Vygotsky, a famous cognitive psychologist:
“An interpersonal process is transformed into an intrapersonal one. Every function in the child’s cultural development appears twice: first, on the social level, and later, on the individual level; first, between people…, and then inside the child…. All the higher [mental] functions originate as actual relations between human individuals” (1978, p.57).”
That’s why I started writing.
Writing do both things to us. Be it a blog or a journal of some sort.
First, you need to make being observant a habit.
Since starting the blog, I realised that I pay more attention to things and stories that are happening around me since I had to constantly look for materials to write about.
Second, you need to reflect on what you have observed.
Then come up with your own interpretation and thoughts on the thing you observed.
By being more aware of what’s happening externally, it stimulated me to think internally.
By looking out, I am also looking in.
Understanding oneself is the most important thing we can do for ourselves in order to really live a life that satisfies us. After all, we have only got one chance for this one.
Stop comparing your inner self with other people’s outer self.
It’s not a fair comparison to start with so don’t do it.
Technology has changed the way we travel completely.
You see these tag lines in the news all the time. Yet it is not until you visit the same places years after that you get a chance to compare and reflect on the journey now and then, that you start to appreciate and realise this fact.
Life would be so much easier if I were a student in the UK now than it was 10 years ago. All the routes and maps are just at the tip of your finger. You can get to anywhere you want even if you don’t speak a word of English. That was impossible back in the days when I was a student.
I remember my sister and I used to do so much research before we travel. We could almost recite all the routes and would even quiz each other before we start our journey; the flights, the train journeys, more train journeys, and taxi ride. The journey from home to school was both exciting and daunting. It was a bit like a car driving through a deep forest at night with only one headlight. We were never certain about what would happen next. When we made it back to school, we would literally feel like we conquered the world and nothing was impossible.
Technology allows us to see the world so much more as everything seems to be more accessible. But the joy of travelling (and the preparation of it), experiencing and embracing the feeling of uncentainty, and the sense of adventure faded away with the upsurge of wifi and smartphones.
The saying goes if you don’t make mistakes, you don’t make anything.
I would go as far as saying if you don’t make mistakes on a daily basis, you aren’t really living and learning.
But simply making mistakes isn’t going to make you better.
Reflect and do better next time.
Having a teachable spirit would take us a long way in life. Let’s keep learning and making mistakes!
Focus not on better writings but on developing into a better writer; not on helping students in getting better grades but in becoming better learners.
Focus on making PEOPLE better.
And not on what they do or produce.