Saturday, 14 February 2015

Geek Valentine // Just a Random Update #4

Happy Valentine's Day, Geeks!

The last update post I wrote was over two months ago, so I figured it's time I get a little personal on the blog again.
For the first time in forever, I had plans on the 14th of February: I met my best friend from school! She's in Mumbai, so we went to the beach and had long talks and took long walks together.
I'm still going to uphold my tradition of watching the chick flick Valentine's Day on Valentine's Day, so I'll probably do that after I finish writing this post.

My last midterm exam was today, and I'm pleased to say that all five went really well. I have a feeling this semester is going to be much better than the first, academic-wise. 

In other news, I'm still not sure what I want to do with my life after I graduate in two years. Currently, I'm leaning towards either Psychology or Journalism. While I like business management, I don't know if I could spend the rest of my life working in the corporate world. I'd love to be a writer or a blogger full-time, but I think I'd need something more concrete than that to be satisfied with my work-life. But then again, writing IS my passion. Shouldn't that be enough for me as a career?

Now that my exams are over, it's back to business as usual. It's time to get fitter, get smarter, and get happier. I've been neglecting my workouts and my online course because of illnesses and exams, but that changes now.

Oh, I also want to say that my New Year's resolution of staying positive is going really well. I've started maintaining a Gratitude List. Every day, I write ten random things I'm grateful for, and I make it a point to be optimistic about everything and everyone. And you know, the more I'm grateful, the better my life becomes. So it's a win-win! ^_^

I think that's it for now. I might go watch Love, Rosie (starring our very own Finnick Odair) tomorrow or sometime next week, so if I do, I'll be sure to review it.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend.
Auf wiedersehen!

Sunday, 8 February 2015

The Three Things That Matter Most.

I wrote a post about real success more than a year ago. I believed then that real success can only be achieved when you're happy and healthy.
While my belief hasn't changed, I've come to realise that there are three key things that can help you succeed in life.

Of course, I don't believe that I've succeeded. I'm still trying to figure out what I want to do with my life. But that doesn't stop me from working towards my future with the help of these things.

Let's see what they are.

1) Kindness:

To succeed in life, you have to be kind. You need to be kind towards yourself (by being happy) and you need to be kind towards others (by making others happy). You need to find the perfect balance between these two components, and trust me, that's when you'll really feel like you're making a difference in the world.
If you're earning lots and lots of money but you're unhappy at the end of the day, you've failed. If you're really rich and really happy, but there's no one else you care about, then you've failed.
Don't give up hope if you're in either of these categories. Start being kind. Start smiling. Start making others smile. Be grateful to yourself, your friends, and your family for everything you are and everything you have.
And then see how you succeed.
“Three things in human life are important: the first is to be kind; the second is to be kind; and the third is to be kind.”
― Henry James

2) Curiosity:

The only way you can grow as an individual is by learning new things. And to learn things, you need to want to learn them.
It's very important to ask questions. Even if the answer isn't obvious, even if the question is preposterous - you have to speak what's on your mind and you need to be willing to listen to what's on other people's minds.
The more you wonder, the more you speculate about possibilities. And the more you speculate, the more you realise how much you can do - and what you have to do to get there.
“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.”
― Albert Einstein

3) Bravery:

I've written about bravery before, but here I'm talking about the courage and the will to keep trying. You may have ideas, and this idea may help you end poverty - but if you doubt yourself or your capabilities and think, "Well, I just can't do that," or (even worse) "What if people laugh at me?", then you're never going to do what you set out to do.
Even if you fail a million times, you have to be brave enough to keep going. It doesn't matter how far-fetched your dream is or how difficult it is. If you believe in yourself, and if you aren't afraid to do whatever it takes to get there, you will. I can guarantee that.
“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”
― Winston S. Churchill

Success, of course, doesn't come easily. And everyone defines success differently. You may say there are other factors to consider when it comes to succeeding in life, and I agree. But the idea of 'success' that doesn't include these three things is very unappealing to me.

As I mentioned earlier, I'm not entirely sure what I want to do with my life, but I'm curious every day. I'm kind to others and myself every day. I fail at many things every day, but I'm willing to keep trying.

I'm on the road to success, dear Geeks. And I hope you are, too.