Don’t Underestimate Us

“Don’t Underestimate Us”… Don’t underestimate who? I’m talking about the youth, younger people. People otherwise considered inexperienced, those who always feel like people take you and your input for granted…

Ever done something someone said you wouldn’t be able to do, or had the odds stacked against you, only because those around you underestimated what you’re capable of, or even had someone try take advantage of you, simply because they don’t think you know what’s going on or have any idea of what you’re entitled to or your rights?

With all due respect, for those who are in further on in years, and I don’t mean this in a nasty way… But for these people, gaining someone’s respect is an almost given and people tend to trust your instincts and opinions more easily. Why? Only because with life comes experience… But it’s not just getting through life and gaining the experience! You have to have learnt something as a result thereof and applied the the lesson learnt from the mistakes which , yourself have made. However, for those of us, who in the eyes of the above mentioned people, we have to fight for our opinions, abilities and skills to be heard and noticed. I’ve got nothing against having to fight for some things, simply because it makes us better and stronger people when we pull through it.

There comes a time though when it’s not acceptable and where we need to take a stand and maintain our momentum at whatever you’re are doing or with whatever is going on. This is basically when people or, in my case, a company try take advantage of you, or because they are just taking chances, assuming that you don’t know what’s going on, what they are trying to do… Or basically for whatever reason they might have come up with.

I never thought I’d ever say this, but thanks to certain elements of the education system in South Africa and the introduction of Life Orientation to the curriculum, most kids, even whilst at school and the young adults leaving shcool, come out knowing a lot more about their rights than those in higher positions or those older than us. Yes, those in more superior positions or those older than us might know these principles or rights, but either choose not to remember or have completely forgotten them. Sad actually in the society we live in today…

With the knowledge we my have, there comes a sense of responsibility to keep ourselves “in check” so as not to come across too blasé or “in your face” when it comes to using and applying this knowledge.

Remember that line from the first Spiderman movie? At the end when Peter Parker leaves the funeral, “with great power, comes great responsibility”?? Yes? Well, that’s what I’m trying to get at here. It having a position of authority or superior knowledge doesn’t entitle those to use and abuse both the knowledge or others because of it. It also doesn’t mean that you have to got sit back and watch from the sidelines as people walk all over you because you’re affraid of what might come of speaking up. It’s not like you’d sit quietly and not give a helping hand if you had a solution you knew would work with the Global Warming crisis, only because someone told you it wouldn’t work. Slightly exaggerated, yes… But it gets the point across doesn’t it?

Basically what I’m trying to get at are the following 3 things:

1. Don’t just focus on what you’re doing or what you’re good at, it helps knowing at least the basics of what is termed “general knowledge”.

2. Don’t try abuse a position you might because you have more power or greater knowledge

3. Don’t underestimate the abilities, skills and strengths of those around you because you may think they don’t have a clue.

Just some advice, use it or loose it… ALWAYS read the fine print! Know what you’re entitled to, especially on the work front and regarding the law. And lastly, its published all over, but know your rights! If you don’t know them, Google it. Save it somewhere, because one day is one day you’re going to be stuck in a situation and knowing a simple line or clause from your work contract or Conditions of Employment actcan really catch those trying to use and abuse you off guard and there isn’t much they can do about that. It’s in the contract! It’s your right.

Signing off.

Always remember, give a jackass an education and you get a
smartass.

G™

Goodbyes in Modern Society

For those who know me and for the few who have been reading my blog, you will know I have recently resigned from work and am moving back up-country. The closer to the day that I leave comes, the more sentimental certain times feel and become. Edging nearer to the day I leave, I’ve been thinking, is it really necessary to say “goodbye” to friends and loved ones in the society we live in today? Is “goodbye” really a goodbye, or is it more of an “until I see you again”??

It’s not that long ago that social networking platforms like MySpace and Bebo started. It afforded many of us the opportunity to see what our friends are up to and what’s news in their respective lives without either being a nuisance or intruding too much. And I DO NOT mean this in a stalkerish way. löl.

Not long after these platforms started, Facebook and then Twitter came onto the scene, giving us real-time updates into the lives of or friends and family. It gave us a chance to view pictures and even video footage of, for example, your close friend who has moves overseas. Or even an old school friend who has moved away, or hell, even that mate you see often. It’s all very interesting and in a
sense, still has that personal touch.

With other platforms like the popular Skype, and now with Apple’s FaceTime application, “seeing” a friend who is on the other side of the globe or cousin on the other side of the country has become a lot easier…

Feel like laughing about the silly things you did as a kid, with your longest standing friend? No problem! You can do it the “conventional” way by calling them on the phone, or catch up on Skype, maybe send them a text message on BBM or Whatsapp. Or even call them up on FaceTime. While we’re on the BBM/Whatsapp thing, why send them text? Send a voice-note! Never done it? Give it a try! It’s easier than typing and definitely is quite amusing and fun!

Besides, it seems and feels more personal than a text. There’s nothing better than hearing the voice of an old friend whom you haven’t spoken to in a while. Again, I ask: is it really necessary to say “goodbye”?

Using Facebook as my main example, you can still keep in contact with friends and family. The great part about it is you only have to say it once, so you’re not constantly repeating the same story over and over and over again… And you can choose who you want to share what info with, so you can block that person who keeps commenting on all your pictures or that family member who comments on every single status. Don’t deny it, you know you’ve blocked some people for whatever reason…. And that you only tell and let some people know certain things. You know what I mean. . .

In my opinion, a “goodbye” isn’t what it used to be. And I mean that in a good way. As a result of the social networking advancement and where we are technologically at the moment, seeing and catching up with friends who have moved away or that you can’t or don’t see as often has become tremendously easier! Unless the person lives under a rock and isn’t involved on use any social networking platforms and by extension this means email too. It’s actually scary that we still have some people like that in our modern society today…

So next time someone has to leave, moves away, or even goes home after visiting you and stays just up the road from you, don’t feel so bad or down about it. You unfortunately won’t be able to feel their touch, but hearing their voice, catching up or seeing them you will definitely be doing so soon!

My request for those who can: call up an old friend, but not the usual way from your phone, Skype video call, or FaceTime call or for the fun of it, try a voice note conversation on BBM or Whatsapp with someone. Even if you can’t keep the voice convo going for long, give it a try to start a convo. It’s definitely a laugh!

Signing off.

Always remember, give a jackass an education and you get a smartass.

G™

Mondays

Today has not been my best day to say the least. It started off badly and didn’t get any better. It was one of those days where things just go wrong and get progressively worse.

Something about today just didn’t feel right either. We really need to start trusting in our gut instincts more!

Why are Monday’s generally so bad? What’s with the whole stigma surrounding Monday’s?

So I wake up, only to find I haven’t got any clean clothes for work, so already I’m irritable. It’s misty and overcast and I’m feeling tired, yet I press on, determined that I’ll be able to make something of this day, despite wearing something I’m not particularly fond of and not in the mood for today in any case, because I’ve recently resigned from the company I’m currently working for and completing the last 2 weeks of having to work here…. Anyways, the people at the current company treat you like the plague once you resign, deliberately ignoring you and giving you these dirty looks. It’s not pleasant and really makes coming to work a drag….

Getting back to the story…. So I press on, determined to make today go better. I get told I have to go see a client and I’m all too happy to get out of the office a bit. En-route to the client, driving along a gravel road, a plank driving his bakkie comes head-on and is seriously moving down this ground road…. I try to move out-of-the-way a bit, because typically, the part of the road that’s less gravel-like and more compact and hard is slightly over to the middle of the road and this guy is coming straight at me, I try to get out-of-the-way and end up losing control of the car and it ends in an accident. Feeling utterly s**t, I get hold of the office to let them know what happened… Did I mention I was driving a company car?…. this does little for the already hostile circumstances at the office…

Long story short I’m back at the office and the dirty looks and treatment from certain “colleagues” is even worse. I ignore them, really not in the mood for their nonsense and carry on with the vehicle accident report process.

During all this, the shoes I’m wearing(one of my new pairs) decides to tear… Seriously… I’m quite fussy when it comes to finding shoes, so when something like my shoe tearing from its sole happens, I’m no very Impressed to say the least!

…Yes, I’m feeling sorry for myself…

It all got me wondering and trying to find a link between why we don’t like Monday’s in particular and why things end up going wrong and not working out on a Monday. I figured that it’s linked to where we are and what we’re doing.

It’s because either we, in this case, me… We don’t enjoy what we’re doing for work or where it is we’re doing this and so we’re not giving it out “all”. Think about it for a sec. If you’re doing something because you have to and not because you want to, things tend to either go wrong or you get it done, but things don’t go smoothly. If we’re doing it because we want to and we’re enjoying it, well then it’s a whole different board game and Things seem to go so much better.

What are we doing when we’re at work? We’re selling our soul for some Income to spend over the weekends. We have to enjoy what we do otherwise selling our soul for that pay-check at the end of the month isn’t worth it. Yes the money is often better for something we don’t enjoy as much, but is it always worth sacrificing your happiness? Think about Marshall from How I Met Your Mother… He’s working as a lawyer, but not in the side of the industry he wanted to be in, and if you’ve watched season 6, you’ll see he’s not really happy. Yes, I know it’s a TV series, but it’s pretty similar to situations many of us face in life anyways!

More and more I feel I need to get away! You know that feeling when you’ve been on holiday for long enough and just want to get back home? That’s how I feel now! I’ve got 2 weeks left and I’m going back “home”… I really cannot wait! But typically karma or whatever it is, won’t allow the time to feel like it’s passing quickly like the last few months have. I’ve had enough of where I am and what I’m doing at the moment and I want and need to be back where I feel comfortable and where I perform at my best. I’ll find something I enjoy that makes that money in the bank all the more worth while.

Do it for the love of it!

Always remember, you gotta risk it for the biscuit!

Signing out.

G™

Hello world!

So this is my first blog article, what do I do? Is this thing on? I guess I’ll keep this one light.

Signing up to create the blog is pretty exciting, I’m not going to lie, but then when it’s your turn to start typing something, it’s kinda daunting… That’s all part of the fun though.. What do you say in these “About Me” things?

About me? Why not tell me more about you? But then again, this is my blog, my space to let go and share my experiences, views and opinions on whatever… Here’s a little about me though:

I’m an easy-going guy with a love of music and all things fun and exciting. I’m passionate about the things that mean a lot to me and the close friends and family I have. I’m often told I’m a bit hyperactive, but I’d blame this on the passion I put into everything. “Go big, or go home,” right? We only get one shot at most things, so I believe we gotta make that one shot count!

In between al l the madness and crazy times we go through, I see the glass as half full most times, but everyone has their off days. Natural speed freak and adrenaline-junkie, love the off-road bikes scene and the smell of the 2-stoke and fuel smells mixing in the garage. Enjoying every second of the times I get to go out and ride, constantly looking for new places to take the bikes.

With me, what you see is what you get( I’m the nice guy type). Fun, loving and always ready to help, that’s me! Just for the hell of it, let’s give this blog thing a go… I’m going to do my best to keep it updated as much as possible. Only one way to find out, and that’s to try, right? I don’t do the whole “Dear Diary” thing, so I guess this is as close to a monologue and “Dear Diary” situation as I will get!

I’ve got nothing really else to say tonight. Normally I have a lot to say, but after the past week, I’m dead and sucked dry. Like, where is all the fun at, man?

What’s been happening lately? Well, life, that’s what happened! Basically, I’ve recently relocated to a new City, not something new to me though, getting back to the story… I’ve been here for going on 7 months now and the work has said we need to move back… Still not sure what to feel about the news though. Got 2 weeks left and I’ll be going back. Pretty happy about going back to be honest… Yes, I use ellipses lot… Going to be awesome to be back “home.”

That’s a whole other story for another night.

Always remember, give a jackass an education and you get a smartass.

G™