How Hard Is It To Follow Instructions?

August 28, 2010 at 13:57 (Uncategorized)

I guess this depends on the kind of person you are… me personally… I don’t always wait for instructions… I just go with it and then eventually get it wrong and then land up having to read the instructions.  But then again… this depends on what it is I guess.

For instance, if I’m doing washing or something for example, I’m not really going to go read all the instructions, I like to kinda guestimate this.  However, if it’s something like an assignment, I tend to follow it to the T.  Or baking…. Baking you have to follow the instructions otherwise it’s just going to lead to being a complete flop.

Some people I have found recently seem to struggle reading instructions.  And for this reason, I can’t help wondering why? Why is it so difficult to follow a simple set of instruction which will only make yours and the other person’s life way easier?  Do they not read it properly? Do they have selective vision which allows them to only pick out what they WANT to read? I don’t know. I can’t figure it out.

I guess, we are all human.  Maybe some people really don’t read instructions but maybe you get the person who really does actually read them but still messes up.  That is just human fault. So how do we know who’s following the instructions and who’s FOLLOWING the instructions???

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Top 200 Achievements

August 28, 2010 at 13:46 (Uncategorized)

So far, I’m a soon to be 23 year old and so far, in no particular order, these are my top 200 Achievements in life

  1. First bout of crawling
  2. Taking my first step
  3. Walking for the first time
  4. Running for the first time
  5. Making friends with one of my best friends in pre- school and still remaining friends till now
  6. My first word
  7. My first sentence
  8. Learning to read
  9. My first word in writing
  10. Writing a sentence for the first time
  11. My first day at school
  12. Writing my learners test and passing first time
  13. First time driving a car with instructor
  14. First time driving on my own (Brilliant!)
  15. Getting my drivers license
  16. Receiving a Business Management/Secretarial diploma
  17. Being named Top Student for Accounting in Montrose College
  18. Being one of the top ten students at Montrose College
  19. Graduating with my diploma from CPUT
  20. Getting my internship job after first interview
  21. Completing my internship at Armstrong PR
  22. Being in a 5 year long relationship
  23. Learning to ride a bike (again)
  24. Learning to swim at age 9
  25. Baking a flop free cake
  26. Decorating a wedding cake with plastic icing
  27. Making flowers and leaves out of plastic icing
  28. Finishing high school
  29. Finishing a basic and intermediate course in French
  30. Writing in calligraphy
  31. Being on the Dean’s List at CPUT
  32. Learning to touch type at age 9
  33. Learning to play the piano
  34. Learning to play the violin
  35. Playing the violin for 5 years
  36. Playing in the orchestra for the first time
  37. First time doing a piano and violin music concert
  38. First hip hop dancing class
  39. First hip hop dancing concert
  40. First time roller blading
  41. Clocking Mario Brothers on the Wii (haha)
  42. Completing THIS list is an ongoing achievement
  43. Being able to use contact lenses
  44. Getting a belly ring (ouch)
  45. Losing 10kg after school
  46. My first kiss
  47. Travelling on my own overseas
  48. Visiting numerous countries:
  49. Belgium,
  50. England,
  51. France,
  52. Switzerland,
  53. Amsterdam,
  54. Managing to run a team of 3 (with 2nd years)
  55. Working at a gym for 2 years
  56. Not becoming a smoker (after going through teens with a group of smoker friends)
  57. Being a bridesmaid for a good friend
  58. Learning how to stand up for myself
  59. Not having had a car accident (being my mistake) *touch wood*
  60. Studying for 5 long years and sticking to it
  61. Being on the netball team in Grade 8
  62. Moving, by my choice, to Fish Hoek school (best decision ever)

I’m sure more will come to me over time… so for now… here are my top achievements SO far… of what I can think….

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Andy Warhol said, “In the future everybody will be world famous for fifteen minutes.” You can’t choose the 15 minutes but why would you be world famous?

August 19, 2010 at 19:44 (Uncategorized)

Andy Warhol was right…. Everyone gets to be famous at least once in their life for at least 15 minutes.  This could be anything from managing to get into Hollywood and proving yourself or simply being famous in your local village for being the first to ….. [You can decide what gets to go here 😉 ]

If I had 15 minutes to be world famous in…. it would probably be for discovering some kind of cure for cancer.  Cancer is such a terrible disease and the worst part is, sometimes you discover it and it’s too late.  If I had 15 minutes of fame, it would be for having designed some kind of medical equipment that allows for being able to scan the body in search of cancer quickly and efficiently.  This way, everyone could go for annual checkups and be able to see if they have cancer cells and then be able to be treated correctly as to avoid the cancer getting worse.

Unfortunately my skill set does not possess even a single piece of knowledge that would allow me to develop such a fine piece of equipment…. However, I hope someone else can develop this and perhaps get the 15 minutes of fame – and more – that they deserve.

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Reality Check

August 19, 2010 at 19:19 (Uncategorized)

Why does it take something huge to happen for us to realise something else?  We carry on day in day out, doing what makes us happen; doing what makes us money, getting on with our lives.  When we stress, things seem to pick up pace and when we chill they slow down again.  Why though, does something rather large and scary have to happen in order to give us a wakeup call in life?

You often hear people saying that after they’d experienced something dramatic and life threatening that it’s made them realise something to do with their life.  Doesn’t this scare you? That we have to have something happen first in order to realise what we have in our life?

I guess this applies to all of us… we seem to get so tangled up in our own lives that we sometimes tend to forget about others.  About what’s been going on with them, how they are feeling, what news THEY have to share.  Unfortunately it is the hard life truth with human beings that in order to realise… something has to happen.  I guess this is reality.  A scary one that is.

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A Skill Set Called Leadership

August 15, 2010 at 22:54 (Uncategorized)

I must say, I’m not sure that I possess this skill set as of yet. I would like to…. But, I’m not sure I have it in me right now.  You see, leadership is about being persuasive, having a vision and strategy, being able to make quick decisions, communicating, developing and planning.

As a student who is about to embark on the “real” world, I feel these qualities will come in time? I hope!  Right now it is my feeling that as a youngster going into the industry, my leadership qualities are surely not very high as I still need to learn, grow and find my own feet right?

There are many people in the world who possess a high skill set of leadership…. Mandela…. Margaret Thatcher…. Obama…. and even the long passed Princess Di.  These people possess leadership!! I hope that I will be able to rock mad leadership skills like these amazing people one day.  What I do know? It’ll take time… LOTS of practice and perhaps balls?? Being a leader is not easy… but I am pretty sure we’re all willing to give it a shot.

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Enjoying The Ride?

August 15, 2010 at 22:38 (Uncategorized)

Wake up….. Get up out of your warm, snug bed…. Shower….. Get dressed…. Do hair and makeup….. Have breakfast….. Pack lunch… pack bag for the day…leave house.  This is pretty much what most women do every single day before going to work or college.  Thinking about it… how on earth do we do all the things we do, and NOT run out of time?

If you think about our lives at this current moment…. We go to tech and perhaps have a part time job…. Seems relatively easy hey? Not quite!!!  Lately I’ve found that no matter how much stuff I do during a day, there’s just not enough time…. How can this be?

A 24 hour day seems to fly by with the blink of an eye offering ideas, problems and solutions most of the time.  Thinking about it, just to travel to tech takes about 40 minutes, then we have a lesson, often there are group meetings or friendly chat…. A visit to various lecturers offices for a spontaneous chat… and then we head off home again.  Another 40 min.  All in all the day, with regards to Tech alone, so far has taken more or less 3 hours.

Lunch….. and a fast drive to pick up my little-y (au pairing)…. It’s an additional 2 hours of driving, playing in the mud, trying to control a two year olds tantrums and volatile acts and then it’s home time again.  By this time you can imagine we’re all pretty tired.

Fitting in all the extras… family… friends….boyfriends….sleep…. time to oneself… Time goes too fast.  However…. It’s the journey.  The journey makes life interesting.  Lifting friends home and making a plan on how all 3 of us will sit in the front of a bakkie is the journey.  Meeting new people is the journey. Working out how a two year old thinks is the journey.  So even though time ticks… and never stops to wait… we may stress about what needs to get done…. But we should at least TRY enjoying the journey.  We only live once!

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“Rock journalism is people who can’t write, interviewing people who can’t talk, for people who can’t read” (Frank Zappa)

August 8, 2010 at 11:02 (Uncategorized)

After attending a rock/punk/emo concert last night (Billy Talent), I have yet to understand Frank Zappa’s quote of “Rock journalism is people who can’t write, interviewing people who can’t talk for people who can’t read”.

My misunderstanding to this is purely because Zappa was completely part of this era, according to Wiki, he was an electric guitarist, film producer, record producer and an American composer.  Through his work he wrote music for jazz, classic and rock – he even wrote the classic song of Freak Out!, which is one of the most famous songs in history.

The reason I can think of for Zappa for saying such a quote was because he believed in Freedom of speech, this was his passion and his belief, to speak what he was thinking and feeling.  Within rock/punk/emo music, actually all genres, freedom of speech is granted… words can be disguised which carry an under tone of feelings from the past, this which many musicians use.

At the Billy Talent concert last night, listening to the singer explaining his creation and reasons behind his music, it proved to be a testament of freedom of speech within music.  I hope music remains this way in the future… full of life, passion, freedom and truth. It’s what we all need.

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A Million Things

August 7, 2010 at 12:58 (Uncategorized)

Who knew that in our head, we could have a million thoughts going on all at once.  That we have the capacity to hold so many thoughts, memories, decisions, choices and ideas.  It’s quite weird but you never think when you’re looking at someone that inside their brain they’re thinking so many things at once.

Right now in my head, thoughts are flying about left, right and center.  What is that sound outside, it’s really irritating.  How come my neighbours where standing outside their house at 5 this morning having a fat conversation that woke me up?  What topic am I going to choose for our PR assignment?  Why are we even doing this PR assignment?  How will Billy Talent be tonight?  What am I gonna have for lunch? Why is my dad so weird? Why do we own an insane dog that tries to jump out of windows or off our roof?

This is probably about one fraction of the thoughts that are currently flying around in my head.  You’d think that by thinking so many things that it could make a person go mad…. Thinking all the time.  There is no point to this blog, only a curiosity of life.  An interest into people’s minds and an understanding that many of us will never really know I guess. How many thoughts are running through your head right now?

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The Dream

August 1, 2010 at 10:42 (Uncategorized)

The dream is to be happy, live long and be successful.  The dream is to have money, support and respect.  The dream is to experience life, travel, love and grow.  Dreams are there, we all have them but only some of us can experience them.

Driving home from a holiday, looking at all the shacks on the side of the road, it just made me realise even more how fortunate I am.  I have my dreams already… I’m soon to be 23 and I have mine. I have a family who love me, friends who care for me, a job, an education and the opportunity to grow and do what I want to do.  I have the opportunity to fulfill my dreams and hopes.

Not all of us get this chance and even though this is turning out to be a heavily emo blog, I need to write it down that I have everything I could have ever asked for in my life. I am happy and very grateful. I hope I can give back to the world what I have received.

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