Project 365+1: Swamped

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If you think working on a startup is easier than being in school, you’re wrong. However, arguably, practically working on your future and learning while REALLY doing it is much better than pouring over books for four or more years to be a clueless slave in the real world.

Whims, Impulse, Spontaneity

Ever have those days when you decide spontaneously on something and then not regret it after? I love those days. I get to decide faster on things and not have to worry about the consequences too much. Also, when I get into that mood, I know I act for my own good so it lessens my guilty feeling.

Here are some examples:

– Erasing a whole article, blog post, story, poem, etc. that you’ve finished writing and starting from scratch again even if you’ve spent days “perfecting” it just because it still doesn’t feel right.

– Throwing stuff away that you saved for future use because it’s been months or even years and you still have not used it. It’s still there, worn out and useless.

– Walking into a sketchy pub or restaurant to get a drink instead of a fancy bar or something because you can’t choose anyway and discovering that that “sketchy” place is cool after all and it has the best food in the area.

– Planning a trip in less than a week or two because you want to get away (trust me, I’ve done this, never regretted it, want to still repeat the experience). Florida next week anyone?

– Ordering a food because it is the first thing that caught your attention on the menu and its name sounds delicious even if it actually isn’t or it is extremely spicy. Errr.

– Ordering an iced coffee in the middle of the night in winter when you know perfectly well you can’t sleep if you drink caffeinated drinks at night, you are easily cold and you have work tomorrow.

– Wearing a pair of boots with 2-inch heels during a snowstorm.

– Deciding to watch a theatre play after work.

I have to admit that some of my “whimsical” moves have been thought of or considered for days. I just haven’t decided yet or acted on it yet because I’m considering other things. So when I have finally done something about it, it always feels awesome because I have crossed off an item that’s been nagging me for how many days and lifted that thing off of my shoulders. A couple of examples:

Buying my DSLR: Nikon D80. I had been shopping around for the best model for a few days but I was still undecided if I’d actually buy one (for what?) and which one. Then I woke up one weekend and asked my father to accompany me to the mall to get my DSLR (I remember everyone’s look when I said that: question marks in their faces). The salesman told me it was better to wait till December of 2008 because the new D90 with video feature would be coming out. Well… I didn’t and I never regretted that purchase. I knew that somehow the D90 won’t be right for me even if it has that video feature. It sounded like an experimental unit to me. Then I heard that Nikon’s HD video feature is crappy. Not sure if it’s true though. But when it comes to photography, I love my Nikon D80.

Going to New York over a long weekend. I wanted to go back to NYC after having the first taste of it. So… I looked for the next long weekend in my calendar, asked my sister if she wanted to come, and then booked the tickets. What came out of it? Front row seats at Daniel Radcliffe’s How to Succeed in Business Without Even Trying. Yes. I saw Daniel look at me too! 😉 The best thing about it? It was only for USD$30. (VIP seats were: USD$300).

This other one felt really spontaneous:

Buying my Mac Book Pro and Sims 3 original installer. I remember accompanying my father to a gadget store to buy something. Then as I had been considering getting a new laptop (and Sims 3 just came out that month), I lingered by the laptop section comparing one unit to another without real thoughts of buying one that night. I even welcomed discussing it with the salesman (I don’t usually welcome salesmen talks if I’m going to seriously buy unless I have other questions). To make the long story short… went home with a brand new shiny laptop, my favourite game and a new printer (discounted because of my purchase).

I wonder what other people have done on impulse, enjoyed it and felt awesome after?

Project 365+1: The Excuse

20120105-183103.jpgAs I pondered what photo should I post here tonight, the topic presented itself. I was a bit distracted on the bus ride home regretting the fact that I didn’t take a photo of the chocolate truffles put out earlier for everyone in the office. At the same time, I was reading a book while listening to music and texting. I heard the announcement that we were already at the major intersection close to my home but didn’t get ready yet. My place is two stops/lights away from that. I knew I had enough time to gather my stuff. As the bus moved, I readied myself. However, the driver drove so fast and before I knew it, we were speeding past my street! And so, I had to get off at the next stop and walk back up to get home. Good thing it wasn’t really that far and at the same time it was a nice night. Maybe it was the world’s way of reminding me that I ate too much truffles today so I need to walk a bit to burn it down. Oh well. I enjoyed the walk anyway.