I hope you’ve all had a great weekend! I’ve had the pleasure of spending the night with my uncle in Godmanchester, a place just outside of Cambridge. It’s absolutely gorgeous here, rivers, meadows, blossom trees, a true haven.
I love spending time with my Uncle, he’s been through a lot and come a long way from his beginings in Vitoria, Brasil. He’s battled with mental health issues and now he’s in charge of massive civil engineering contracts. The sheer dedication this guy has is unreal, just by being around him you’ll feel motivated and ready to start a career.
He’s taught me a lot of lessons about life and the importance of hard work, dedication and dicipline. If you want something, no one is going to give it to you. He also stresses that you need to chase genuine happiness, everything else is a bonus. Money is good, but not a necessity, you don’t need to be rich to survive. Is a guy who spends a grand on a night out getting drunk with his friends really that different from someone who buys cheap vodka and gets his friends round for a barbecue?
I honestly wish that everyone could have an uncle like this guy, my words does not do his words justice. As always,
Afternoon guys and gals, it’s Friday!!!
I hope you’re all having a wonderful day, the sun is shining, the birds are tweeting and everything feels nice. So yesterday I went to change the guitar strings on my acoustic, and ended up snapping one of the pegs that holds down the strings. I was staring at it and trying to figure out if there was some way I could fix it without waiting to get a new set. Luckily there’s a music shop close by so I brought some, and now I’ve got a fresh sounding acoustic.
I was trying to figure out if I could use something else as a temporary fix, so I started thinking about it’s purpose. It’s there to hold the strings in place right? But then I thought a little deeper about purpose, what actually is it? You can’t exactly measure purpose or see it, but it’s something we as humans give to ourselves and other objects. For example, is it really a rocks purpose to be used as a paperweight on your desk? Or is it because you say that’s what the rock’s purpose is?
I watched a good ted talk about finding your purpose, and he suggested that finding your purpose is as easy as asking yourself 5 questions: Who am I? What do I do? Who do I do it for? What do they want/need/get from you? How do they change as a result?
A lot of people seem to want to find their purpose in life, it’s kind of the key to happiness. But I think it’s more important to feel like your purpose is needed and important.
If you’re lost and you feel like you don’t have a purpose in life, then that’s perfectly fine. There’s no rule saying you NEED to have a purpose, just relax, have a think about it, and I’m sure it will come in time.
Man it feels like time is moving so slow and so fast at the same time, like it’s only Tuesday, but before you know it it’ll be Friday. Anyways I just had a lecture on epistemology (The study of knowledge) from our head of school. The lecture was very philosophical, raising points about reality and what it means to be here.
There are fundamentally two things about this existence that I can’t comprehend;
My own mortality, and the fact that no one on the planet (to my knowledge) has any idea how or why we’re here. Now I’ve spent a very large portion of my life thinking about those two things and I’ve learnt/figured out some stuff…
It seems that the reality that I see, and the reality that you see are different, built up by our biases and experiences. I mean we can both agree that that chair over there is blue, but are you really seeing it as my version of blue? Is there any way we can find out for sure?
What I consider to be right or wrong is based on how I’ve interpreted what I’ve been exposed to and the culture I’ve grown up in. Just because a society has come to the conclusion that something is right or wrong, doesn’t mean it is. For example, English people generally believe it’s wrong to eat dogs, but if you had grown up in a society like Vietnam, then it would be perfectly normal to eat dogs.
I guess what I’m trying to say is everything you see, is filtered through “You” goggles, and sometimes it can be hard to take these off, but being aware of it is definitely a good first step.