On a lazy Sunday afternoon, a week since we ditch 2011 – Here I am blogging from a saloon – A Saloon. No it is no typo error. This place is really just simply called the A Saloon. I don’t know if the founder of this place was just simply lazy to think of a creative name to compete with the many mushrooming saloons around, or was his place always just refered to as – a saloon therefore it just got stucked…. or maybe… ok I’m going way off the topic here… so yea, the point that I needed to make here is – gone are the days where we pay a hefty price of vanity – not just money, but heaps of our precious TIME! Spending easily 4 – 5 hours in a hair saloon is something every girl experience about once a year at least. The process of cutting, blowing, shampooing, colouring, perming, treatment.. etc. Here I guess A Saloon found a way to ease their customers boredom. Instead of sitting here sifting through tons of magazines we are not interested in, now we have a personal computer in front of us, with a wireless keyboard and mouse, and here I am typing away gleefully finally finding time (and spirit) to blog!
On with the show!😛
It is 2012. The Mayans believed the world is ending in Dec, so what is one to do with that sort of information? Crawl into a hole and hide till then? Start building your basement fortress? Or maybe do what I pledge to do – make everyday count.
8 days into 2012, it sure feels like 2011 to me. Speaking of which, looking back at 2011 I realised something, I’ve never done much pondering, not as much as I used to do every year. I’m finally growing up??? More future centric than past centric. Yay!!!
Ok let’s just pick One thing to talk about from the yesteryear.
Let this be my first ‘Make me wonder’ of 2012!
I chose this particular ONE topic pulled from 2011 to talk about because I felt it impacted me in so many ways, and most of all, its benefit was haloed into 2012 and I have a strong feeling in many years to come.
Ever shout out in exasperation?
“Why you so like that ahhhhhh?????”
They even have a song – a long time ago I think with that title…. Hilarious comical song really…. remember my mom frowning when I sing(yell) out the lyrics of this silly song.
I questioned that ALL the time! Ever since I was a child. I was tired of wondering why are people so different. I constantly question – why can’t they be more like me, why do they think how they and why can’t they just choose to do it my way, if it is not my way it is not the right way why can’t they see that…… Why are they so like that ah???
So a dear gal pal hooked me up with a company that happened to be conducting a workshop to address just this very burning question that I have been carrying within me for years.
Direct Results – Daniel Liew and team, an expert on the Myers Briggs model (a series of psychometric questionnaire to measure how us human perceive the world and make the decisions we make), conducted a small workshop session couple of months back. Twas held at this interesting coffee place called Espresso Lab @ Publika. The cafe smells just heavenly, too bad I dont drink coffee. But I stuffed myself with yummy hot chocolate and milk anyway. It was an ideal place or a day of self understanding. It was cozy, a short walk away from yummy food, but most of all, we had the whole place to ourselves and even the waiters participated. I pig out of the free flow of snacks that was passed around throughout the day too.
But my tummy wasn’t the only thing fed that was day, amazingly it fed my curiosity and I dare say my soul as well. In that 8 hours span I’ve learnt quite a few tips of understanding and accepting myself, my quirks and a fine comprehension of those quirks.
It’s rather complicated and I am in no position to preach about this model but feel free to Google it. But I am happy to say that now I am able to identify my ‘type’, understand myself better, accept my strengths and witnesses and hopefully am able to use this to my benefit.
So the wonderment today is to the question “Why is it that we are all so different in our line of thought, the way we perceive a situation, and the way we decide?” My simplified answer to myself is that Lady Gaga this so right. We are born this way.
I care not to go into how many categories there are and how we fit into those types, but here’s a scenario that happened in class.
We broke into our respective groups and is asked to draw a map from point A to point B. It is so interesting to note that one group will conjure up a simple map with major landmarks and happily call it a wrap and chatted away amongst ourselves while waiting. The other group interestingly drew a comprehensive map with traffic lights, buildings along the way, and there were even some hush debates on should they have an alternative route just in case and see which one seems faster.
There were also some other games/activities of similar note, to help us understand our own type – though in the midst of that intention I started to question more about those who are not my types and why are they like that. However at the end of the day, the magic dust settled and I stopped questioning. Through the series of exercises it dawned upon me that while I thought my way was always the ‘best’, but it is not the only way to approach a certain situation. I understand the annoying people who takes more time to digest something comparing to others. I understand why at meetings some people just decide to be quiet yet holds the answer to our problem in his mind and only to email it over later. I understand why some ‘tin kosongs’ will just yelp endlessly when they have nothing good to say. I understand why I think some people are just plan weird and some in return thinks I am beyond quirky. I accepted, that everyone is just different, and instead of getting all worked out wondering why are they not like me, I can now accept what they are way easier. (though I still have to take several deep breaths, recite to myself that everyone is different and bite my tongue).
Thank you to those that helped me through this journey.
Here’s to an awesome 2012 ahead!