22nd March, 2018
It’s Easter holiday here in the UK and mostly all my flatmates have gone back home or travelling. The most experienced flatmate who stays right in front of me, Lin happened to bump into me today in the kitchen. It is always good to see him as mostly it is hard to see him even during the term time as he is always busy in volunteering, traveling or even organizing an event somewhere.
He went to an event yesterday and was telling me about a stranger that he met and their conversation. To me, this conversation has instilled more than just confidence, it has hit me with a dash of magic spark!
“As I was leaving from the event, an Indian or maybe a Pakistani boy started a conversation with me and asked me if I liked the event or not. I had not noticed him before so I was a bit perplexed. He said he was just 18 year old and thought even I was under 20 yr (peculiar Lin laugh). While walking home, he asked what advice would give an 18 year old guy. I found this question very interesting. (wait for the answer, because trust me, it is more than just interesting…)
Never say “why?” Always say, “why not?”
At the age of 18, you should not be thinking of excuses to do things. Don’t think that it might not be fun, or no one else form your friend group is going or any other reason to not do things.
The only two things that you should remember is:
- Time. Use it very very carefully.
- Is it something illegal?
I have never left out any opportunity as without giving it a shot. Even when I am in the UK, and I see a job opening in Taiwan, I still send in my resume just in case they would have the opportunity open if when I go back or not.
When I was in my second year of my undergrad, I saw an opening in a company which required minimum 3 years of experience, I looked at its credentials and thought I could do it, and I applied. I didn’t think that it was a full time course, I didn’t think it required 3 years experience, I said “why not apply”. I had nothing to loose. ”
If you ever see Lin in the hostel, he would be working on his assignment. He is a part of so many different communities and has traveled more than I ever did in my life only in these 7 months since he has come year. Every weekend he goes to a new city for a day trip, volunteers at so many different events every single week, writes 400 words daily and is still filled with so much energy. When I asked him about how does he manage to stay so disciplined he says;
“I consider time to a be a very valuable resource. And it should be used very carefully. Use your time in not just saying that you are busy, but actually do something that is your time’s worth, be it travelling, reading, going to art galleries or anything. There might be factors that you need to count in like money or legality but other than that don;t use excuses to stop you from doing things that you should be doing.”
I guess this advice is extremely valuable irrespective of how old you are.
Check out his channel, where he teaches Chinese words(explaining them in English) at his Instagram channel mr.yam.tw and show him some love.