ANNA PENG

Young, Restless, and Burnt Out: You Are Human Too

If there was one thing I would want to say to my fellow colleagues and friends, it would be this: Please, be a friend to yourself. 

There’s nothing more uninspiring than a burnt out mind. 

If you’re feeling overloaded, overwhelmed, overworked, please take a break—nobody is telling you that you aren’t allowed to. 

That, and your tears are a clear sign of distress. 

This is not what it means to be alive.

Yes, it’s the season of finals, a lack of sun, and client deadlines. 

But, your projects, assignments, reports, papers, and judgement from others can wait (especially the latter). 

This is your time to be humane to yourself as a person. 

We are not designed to be machines, so do not be discouraged if you can’t churn out 3 written reports, memorize 6 powerpoints, single-handedly code a functional app, and be a guru in tech by the end of next week. 

We are human, so treat yourself like one. 

Know that this moment does not define the remainder of your life; 

this moment will not define the remainder of your life. 

Please, be a friend to yourself.


The Difference Between Today and Tomorrow

A few days ago I wrote about the difference between yesterday and today. 

That the relationship between yesterday and today was that our life is about the decisions we choose to take, and how history tends to repeat itself; If we tend to repeat our decisions, we won’t get very far. 

The difference between today and tomorrow is that we get chance. Today is our chance to do something we’re passionate about, and tomorrow is our chance to continue doing it. Tomorrow is about possibility and imagination—serious imagination; tomorrow is about seeing the world through a beginner’s lens again. 

Whenever we start something new, we take chances and we make assumptions about what could happen. We let our past experiences hang up in the air and we bring to life the what would happen ifs. 

Let your today be a choice to start something you care about, because tomorrow you’ll get to grow it further, and the next day, and the next. 

The difference between today and tomorrow is not much, but it gives us the choice of possibility. 


Communication is Scary

One of the most difficult things I find for myself is speaking out (go figure), hence the blog name.

Speaking out and speaking my thoughts is arguably one of the toughest things to do for myself. It’s uncomfortable, unnatural, and unnerving. 

Speaking your thoughts is also one of the most valuable skills one could have. If you do it right, when you find the right words to confront somebody, to negotiate and be able to tell your story in your own way, you become more able—more able to do things you didn’t think you would be able to do.

Being able to communicate yourself to the others is invaluable (not to mention it also makes for a better workplace environment). 

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