What Makes You Happy?

During these past few months of quarantine, I found something new that I enjoy doing; reading. Obviously, I don’t read all the time, however at times, reading about people’s lives, experiences or stories are ones that I find most interesting. I came across a book called, “The Career Manifesto: Discover Your Calling and Create an Extraordinary Life” by Mike Steib. It caught my eye from the moment I first saw it. It’s a book with the motive of guiding readers to determine the purpose of their careers and impacts that they can have by sharing his own experiences and advice. 

The first part of the book is discovering yourself and purpose. The Career Manifesto is about the most important and interesting topic in the world: you. That’s probably the sole reason why purpose is the first section of the book. 
The first exercise is the “Impact Map 1”. Put your name in the center of a piece of paper, then draw arrows from your name to something that is important to you right now, for instance, your family or your career. Under each category, list down the impacts you can have on them. For example, you can write, “I want to motivate people who read my book.” in the career category. 
The second exercise is the “Impact Map 2”. Imagine 10 to 20 years from now and write the success you could achieve, if you stay in the path, according to your first impact map. It could be, you, becoming a very well-known author or countless peoples’ appreciation sent to your door every single day. 
The third exercise is the “Impact map 3”. This exercise is a little different from the previous ones. This time, forget about the past two steps you did and draw a completely different path you would want to take, particularly, you might be a businessman/businesswoman, instead of an author or a manager. Think of the impacts you could have. Compare and observe which impact map you would prefer. 
The last exercise is the “Happiness Matrix”. This is my favorite exercise. There are four different categories consisting of family, work, community and extracurricular. In each category, you need to list down three things: things you truly enjoy or would truly enjoy doing, things I hate and things it would be difficult to live without. For example in the extracurricular category, I would write down that I would love to play/compete in a lot of sports in the things I truly enjoy or write down that I hate having too much on my schedule and it would be difficult to not travel at all. 
Sometimes you are too busy worrying about your work, your family or your surroundings that you forget about yourself or sometimes lose yourself or purpose. These three activities are all self-awareness related exercises, which help you discover yourself even more. During hard times like this, it’s the perfect time to get to know yourself more. Stay safe.

Black Lives Matter

A police officer’s unacceptable act perpetrated on George Floyd, an African American citizen, caused George’s death.

The incident that occurred on May 25th in Minneapolis startled me. A white police officer knelt his knee on George Floyd’s neck for more than seven minutes, while he was handcuffed and lying face down on the ground. This was an unforgivable act, when George was not even resisting, according to video recordings from multiple bystanders. I can’t breathe. Even after hearing George’s groaning words, the officer did not bother to lift his knee. Bystanders started to feel troublesome and asked the police officer to not pressure George’s neck. These worries didn’t seem to have an effect towards the officers one bit. When George became unresponsive, several eyewitnesses insisted on checking George’s pulse, however their requests weren’t granted by the police officers, until the ambulance arrived, which was already too late for George. This event provoked emotional reactions in many people, and reignited their anger and frustration. There were calls for action against the police officers who were responsible and the wider law enforcement system. The next day, the four officers who were present at the scene were fired, but the situation has only continued to deteriorate in Minneapolis. There were numerous protesters in front of the police station, stating that just firing the officers isn’t enough to bring justice for George Floyd. Police cars, government buildings were set on fire, windows were smashed, stores and multiple places were damaged. Things have become very chaotic. The following week, the four former police officers were charged with murder, as well as manslaughter. This is not the first time something this traumatizing has happened to African American citizens. There were several similar cases in the past with the same unfortunate results. Skin color should not change the way we see people. I know that everyone is disappointed and furious, however vandalizing people’s properties and businesses is wrong and is not helping the real issue at hand. George Floyd’s son also mentioned that violence will not solve anything. Instead we should be thinking of ways to help the current situation, such as donating to the organizations that are leading campaigns, in order to raise awareness and educate people about racism, as well as talking to family and friends about it. Everyone should be treated equally and well-respected mutually. Thereafter, countless African American individuals and many others have expressed their unsettling feelings and panic about what happened. Will this ever stop? Am I next? I believe that we all feel concerned and insecure. Those who were supposed to keep the city safe and make us feel safe are now the ones posing the threats to all of us. However, we should never assume that everyone is the same. I believe that there are still righteous police officers and people out there. There is still hope.