JANUARY IN A JAR

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Ianuarie a fost o luna calma si m-a lasat intr-un punct linistit al vietii mele. Poate ati simtit putina melancolie in ultimele doua postari, Out Of Place si The Pursuit of Happiness, dar nu a fost deloc vorba despre asa ceva. A fost doar pledoaria mea pentru o viata mai simpla, linistita, si mai orientata catre mine.  

January was quiet, and I am in a happy place right now. Maybe you thought that my last two posts, Out Of Place and The Pursuit of Happiness, were a bit on the melancholic side, but that was not the case. It was just my manifesto for a more simpler, quiet, and somehow self-centered life. 

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THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS

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Acest text este continuarea articolului Longing

Traiesc cu impresia ca pentru majoritatea oamenilor fericirea este ceva asemanator cu fata morgana. Este o iluzie care le arata cea mai frumoasa fantezie a lor, insa atunci cand incearca sa ajunga la ea, dispare ca din senin. Daca ma uit in jur, vad ca fericirea are o definitie diferita pentru fiecare dintre noi, iar acest lucru este perfect normal. Insa pentru multi dintre noi, fericirea este un concept nerealist. Munti de bani, mult timp liber, calatorii cat cuprinde si relaxare maxima. Stiti voi, fix cum vedeti in conturile acelea de pe Insta. Fericirea a ajuns ca o opera de arta care sta intr-un muzeu si este admirata, dar este prea scumpa ca sa fie cumparata. Asa ca platim bilete ca sa ne uitam la ea pentru cateva minute si apoi continuam sa ne vedem de viata noastra trista.

This post is a continuation of Longing

I feel that for most people, happiness is something similar to a fata morgana illusion. It’s right there in front of them, displaying the most beautiful fantasy, but when they reach out to grab it, poof! It just disappears! If I stop and look around, happiness has a different definition for each one of us, and that’s perfectly normal. But for many of us, happiness is also unrealistic. It involves a great amount of money, lots of free time, visiting cool places, and chilling all the time. You know, just like that perfect Instagram account you follow. Happiness is like an expensive art piece that belongs in a gallery only to be admired, too expensive to take home. So you pay a ticket to stare at it for a few minutes and then mind your own sad business.

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WHAT COMES FIRST? PASSION OR MONEY?

Ce este mai important pentru voi? Un serviciu care va aduce satisfactie sau un serviciu mai bine platit? Va rog sa nu il lasti pe idealistul din voi sa raspunda singur pentru ca deja stiu raspunsul: un serviciu care iti aduce mai multa satisfactie.

Am fost in ambele situatii, si oricat de cinic ar suna, voi alege mereu un salariu mai bun si beneficii, in ciuda satisfactiei. Nu ma intelegeti gresit, este foarte bine sa ai un serviciu la care te duci de drag, dar numai cativa dintre noi sunt destul de norocosi sa imbine placerea cu un salariu bun. Asa ca iata punctul meu de vedere:

What is more important to you? A job that brings you satisfaction or a job that delivers more in terms of money? Now please, don’t let the idealist in you answer this question alone, because I already know the answer: job satisfaction.

I was in both situations and as cynical as it may sound, I will always choose a better salary and job perks over high job satisfaction. Don’t get me wrong, loving what you do has major benefits, but only a few of us are lucky enough to do what they love and make good money out of it. So hear me out:

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JANUARY WINS AND FAILS

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Nu am fost niciodata fanul rezolutiilor de inceput de an: “Sa mananc mai sanatos”, “sa beau mai multa apa”, “sa fac sport” … stiti voi. Le prefer pe cele pe termen lung pe care de altfel le am scrise pe o lista pe care din cand in cand o si citesc, asa, ca sa imi reamintesc ce e important in viata. Cine stie, poate candva o sa o public si pe blog. Dar sa revenim la prima saptamana din ianuarie 2017, ca sa explic pe larg de ca nu imi plac rezolutiile de final sau de inceput de an, cum va place voua sa le ziceti.  Sa incepem cu cea mai dureroasa pentru mine: sa mananc mai putine dulciuri:

1 ianuarie: “Hmm deja ma simt mai sanatoasa!”

2 ianuarie: “Pfff e simplu; de ce nu m-am apucat mai devreme?”

3 ianuarie: Merg in vizita la soacra mea (care stie ca sunt mega super fan prajituri). Ma astepta cu doua tortui delicioase. Am mancat doua felii pe loc, plus una acasa dupa vreo 2 ore. Minunea n-a tinut nici 3 zile.

Hai sa incercam alta rezolutie: sa beau mai putin alcool. A nu se intelege ca de obicei beau pana cad sub masa, dar uneori depasesc limita de un pahar pe zi.

I’ve never been a fan of the new year resolutions: “Eat healthy”, “drink more water”, “exercise more” … you know. I prefer the long-term plans that I have written on a list which I read from time to time, to remind myself what’s important in life. Maybe I’ll share it with you someday on my blog. But let’s get back to the first week of 2017, so I can explain why I don’t do final year or new year resolutions, whatever you like to call them. Let’s start with the most painful subject for me: eat fewer sweets:

1st January: “Hmm, I already feel healthier”

2nd January: “Pfff, it’s easy, how come I didn’t do this sooner”

3rd January: We visited my mother in law (she knows I’m the biggest sweets fan ever). She was waiting for me with two delicious cakes. I’ve eaten two pieces in no time, and a third one later at home, a couple of hours later. The miracle didn’t even last for 3 days.

Let’s try another resolution: drink less alcohol. Please don’t get me wrong, I don’t drink my mind every day, but sometimes I exceed the one glass a day limit.

 

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FIRST IMPRESSIONS MATTER

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Uneori cele mai pretioase lucruri din viata nu sunt cele materiale. Sau cel putin asta mi-a amintit o prajitura cu ravas la inceputul acestei saptamani.

Si cel mai bun exemplu pe care l-am primit a fost gestul unei doamne care mi-a tinut si mie umbrela in timp ce asteptam tramvaiul. Fix in ziua aceea ploaia m-a prins nepregatita dar gestul ei mi-a facut ziua mai frumoasa.

Sometimes, the most precious things in life are not materialistic. Or this is what a fortune cookie reminded me at the beginning of the week.

Recently life proved to me that the small things matter. A nice lady held her umbrella to also shield me from the rain. I was caught unprepared that day, I left my umbrella at home, but her gesture made my day.

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