“‘It is demonstratable,’ said he, ‘that things cannot be otherwise than as they are; for all created for an end, all is necessarily for the best end.” -Pangloss
As Newton’s Third Law states, for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. However, for each seemingly tame assertion of philosophical optimism in Candide, there are many more horrible misfortunes befalling Candide and company. Continue reading “Of Physics and Philosophy”
So here’s the moment I think I’ve been sitting on this whole year. I’m actually deciding to do something rather than writing about doing it or being inspired to do it (really big leap, huh).
Honestly, I find it really hard to tell people what I want to do because I feel like I don’t want to make them dissapointed in me. I don’t want to hype something up and proceed to let people down, so I’d rather just keep things under wraps and come out when I feel like I can do things and I’m certain of what to do. However, if I’ve learned anything about life this weekend, it’s that life is too short to wait around for the perfect time, for the perfect circumstances. If the only thing at risk is embarrassment that will stay with you for a max of one more year, you’d be an idiot not to take whatever opportunity that was. It kind of goes back to the idea of teenagers being self absorbed. No one is staring at you. They’re too busy worrying if someone is staring at them. Really, people won’t even remember that you messed up then, or that you really blew it (unless it was funny, but in even in that case, it’s still harmless); you’re only hurting yourself if you don’t chase after what you want.
A really good technique I learned to set goals is to tell other people about your goal, and I can see multiple reasons why this works. One is that putting things in writing always seems more official. Second, playing off the whole “world-revolves-around-you” teenage complex, you’re more likely (and of course, I realize that not everyone that reads this is a teenager, but I feel like people are all self-conscious to some extent) to work on your goal because there will be people interested in your progress. Now this might not be true for random strangers, but family members, relatives and friends would (probably) be delighted to know that you have a goal and maybe even help you keep on track. Also, an even better plus is that the people around you might ask you about your goal, and you’ll have the chance to talk about it! Of course, this is assuming you’re pursuing something you’d like to talk about, which entails that you actually enjoy whatever you choose to do (which I feel is a pretty valid assumption).
Without any further ado, here’s the introduction to what I’m going to do:
The contest is well over (it’s almost been a year now), but the challenge still holds: one completely new language, five months.
My pick is German; here I go.