Let’s challenge it (again)

One of my Japanese classmate passed her N1 recently. To me, it’s like the pinnacle of mastering the Japanese language because I’m still holding N3 since few years ago and haven’t done my N2 again since failed to pass it around 2 years ago.

I’m going to give it another go this year, but was distracted with other goals which also requires me to put sometime grinding experience, so hopefully next year I can take it. (No more excuses Kartika, okay?)

Sensei added, why don’t you still take it (N1) in 2 years time, so that you will be able to know how much you had grown. And to keep the motivation to learn going.

Why I didn’t think of that before?

So far, similar to my PMP, or certain license, they will ask you to do a refresher course to maintain the license or certification.

One of my running buddy has a mission to join running event for the same distance when she ran in that event for the first time. To find out what’s her timing like year by year.

For me, who only started to run regularly around four years ago, I started to find some favorite running events to join. But I didn’t think of making it as reevaluation about my running time.

How about you? Do you have any activities which you always do as rechallenge?

To be a fitter me

When I started to jog, I can only run for 2km. And I was super tired. I told myself, man, I don’t have the stamina to jog or jogging/running related activities is not suitable for me. 

On good days, I ran 2km or 5 laps of running tracks. But I told myself to run at least 3 laps and don’t walk. 

I hardly able to go beyond that distance. Either shorter or just meet 2km nicely. 
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That’s the title of a manga I’m reading right now.

The heroine of the story, Miyuki is a tennis prodigy, capable of beating one of the top tennis players in Japan even while when out of practice. She has a pure heart and is devoted to her family above all else, but her desperation and the schemes of those around her quickly give her a terrible reputation as a “bad girl of tennis”. She lost the Cinderella Cup to her rival Choko. (wiki)

Lots of times she has to suffer because of her rival does different sort of tricks to bring her down. Yet, she always see it positively.

Frustration is good. If you don’t get frustrated when you’re lose, then you won’t win afterwards – 海野 幸 Umino Miyuki

Looking at Miyuki-chan fighting hard inspires me to do better too. Or see things from different angle.

Which reminds me what my course trainer told us on the last session. “It’s okay to fail, but make sure you remember the experience and learn from it.”

Okiku-san, the debt, my siblings, they were *ALL* I could think about. Those things aren’t tennis. It wasn’t until the match was *over* that I finally realised. I wasn’t playing tennis.

Most of the times, I gave too much thought or worried too much when I was doing something. And only realised that I should gave all I have, don’t think about the result.

The author is Urasawa Naoki (浦沢 直樹) who is famous for 20th Century Boys, 21th Century Boys, Master Keaton and many more.

Lessons from Avengers AoU

You didn't see it coming, did you? - Quicksilver

Life is full of surprise, yes?

No matter who wins or loses, trouble always comes around. - Nick Fury

Let’s enjoy the moment and keep our feet on earth, sometimes the fights we have is because of our pride or selfishness.

Human beings are fearful and in need of protection. But then, that fear can inspire them to do great things. - The Vision

So, challenges can be a good thing, isn’t it?

We're fighting an army of robots! And I have a bow and arrow! None of this makes sense! - Hawkeye

But Hawkeye is still fighting..! It’s about do best with you have.

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Do your best

We often heard do your best but how do we really do our best? This came into my mind after I listened to a podcast series.

The podcast channel name is Strangers and my boss recommended this podcast to me. We listened to it on our way back to office and I became hooked into it since.

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Freeing up our heart space

I heard this terminology from a talk quite a while ago. I didn’t really get what it mean until recently.
To give some background about the speaker, he’s a monk and sometimes he has to give counseling to his people. People who has session with him, will throw all their concerns to him. But does he overwhelmed with their stories? He said, he didn’t. The simile that he used is to become rubbish bin without bottom.
Sometimes we experienced it too isn’t it? People around us are throwing things to us and not all of them are pleasant. Easily our mood is influenced by it. Right?
(Or at least that’s what happened to me) :p
It doesn’t mean that we don’t have empathy about them. We give them our time with all we got when we listen to their stories. However, do we let the story stay?
Well, I’m in IT line, so I’ll use terms from a world I’m very familiar with and come with my version.
Our computer needs maintenance from time to time too. We need to remove unnecessary things to keep some space so the operating system can perform well.
If our heart is like computer hard drive, we can’t keep piling things up or keep storing things. (Well we can expand the space by adding external hard drive though, can we?)
Be a RAM or computer memory. We use it well when it’s necessary at that point of time, after that, we let it go.
There is a restart option, when things get so too much and we can’t work efficiently, let’s restart ourselves.
Lastly, don’t forget to “shut down” and “charge” our battery by resting when it’s time to rest.
When we regain our energy, we will work much much better.
So what’s your hack to yourself when people are throwing things on you?

Attitude is a little thing that makes big difference

-taken from a reading while I’m on a bus to office-
Everybody is the body of the team (work spirit)
There is a story of 4 people name, everybody, somebody, anybody and nobody. There was an important job to be done and everybody was asked to do it. Anybody could have done it but nobody did it. Somebody got angry because of that, because it was everybody’s job. Everybody thought that anybody could do it, and nobody realized that everybody wouldn’t do it. Consequently it wound up that nobody told anybody so everybody blamed somebody.
Everybody is somebody
Somebody is anybody
Anybody is nobody
Nobody is everybody