“Live in such a way that you would not be ashamed to sell your parrot to the town gossip.” – Will Rogers
Oh brother, I’d be so painfully ashamed to sell my imaginary parrot to the “town” gossip.
But as ashamed I’d be of some of my past actions and words, I wouldn’t try to deny them. Yes, I’ve made mistakes, and it’s inevitable that I will continue to make mistakes, and to deny them is to reject parts of myself, which is ludicrous.
My mistakes, my success and my choices make up a large part of who (and what) I am. While I wouldn’t give my life story away like candy, I wouldn’t hesitate if needed to. I can only hope that, 20 years from now, I am happy with who I’ve become, where I am and who I have beside me. I can only work, and hope.
There are two quotes today, as I’d like to say only what I’d like to say about each quote and not create long, uninformative narratives just to fill up space.
“Every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life are based on the labors of other men, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am still receiving.” – Albert Einstein
Ah, 20 years from now I dearly hope that I have the right to say that about my work. I truly do. (This world is a horrible place, but I’ve found beautiful joys in it, and I’d like to see other people be able to find their own wonders in this cursed world.)
I can possibly argue that I have nothing to give to society currently, but that would be a blatant lie; there is much I can do.
Well, for one, catch up on all the homework that I have been falling behind on (just a tad bit) and stop skipping lectures. (Honestly, at this point, I can’t stop, but I took the classes last year and so this quarter, everything is review and boring. But I really should stop though. Truly.)
Many people sacrifice their whole lives to ensure that the future generation will live a life mostly free of limitations, and to not acknowledge and respect their efforts is rude and I would probably question your core, your heart. Those dedicated workers range from new immigrants washing dishes to generous people donating for medical research. They are all heroes, and I wish that one day, children wearing high class clothes will not hesitate to embrace those with donated clothing and say “thank you,” because now, who doesn’t enjoy being thanked?
Quotes taken from here.