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A girl with inner hope and overwhelming passion for life. Love for literature as an engineer.

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Destination is also about the process  

2014-03-15 11:39:23|  分类: 默认分类 |  标签: |举报 |字号 订阅

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I once asked my friend," what do you think is the thing that keeps going through the tough days in life?" "Hope, hope for an attractive destination." She so said. I agree. Most of the time, there are different destinations or temporary destinations that we wanna arrive, which sustained us all the way through. However, there is one more important factor that comes into play aside from the destination- it is the process that we had better enjoy.

After college, I had the goal of being a really professional person out of the feeling that college days were mostly wasted and I had a poor comprehension of major-related knowledge. That's why I studied and worked so hard after coming to the US, especially in the very beginning. One one hand, I was motivated to survive and excel in this country. On the other hand, I wanted to live to my expectations. After two years, I somehow realized my goal to some extent. Of course, there is unlimited knowledge to be captured in one area. But now I do have a good comprehension of my profession as a student. Arriving at this destination leads me to an ideal job in US without too much tough days.
Stepping into the world of work professionals, I started to think about destinations for myself at this stage. At work, I want to be really good at what I do and progress as fast as I can. During leisure time, I want to play piano, learn Spanish and Japanese. Like this, I started a 8am to 5pm full-time job and a part-time one for a language-study website HJ. However, I ended up arriving at home sometimes at 7pm and only 2 hours for leisure then. During leisure time, I have to finish tasks from HJ, some I liked , some I don't. Anyway I need to finish those due to the fact that I signed a 3-month contract with HJ. Trying to keep up with leisure plan, I found myself oftentimes discouraged with the fact that I was not able to cover everything I wanted or not progressing fast enough to master either piano technique or basic languages. 

I was so exhausted to some extent that I started to complain to others that I was so busy, I started to not taking time to think about what I was going through, I started to feel bothered talking with my loved ones. It was then that I realized that I was trying too hard for the destination and totally losing the fun in the process. I was not enjoying life, enjoying the striving process. In fact, I was throwing away all the fun parts. Then, I tried to slow down a little bit, taking time to enjoy the learning process. And it made the change. I begin to enjoy listening to myself playing piano even when I can only play ten minutes every now and then. I was satisfied even if I can only remember one spanish word each time or sometimes I just browse through. I put up the Japanese alphabet on the wall even if I forgot to look at it most of the time.  Just like that, I started to feel happy again. And the complaint stopped. 

Lessons learned: It is an obvious message that we sometimes tend to forget. Care about the destination. Care more about enjoying the process.
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