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Some Nights, I Stay Up

“Oh Lord, I’m still not sure, what I stand for.”

It’s all about thinking big and building castles.
But at night, the dreams sometimes come back to you.

You think about what you really stand for.
You ponder if being different is actually a good thing.
You wonder if the sacrifices are worth it.

Because standing for something,
Committing to something,
Can be a roller coaster.

Sometimes you cash in.
Sometimes you just take it in.
Sometimes work twice as hard at what you love.
But feel twice as less understood.

It’s a lonely thing to stand for something.
Because it means so much to you.
And you feel that others might not share that feeling.

And even when others share the same feeling.
You ask whether it’s the right feeling.
Because you see others’ hearts broken and dreams shattered.
As they stood for something.

And that’s why you always question what you stand for.
It’s a normal thing.

So stand for big dreams.
Stand for love.
Stand for something,
You’d stand for.
And fight for.

Because in the end,
The worst that happens,
Is something beautiful and profound.

Crazy

Crazy is familiar to me.

My friends think I’m crazy
My siblings think I’m nuts.
My mom thinks I’m insane.

But crazy is a relative term.
Not asking the right questions.
That’s crazy.
Never ignoring the rules.
That’s crazy.
Regarding the whys, never-been-dones, and hows.
That’s crazy.

What’s not crazy is conviction.
Ambition.
Big, hairy, audacious goals.
The want to change the world.
The way things are fundamentally done.
For the better.

But then again, some people consider that crazy.
I guess it’s my job to look those people in the eye.
And tell them it’s okay.
We’re all crazy in our own little ways.
And my crazy makes me happy.

The Secret to Making Friends

One secret to making friends should be no secret at all. It’s empathy. It’s knowing where somebody is coming from and understanding their thoughts and feelings.

That is the first thing you should try to pinpoint whenever you have a conversation with anyone. It’s not necessary what they say, but why they say it.

Once you’ve figured that out, it makes that awkward transition from stranger to friend that much easier (and faster too).

And the great thing about it? It makes it easier to deal with people. The notion of someone having an agenda disappears once you establish a level of respect and trust through empathizing.

Even if the other party is not “friend material,” at least they know you recognize who they are and what’s important to them. It’s where both parties acknowledge they are human beings.

What Do I Want to be Remembered For?

One of the greatest questions that we can and should ask ourselves everyday goes along the logic of, “What do I want to be remembered for?” “What is my legacy?”

Such a question forces us to see ourselves from a different perspective — forces us to see ourselves as a different person. It’s not a question of what we’ve done in the past, or are doing in the present, but rather one of who we want to become.

In doing so, we also open up our eyes. It’s like a refresher of sorts that prompts us to become better people and gives us a glimpse at the great potential that we were meant for.

The Beauty of Boring Things

I believe our lives are worth sharing. What may be a mundane routine for us may be a new and refreshing experience for others. In the process, it may create something much more rewarding than we can possibly imagine.

My professor, a former politician, told us about a time when he helped a student. At the time, there was no law that limited how late people younger than 16 could stay at work, and she was working long hours.

A bill was introduced, and was sent to the floor. Then it was passed, but not before he’d ask her to testify before the California Congress. He didn’t need to. It wasn’t necessary. But he did.

Not many 16-year-olds get to say they testified before a legislative body, but she did. It was a daily routine for him but she experienced something remarkable. Not many 16-year-olds get to say they testified before a legislative body. But she did.

And it didn’t take him any extra effort, nor cost him any money.

We should all have something worth sharing, especially in the jobs that we do. Even the most boring things like doing sales calls or building Excel spreadsheets have their merits.

It’s not because the jobs themselves are interesting. Rather, people are inherently interested. We are curious creatures. And the wonderful thing about sharing is that it gives us a chance to discover a little more about ourselves.

Oh and I forgot to mention… my professor now works as the CEO of a not-for-profit. The girl, now a wealthy banker, donated a sizable amount to his organization.