A story I have meant to write and share: Recently, a friend coined marriage as a ‘life accomplishment’ – I shook my head in distaste and disagreement. “I wouldn’t use the word ‘accomplishment’,” I replied frankly, “Societal definition maybe, but not mine.” I recalled another conversation we had not long ago about my regular pattern of … More mother / light / brilliant.
I confess that whenever I come across news or photos of someone’s eventful career path especially those that take place overseas – bonus pangs for those being places I’d once lived in or visited – I wonder if I could have had that chance had I decided differently for myself. I like to think this … More ‘successful’ – a reframe of perspectives.
I think adulthood – or is it maturity? – is when one is able to speak of a particular chapter, instance, moment from one’s past with tranquility and ease. That moment of clarity is understood when one is able to speak, at last, of an emotionally pivotal and significant period without any tremble or quiver in one’s voice. This … More “Those were six good years?” (Those were six good years.)
There was a colleague who, when I asked him why he left his ‘very lucrative and interesting’ first job years ago, hesitated and pondered for long seconds before answering, “Tak kena dengan jiwa” (Lit. Didn’t jive with my soul). He clarified that there was nothing wrong with the work and the place, but… he shook … More misfit, part II.