Monday, January 18, 2010

They Only Tell You Half the Truth

Recently, so many things I enjoy have been cut down. Among which include; my phone, my laptop, PS3 and TV. And though I admit, it is pretty much my only ticket to getting back to the US where I can see once more what the country of my birth looks like. Last time I was there was 13 years ago. I want to go back.

But then there's something my mom keeps saying; work hard now and enjoy success later. Problem is, first was UPSR, then was the constant monthly exams, then PMR and then SPM. Once all of that is done, you have 4 not-so-relaxing months applying for colleges that will accept your SPM Trial results. And when we finally do get into a college, we have to struggle -- again -- to stay in college, graduate with decent results and get a good job. And finally, we're done struggling.

AAANT (buzzer sound) WRONG ANSWER! Why? We have to work hard until we're seeing therapists to stay sane otherwise that 6-digit paycheck we worked so hard to earn, won't come in.

So, we spend a lifetime of struggling. If not for success in life -- and the afterlife --, then we struggle against bad drivers and bad people we are likely to encounter on a daily basis. Considering that, we should probably just give up, wouldn't you agree? Less hassle.

But then, we wouldn't be able to own that Lamborghini you've always wanted. Or that penthouse overlooking New York City. And you'd likely to be struggling to put food on your table. And you'd be bottling up all your frustrations and pain which is never a good thing.

So, given that which I have stated. How do you gauge the quality of life? How do you gauge success in life? Is it by your accomplishments? Or by what you accomplish? Is it by what you own? Or what you have?

The 4 questions I have put forth above carry different meanings. I hope you are able to understand and figure it out.

2 comments:

Phil said...

All of my relative live in the USA but my parents and I live in Australia. I havent been over there for 10 years and really want to go back. Its hard losing that connection with your past.

Mountainrose said...

<<< How do you gauge the quality of life? How do you gauge success in life? Is it by your accomplishments? Or by what you accomplish? Is it by what you own? Or what you have? >>>

Quality of life = how happy are you with that you have, right this minute. Many have happiness with lots of things. others have happiness with lots of friends. Be happy with what you have, right now, not with the thought of what you "may" have a year from now.

A farmer is happy when he's working, planting, tilling, or gathering his crops. Because he is part of the cycle. A Construction worker, is content when each day goes by he's working and what he's working on is still growing (building) even though he knows, when it's finished, he's going to have to find a new job to go to.

A Mom is content when she knows, at the end of the day, that her children have learned something today, have eaten a meal and have a smile on their face in their sleep.