The Renaissance (Wo)man

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Photo by Katherine Harlon from Unsplash

This is for the who has shown that starting over does not mean you are behind on a success race. That a success race is just a personal perception that can be overcome by changing your mindset. That everyone is on a different timeline and that things happen at their own time.

This is for woman who has shown that there are different measures of success besides money. That making a difference and pursuing something that you are passionate about may be more fulfilling than a full bank account. This woman has inspired me to re-evaluate my goals.

This is for the woman who has shown me that not everything is planned. That some businesses happen by accident and they do blossom into beautiful things. The key is to start.

This is for the woman who has shown she cares about other women by building a platform that inspires and empowers different women from completely different backgrounds. A platform that shows that we all have similar hurdles to overcome. A platform that reminds us that we are not alone in anything that we do.

This is for the woman who is unapologetically authentic no matter what circumstances they face.

This is for the woman has shown that there is a thing called imposter syndrome. That the dreadful feeling has a name, that it is common, and that it can be dealt with.

This is for the woman who has shown that you do not have to be perfect at something to achieve your goals. That perfectionism is a barrier for many women who won’t try anything for the fear of failure.

This is for every Phenomenal Woman.

 

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Investing and Time Anxiety

A reflective moment made me realise that I have time anxiety. Time anxiety is the feeling that one should achieve something within a certain period. This feeling usually comes after realising that most of your peers are ahead of you therefore you feel a pressure to catch up. This realisation was cemented after reading that “when you want to hurry something, that means that you no longer care about it and want to get on to other things” (Pirsig, 2014). This quote pushed me to try to slow things down and achieve things in my own time.

I have been taking a lot of investment and personal finance courses lately. I have been rushing through them because of a deadline I set for myself. I did not take time to really understand the concepts that these professors were trying to teach me. Therefore, I have to redo some of them. This is the way to go if I want to stop speculating about the stocks I choose.

Planning is a good way to go but you have to be aware that some projects take longer than expected. Like me, push your deadline to a later date. You will be better for it.

Bibliography

Pirsig, R. (2014). Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance.London: Vintage Books.

Travel for the right reasons

Before travelling the world, there are a few things you may have to consider. These points are here to prevent you from spending a lot of money without enjoying your vacation. These points are as follows:

  1. Reasons for travelling
  2. Destination and duration
  3. Extra money for different activities

Reasons for travelling

Are you travelling because you want to or because you’re rushed into thinking that this is the only chance you will get? If your answer is the latter, you might want to reconsider. Don’t be fooled by the idea that you will never get the chance to travel again. That feeling alone will dampen your enjoyment of the trip. There are always more opportunities to travel which will allow you to save for longer.

Destination and duration

If you are planning on travelling across six different cities for only a week, then you might want to reconsider. The only exception is a road trip with friends, which is a rite of passage. However, if you want a chance at experiencing the culture in you chosen places, you may have to reconsider. The reason is that, most of the time will be depleted by travelling between cities and therefore you won’t be able to experience the joy of exploring the cities. You may have to re-structure your plan to travel for longer or to travel to fewer cities.

Extra money for different activities

Because most of your money will go towards accommodation, you need money to go into the places that require entry fees. Moreover, you may want to try different local cuisines and go to different events. You don’t want to be the person that brings your travel buddies down because you cannot afford entry into a club.

These are a few things you have to consider. Happy planning!

A Scrutiny of Frankenstein- Part 3

This is an analysis of Letter 4 from Frankenstein (Penguin Classics).

 

The letter is a recording of events that occurred as the crew was sailing. R. Walton says, “So strange an accident has happened to us that I cannot forbear recording it,”. He does to avoid the distortion of his memory. It proves that our minds are not reliable as humans sometimes conjure up images that did not occur. He does this to avoid our tendency to exaggerate events that happen around us.

This letter informs of the first meeting between Robert Walton and a stranger whom he admires. The stranger arrives during an ominous storm. He is injured, and he exudes the feeling of horror and sadness. Walton is drawn to the stranger and therefore he takes care of him. The readers feel as if he identifies with the character. Moreover, since Walton has been feeling an overwhelming sense of loneliness, he becomes closer to the stranger and he begins to “love him as a brother”.

This letter also proves that humans are bad at predicting the future. Walton believed that he would find “no friend on the wide ocean”, yet he finds someone. It proves the uncertainty of life. It emphasizes the importance of keeping a journal. The reflections would help us prove not to trust predictions in the complex life we live.

A Scrutiny of Frankenstein- Part 2

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This analysis is based on Letter 2 in Frankenstein (Penguin Classics).

R. Walton starts his letter by telling his sister about the progress that he has made with his ship and his crew. Even though he tries to set a more positive mood, there is a feeling of loneliness. It appeals to the reader’s sense of pathos. He says, “I have no friend, Margaret”, meaning he has no one to share his success and failures with. The feeling of satisfaction he gets from being successful is brief.

Psychology says that humans are social animals and that they seek people who are similar to them. The character wants someone who has similar tastes to him. He says, “I have no one near me, gentle and courageous, possessed of  a cultivated as well as a capaciuos mind, whose tastes are like my own, to approve or amend my plans”. He is describing his character in someone else. Because he has a sense of exulanasis, he gives up trying to explain how he feels to his sister. He feels as if committing words to paper is a “poor medium for the communication of the feeling”.

In his letter, he gently describes his lieutenant, whom he has great admiration. This man lives a life of existential means as he has traits that are not situational of heavily influenced by his surrounding. He has made his own path despite being “wholly uneducated”.

His letter  becomes more similar to the speech of the modern motivation speaker. Despite his loneliness and sadness, he does is not “wavering in” his “resolution”.

He makes reference to the poem The Rime of the “Ancient Mariner”,  which shows that he is enthusiastic about acquiring knowledge and wisdom from his travels. It is a romanticised view of getting old. He believes he is meant for more. He has a sense of alexithymia, which is the inability to express or define how he feels.

The closing of his letter gives a tone of wistfulness and sadness. He missed his sister. However, he has stoically accepted that he may never see her again. In addition to that, he seems to be preparing her for the worst to happen.