Weekly Photo Challenge: Endurance

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate,
I am the captain of my soul.
—William Ernest Henley
Waves in San Diego, photo taken by Emma Bennett
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Endurance is an eloquent expression of grace mingling with human experience persevering onward even when the most terrifying, towering waves threaten to crush them against the rocks. To me, this is endurance: self-discipline, self-control, and fearless will to persevere even in the face of opposition, challenge, or uncertainty.



Modern Occupations: Multiple Levels of Knowledge & Responsibilities

In today’s modern world, technology makes information accessible but the technological developments also involve factors such as flickering screens, glaring light, fast speeds of information processing, and increased work demands that are both physically and psychologically trying. There are numerous campaigns petitioning for people to unplug, and it behooves people to do so from time to time to conserve their energy.

I perceive that modern middle and upper class have a mindset to their advantage, of knowing how to network, utilize the vast array of resources, interpret information, and integrate multiple levels of knowledge and responsibilities in order to thrive better despite the series of recessions hitting the United States in the past few decades. Those that do not have the confidence to access these points will fall further into the gaping hole of poverty and lack of education.

There were a few segments on NPR that I listened to on the radio lately about programs to teach low-income people about resetting their mindsets which they may have learned from their early developmental socialization and other programs that set low-income individuals up with middle-class mentors to teach them how to have the assertiveness to push harder. These and other factors may help to alleviate the economic atmosphere of mass discontent, job displacement, and declining quality of living. It does take a village to assist people with the transition from surviving to thriving.

It’s not even all about money, having or getting a job, networking, or being lucky. It’s about a lot of factors. It’s about navigating through a modern world, developing analytical and perceptive thinking skills, and knowing how to look at a world full of information and connecting the right dots in order to have the information and opportunities you really need. It’s also about networking, not just to have names in your book, but to link yourself to like-minded comrades to support each other through thick and thin, and through this recession, the hurdles of life, the transitions of life, and the joys of life. It’s primarily about knowing and respecting yourself first and foremost before you face this increasingly globalized world. If you don’t run with it, it will leave you far, far behind.

These are some modern occupations millennial career seekers grapple with:

  • Evaluating information, discarding information that is obsolete
  • Knowing the basics of economics, personal finance, investing, financial management calculations, and financial management software/websites like Microsoft Excel or checking interest rates on
  • Knowing the basics of reading and understanding contracts and basic civil legal matters i.e. bill contracts, landlord-tenant laws, employment discrimination, FDIC limits
  • Knowing how to search the internet for information
  • Knowing and continually utilizing mathematics and understanding of statistics
  • How to read and understand a newspaper, including politics and the stock quotes
  • How to understand that politics is much, much, much, much, MUCH more than candidate commercials, late night comedy, South Park, and buzzwords
  • Quickly processing and responding to emails
  • Constantly learning new technologies and software
  • Communicating with people from diverse cultures
  • Speaking with higher-ups i.e. presidents, CEOs, commissioners
  • Being able to quickly analyze situations during travel, i.e. navigating urban train, bus, and taxi modes of transportation, learning the cities, economy, culture, and basics of language
  • Studying multiple languages in order to understand people better i.e. French, Italian, Korean, Japanese

Myself considered, I am still learning these things. I just graduated from university three months ago. I feel that I am temporarily struggling but I am fairly ambitious and connected enough to pull my weight and then some. I love to set goals and often find myself hitting walls trying to accomplish them, but I hate to give in.

I feel that there are opportunities everywhere and it takes an intrepid explorer to go out and seek them. We are capable!

Aspiring for Greatness

Have you ever had those moments where you hit a wall of discouraging inner dialogue in times when you feel an urge to spread your wings and achieve something big? I think we can all have a sigh of relief when we recognize that we aren’t the only people in the world striving to push beyond our current limitations. What we are able to accomplish today is more than what we were able to accomplish every yesterday before, and we will have even greater chances henceforth. Experiential progress is a remarkable opportunity we can seize upon in every moment of our lives. Excellence is achievable every day.

It is one thing for me to say this and a wholly completely different undertaking for me to prove it. This is why I am starting to write this blog. I want to push myself not to give up on this simple task of writing for at least fifteen minutes, two to three times per week. It is so easy to start something, get discouraged along the way, and start dropping it like walking around with water cupped in your hand.

For myself personally, I am going to use this journal to expand my creative abilities, learn about leadership, and discipline myself to have greater inner stability. For you, if there is some way I can encourage you to also believe in yourself and push for self-actualization, I would be glad to be of service.

To cut things short and stop myself from writing you an entire novel, I believe that we can make choices to develop ourselves and set our dreams as our true north. We can reach deep down to really know ourselves. We can keep confident and keep our posture straight even in moments we feel tested, nervous, or unsure. We can aspire for greatness.

Greatness means strife for nation and man alike. A soft, easy life is not worth living, if it impairs the fibre of brain and heart and muscle. We must dare to be great; and we must realize that greatness is the fruit of toil and sacrifice and high courage… We are face to face with our destiny and we must meet it with a high and resolute courage. For us is the life of action, of strenuous performance of duty; let us live in the harness, striving mightily; let us rather run the risk of wearing out than rusting out.
—Address at the opening of the gubernatorial campaign, New York City (October 5, 1898), reported in “The Duties of a Great Nation”, Campaigns and Controversies, vol. 14 of The Works of Theodore Roosevelt, national ed. (1926), chapter 45, p. 291.