‘What have you been doing lately?’ I’ve been asked this question a lot lately.
Since I came back from Europe, my schedule is quite filled with lots of appointments of friends visiting and learning new things. To be honest, I really enjoy having some time-off for myself. I mean everybody needs some time-off once a while. We are not Popeye, unless you have too much spinach…
Having a time-off is a good timing to get to know yourself better. Figure out what you really want and focus on the things what matter to you the most.
Before going to Europe, I have only one word to describe my life, W-O-R-K. I worked my ass off just to earn enough money for my trip. I was and still am proud of myself to accomplish that within a year. It was not an easy year for me.
Besides the three jobs I worked at the same time, I had my graduation project going on. It is a group project with five other folks from other classes. Since it is finished and I got my university diploma, I’m just gonna say it was a fucking disaster.
However, this is not what I wanna talk about today.
I used to spend a lot of time dealing with jobs and studies. I didn’t leave enough time for my social life. There was once that I realised my social life has been braking like forever. It’s not I’m saying that it is necessary to keep making new friends; nevertheless, after coming back from Europe, I realised something: meeting new people and things inspire me, and this is exactly what I need — have some new inspiration in life. I’ve been stuck in the same lifestyle for too long, and I started to get tired of it. A new start is needed.
When I was in Berlin, Germany, I was lost at the train station and had no idea why I couldn’t use my VISA card to buy tickets on the machine. A 60-year-old-ish granny came to me and help me with everything. She didn’t really speak well English, but who cares? It’s not like everybody needs to know how to speak English. I was in Europe and supposed to try to communicate in their languages.
A lot of people are like, ‘oh! I’m afraid that they will not be able to understand my English’. What you are not realising is that those people are not exactly as perfect as you think – since English is not their mother language, not everyone knows how to speak English well.
Anyway, it turned out to be that VISA card is not accepted for the ticket machine — German credit cards only. Despite the fact I was quite disappointed with that happened in one of the most visited cities around the world, I was really grateful and happy that she took her time to help me sort this mess up. She, actually the whole country, Germany, inspired me to give somebody a hand whenever you can.
To live a happy life is not hard. Find out what you want deep inside of your heart and be yourself. Don’t say your life it’s complicated, because you are the one who let it becomes complicated. Take control and be your own master.