Friday, August 12, 2005

Determination

After yesterday night, I understood how powerful one's determination can be...

I felt a great sense of achievement last night when I finally managed to fix the faulty ceiling light in the kitchen. It was much tougher than I expected. Not the usual replacing of light bulbs where you just had to take off the spoilt one and fix it up with a brand new bulb. Initially that was what I thought, but when I opened up the covering it was a complicated electrical circuit to say the least, wires all around and screws and funny-looking things and everything. I asked Daddy for directions on how to get the light fixed and working again and I totally understood how to do it. But the sickening part was the screw. It was so old, so rusty and so bloody tight that I could not unscrew it out at first. Was so fed up about it that I was throwing tantrums at everyone after that 1st try. Then I decided to cool down and by the time I tried again my sweat had all dried up already. I wanted to give up coz I can't stand sweat dripping all over my body. You know it's always tough to fix something on the ceiling because you are acting against gravity..but I told myself to stay determined...and fortunately it paid off. Hah. I got that fuckin screw out, replaced the burnt wire with the brand new one, installed the starter back to where it was originally and..TATA!! I switched it on...and it was working again! At that moment, I really felt so happy for myself coz I did it..and somehow I was convinced that determination always prevails..and nothing is impossible.

I realised how important it is to know how to fix basic electrical units and appliances at home in case they become faulty or get spoilt. Well right now I am wondering if CCs offer courses such that it trains people learn how to DIY when certain appliances at home go faulty. I might enrol into this course if there ever is one in the first place...Could be rather interesting..and I think it is useful knowledge to know some DIY skills..can you imagine when you have your own family and your own house in future, and something goes wrong...you have no fuckin idea how to fix it...what will your wife and kids think of you? Your wife thinks you are stupid and your kids feel Papa can't do anything? Haha maybe not that extreme but it certainly says lots about you I guess...A MAN should be able to do such trivial things. After all, you are goin to be the breadwinner of the house yeah..so in conclusion: Go get some DIY skills and that's what I plan to do.

Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education alone will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan "press on" has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.

- John Calvin Coolidge

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