Off with their heads

I hope the title caught your attention because I really want people to respond to this article. An incident took place in Sydney during the past week, an incident which involved Muslims. I thank the Almighty; there wasn’t any involvement from any Pakistani whatsoever… then again this isn’t the USA where everything that goes wrong is a responsibility of Al-Qaeda and Pakistan. Continue reading “Off with their heads”

What Motivates You?

It’s one of those questions that I come to again and again. Every time there is a major change in my life I am somehow forced to rethink my position, before we move on though let me just add some depth to the question. What essentially is the motivation which pushes ‘you’ towards success? The reason I have highlighted the term ‘you’ is because I have observed this drive to different for every other person, also the term ‘success’ varies from person to person. Even for the same person the term success may possess different meaning as time progresses, people change and so does their priorities in life.

As a student my perception about the word success was quite different as to how I embrace it to be today, back then I envisioned a life with material wealth to be the sole determinant of success. Things were simpler then, worries were less, my daily schedule was whatever I wished it to be, even school/ university was a welcomed start to the day… nostalgia much 😀

I apologize for my digression, lets back to the topic. Life is full of compromises and we get to chose more often than we like to admit. There are consequences but we need to decide, what takes priority and that is the difficult part.

There are quite a few of my friends who I believe are working too hard for their own good. Whenever I call them up they are most likely to be at work, day or night. I on the other hand have set a rule, as to the amount of work that I will do in a week. The difference can be noted in our paychecks, however there is more to it than just our income levels. I tend to pass out on many of the road trips they suddenly plan because my budget does not allow for these impulsive expenditures, they on the other hand get to travel more, drive better cars or perhaps spend more on material items which I cannot due to my constrained budget. All this however has a cost which they pay out of their daily routines which I do not have to. I prefer to get my 8 hour sleep on a daily basis, enjoy home cooked food regularly, go for a walk in the middle of the night and enjoy tea and fritters when it rains. We all are happy with what we have and how we live, clearly our perceptions about life are different and that is why we choose to live it so differently.

I can’t actually say as to say how they define their idea of being successful but the following is how I believe it to be in the light of the aforementioned. Getting to live life on your own terms (for the most part) and living it on a daily basis. I don’t get to control the span of my life but I certainly have control over for what I do for the day I am alive and kicking, so I chose to live that day, one step at a time. I save up to buy stuff that I want, save up for the trips I have planned along with maintaining a cautionary threshold. I could speed up the process by working the extra hours today but I choose not to, simply because I do not see the point of it. I cannot really say if I would be alive a day from today, a month and so on so why does it actually matter when I get to it, the only thing that matters is that I eventually get to it.

In essence what I am trying to say is that if I had the option of two jobs, one paying quite a high salary but expects me to put in excessively long hours versus a job which pays my bills and provides enough for a decent living overall, I would choose the latter one.

If the article does not make sense, I would direct you towards the following video clip. Full of LOLs and gets the point across effectively

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r11YaT3NjYs&feature=fvsr

Common Courtesy… Is it too much to ask for?

Picture Courtesy: Sarcasmistan (https://www.facebook.com/sarcasmistan)

I feel obliged to write this piece because “this” has happened to me 4 times in the past year and in my book that is one time too many. What is “this” you ask? Well I was recently contacted by one of my juniors in regards to pursuing higher studies outside of Pakistan. What is wrong with this? The fact that he called me at 5 AM in the morning. The reason that I was more pissed about this specific incident is that I had just come back from work at 12 and got into bed around 2:30 AM, just to be woken up less than 3 hours later and unable to get back to bed (I will get later to this as to why).

Some people actually suggested such an ingenious method to counter this problem… by putting my phone on silent mode… clearly this gem of an idea would have never crossed my mind (cough*Sarcasm*cough). However our comrade was persistent, three excruciating long calls accomplished a feat that only the grim reaper could have.

Now some people may think I am over reacting to this but most of the people who are living and studying abroad, away from their families would tend to agree with my opinion. If somebody calls you at an insane hour then the first thing that pops into your head is that something bad might have happened. This feeling is worsened when the number is from Pakistan and gets even worse when the number is from someone who is not on your contact list. It took me 5 minutes to realize that what had happened and it took me the next 5 hours worrying about if everything was ok back home (when you are sleep deprived you tend to think up a lot of bull and I do mean a lot of it).

 Now this is not the first time this has happened, one other individual did something similar but he upped the ante. He would not learn after the first time, at the first incident he called me at 2 AM on my cell. However the next time he had to prove to be an inconvenience to everyone I was sharing a house with, he actually called the landline which was common to us all at 1 in the morning. The height of embarrassment I had to face that night is beyond reasonable.

With all stated I once again ask… Is common courtesy too much to ask for?

Title Pending

It has been quite a while since I last logged onto Quackonline. It is actually very nice to see that the forum is alive and churning out articles on a regular basis. This is the only way for most of the alumni to keep in touch and I would like to take the opportunity to thank all the writers on here for keeping this platform alive.

I really did not know what to write about, it is just my attempt to try and break free from my chronic procrastination (yes it is a medical condition) and hence the title. As I sit here, casually leaching off my friends WIFI network and writing an article; which essentially would be a random collection of thoughts having zero cohesion and potentially an abrupt ending (I forgot what I was thinking at this point).

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So you have it all figured out?

It’s almost three months since I came to Australia in the pursuit of higher studies from the ANU. When I left Pakistan I thought I had it all figured out but…

8 months back my parents, relatives and friends all had me going about meeting people who are currently living or studying in Australia just so that I could get an insight as to how different the environment is and how to go about adjusting in a totally unfamiliar place. I had met with quite a few people and heard their experiences but these were people who had actually survived the trials, these were all stories of success. There are quite a handful of students who aren’t able to continue with their studies for perhaps one reason or another but the main reason is why they aren’t able to is because they simply don’t have a plan to begin with. At times its just the fascination of the thought that you actually have the opportunity of experiencing something extraordinary that has you fueled for the journey but halfway through you find yourself short of the stuff that had you up and running. The people who already have been through this (success stories) are just too well oiled a part of the system that at times they just communicate their experiences as it were just a walk in the park. I do not blame them because things just tend to get easier as time passes on. You start to figure out things but what about the initial phase? Continue reading “So you have it all figured out?”