One day I was having a conversation with Mas Jensen on Whatsapp. He said he was reading an article about military. When you're friends with people, sooner or later you're gonna find out about them, like what their hobbies or interests. So, I asked him since when he had interest in military. He told me maybe since he was little. When he was a kid, he often played at airport. There he saw planes, both civilian planes and military planes. That led him to read about military aviation first. Later he expanded his reading about military in general.
All of a sudden I asked myself, "Did I ever have any interests when I was a kid? If I had, what were they? Perhaps I've become such a mediocre at this age because my parents didn't know what my interests and what my talents were, therefore they didn't properly guide me." Oh right, when you screw up at something, always blame your parents. *plaaak*
Mas Jensen's story reminded me of many stories that I've read many times before. The stories are about kids that have interests in something and they carry out their interests until they grow up. They're getting focus on things which they have interests, they put a lot of efforts, and they're so persistent. Let me give you examples. Carl Sagan was already curious with stars when he was five. When Jane Goodall was a child, she was given a lifelike chimpanzee toy by her father. She loved the toy and started her love with animals. Neil deGrasse Tyson was interested in astronomy since he was nine. And now look at where their interests lead them. I know there are still a lot of other names. Lots of them. I can't write down all the names. And I'm sure you also have some names in your mind now.
Carl Sagan, Jane Goodall, Neil deGrasse Tyson
pictures from various sources
What can we learn from these people? What do we need to do to be like them? I remember Kitin said something like this:
[These people] stick to their problems and curiosities long enough. Far longer than people usually do.
Do you get the point? Yes, it's persistence. When you're curious at something but you don't stick to it, don't you even dare to dream you want to make something different.
Now, go find your passion, interest, or whatever that is. Stick to it. Be focus. Be persistent. Together let's do something and give something back to our society. Then, we can have a meaningful life. ^_^