Posts Tagged ‘life’

My musings over Piersic’s unique show

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I was recently to a Florin Piersic show. For those who do not know who he is, I will simply say Florin Piersic is a famous Romanian actor and TV-personality. He is also known as a colourful raconteur that can talk for hours without getting his audience bored.

The show lasted for about 2 hours, and I was impressed by his talent to share stories and simultaneously evoke a palette of emotions. I laughed and cried, and I was happy to have had the chance to see him in a live performance.

This was not your typical show, but rather a collection of vibrant life stories told in a unique style. The charming Piersic has the talent to transform the world around him in a tale, and that is why he was and remains a remarkable personality!

After 2 hours I felt energised and inspired. I also understood instantly that I will have to put aside some time and digest all that he shared, because there was far more substance to that than an instant emotion.

A week went by and after playing with the information, these are my key takeaways:

  1. Life is like a theatre stage! There is an initial set-up and then it runs based on the director’s instructions. In this image you are the director.
  2. We, people, need other people to survive! We need others to share ideas, to spar, to argue, to get new perspectives… We need to feed both our brain and soul. We are enriching our lives every time we meet someone who is able to challenge us and influence us to see and go beyond our status quo.
  3. We need good friends to travel through life! They are those people one will share both the glorious and joyful days as well as the sad and tumultuous moments. With them one will be comfortable to share laughs and tears because one knows these friends genuinely care about ones wellbeing.
  4. We need a clear map to our happy place! Life is sometimes too serious and stressful. Therefore, we need to know which road is the easiest and fastest to our happy place.
  5. We need a guiding star! Of course, it is not a static star, but rather one that is adjusting throughout our life, given our maturity level at any point in time.
  6. We need someone to look up to! Even the most successful people need a role model to admire and aspire to become.

In an interconnected world, we cannot stand alone. We need to be among people, and continuously find sources of inspiration. Interacting with others puts us in a vulnerable position, but it also provides us with the needed resources to enhance our existence.

When I think of myself at almost 82 years old (Piersic’s age) I would love to look back and be happy and proud of the people I met, the places I visited, the steps I took, the choices I made and the legacy I left to the world.

 

Who are you?

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This question can easily bring some philosophical reflections, but before I personally start the exercise one of my favourite Disney characters, Mushu, pops into my head. Whoever watched Mulan can easily remember below quote:


Mulan:
Who are you?

Mushu:
Who am I? Who am I? I am the guardian of lost souls! I am the powerful, the pleasurable, the indestructible Mushu! I’m pretty hot, uh?

This dialog helps me relax before I open the door to meet my inner demons. Whether I like it or not they are part of who I am, and therefore I invite them out whenever it’s necessary to review our coexistence strategy. Today is one of those days.

The demons are my friends, because they easily highlight where and when I lost my true self. Yes, I am aware that the true self is not a static state. I know that what yesterday held true might not apply today. We, humans, are changing as fast as any new technology, but not all of us are truly conscious of this because it is too great a burden to bear. It is so much more comfortable to stay oblivious and experience only the surface of yourself.

Unfortunately, I’m not made that way. I live intensely certain situations and somehow manage to go down the rabbit hole every time. As painful as these experiences might be, I do try to look at each of them as a wake up call, as an opportunity to search inside me and come back stronger. I know I have the power to rebuild myself in ways that may seem impossible. All it takes is for me to wish to embark on the journey… But each time the very first step is the critical one and the most difficult part of the journey.

So far 2017 is a year that I want to forget – the balance between the happy and the sad moments is tilted towards the latter. Probably all the events that happened entail necessary life lessons and I should cherish all of them, but today I just want to Shift+Del Enter them. So, 2017 please stop challenge me this way!

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Learning how to fly: nature vs. nurture

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Sometimes I wake up in the middle of a situation and I feel people are staring at me. It takes me a couple of seconds until I figure it out that they expect an answer from me to a question that I don’t want to respond. I prefer having my peace in the very little world I created around me.

I like not giving explanations every time I make a decision or I take an action. I already think too much before I act on something. I don’t want to be questioned by anybody just because this is considered to be a default. I fight the so-called standards as long as they don’t define me.

I’m afraid, but I’m courageous. I’m a piece of the puzzle. I’m all and nothing. I refuse to play by the book. I never close the doors behind me. Involuntary, I leave people wondering if I miss something to feel complete. As of recently, I found out that people perceive me as a person that doesn’t have strong opinions about the things happening around me. Trying to guess why this is the case, I came up with a very simple explanation. I accept everyone’s beliefs and wishes as long as nobody is forcing his on me. Therefore, I have no strong urges to impose my personal ideas/views. Additionally, I never express an opinion unless I have studied the subject. I guess for this attitude I have to blame academia and the fact that I dislike people that form an opinion out of thin air. Clearly, I’m a science person.

Since day 1, life is all about learning and developing. In the begining, we have our parents to guide us and teach us the dos and don’ts. Further, we have an entire system that was created to offer us the opportunity of a wider and brighter future. Then we should have the tools to explore the world we are living in. In the process, we learn that if we can pay attention to others, we may learn from their life experiences. In a way, witness a different life without getting out of bed.

Learning from others’ mistakes has its perks, but also it has its disadvantages. I skip some steps in the development process assuming that I will reach faster and easier my final station. Is that indeed better? Do I really save some time to invest in something else? Or am I just losing the sight of me? I don’t have an answer. The only thing I know for sure is that I’m learning how to fly and how to conquer this world bit by bit. With or without help, I’m on my way to an adventure and I’m open to explore. Life is what I make out of it. Let it be great then!

If I live or if I die, it’s surely all up to me.

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Did you try anything new lately?

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Do you know what we have now compared to our parents? We have opportunities! We have the liberty of choosing what we want to do. We have the possibility to be entirely ourself and still make it work. We don’t need to convince anybody about anything. However, we need to always keep in mind our goal.

It is perfectly fine to have a purpose in life. It doesn’t matter what is that, as long as you are happy and you feel accomplished. But we should always remember that we should not restrain our goal. We should always adjust it as we go. Don’t be conservative, because you will miss on chances. It is as simple as that!

When I was in my early teens I always imagined that by now I will have a child. I believe I had that vision because I could easily see myself having a proper family rather than a proper career. And no, it wasn’t because I wasn’t ambitious. I just weighted more having a husband and a child than a career. In the meanwhile, I grew and found new angles of myself and I decided that they are interesting to develop. Consequently, I focused my attention elsewhere keeping though an eye on my initial goal which had to be updated to comprise the new aspects.

Where do I stand now relative to my initial goal? Well, I’m not married and I’m not particularly interested in achieving this status. This is purely because marriage per se would not really change my current life. At the same time, I believe that I’m not prepared to be a parent yet either. Somebody might argue that I will never feel prepared which might as well be accurate. Somehow though, I feel that I still have some time left to get there.

Therefore, I’m focusing my attention on the other parts of my life goal. One of the things I have under my radar for the time being is my career. I’m developing my career because I have the chance and the time to learn from so many interesting people. Just yesterday I dined sitting next to 2 very famous gentlemen, the Captain and the Chief Engineer of the glorious vessel, Mærsk McKinney-Møller. Fantastic guys that had some good stories to share and, at the same time, were happy to answer questions coming from a rookie in the industry (i.e. myself).

If it is one thing I learned lately is that nobody expects you to know everything, but they expect you to dare and ask. Be genuinely interested in what you are doing! Don’t wait until you fell 120% comfortable to share an idea or to challenge a standard! Try new things as they come and believe it or not, you will see a change which will help you achieve everything you dreamed of right from the beginning. It is all a matter of perspective, remember that!

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