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BeAwesome: Life is like crossing the street
I’ve talked about it briefly before. But I never broke down the importance of looking first before involving yourself into a situation or occasion. What is this “first look” you ask. Well it is something we do (should do) before involving ourselves into something new.
Throughout life, things normally do not “just happen”. Of course during the odd time, something will happen that we are unaware of, or have no control over. But for the most part, we are aware of outcomes, and possibilities that may occur on a day-to-day basis. We have an idea of what may or may not happen.
We have 7 days in a week. 24 hours in a day. And a long year. We as society, are so busy. We get involved and carry out our professions and occupations every day, without realizing the time and months that pass by. Why slow down and look right? Today the average person finds him or herself wrapped into conversations, jobs, events and even experiences without really realizing the time and efforts that is taking place. We never stop to see first. Or just take a look. We try to climb mountains without knowing how high it is. We get into our cars and drive, without understanding the direction we are going. We eat food without realizing the temperature. In society we often forget to “look first”.
Something I’ve learned at very young age from my parents, is that “ you should always look both ways before you cross the street”. Now this may sound like a normal thing to do, but should remember to consistently look, every time we cross. Is their anything coming? Is it okay to step out, and make our way to the next street or sidewalk. What color is the traffic light? We forget to visualize the image of what may or could happen if we do not stop and “look” first. We just walk out in front. That is when we get ourselves into trouble. We forget to create a mental image. We forget to look first.
– Red Light: Stop: If you see the red light—–>Stop and think about what you are about to do. Are your prepared for what is about to happen next, after you cross the street. Are you mentally and physically ready for any type of outcome. Uncertainty. Failure. Disappointment. Love. Happiness. Change. Emotions. Anything can happen once you’ve made it across, it is up to you to figure out how you react to this outcome. Don’t be afraid to stop. Stopping simply means you are big enough to understand the situation and willing to think about it before you go forward.
–Green Light: Go: If you see the green light—–> Go don’t look back. Confidently take this direction and move with a head of steam until you reach your destination. Be aware of the changes that may take place during this walk across the street. But again, be brave and confident that this is the right decision.
-Yellow Light: Yield: If you see the yellow light—–> Yield and step back. Be tempted but really think about what it is you are about to do. Is the temptation worth the risk or reward. Are you ready to make this big step. What and how will this affect you and the people around you. Why are you doing this. And what are my options now. And later. Yellow means take your time and think about what you really want to do. Seek advice and take a step back from the idea.
While growing up, and becoming a specific age, you have the freedom to make your own decisions. Sometimes we take this privilege for granted. When we were young, all of these decisions were made and decided for us. IT was easy. What color clothes we would wear to school. What was in our lunch boxes. Today is a little different. Today considers a first look at the situation. Or experience you are getting yourself into.
Be careful how you live, you will be the only Bible some people only read- William J. Toms
Consider life-like crossing the street. Always look both ways before you get wrapped up into a situation you are unsure of. Unbalanced. Worry. Always be aware of the traffic lights that may cause you to stop, yield or go in a specific direction. First look at YOUR idea of satisfactory and what will make you happy from the outcome you are about to make. Cross carefully. And First look.
ImInKuwait: Week 15 (Dubai)
What a week has been. Before you know it I will be off again to Berlin/Barcelona for the winter break. Will I miss home? Of course I will. I think about my family and friends every day. What are they doing. Do they think about me. How’s the weather. Did you tell a funny joke. I miss laughing with family. Eating grandma’s biscuits and treats. I miss family dinners and phone calls. I miss a lot things from home, but want to tell everyone that I am doing great, and enjoying this experience so far.
This week has been a bit of a blurr. School has been great. The students are starting to work independently. They continue to improve and work harder at each task they are given. Thursday I was off to Dubai for the weekend. For starters, it was interesting to tell friends and family that I was going to Dubai for 2 days. The concept is different. I’m going to Dubai for the weekend. Like when do you ever say that? While I was gone, Kim Kardashian was at the Avenues Mall in Kuwait. She was promoting her new line “Millions of Milkshakes”. Wearing a Stephane Rolland white dress, Kim thanked everyone and welcomed her new brand to the Avenues Mall. She also mentioned that she “hopes” to return.
While Kim was in Kuwait, I was in Dubai watching Rugby with some great friends. It seems as though we are becoming closer and closer every day. It is great. Having new friends, who you feel comfortable with, and being so far away from home is important. These individuals have been helping me a lot 🙂 If you read this (THANK YOU). The plane was fantastic. It took roughly an hour from Kuwait to Dubai. It was clear a lot of people from Kuwait were excited to pick up a few beverages before touchdown in the all so famous Dubai City.
I was never really into Rugby until about 3 years ago. Attending StfX (Antigonish, Nova Scotia)and seeing the quality of Rugby played by the finest athletes in the country helped. The Stfx Women’s Rugby team was (still is) top of the line. It was a great way to get to know the sport. It was fast. Intense. And full of contact. When arriving to the Rugby Sevens, I was excited to watch some of the worlds best athletes take the field. The fans were packed. (Even though it rained off and on) At one point it rained so hard that everyone moved from the opening seats and tried to go under the tarp area. When that was unsuccessful, fans finally started to impress the rain and the event. One of the highlights from this event had to be the playing of Raining Men on the loud-speaker, and EVERYONE going absolutely crazy in the fans (In the rain) dancing and swinging arms in arms. Totally embracing the experience and enjoy themselves. It was an AWESOME feeling:-)
During the first day, I ran into a Nova Scotian. Crazy thing is, she happen to be from Cole Harbour (Which is literally 5 minutes away from where I live. I also saw from a distance a familiar face on the Canadian Women’s Sevens Team. It was strange at first, but as I looked closer, I was happy to see someone I knew from school playing !! 🙂 I quickly got up and tried to get a closer look, and it was her! I did not want to distract her, but I did see hello, as she warmed up for her game. The look on her face was confusion at first.lol Of course. But later, happy to see someone she knew.
On Day two, it was absolutely beautiful outside. The stands were packed by 10:30 and everyone was out to enjoy a day of rugby. I was able to watch semi final games in both Men’s and Women’s (Congrats Canada). The South Africa team was very impressive on the Women’s side. Along with the New Zealand All Blacks (Women’s). As time approached for us to leave and head back to the airport, I noticed how much time flies when you are having fun. I really started to think…
WHAT DID I LEARN FROM THIS WEEK:
Never take a moment. An experience. A friend. A drink. A word. Anything you care about for granted. When it is over. It is over. You will only have the experience and thought. The memory to go to. You will go through a variety of experiences in life that others will dream to go through. Some will only wish and never get the opportunity. I say go for it. Do something different. Challenge yourself. Get outside your comfort zone and experience a new world. This trip has told me a lot about myself and what I look to do in the future. I hope to return to Dubai in the near future.