Disclaimer: This is a non-photography related post.
Keep moving. Do not stay still.
Keep adapting. Do not stop learning.
Keep changing. Do not stop improving.
These are perhaps things that I hold true to myself, you can call it “my motto of life”, “my principle”, or whatever you wish. To me, I try not to stop myself from continuously exploring possibilities, searching for ways to improve my life and doing things differently from others. Hence, people around me may find that I will change once in a little while, or I’m just an odd-ball or asshole to some.
The obvious example on continuous learning will be me taking master studies this year, which is something I find necessary for me to keep developing myself. I’m lacking in terms of knowledge on business, marketing and etc., so I hope through this master program I can gain something out of it and equip me with better skillset for my future. Besides that, I had resumed my reading habits, which was stopped for quite some times, so that I can continuously absorb new thinking, new idea and new philosophy into my life. I’m trying my best to keep it up as a daily habit and I do hope I’ll be able to sustain it. Also, I restarted my running routine and slowly trying to get my fitness back to an acceptable level. This is both for health reason and also to get myself fit for the next trip or hike that’s around the corner.
Another improvement or change exercise that I like to do once in awhile is to try to simplify things in my life as much as possible, decluttering things and reforming things when necessary. It may sounds a bit ridiculous, but I did, for example, slimming down my wardrobe and only wear Uniqlo Ultra Stretch Skinny Tapered Jeans (I have a few of those in different colours) for my casual long pants. Why am I limiting myself up to this level? Well, I don’t view this as a limitation. I’m just simplifying my life so that I will spend less time in shopping stores over stores for the perfect pair of pants that fit well and look nice on me. Since I really enjoy wearing that jeans from Uniqlo, why not just stick with it? I’m even considering to move all my casual wardrobe choices to Uniqlo so that I’ll just need to visit one store to get all my wardrobe needs. Too much too crazy? Well, not really. Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg is quite famous for his grey t-shirt, which he believed by wearing the same t-shirts everyday, he will have one less decision to make and hence become more productive. Of course I will not be that extreme, but there are some values which we can pick up from this reasoning.
To me, it’s always a gain rather than a loss when you cut down all the hassles in life. You’ll get to focus more and get straight to the point. This is what all companies do, cutting down redundant processes in order to achieve cost saving and better time management. Another items that I had streamlined will be my bags. I used to own one travel backpack, one small sling bag for casual use, one messenger bag for camera stuff and one laptop backpack for work. Now I have a “travel & camera 2 in 1” backpack which can be used for both purposes depending on how I configure the bag with the inserts provided. Next up is to streamline the casual and work bag, and I’m currently looking into it and see if there’s a possibilities to have another “2 in 1” solutions here. Less bag, less hassle, less trouble to swap my things around.
There are many other areas in my life where I can improve, be it “materialistic” items such as my bags, clothing, cameras, gadget that I used and etc., or “mentalistic” items such as my knowledge, behaviour, skills and so on. I’m a big fan of “zen” and minimalist, hence all these will work well on me, but it may not be the same for you. I’m just sharing my thoughts and what I’ve done so far, and I hope that my sharing here can bring some help to you.