Take just one second of your busy life and be thankful for what you have.
I'm thankful for:
-The way things managed to get so far
-The little things that changed my life
-The places I had the opportunity to visit
-The people I had the opportunity to meet
-The stories I had the opportunity to read,hear
-The jobs I have
-Last but not least, my awesome boyfriend!
Somehow, at some point, life happened. As I'm looking at my life now, I can see that there are so many things to be thankful for. I've been talking about this a lot lately. About the fact that such little things make such big changes in our lives.
I work as the European Editor at VoxHumana, an international website.
I write articles for a guy from Hollywood.
I'll be starting a make-up course next week (or the week after).
I just celebrated 1 year of relationship.
.. and so many other things.
It doesn't matter whom you thank. It doesn't matter if you thank God, or you thank the Universe, your parents, some random people. Just thank. Be thankful.
~ Whatever God you believe in, we come from the same one~
I've been thinking a lot about this lately. About time. I've been thinking mostly about the fact that we sell our time. Working on hourly jobs, I realized that those people pay me just because they don't have time to do those things. I don't do unusual things, I only write articles, edit videos and stuff like that. Nothing someone else couldn't do. It's just that others don't have time.
I think that at some point we realize how precious it is, and it will be too late. I mean, I kind of waste my time now, when I don't have jobs to do, but on one hand, I think this is the right time to waste time. I don't have bills to pay yet, I only work because it was my choice to work, not because I have to. I only work so that I can afford things without asking my mom to give me money. I've started when I was 16 and I don't think I'll ever stop.
On the other hand, sometimes I think that there's no time to be wasted. But then again, what if wasting time isn't wasted? What if by wasting time, we actually learn something?
Anyway, not every.. unproductive.. thing we do is necessarily wasted time. For example, going out with someone, spending time with someone. That is not wasted time, in my opinion. That is a gift. Just like the picture 'says', when you spend time with someone you give them a portion of your life that you will never get back. And then again, it's not just you who gives them your time, they also give you their time. I think that's wonderful.. :)
... until you run out of time. When you will, I think you'll either wish you've done something more productive with your time, either wish you've spent more time with them.
Now, if you live in Romania or you are any familiar with the
Romanian school system, then you know that it’s wrong. You know, they keep changing
the Education Minister, and every one comes with his new childhood dream ideas,
so they keep changing the system. If only they would improve it. Not to mention
that all of this messes up the students. 48% of the graduating students didn’t
pass the Baccalaureate. No Baccalaureate, no chance for a good career.
Honestly, I can’t see how this is our fault. As I am a
student, I can tell you that school taught me nothing. I do believe every
school system has its issues, as we, the Romanians wish we had a school system
as Americans, and I’m sure that American students find things they consider
wrong in their system and wish for something else, if that makes any sense. But
let‘s stop and look at the facts for a second. In the last 10 years, the system
has changed at least 4 times. Not to mention the courses we take (as we don’t
have the chance to choose what to learn and what not to, there’s this program
for each profile), but the fucking Baccalaureate changed radically. A few years
ago, if you were at a Philology profile for example, you would have exams at
Romanian (which mostly includes literature and grammar), history (only questions
about the history of Romania) and one subject where you could choose out of 4
or 5 courses, and if you didn’t like any of those you could just have an exam
Now, we don’t have the sport option. What our great minister
decided for the students who are now in 9th grade is to have an exam
out of 5 subjects!! I can’t see how that is humanly possible. If you have an
exam with questions in more than 5 courses (at the Philology profile, the third
exam will be out of geography, psychology, economics, logics, philosophy AND
sociology) you don’t even know how the fuck to answer. What, is it a geography
or economics question? There are things with economical reference in geography.
No, no, sorry, WE have things with economical reference in geography.
Let me explain you what a school day looks like for me: I
get to school at 7.50. The class is supposed to begin at 8, but the teacher
comes in at around 8.10. Depending on what class we have, he or she probably
starts teaching at 8.35 and starts complaining about the fact that time goes by
at 8.40. We have the first break from 8.50 to 9. This was the first course. But
hold tight, the next ones aren’t much different. This is what happens at EVERY
course. Now you have the nerv to ask me why I didn’t pass my Baccalaureate,
Mrs. History Teacher? Why didn’t you ask yourself the same thing when you
were complaining about how time goes by and what a low salary you have? Don’t
get me wrong, I do know that it’s a shitty salary, but you had the right to
choose what to do. Nobody forced you to become a teacher so suck it up J
As this post can go on and on forever, I will end it by
saying what the title actually means. Many stupid people in our “beautiful”
country have the gut to tell us that we are stupid because we get low grades.
WHAT? How idiot you have to be to ask such question? School grades don’t
reflect even 10% of your intelligence. School doesn’t prepare you for life.
School prepares you to follow a system, and get comfortable with having told
what to do and what not to do. For example, at the Romanian course, we have to
write these opinion essays. The task goes like “Express your opinion about
*some shitty poem* in 350 words”. What they actually mean is “Write *some
shitty well-known poem critic’s* opinion about the poem*”. There’s nothing
creative in our system. And this is what school should be about. Learn to be
creative, get to know yourself and discover what you want to do. In my case,
school taught me what I don’t want to be. I don’t want to be a teacher and I
swear if I have the chance to home-school my future children, I will.
The last thing I want to say is an incident that happened 2
or 3 years ago. Our president (I don’t want to judge him) said at a public
conference that my generation is a generation that will end up with careers
like prostitutes in Italy and beggars in Spain. Excuse me, but how do you have
the nerv to say that? After all the wrong things in this country, you come and
say that it’s practically our fault and we are the ones who won’t learn?
And, after all, they come asking why 80% of the students who
actually pass the Baccalaureate go study abroad, and other 70% of the 52% who
didn’t pass, will also go abroad to work in some shitty factory. Because let me
tell you, if you go to work in some factory in Germany you will probably have a
salary of 1200 euros, while in Romanian you don’t have half of that salary
being a teacher. Not even a university teacher. Now please, I invite you to ask
me why will I leave you alone. There is NO future for this country. I do
believe in change, but it’s only possible when both sides want it.
Now, to all my Romanian readers, if you got to this point of
my post, it means you didn’t get bored so far and you probably agree with me,
so here’s an inspiring letter:
Hey, human who wrote this letter! You earned my respect :)
He, or she, end this letter by saying “We, the generation of
drug addicts, as you label us, we will show you that we have more courage than
all your communist generations in one place! We represent the force, as we are
the FUTURE and you’re nothing but some poor people who will die and be
forgotten! YOU are the “black period” of this country and this is how you will
be remembered, and we, we are the first! The first who come against you!”
At one point he, or she, also says that “You will be left
alone in this country, as we will all leave”. Whoever wrote this letter is a
genius, and if you don't speak Romanian google translate it. It's worth it :)