Sunday, July 18, 2010

After Omphaloskepsis

Do not believe everything that you read.


That's another thing I got from Anonymous Lawyer.  Do not believe everything that you read!  Especially those written by bloggers. hehehe (^o^)/  I finally finished the book and was devastated with the ending. *sigh*  For the first time I actually felt sympathetic for the jerk and didn't root for the underdogs.  

I realized that this may have something to do with me feeling that I have been the underdog all my life.  Although I feel it, most people around me probably don't perceive me as such.  I guess I'm really not one then if the people's perception don't reflect it.  It's about time to start feeling like a champion and being one, I guess.


I discovered something last week.  When I dream of paradise, I dream of myself lounging by the sea surrounded by fine white sand and clear blue skies, smelling the cool crisp air, listening to the rhythmic splashes of the waves, and drinking an ice cold buko juice (coconut juice) complete with a tiny umbrella.  I noticed that I had the beach all to myself.  There were no people swimming on the beach, no children making sand castles by the shore, not even extra lounge chairs by my side.  There was only one chair and I was on it.  
If ever you've seen yourself the same way, you're probably the only company you'll ever need.  The world will never be to your liking and people will continue to disappoint you because they will never be you.  Imagine your vision of paradise.  Maybe you'll learn something from it.


There were some quotes from Agassi's book that I forgot to write about.  One was when he wrote "I play and keep playing because I choose to play.  Even if it's not your ideal life, you can always choose it.  No matter what your life is, choosing it changes everything." Because believe it or not, Agassi hated tennis and yet he excelled playing tennis and became one of the greatest champions of all time.

And Anonymous Lawyer had this to say about the Musician who has decided to pursue music instead of practicing law after graduation, "For some reason, no one ever wonders "what if" they don't pursue a career at a big law firm ... It's not brave to pursue impossible dreams.  It's brave to put those dreams aside and suck it up and choose a real job instead.  It's brave to fight through the imaginary "crisis of the soul" and realize that most people don't love their jobs but they do them anyway."

For that matter, I don't believe someone ever wondered "what if I pursued a career in software programming?" as well.  Nevertheless, just choose to love whatever you're doing and although you might not become as great as Agassi you might still get that applause from your peers.

"I tell the players: You'll hear a lot of applause in your life, fellas, but none will mean more to you than that applause from your peers.  I hope each of you hears that at the end." - Andre Agassi -

Do everything well and do it the best you can and people, even your competition, will respect you for it.  Surround yourself with people that will appreciate your skill and whatever else there is that you have to give.


And yes, this blog hasn't always been truthful.  In a way, I use this blog to project a world  (my world) where the glass is always half full.  Writing it really makes a difference.  It makes you internalize it more than when you've just thought about it.  I guess the sentence "Convince yourself" would apply here.  It will help you keep your sanity but only for a while.  Sooner or later the bubble will burst.  (And when it does, just start writing again. hehehe (^o^)/)


If you're wondering about the title, check this article called "If you gain wisdom from staring at your belly button it's omphaloskepsis ..."  Simply put it's like meditating while thinking or probably looking at your navel area.  There's some interesting trivia about our belly button in the article.  If you're interested, or have nothing better to do, check it out. (^o^)v

Again, do not believe everything that you read. 

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  1. this is such a long reflective read. maybr next time break it up into separate post...
    anyhow, i was going to comment but it became too long so i thought i'd just blog my comment and link you up.

  2. hahaha ^^ thanks charm. I'm reading your blog reply now.

    Maybe I meant for it to be long so that some issues will be drowned by those that would mean something most to you. hihihi

  3. update:
    charm, I couldn't access the page. page not found. I shouldn't have wrote that I was reading it already when in fact I just opened a window to it hahaha ^^

  4. don't know why you can't open it. it's up ... let me know!


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