The final year of my study has already begun which made me think about the time after. In order to avoid post-study-depression, so to say…Ha, as if! I am so going to enjoy summer after the exams! 😊 Even if I don’t pass. After the exams, I will be desperately in need of a couple of months of recreation.
But what to do after summer? I really want to continue studying, because I really like it. That’s why I have already applied for a master study at our university. Unfortunately, chances are not that great as far as I know, because of my lack of job experience. Which sucks. However, I want to take my chances. I have to, because I really want to make it. I won’t know if I don’t try. More so, I am already working on a Plan B. If I don’t get to start the master study this year, I am going to apply again next year, which would leave me with a whole year for doing something else. I have already begun my research for alternatives and luckily, there are some. They cost, but they are there.
I know, I might sound like a proper nerd and desperate. In some way I am. I have achieved so much in the past three years and I don’t want it to stop. I am a strong believer in lifelong learning and I am so happy with it now. I love to have a task, a goal, several goals. For now, my goal is to get my bachelor degree in June and after that, we will see. I hope, by this time of the year I will be able to say: “Next goal, master degree.” But it is always good to be prepared for the worst and that’s why I am working on a Plan B. Just in case.
All this made me thinking: we are always searching for the so-called “Meaning of Life”. What if it simply is to work on something with a meaning, to fill our lives with tasks as long as life endures. When we are young, we have all the possibilities in the world, but that doesn’t mean that aging is an excuse for not doing something. We can always have tasks and goals and keep ourselves busy.
Yesterday I called my 92-year-old aunt to wish her a happy birthday. She is one of my role models, because she is always keeping her brain busy. She never studied, but she has an open mind, she is still reading heaps of books and newspapers and she is still as curious as ever. Keeping herself and her brain busy makes her a content person, although her body isn’t working as good as it has in the past.
When I think about my grandfather, he is also always busy. In March he is going to celebrate his 80th birthday and as long as I can remember, he was always working on something. He is still doing woodwork, running errands in his new car, watching my mum’s dog when she is working and he is still reading the newspaper everyday. As I said, he is keeping himself busy and he too is a content person.
Looking at him and my aunt is the reason why I am so eager to go on with my study, read as many books as I can, learn as much as I can and last but not least climb as many mountains in as many ways as possible as long as I can. To keep my body and my brain busy and in good shape. We only have one life and we should live it, every second of it. Sometimes we have to leave our comfort zone and take a risk to do so, but that’s always worth it. If the gut feeling is right, the task at hand is worth the risk, no matter what other people say.
Having a master plan for life, i.e. having tasks, aiming for knowledge, excitement and adventure fills our life with meaning. Bruce Lee once said “Be stronger thank your excuses.” His words are right to the point when it comes to life. If we start making excuses, we will never experience anything new and end up frustrated an unhappy. Life is too precious to waste it. So, keep yourself busy, watch for new opportunities and take some risks, it will be worth it.