After Christmas

It has been few days after Christmas, how have you been in these days?

Has your heart still been filled with the joy of Christmas, or it has vanished like the morning dew vapored soon after the sun rose?

Have you still remembered the message that you got this Christmas, or you actually never got anything?

Did you really look for the Christmas wholehearted, or you just coincidentally stepped your feet on Christmas day?

Did you really welcome the Christmas with a devout heart, or you just celebrated it as an annual event?

Does Christmas have any meaning for you, or it is something that you never have an eye for?

It’s just the questions that I asked to myself…

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Jangan lupa bahagia…

Kalimat itu sering kudengar dari teman-temanku. Memang sih, kalimat itu sering kali ditujukan untukku. Itu merupakan ungkapan agar aku lebih meluangkan waktu untuk menikmati hal-hal yang menyenangkan, nggak cuma kerja, kerja, kerja, belajar, belajar, belajar… hahaha…

Mungkin banyak kita jumpai orang-orang yang seperti itu. Banyak orang yang bekerja keras dengan tujuan untuk memperoleh masa depan yang dianggap lebih baik, sehingga sering lupa untuk menikmati nikmat yang disediakan hari ini. Padahal, di masa depan nanti pun orang itu juga tidak akan menikmati apa pun. Dia akan semakin keras lagi berusaha, meskipun sebenarnya dia sudah memiliki apa yang diinginkannya. Bukankah demikian natur manusia, selalu merasa tidak puas. Pada akhirnya orang itu toh tidak menikmati apa pun.

Saya punya sebuah ilustrasi yang cukup menggelitik. Seorang pemuda bekerja keras untuk membeli sebuah mobil. Karena tidak memiliki mobil, maka dia menggunakan angkutan umum untuk bepergian, yaitu bus atau angkot, sembari berhemat dan terus menabung. Sekian tahun kemudian, akhirnya pemuda itu berhasil membeli sebuah mobil baru yang bermerk dengan uang hasil kerja keras dan hidup hemat nya. Meskipun demian, jaman telah berubah. Sekarang hampir semua orang memiliki mobil. Jalanan pun semakin padat dan kemacetan terjadi di mana-mana. Ditambah lagi menjamurnya angkutan umum online, membuat semua orang memilih menggunakan angkutan umum online, termasuk pemuda itu. Akhirnya mobil baru pemuda itu tidak pernah digunakan dan hanya tersimpan rapi di dalam gudang. Cukup ironis bukan? Orang bersusah-susah mengejar hal yang diinginkannya, tetapi setelah hal itu tercapai, situasi telah berubah, dan hal itu tidak lagi menjadi keinginannya.

Itu adalah contoh orang yang berorientasi ke masa depan, berusaha suapa masa depannya nanti bahagia, tetapi dia lupa bahwa dia hidup di masa sekarang. Masa depan, tak ada orang tahu. Namun, saya percaya bahwa hari esok pasti ada berkat nya sendiri. Berkat hari ini cukup untuk hari ini, dan berkat esok hari cukup untuk esok hari. Tak perlu bingung, takut dan khawatir menghadapi hari esok. Selama kita bijak dalam mengelola hidup ini, segala nya akan baik-baik saja.

So, menutup tulisan ini, saya ingin kembali mengingatkan agar jangan lupa bahagia…

lessons from relife..

Do you know Relife manga? I enjoyed reading it because it taught me a life lesson. It is about a man who takes program to change him back to a teen in order to change himself as a better man. As the story goes on, he lives his re-life his as a high school student. There are so many lesson that I learned from the manga. On this occasion I want to share some lessons. Following the story, I think it will finish soon. The main character finally understood the purpose of re-life program and life itself.

At first, he didn’t want the program ended. He hated his old life and didn’t want to come back to his previous life as an adult. I think it was a human’s nature to run from the reality. All of us had our own problem and when we thought we couldn’t solve it, we choose to run away instead of fighting and solving out problem.

Back to the manga, the main character wanted to get rid of his old self as the old him was a loser. I think all of us have an unwanted past that if it was possible to erase it from our life, we would do it happily. However, realized or not, all of our past creates us at the present. Not only the happy moments, but the painful ones do have a part in creating the today us.  It’s all the good and bad things that happened in your past that makes you who you are today.

Without the imperfect part of our life, we never stand on here today. The failure makes us try harder so that in the end we can do everything better. All things happened in our life is happened for our sake. Be grateful for all of them.

The second one that I learned is that our life is very short to begin with. Our life is limited. It is our choice to decide how we spend our time. We have an option to do nothing as everything we did will vanish someday when we leave our life or we can choose to do our best in order to leave a beautiful legacy for our surrounding. Doing nothing is safer than trying to do something as in the end we have a same result, that we will end our life. Doing nothing gives us advantage as we will not feel anything, while trying to do something will make us exhausted and if we fail, we will feel painful. But, it is actually what we want? Will we want to do nothing? Of course not. Our life is too precious to be spent for doing nothing. For me, I just want to not regret my life in the future because I didn’t do the things that I should do.

That was my life lesson… how about you?