Life is a series of choices. Every step is a choice, an option, a decision. We try our best to make these choices based on what we know. What we pick may not be based on what is right and what is wrong, but what we believe in our minds and hearts. Whatever we do decide, we have to compromise. It is always one or the other.

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Misclouded

It is without a doubt that we are all influenced in some way or other by the movies we see and by the stories we read and hear both fiction and non-fiction. The serious question is, how much have we been influenced?

Im mostly a TV person, even though I love to read and like listening to stories. So I wonder, had I not been introduced to the TV a long time ago, and had not seen what I had seen all these years, what would I be like now? Would I be who I am? Or would I be different in some way?

Growing up I loved watching TV. Cartoons were my life! With time I slowly started to see the real world. I began to be aware of the differences between real life and fairy tales, or stories on TV. I found out that life isnt as pretty as we imaged it to be. It was never as fair or as just or as easy.

It didnt take long for me to adjust, but it was a very large culture shock. Also, the fact that we live in this country and have these type of people around, makes it all the more shocking. Life, here, is far from a fairy tale.

Had I not been influenced by TV, would I have been more prepared for the real world?

Sometimes these stories motivate us, they push us forward giving us a charge of energy. However it does not last, soon enough when we are back in the real world facing real world issues, the motivation dies.

My plan now, is to find a way to keep that motivation running. It is a great feeling when something such as a story motivates us. But what is worse is when it fades away. There has to be away to sustain it.

I have to.

Unmotivated

Hand on Cheek I am human you know. I believe there was a group of people out there who thought I was an alien, I assure you, I am an earthling.

Now on to more pressing matters. Seriously.

This is the type of day I hate the most. I wake up early, after a good sleep, and I’m all ready to work and be productive then, I freeze. I dont feel like doing much, but I force myself anyway.

I open up a few windows on my laptop; My email, my reader, my downloads of the day, a couple of other websites for entertainment purposes, and a couple of programs related to work. I sit there staring at the screen. For the life of me, I dont know why, but I cant get myself to start anything.

Alright alright. Ill start with the easy stuff. I go through my email.

Oh nice. 3 unread. Read them, check.

Next. The reader. Now, ever since a couple of days ago, I cleared my reader so today I had only about 150 articles and blog posts to go through, most of which are comments and uninteresting articles so I go through only the headlines.

Reader status? 0 new. Excellent.

Next. Hmm, downloads? Got that done pretty quick anyway, and after that? Work? Read (work related stuff, or other interesting articles)? Surf? Chat? No. None seem quite interesting at the moment (even the interesting articles.)

What now?

I know. Ill blog about being unmotivated.

There you have it folks.

But wait. Blogging? Done. Now what?

Bullocks.

9abaa7 el Khair

Good Morning people, time to get into a mellow mood of the week. Enjoy.

..Random Thoughts follow..

When you thought it was all crashing down, you look up and see a tingle of light. You reach up for it and try to grab it.. but.. nothing. You can’t hold it. You realize, you slowly give up on reaching it. It glistens brighter, you can’t help but try one more time to grab it.

You still can’t grasp it. But you see it there, and you notice, with every reach you can go further on ahead. Then you realize, that if you do manage to grab that light, it will soon fade away in your palms, but the fact that you can move just a tiny bit forward, is what really makes a difference.

That sense of accomplishment, no matter how small means much more.. so much more..

One More Step Up

I’m feeling a little musical.

Are you feeling it?

“In the depth of my soul there is a wordless song.”
~ Kahlil Gibran

What happens if we fall, and don’t get up? We get walked all over. Nothing will happen if one does not get up and take that one step forward. Just one step, then maybe another. A step towards truth, towards a light, a step up. Not a step down, towards darkness. If all you see is darkness around you, take a look up, and you will see if but a hint of light that could be. If you don’t see the light, then keep moving up, and up, and farther until you see it. It is there, I promise you. You’ll find it.

Good Morning!

It sure has been a while since I have posted a video. Before pressing play. Relax. I mean it. Stop for a moment, close your eyes and take a slow deep breath through your nose and feel the air. Then, while still closing your eyes, slowly exhale through your mouth.

Repeat the previous process until you feel more relaxed. Do it, you won’t lose a thing, besides all the stress you’re in :)

Now.. Enjoy the video clip.


Song: Kyoto Garden – Miyagi

Now the question is: Is it possible to be angry, yet still calm and totally composed?

Why I want to be a Scientist

As I promised I would be writing a series about what I would want to be. In part 1, I discussed why I want to be an engineer. The good thing there, is that the opportunities are all available, but being an engineer is not all what I want to be. I also want to be a scientist.

ScientistSince I was a young boy I loved playing the mad scientist. I assume I got the idea from all the TV shows and cartoons back then. It seemed quite cool, to be the evil genius who mixes chemicals and creates an explosion that in the end produces a strange and powerful chemical that would probably make a person invincible! As young as I was, I was quite unfamiliar with the concepts of chemical reactions, only that certain colored liquids mixed together would probably produce something quite cool.

I remember buying my first chemistry set. I was so overjoyed! I didn’t know most of the chemicals on there, but I knew that eating them was dangerous, so I suppose that was all I had to know. There was a little booklet with experiments to go with it, but I was not interested in simple experiments. I remember going crazy one day, and mixing minerals in a beaker and different chemicals and it started to froth and react and overflow! I was overjoyed! I felt like a true mad scientist that has created something!

I was young at the time, very young, so bare in mind I am not naturally cruel to animals, but what came next was only natural. I got a needle and filled it with the evil liquid I had created. I needed a test subject, so I caught a cockroach. Yes, I did. It was evil, and I would never do such a thing again. I injected it with this chemical fluid, I won’t go into detail, but nothing exciting happened.

That is not why I want to be a scientist, but I wanted to create things. As I grew up, I wanted to work in a lab, making all these experiments and creating cures, medicines, chemicals, and God knows what! However that is not science, that is only a brach of it, and what I’d really want to do is become a scientist in all fields.

  • I’d want to make a new discovery that would perpetually benefit everyone.
  • I’d dedicate my resources on the present situation, and study current problems that are affecting people to solve them.
  • I’d try to build on our scientific heritage, after all some of the best scientists were the arabs.
  • I’d make the knowledge publicly available, and even explained in the best way, for everyone to understand.
  • I’d study, and test, every chemical product to the fullest before making it available to the public.
  • Lastly, I would not be doing this for business either, education and knowledge goes bad when it is commercialized.

Why I want to be an Engineer

EngineerWe ask ourselves if we are who we wanted to be, or if we will be who we want to be. I do hope that we can all be what we’d like, however sometimes we’re not. This doesn’t necessarily mean we don’t like what we do, or we regret not doing what we’d like to have done. (confused yet? :p) I’m planning to write a series of what I wanted to be. The reason is, because I wanted to be many things, what I am now, is one of them, I’ll mention that last.

Today I’ll mention why I want to be an engineer. Sure, I loved breaking radios and little toys just to see how they worked. I used to get scolded a lot when I was younger, always breaking things and rarely ever put them back together. I did learn how a lot of things worked, and wanted to create stuff on my own. I don’t believe I did create something, but I always imagined it. This is probably why I have a hypothetical Slapper product that will probably never see the light of day (hope it wouldn’t its pure evil :p).

I entered engineering school here in Kuwait University, and wanted to be an Airplane designer. Sounds cool doesn’t it? Sadly, my hopes were shattered when I started failing in Calculus B and Physics 2, even the subjects (in Arabic) which were supposed to help me pass and raise my GPA were no good for me. I failed them miserably too. I changed my left and changed my major altogether, and don’t really have much ties to engineering anymore.

I do have an understanding of it, I see things in a very systematic way, and get quite a bit of engineering concepts. I’d really want to be an engineer to make the world a better place.

 

  • I’d try to invent better environmental products. I wouldn’t mind the cost if the long time benefit would be higher.
  • I’d research into better raw materials and a systematic and efficient way to use them, and all their byproducts, up until disposal. Sadly, it seems that currently not the whole process is looked into.
  • I’d concentrate on building things that don’t easily break, and can be easily repaired by anyone. Wouldn’t it be just helpful if you could fix something for cheap, and get affordable, reusable, durable spare parts?
  • As an engineer I’d listen to the people, not the companies, in the end the products I’d create are for the people to use, not the companies to make big $ off of.
  • I’d really love to participate in technology and advanced forums as well. New technology is good, but most of it hasn’t been tested that well.

 

My Creative Profile: Creative Pathfinder

Thanks to Shayma (ahamshay.com) for posting about an online creativity profiler. The test is a part of the Art Institute of Pittsburgh online division. I still remember watching the TV when I was in the US and always seeing the ads of the institute wondering if the scholarship program would agree if someone wanted to study in such institutes. I don’t think they will.

And as you know I am a large promoter of creativity and freeing your mind. After taking the test it turns out I’m a creative pathfinder and this is what it said about me.

HOW DO I THINK
Inspiration comes from innovation: your conscience lies with the future, You are inspired by how a problem is solved, not discussed. It’s all about natural form… it can seem random, but there is an intentional symmetry that really appeals to your eye. You seek out your creativity by grabbing opportunities that come your way. Challenges invigorate your mind and provide you with a point of reference.

HOW DO I LIVE
Nothing beats the buss of getting far away from the grind of daily life, kicking back, and enjoying a little serenity! Others see you as someone who can fix it. You’ll always get stuck in, not afraid to fail on the route to getting the right answers. Bliss is a feeling free to do as you please, exploring the world and your limitless imagination. Grabbing some time for you is a must. You like to keep well informed, soak up as much information as you can.

HOW I CREATE
Your strengths lie in your confidence to try out the unknown, mastering it before the masses. Being on the cusp on something new excites your appetite for cutting edge technology. You love the twists and turns of a well-told tale. The drama of life is one of your big passions. Pen to paper, you can grab any opportunity to record the thoughts that buzz about; you’ve got a creative head on those shoulders.

HOW I WORK
You learn best when you can discuss and argue the point. Learning should always be challenging and exciting. It would be great to be able to manage your own workload and be your own boss. Once you’ve got the know-how, you could realize your dream.

So What is your Creative Profile?

I Promise

Hanshake Promise The Oxford program of career change is a career counceling program focused on helping you achieve your dreams in terms of trying to find out the career that would fit you best.

One of the exercises in the program is writing down your commitments. It is said that commitments and wants are different, and that difference is the action actually taken to reach the objective you have in mind.

I have written out my commitments and promises, and wanted to share them with you. Write down your own promises, share them with the people around you, and put them in a visible place to remind yourself to always take action towards what you want.

This is what I have written:

My promise to myself is to live my life to my fullest potential. I will start by completing this program. I promise to conquer my procrastination and push myself whenever I need to be pushed to keep on moving. I promise to always be positive and optimistic in everything that I do in my life. I promise to always enhance my strong points and characteristics. I also promise to identify all my weak points and work to fix them. For all those weak points that cannot be fixed, I promise to find a way to use them positively in my life. I promise to live in harmony with myself, my family, my friends, all those who I love and the world around me. I promise to appreciate and recognize all that is good, and remind myself of all the promises I have made and will keep forever.

I will give myself the chance to experience new opportunities. I will not be put down by the negativity around me. I promise to make my own path if I have to. I will find my ideal profession and work that I love to do. I will keep going in my search for as long as it takes. I know I will only be truly happy doing something I love doing. This is my promise.

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." – Mark Twain

Are you a Multitasker?

Multitasker Only recently I posted about the relativity of time and how it makes us all feel very busy. I received quite a few comments about multitasking. In our current environment it is important, rather imperative and crucial that a person learn to do more than one thing at a time. Sometimes you can do one, two, three or more things however to truly reach the maximum potential you’d have to get creative!

Multitasking is usually attributed to people who are talking on the telephone and doing other things at the same time, such as reading, writing, typing, watching TV, or anything else while still being able to maintain a balanced conversation with the other person.

Another common multitasking activity is typing on the computer and talking to someone around you, or watching TV at the same time.

The question here is how can you be a creative multitasker? What do you usually do together at the same time? The idea here is to be creative!

Reserved, going to add something here later.