Welcoming 2016!

31.12.2015 10:16PM is the time when I started to write this post. Yes, I’m on the very edge of 2015. While people spending time outside counting down to New Year, I choose to be at home doing something that I like the most: WRITING. I can write anywhere and here I am now writing on my blog. A whole new blog.

Let me share with you a bit of reason why I decided to start a new blog after a long hiatus (of writing, not only blogging). I was an active writer before on my previous blog, yet I’ve been so indecisive on what will be the focus of my blog. It was quite a mess since I was being inconsistent about what I wrote and shared in that blog. Therefore, I decided to start a new one.

2015 has been an amazing year for me. I hope it is for you too. It was an exciting year since it can be considered as the time where I have experienced so many new things for the first time.

First time starting my career life and working like a professional instead of a student.

First time having so much responsibility in life and works and trying to be less-dependent to others, especially my parents.

First time making a living for my own-self independently (financially).

First time having many new friends and colleagues coming from a wide range of age, starting from those who are on the same age as me, to those who are far more senior and experienced than me.

First time travelling solo abroad and to many different cities.

First time of many things that I can only be grateful of when I look back.

One of the most amazing moment this year is when I have the chance to continuously learning from other people. I met so many kinds of inspiring people whom I could learn from. And, one of the most precious lesson I got right at the end of this year was when I was having a work related training with my team on early December.


At that time, the trainer who was one of the executive from the company where I work who is also a very inspiring person, shared an inspiring video of Arnold Schwarzenegger that you can watch here. The most interesting part of the video that keeps lingering in my head is on the last part, starting on mins 12:00 onward.

“Everyone has a problem with time.


But, a day is 24 hours. The bottom line is we have 24 hours, let’s say 6 hours of sleep, and 18 hours is now available for your work, your family, your hobbies, and also to LEARN SOMETHING NEW.


Or, you say I’m gonna go and reshape my body and say I’m gonna train AN HOUR EVERYDAY. For most people this is a huge challenge, but I want to make sure that I don’t waste a single hour. Don’t say you don’t have the time. You have the time, YOU MAKE THE TIME.


When the President of the United States has time to workout; when the Pope has the time to workout; then YOU HAVE THE TIME to workout.”


– Arnold Schwarzenegger

There is a saying, ‘Time is the thing that people want the most, but it is also the thing that people use the worst.’ Looking back to what have I done during a year, I feel like the urge to do a better time management. After watching that video, I have been reminded that I do not have eternity. My time is limited. Thus, I need to use it wisely. Common and cliche indeed, but how many of us that have actually spent the time effectively? The fact that 2015 has gone in a blink of an eye makes me more anxious of what have I done, what have I contributed, and what have I learned within this year.

You need to spend 1 HOUR/ DAY to LEARN SOMETHING NEW on something that you really like. Find something that motivates you and ask yourself everyday, ‘WHAT DID I LEARN TODAY?’

We need to learn something new everyday. We need to find what we really love to do and keep learning everyday. If Arnold’s case is about workout and bodybuilding, mine is probably writing.

I love to write since I was in Junior High School. On Christmas holiday, I went back to my hometown and by chance met one of my teacher in Junior High School. The first thing he asked to me after saying hello was, ‘Do you still write often?’ It was a simple question that gave a huge impact on me. I remembered how I always showed him all of my writings and tried to get his feedback on each and everyone of them. He knew exactly how I love writing, but I barely answered that simple question. It was because I also barely remember when did the last time I actually had (or made) the time to write again, after I started being so busy with many other business in my life, such as thesis and exams when I was still in university, and my works and other stuffs when I start working.

I always said I didn’t have time to write anymore.

Uh-oh, but wait a minute! I didn’t have time to write, but how many hours that I’ve actually spent to do other things outside works, such as… watching movies, playing games, or surfing on the internet? Dang! What a shame.

Nobody will pick up a ball and become a pro football player overnight.

Nobody will start a blog, then write, and get 20,000 views overnight.

My first 100 posts of the blogs might suck.

My first 100 articles or stories might be a mess.

But if I don’t start it, if I don’t make the time for it, and if I don’t keep doing it, I won’t ever master it. I will never be a good writer.

It applies on the other things too. For something that is really important for you, or for something that you really passionate about, don’t just ignore it. You have to make the time and be committed to keep learning for at least 1 hour / day.

This is one of the thing that I will put on the top list of my commitments in 2016. So, bear with me if my writings are not that good yet. I’m actually working on it.


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"Perhaps, then, this was what travelling was, an exploration of the deserts of my mind rather than of those surrounding me?" - Claude Levi-Strauss

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