthood.
- Bills. Surely we go ask our parents for financial needs, but money don’t grow on trees, so it might take some time before we actually have it.
- Meals. You could just eat at a fastfood restaurant, carenderia or cook ramen at your room. But definitely you will miss being served with meals at home.
- Laundry. The thing is you might have gone broke, you have a pile of laundry and have nothing to wear. So better yet, go wash your clothes and just stay in your room the whole day.
- Boredom. Some people don’t get homesick easily. Sometimes, going to somewhere is not an option and you just need to lay on your bed the whole day. I get too bored sometimes, I miss my pets at home.
- Travels. Going home [or somewhere] is not an easy decision to most of us, it usually deals with your mathematical skills. Is two days enough? Can I afford it? But if you badly want to go, then why not?
Soon, you will realize that these advantages will help you grow. You’ll have better decision-making skills that will greatly help you in life. So living away from home is not bad at all.
You ended like a sunset amongst the ships that went past through time, you knocked on my windows to say goodbye and without a sound, you slipped beyond the horizon.
When I was in high school, I won’t deny that most of the time I was at the library. There are a lot of books to read, both old a new ones. Although I read book all over again, it never gets boring. There are those children’s encyclopedia which some volumes are smudged all over by my fingerprints. I also loved reading cookbooks, especially about meats and pasta. But what I like the most are the life and works of the geniuses and innovators. I also try to read the life and works of some famous writers such as Shakespeare and Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, but I never get to finish every book.
At home, I like reading books such as Winning Everything by Deepak Behl, Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki, Mastery by Robert Greene and The Richest Man Who Ever Lived: King Solomon’s Secrets to Success, Wealth, and Happiness by Steven K. Scott and a lot more.
Do what you love and love what you do. Let your passion fuel you.
That’s why I read books because it doesn’t inspire you, it also gives you a heads up of how bumpy the road is but the journey is worth-it. The biographies become your tool and they become your invisible mentors in life. It is not about imitating them, it is about recreating yourself to have the right attitude. And you will know that mistakes and failure is something not grieve upon.
You still get tired and exhausted, but if you love doing something, you can do it for hours or days even without pay.
I always have that imagination that someday I’ll have my Eureka moment too and my masterpiece be tangible. It may be an AI software or intelligent robot or anything.
I’ve learned that if you want to become a scientist, don’t let it be an obstacle if you want also to be an artist. Don’t just be you, be someone better than you. Be someone who is well-rounded–go learn a new language, enroll on course, and make something useful. Start a lifetime project of making yourself better each day. Smarter each day. Start doing things that will benefit you in long-term. Learning is an investment.
How does an ant live? It’s not about its way of life or its day-to-day activities. How do they breathe in such a small body? Do they even poop? Well I don’t know the answer.
When I was a kid, I used to follow the trail of the ants and when I reach its mound, I’d just stare at it. And when I do, I have this sort of indescribable blurring of vision again. I shake my head then my vision regains focus. Then later when I stare again at these tiny red creatures, I uncontrollably have a blurred vision. That’s why I don’t get to observe how they really look like.
This is why I have that sort of amazement to ants. Ants are so small and how do they even pump blood? These were one of the questions that came into my mind when I was younger. Ants seem to resemble metallic robots without internal organs but with some sort of fluid. Go in the garden or probably outside then suddenly you feel a bite or what. It’s itchy then you scratch or rub your skin. Accidentally, you just squashed that tiny creature with all of its bodily fluids on your skin. It’s dead.
How does life fit in such a small body? Well, bacteria are living organism though they’re really small. Do ants have brain or a spinal cord or a heart or muscles? Do some googling bro!
We know about Chemistry and Biology. I’ve searched online and read books, but this never lost that awe with ants. They must have sort of magic within. 😂
I was called by a friend of my aunt to do a short film for their final project. I was hesitant at first because I have no video editing tools yet. But I thought this might be a chance to practice video editing. They were thinking of paying a fee but I insisted not give me any sort of payment. Instead they gave me a gift as a token of gratitude.
I encountered several problems during the editing phase, they have some videos that aren’t shot yet and all of their videos has inaudible conversations–if not pure sign language. I also had trouble searching free BG music that will fit the old-style movie which was set during the Spanish era in the Philippines.
The short film is about a tragic or sad the love-story of Elias and Salome. This is a Lost Chapter or was removed prior to publishing of Jose Rizal’s novel called Noli Me Tangere because of some reasons.
Some people might think that I already know what [things] I wanted in my life. Most of the times, I am not that person who is surprised or what, I am someone who is grateful and/or considerate. I already ran things in my mind so there is a least chance of being surprised. I know I have a 50-50 chance, that’s why I am somewhat ready for whatever results that I would encounter.
So if things go bad, I still grieve for my failure or for the turnaround of things for some hours or days. I already understand why it happened or for whatever purpose/reason I accept it openhearted. It is because, as the saying goes, [always] look on the bright side. Who knows, there might something better for me.
There are time that I would say, “Look, I already have the thing that I’ve been wishing for years!” I might sound shallow to others but there are reasons why I do this. I have a memory lapse, and it seems like that a week already happened for already a few months or probably years. It might seem to be exaggerated, but that’s how I can explain my experience.
I can say, like everyone, I got an imaginative mind–full of ideas, stories, etc. But in a few minutes or so, I already forgot it. That’s why I like having a piece of paper and a pen near me, probably a notebook and a pencil, a black ballpoint pen or a sign pen. I write random things that comes into my mind. I draw, sketch or list a bucket list.
About five or more years ago, I have a two lists. The one is a bucket list and the other is an achievement list, funny eh? But, yeah, I have written this on a Word document and just constantly adding and checking on the items. Fast forward, I used several applications on desktop, web, and Android for keeping record of my grocery list ha-ha! Some of these are Any.do, Todoist, and Google Keep.
Some are just small tasks or things to have. But there are also huge goals that needs several tasks in order to complete or reach it. There are things to do today or the next day. Some are tasked to be done in a certain date or time, maybe in a month, in a few months or in a few years from now. While most are either, do this when you have time or do this someday when things allows you to.
These things might not suit others but for me, it suits me well. It’s not that I live on plans but at least I know what I want. And also, I am a flexible person so I always adjust to change and so as my list(s). It’s like when I can check-it-is-done things on my list, It gives my pure happiness. For me, it’s something that is a worth-to-wait scenario. If you don’t get it, fine. Just always think positive, because if you succeed in it, it is the most amazing feeling you will feel. It doesn’t matter on how small or big your dream/task is but it being happy about it.
These are just few things of things that goes like Woohoo or Eureka moments. And as life goes on, the list keeps getting longer. It’s not about being worldy or materialistic, it just enjoying what life can offer.
On ordinary nights my mind wanders.
As if my eyes are closed even when it’s wide open.
It stares into a void of a distance measure by time.
Where time is not in the past or in the future.
Rather, in a world unknown to me or to my understanding.
A space where there are just the surface and the atmosphere.
Suddenly you are on a rooftop.
Floating in a scenery of entities without a background.
All of the beauty of the imagination foretold.
Like the warmth of the late afternoon sun.
Along the beaches or on the hilltops.
Or it’s lazy orange rays from the silhouette of the western trees.
And above is a patch of blue skies and a faint white cloud.
The touch of the nostalgic breeze.
Maybe the earthy burnt dust in the air.
As you lay on the grass from the view underground.
Sometimes you are on a treetop.
When the white birds returns to the south.
Hastily the cerulean turns crimson, blazing on the edges of your eyesight.
One-after-another the stars begins to appear.
How are you so clueless of how you lived on the other world.
Then you wake up dying to talk to yourself from that different universe.