2021SEP18 – A lesson on escaping from maze of rooms

Clue: Just open any of the nearest doors.

Many of us plan too many things before starting anything. Often than not, it just consumes our time and even our psychological energy. What most of us do not know, it is actually not rare for a plan to not work out especially when we working on a very uncertain idea that we have. 

When you think about a maze of rooms with its door closed as a player, you don’t really want to overthink what the game master designed the game. What matters to you is to find where the door is and that you have to open it. It doesn’t matter where the door leads you. If there were two or more doors in the beginning, and the door you chose leads you to a dead-end room, you can just go back and pursue the other door. You have options. In fact, if you are persistent enough, you can even think of breaking the walls of that dead-end room. What matters is you moved forward.

But let’s say you did pursue the other door. Then, you had this worry that maybe a scary creature would welcome you upon opening it. The fact that you already had that worry, what you can actually do is to prepare yourself. Not run away. You have already expected this possibility! In parralel to our lives, that’s exactly how risk or crisis should be handled. 

We can’t just overplan or overthink about it, we have to always start things.

Backstory: I have several planned out projects (personal projects) that I really haven’t started. Most of the time, the reason why I do not pursue them is that I am just scared and/or kept saying ”I don’t know how to start”. And when thinking about the maze analogy, these reasonings are actually not solid enough for me not to push myself in order to achieve the objectives of those projects (even just gradually).


2019SEP28 – A lesson from a recklessly flipped pancake

When making a pancake, the one who is cooking has to wait for the mixture to be molded before flipping it, or else, its shape would break. And it never really matters if you have made perfect pancakes before. This is the same with making most of our decisions, that an impulsive one might cause havoc in our life. As the one who is handling your own life, you have to be sure you are capable of handling things before telling yourself that it is time. It might sound simpler for a pancake, but when we talk about things in life, it is just also a matter of patience. If one has to choose havoc over delight, I bet, you would choose delight. And in delight, one has to be incredibly patient.

From earlier today when we were watching a pancake being mindfully cooked at an Okonomiyaki restaurant, 12:30PM. Though, the pancakes were not recklessly flipped, and in fact, the person cooking was very proficient with what she was doing, but subtly noticed when one pancake was flipped a bit earlier as it should have had, and ‘oof’ – a rash decision I just made kinda occurred in my mind.