Perhaps the greatest reality of life is that it is ever-changing. Inevitably, we face times in which we fall from our highest peaks to our lowest valleys. All too often, however, we remain focused on our defeats, and lose sight of our successes. We get stuck on the negatives, and find it difficult to navigate ourselves back to our original path.
For those of you that know me and have met me in person, it comes to no surprise that I have a minor case of vitiligo. In case you do not know what vitiligo is, it is a skin condition in which pigmentation is lost in certain areas of your body. Does it hurt? No. But to me, it hurts when people feel sorry for me because that is the last thing I feel for myself. Is there a definite cure? No. But similar to most other problems one faces in life, the cure to this rare skin condition does not lie in any medication, but rather in myself and my mind. It is amazing how underrated one’s power of thought is. They say a pen is mightier than a sword. I say the human mind is more powerful than both combined.
University was like a bridge that connected us from one side of the world to another; a platform that would help us fulfill our dreams and prepares us to take charge in our lives. Everyone left with their own unique stories and memories that were captured along the way. No matter how long or how difficult it took for you cross this bridge to step into society, it eventually has an end to it. Graduation, at last; an event of a lifetime that all of us have waited for, has finally come.
For many, lessons and life experiences seem to be learnt through negative or emotional moments in life. However, when I look back I realize that a lot of great life lessons have come from funny and humorous moments. I thought it would be a great idea to share some of them below.
I preface this post by saying that this job you want will not be handed to you. As cliché as it sounds, you will have to work hard and you will have to keep your head up high when you’re at your lowest.
Here are five tips that I lived and breathed during the pursuit of my dream job: working at a top-tier consumer packaged goods (CPG) company. I share them with you with the hope that they help you land your dream job as well.
If I express my opinion, I’m crazy.
If I’m disrespected, I deserve it.
If I am abused, it’s my fault.
If I’m 30 and single, there’s something wrong with me.
If I’m not fair-skinned, I’m ugly.
If I’m divorced, I’m tainted.
If you leave me, I’m ruined.
If I leave you, I’m still ruined.
If I do something for myself, I’m selfish.
If I want more, I’m ungrateful.
If I live alone, I’m available.
I am free but I’m still in chains.
Because I am a woman.
Have you ever had an exam schedule that demoralizes you the minute you see it? Whether it's having two tough exams back-to-back or writing them on consecutive days, you can't help but question whether you'll overcome this academic hurdle. We've all been in this position – and if you haven't yet, you can probably relate to a time when something for every course was due in the same week. Despite the sleepless nights that inevitably await, there actually is a silver lining in these dreadful situations.
Students around the world spend a considerable amount of time and money acquiring knowledge necessary to excel in their chosen field of work. Being an accounting major I was confident I was ready for the challenges that lay ahead of me as I entered the working world. I call myself naïve for not realizing the difference between a mistake in an accounting exam and a mistake in a client’s accounting books. Here are a few things schools should teach students before they graduate.
My mother passed away a month and a half after I got married. In the same year, I delivered a healthy baby boy which my mother would have adored and doted on. Not because she would have been his grandmother but because she loved children. She loved everyone she knew. It did not matter if someone had wronged her or taken advantage of her, she harbored no ill feelings for anyone. I have not met a more patient and humble woman than my mother. Her sincerity and kindness rubbed onto others. Not a day goes by I do not miss her or think about her. When she was alive, sadly I took her for granted. Mind you, I am not proud of that at all. To this day, I regret not spending enough time with her but the fact of the matter is that I never thought she would go away and not come back.
All it takes is one second, one wrong turn, one blink of an eye for us to lose it all. Malaysian Airlines flight 370 is a prime example. Young children, newly wed couples, grandparents and grandchildren, mothers and daughters... literally vanished, nowhere to be found as of yet. I have been addicted to this story for many reasons, whether it be because of my sheer passion and interest in aviation or the unfathomable thought that such a disaster can occur in the high-tech era which we live in today. However, the one thing that I have come to realize is that to most individuals not directly affected by catastrophic events, this is merely another news story addiction that can be easily set aside once a news article is read or an interview is watched online. But to those unfortunate individuals, similar to myself, who feel the pain of losing loved ones due to tragic accidents, it is a cruel reminder of how vulnerable we really are in this world.