Sunday, July 10, 2011

Things I learned this week...

It goes without saying that we learn new things everyday. Sometimes we learn harsh truths, forced to learn how to cope with something we've never done before, or learn that support isn't always there when we need it. Other times, we learn that the world that we live in is beautiful, we can either choose to live in the past or move on and we learn how to cope with the hard times. The thing is, it doesn't matter what you learn -- what matters is how you take upon your learning. That, to me, matters.

This week, I learned many things. About the world, about the place I live in, about the people I know, and about myself. I've had a busy week, and during this busy week, a lot has happened that has allowed me to see things from a different perspective.

I learned that it's possible to worry about something and at the same time,
smile because it happened.
Out of no where, I got a job last weekend. I've always wanted to work; why? Because I so desperately wanted to learn about the world outside the world I live in -- the working world. I wanted to experience, to be exposed to it, although I know it's not practical seeing as I'm already having trouble with managing my time as it is. And yet I took the job. Why? Because it felt right. Cliched, sure, go for it; but it really felt right.

After training for a week, it was my first day yesterday, and I was on my own. Yes, I worried about it, but left enough room to be happy about it too. Thing was, having a job was something I had always wanted, and although it's really not going to be easy, I'm really grateful for it.

There is not enough time in a day.
I really felt the pinch for time this week, even though I'm having a two-week break at the moment. There's just not enough time in a day, and not enough time for me to everything. You do one thing, and you don't think it'll take long, but before you know it, an hour is gone. Another hour is gone. It's crazy how time flies by so quickly in a day, and I guess the best we can do is make the best out of it. And be grateful that we have time. Because a lot of people don't have that luxury.

There is no use regretting over something you have no control over.
It's something that I really, truly learned lately, but I guess it came more into light in the past week.

I, like the next person, have a few regrets. Sometimes I feel responsible for everything that happens around me; fights between other people, people that I love, and things that happen which I felt shouldn't have happened. I know, I'm not a person of that much importance to have power over these things, but I feel responsible. I do, because that's just how I am. And lately, I've learned, or at least tried to accept, that things happen for a reason.

Thing is, we can't undo what is done. What is done, is done, that's what my mum always said. And she's right. There is absolutely no use wasting time regretting over something that we have no control over. Instead, we should look at what has happened, and try to learn from it. Alright, maybe allow a little regret. And then understand the reason behind the regret, and learn from it and create a change of outcome.

It's so much easier said than done, but let's focus one the future. Regrets can weigh one down so much, and drain us of the good things in life. Regrets are beyond change, but we're not. Neither is our future. I once read somewhere that "no experience is wasted." I like to believe in those words, and I try to take comfort in them. I hope that you, reading this, do too.

If we learn from our experiences, there is nothing at waste.

(The photo featured in this post is from my trip to Phillip Island last week - I hope to share that with you soon.)


Duncan D. Horne said...

Thank you very much for your well wishes while I was sick!
Duncan In Kuantan

Michelle said...

Good to know you're feeling much better now. :)

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