Tuesday, 12 May 2009

In Choosing

I believe I have learned a life lesson yesterday. It's not often that a person learns something important by themselves, but I am glad I did.

It's about choices, and how we choose what we choose.

Like, finding a book you've searched for for six years.. opting not to get it because the rent is due. And books are about the only things I can honestly say I am addicted to.

It's not what we want that makes us happy; rather, it's what we need. The feeling of sadness is quickly subdued by the great and awesome feeling that one has made a choice not out of personal desire, but out of necessity and of understanding how life works. Life works in the long-term, and not in short-term gratifications.

Perhaps I have taken one step forward to leaving my childhood, teenage, and 'young adult' years behind, to welcome the next chapter of my life as a grown man.



  1. i had a feeling you would do that.
    huggie! <3
    you were hesitating kasi the other day.
    i can still remember what you told me. :D
    if the next time you go to national bookstore and the book is still there, that means it is meant for you. :)

  2. Haha.. :) Does that mean you're getting the book for me? :P

  3. =)

    Proud of you Jay.

    What's the book you've been looking for for six years?

  4. Dune by Frank Herbert.

    The Dune, as in, the greatest science fiction book of all time. :D

  5. So...the Philippines must be really sad then because I see 'Dune' in every bookshop. Heh.

    And they sell it in Belle's Bookshop back in Miri!

  6. I know! I had it when I was in Form 2, and I read it. It got lost (I know, I know, shouldn't be losing books and all) and now I want a copy.

    Books here are very expensive, and yeah, it is sad, because - believe it or not - I have some friends who have not read a single (non-academic) book in their entire lives. I think that's just.. unacceptable.

    A typical paperback is like RM40-RM50 here. A rather hard to find paperback will cost as much as RM100. Hard bounds, forget it. Not exactly within a uni student's budget.

  7. I think a lot of Malaysians don't read outside academics either. I think on average it was a page a year for Malaysians o.O It's like...what the *insert rude word here XD* o.O

    Gosh, they're soo expensive! What a pity =(

    Word: pastera

  8. If I'm not mistaken, it's either Holland or Denmark that has the highest amount of books read per capita. Something over a hundred books a year per citizen. WOW.

    And I think Eritrea has the lowest, because the literacy level is about 23% or so (2009 figures).

    Yeah yeah. Walking fact book FTW. :P