My high school classmate just told me that she wanted a life like mine. She imagined herself in my place, which she termed “Andai Aku Menjadi Tyma" (If I Were Tyma). Tyma is a special nickname I got from her.
It made me recall a college friend who used to call me lucky charm. She stated, it was because I always drew luck near me and it flowed out to people around me. She repeatedly asked me to work with her so that she could keep her talisman close. Kareshi also tells me so. He says that he always comes across so much fortune when I hold him dear.
Then I start to wonder if I am actually Suketi (a famous ghost story in Indonesia, in which a ghost was turned into a person and brought wealth to her family). Or perhaps a luck can be inherited genetically? If so, then I can certainly tell you that I got it from my mom. She’s like Fortuna herself. XD
Well, I don’t know whether I should be happy or terrified. Many people wish to have a good luck, don’t they? But I’m not willing to shift from internal to external locus of control. I don’t want to lean solely on luck. It spoils me. I want to be responsible for my own life. So, instead of asking for an easy life, I wish for the strength to carry on with my life and wisdom to make it meaningful.
Jan 18. Kareshi’s niece’s birthday party.
The party went simply well. The food and souvenirs were all homemade, except for the cakes that was ordered from a bakery by kareshi and me. You know I am very much impressed by kareshi’s family. They share the same traits: independent yet social. I guess it’s partly because they live in countryside.
Being independent. They build their house and meubelair with their own hands. There is a fountain they made in front of their house which spray water non stop without electricity. It’s a brand new thing for me, and there are many other times when I am amazed by their creativity. Their children are taught to work for everything they want. It rears entrepreneurship within themselves. Since college they don’t receive allowance from their parents any longer. They make their own money and found business without their parents’ holding.
Being social. Before I met them, I never thought there were such people who had sincere altruism. But seeing how much they share and care about others, even to strangers, restores my faith in humanity. They especially want to empower their neighborhood by — to mention a few — opening job opportunity for dozens of people and building open-access wi-fi tower at home so their neighbors can use it for free. This social spirit was also shown clearly on the last birthday party. As written in the invitation card, they didn’t accept any gift. They gave away the presents instead.
Well, I still got a lot to learn from them…