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What I did learn from leading extremely busy life?

Time is money, or so the saying goes. People seem more and more in rush, productivity tips are flooding Facebook, Google+ and other social media’s timelines and it is expected that one will be constantly increasing amount of things that can be done. It does take time to achieve something, but you cannot work 24/7. And even though you’re getting enough sleep and manage to eat healthy food, the mere fact of constantly being in a big rush may be sometimes overwhelming. It’s been almost a year since I started blogging, and halfway through I became so engulfed in the daily events I couldn’t find a moment to write something – the activity I took pleasure in before. These last months were the busiest time in my life and I wanted to share what I learned from it.

Learning how to fail

I’ve been up to many things during this time – I organized a social project, did some traveling and preparation for the final exams which are looming at the end of this school year. It cost a lot of time and energy to do many things at the same time, but it is also the way you learn, that’s why I believe it was totally worth it. The most important thing I realized this year was the fact you can’t win all the time. You are bound to fail many times in the process. The ability to accept failure, learn from it and move on is something that I’ve always had problems with. But somehow, by having more things coming on distracts your mind from dwelling on mistakes you made. Also, I get to the conclusion that were it not for all the things that didn’t work out I wouldn’t achieve things that so did. Even though I got disillusioned so many times, I still believe in the beautiful American dream myth and work towards it.

Put some limits on working

The time management is another issue. The skill that I still need to learn as I am very often left with long to-do list and in the situation that it is impossible to complete everything. There was time when I often found myself at 2 am still studying. Gradually, I started the habit of prioritizing and skipping stuff for it was never possible to do everything. I learned the hard way that there is either quality or quantity and sought the first one. I also gave up on trying to be perfect, which was probably the hardest. I will never excel at everything and there’s no need to.

Know your goal

The question that probably annoys me the most is “why do you do all these things when you don’t have to?”. Because I want to make a difference, I want to make my surroundings a little bit better. That’s why I do volunteer, why I do engage in societal initiatives. I could probably only do the schoolwork and would have plenty of time for myself and for my friends. But instead of it, I chose to find myself much more to do – but due to that I had opportunity to get to know amazing people from different countries. I believe there is nothing more enriching than meeting new people and sharing ideas. I’ve been amazed at all the achievement a lot of them accomplished – that was my motivation to engage in many events myself. My friends also played a huge role – I wouldn’t have done anything without their huge support. One can never overestimate the importance of friendly souls around them.

The busy life is not necessarily a bad thing. It is indeed really demanding, but also rewarding. If you push yourself to the limits – you are becoming better version of yourself. That is the goal I want to aim at.  I’ve been humbled by the support of so many people and lucky to be given opportunities that helped me to be in the place I am now.

Leave me alone for some time – a message from introverts

The conflict Introverts vs extroverts is as old as the hills. Extroverted people are deemed the most successful, energetic and simply the best possible kin, unlike those anti-social, selfish loners who does not want to talk and go out all the time. But having more time on our own and not socializing with many means that one have opportunity to develop as a person and their own interests and passions. Also, it is said that generally those “gifted” are most likely to be introverted. Can we say that either one is better?

On many occasions such as youth projects, quite often job interviews or other group admissions, the extrovertism is a trait that is very sought for. It is very logical – people who are easy-going will probably find their feet quickly and easily, which is preferable when building a team. We tend to value social skills more than any other personal qualities. Some people seem to omit the fact that in many cases people who are not so skilled with people are very creative and innovative, which is also very important for effectiveness. kawki

You should not feel worse if you’d rather drink a cup of coffee and enjoy a good book than go partying.

As in most things people fall somewhere on the scale of two extremes – as it is with politics (left-wing – right-wing), or life attitudes (those who are always happy without a reason and those who are always dejected) – and very few are on the absolute edge. Nobody has problems with that as it is just normal for people to be different. But somehow in today’s society there is a pressure on being very sociable. We constantly talk, party and post pictures of it on social media. The more evidence  of how successful our lives are, the better. Those who avoid overstimulating situations are in many cases excluded or have the label of nerd or weirdo.

Even so, let’s not forget that most influential people in history – artists, musicians and others – were introverts. Just thinking of VanGogh or Karl Darvin, and the list is so much longer. I believe we take this idea of Perfect Extrovert far too seriously and don’t even try to get to know the other side of the coin. Getting to know people and their own world of ideas and feelings is maybe not the most easy thing to do, but it may win you a very interesting friendship.

The new President of the European Council – strong man for difficult times

   Last Saturday evening everybody was talking about one thing – the election of the new President of the European council and the new European Union High Representative. As the first has been assigned to Polsih Prime Minister, Donald Tusk and the other to the Foreign Minister of Italy, Federica Mogherini. In the times of unstable situation of Europe, when United Kingdom considers leaving the EU and the conflict between Ukraine and Russia poses serious threat to continental security, having a strong leader is crucial. And Polish politician seems to fit this perfectly. 

   Donald Tusk is one of the very few Prime Ministers in Europe to be elected for the second term and the first one in Poland after fall of the Iron Courtain. He is known as a great and charismatic leader, having maintained his position throughout very difficult times, especially during global financial crisis which has been a nightmare for the whole continent. Poland, during the government of his party  was the only EU country not to fall into recession in 2009. Although he isn’t so popular among people in his country – right now 25% of people suppot him, while as many as 43% is against him, according to the April’s CBOS survey, he is probably a good choice for the position. 

   I believe that his nationality is not to be overlooked. Europe has started to divide into the “more-developed countries, mostly those having euro currency” and “less-developed, those not willing to change the currency right now”. Or the richer North and poorer South. Besides, we are facing war in Ukraine. Being Polish, Donald Tusk is both representing a country without euro currency and aware of the situation of Poland’s east neighbors. Thus, he should bridge the gap between “two part of EU”, as a leader from a country where you use local money and draw attention to the Ukraine-Russian conflict which may seem distant for countries that lie far from them.

 

 

   One of the biggest problems and threats to the EU is Great Britain’s place in the union. As one of the most powerful countries of Europe, its presence is crucial. If they leave, the stability will be upset. And Mr Tusk’s task will be speaking with other leaders – David Cameron or Angela Merkel on behalf of the common view in the union. And given his good realtions with most powerful representatives of European countries, we can hope his two and a half year will not be wasted as it is big opportunity – for him as a politician, for his country and for whole Europe.

   The elections are always drawing media’s and citizen’s attention. But after being chosen for one of the most important jobs on the continent, you are given the credit of trust and you are under constant surveillance – of your fellow workers,, media and people. It’s great opportunity, but also huge responsibility. Even if Donald Tusk is not a perfect politician – he made a lot of mistakes and also failed to be elected as a president , he is good person for these difficult circumstances.