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This was for a project called ‘Information Is Beautiful’. We had to show the maximum ages of animals which was a bit annoying considering all the information thats out there. It turned out a bit depressing in the end but at the time it seemed like a good idea.
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I usually get really frustrated each time a family member calls me up and asks me for a favour related to technology. I calmly explain on the line to them that I’m in the middle of something right now but I can teach them how to do it, so that the next time they know how to do it on their own. Before I can even finish my sentence, they usually whine and say, “My mind is old and is incapable of absorbing anything new any more.”. That just ticks me off.
You see, I’m a firm believer in life being a non-stop journey of self-discovery that we honestly, truly never stop learning. So when my aunt or whoever tells me that their mind is old and can’t learn any more, that is just pure bollocks. I believe that you can never stop this journey unless you chose to. Honestly, most of the time, we’re just lazy. We prefer to let someone else do the work for us instead of accepting the pure responsibility of doing our own work. Why? Because if someone else does the work for us, if something goes wrong, they failed, not us. As human beings, one thing we’re not very good at is accepting rejection and failure. So if someone else is failing, you go “Oh Well. Better luck next time.”. But if we, ourselves fail at doing something especially something new, our ego does not take that very well. We go, “OMG. How can I be so stupid? How can’t I not do this and ‘so and so’ can?”.
The way I see it, if we stop comparing ourselves to people, our mind would be much a sound place and a more accepting one. We should never compare our learning milestones with someone else, because that is not what growth is about. Growth is about the distance you were form Time A to Time B. And part of growth is failure. Let’s face it, we’re not perfect. We fill fail. Remember the times when you learned how to ride a bike? How many times did you fall? But at the end of the day, you didn’t give up. Or at least your parent nagged you into not giving up. But now, you can ride a bike, can’t you?
So I guess what I’m saying is, don’t be afraid of learning something new because you think it’s going to end in failure. There’s a famous quote out there and as clichéd as it sounds, I think it adds a perfect touch to this post. If you don’t succeed, try and try again. You’re not losing anything, so why not? Take a chance.
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There are many things that excite me right now. One of which is the return of my wonderful mother. Wonderful would be an understatement to describe this woman. If I ventured to the ends of the earth to find the words that could describe how I feel and love this woman, I would come back empty handed.
You see, my lovely mother raised me as a single parent. Most people feel sorry for me when they hear that. However, that’s not the case. They feel like I missed out on something not having a father figure around. Somehow, I am not complete because I’m shy of this experience. I for one, do not think that way. When I think about it, yes I lost out on the typical experience of a normal childhood, having both a father and a mother figure. But, in the end, I got the extraordinary experience of having a parent that played both parts. Till this day, I don’t know where my mother found the strength to carry out both roles. It’s not an easy one. Being the sole breadwinner for two mouths, being responsible to take care of two people. I find it hard to itself to take care of my own self. How to do the millions of tasks which I am set for. How did my mother do it. I’m flabbergasted. Where did she get the energy to do it? Where did she get the willpower to do it? Where did she get the strength?
It’s true what they say. Love, the simplest and purest of all things, when unleashed releases a mountain of energy, strength and so forth. I will forever treasure the things my mother has done for me. When I was younger, I would whine and get upset whenever my mum wouldn’t heed to my wants, but now as I grow older, I realise that how much of a spoilt brat I was. How in that moment of selfishness could I ever forget the sacrifices she has made for me and how impatient I was. I also regret not helping her out more often, easing her burdens. Life is beautiful with giving us time. It may be short, but in that moment, seize it. I, Sherry Tan hereby make a commitment to be a better daughter from here on out to the woman that gave me life and taught me how to live it. Thank you mum, thank you every single thing you have ever done for me. I will forever treasure it from today, tomorrow even past the day I die. I will love you.
An Egyptian woman holds up an infant during a rally in Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt, Friday, Nov. 25, 2011. Tens of thousands of protesters chanting, “Leave, leave!” filled Cairo’s Tahrir Square in a massive demonstration to force Egypt’s ruling military council to yield power. The Friday rally is dubbed by organizers as “The Last Chance Million-Man Protest,” and comes one day after the military offered an apology for the killing of nearly 40 protesters in clashes on side streets near Tahrir Square.
The best of a book is not the thought which it contains, but the thought which it suggests; just as the charm of music dwells not in the tones but in the echoes of our hearts. — Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894) American author and poet.
All the misery, the depression and the chaos in the world can be solved with a good book and a hot cup of tea.
When you ask yourself, “Is it worth it”, the moment you feel that you need to start thinking of it, that’s a clear sign it’s not.
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It’s funny how we only appreciate things when we lose them, or have no access to them no longer. Why is it we crave things that we don’t have. Is it due to the thrill of the chase? Is it part of our human greed?
To love is to suffer. To avoid suffering one must not love. But then one suffers from not loving. Therefore, to love is to suffer; not to love is to suffer; to suffer is to suffer. To be happy is to love. To be happy, then, is to suffer, but suffering makes one unhappy. Therefore, to be unhappy, one must love or love to suffer or suffer from too much happiness. I hope you’re getting this down. — Woody Allen, Love And Death (1975)
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