It’s not very often that I actually sit down to write long notes so bear with me on this one :)
This past year has been an odd one. There have been so many times when I’ve felt like I was sitting (unwillingly) on a roller coaster of emotions, flipping back and forth between self-doubt and momentary hopeful optimism, always unable to stop the ride.
Today, however, I received a powerful reminder from the world outside of the “Berkeley bubble” of my own privileges. I was forwarded an email about a mother/daughter pair in need of immediate housing. A few emails were sent, some phone calls made and (with luck), we will find a place for them soon. But this is only one case, one family.
I’m confronted with the fact that such a small action from a few people could potentially have a positive impact on these two individuals’ lives. Which leads me to question things (in the spirit of Berkeley, of course). If we, as (cough) “mere peon undergrads” can do this, what could we do if people in positions of power shifted their focuses? As a society, we have a tendency to place certain things on pedestals (money, status, success), but at the end of the day, how much do these things really matter? Of course I understand that we live within the structural confines of our society and in order to “survive”, we must play by some of the rules. However, if we all took the time to reflect on our values, we may see that there are other things more worthy of our time. (And, while this may be my naivety speaking, I do think the world would be a better place if we could all do that.)
On a more selfish note, for the first time in a while I can say with absolute clarity exactly why I want to do what I want to do. It’s because I want to serve people. It’s because I wish to make the world a less painful place. But more than that, it’s because I want to be a voice for those don’t have the power to be heard. My head is clear and I know that with hard work and time, I am getting closer to my goals everyday.
So yes. In conclusion, I was reminded that my issues are truly problems from the “first world” and I am more optimistic than ever as I’m looking forward.
Also, as a random “FYI BUT REALLY YOU NEED TO KNOW THIS CAUSE I’M WAY TOO EXCITED” note, Cosmos just aired on Fox this past week! Never thought I would be recommending something broadcasted by Fox Network but it really is fantastic. You all should check it out, regardless of whether you love/hate/tolerate science. Even it’s just for the pretty graphics :).
"I worry that the closer the world gets to our fingertips, the further it gets from our hearts."
"man this essay is taking forever"
Never forget the $1's folded up in my underwear drawer.
That sounds scandalous... (stares)
(stares) They're folded up nicely
Those riffs, that rhythm, falsetto, bass, and beatbox, etc., etc., etc. aghhh
This cover is perfection.
and then I realized it was filed under spam :)
"The best time to call home is when you’re walking to and from class!" - Mom
looked like a booger
you're so mature........
people can have >1000 unread emails. Why..just why??
I’m really terrible at keeping diaries (much better at lab logs) but here is a summary of some big events/what I’ve been doing so I don’t forget later! And please, excuse any grammar mistakes I might (probably will) make. I’m typing this as I wait for something in lab so it’s more or less an omgI’msoboredinlab ramble.
Lol@ how my pronunciation of English words changes depending on the language I’m speaking ._.
Jw, does anyone understand what I’m trying to say/also do this?