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I Envy Your Youth

20:27:00

Hari ini Hayu dibelikan topi anyaman oleh Oma-nya. Tentu senang bukan kepalang. Tapi topi anyaman ini membawa saya pergi kepada satu ingatan. Di suatu sore saat saya masih bekerja untuk Project Tobong di galeri iCan. Terdapat seorang ibu WNA berkulit putih yang sudah  berumur sedang melihat-lihat foto yang sedang dipajang. Beliau terlihat mencolok karena mengenakan topi anyaman berdaun lebar berwarna hijau stabilo. Secara spontan saya memuji topinya. Dari mengobrol saya mengetahui beliau berumur lebih dari 60 tahun dan sedang dalam perjalanan mengelilingi dunia. Beliau menyebutkan berapa negara yang telah ia singgahi.

Saya (S): Wow, I envy you!
Ibu (I): What for?
S: For your trip around the world, of course. I don’t think I have money to do that.
I: I envy your youth.

Hari Selasa lalu saya menjenguk keponakan yang baru lahir, Mili, sekaligus menjemput Ibuk saya untuk pulang ke Mojosari. Kami mengobrol panjang lebar, termasuk ketika saya menyebutkan apa saja tujuan jangka pendek saya saat ini. Ibuk juga bercerita bagaimana beliau berusaha hidup lebih sehat, kelas yoganya telah meningkat dan jadi cukup sulit untuk diikuti. Yang menarik Ibuk menyinggung cerita saya di atas. “Sekarang aku juga berusaha menyemangati diri, dari ceritamu tentang ibu bule yang sudah berumur tapi masih jalan-jalan keliling dunia itu lho Von. Ayo Wid, pasti bisa,” ujar Ibuk.  


Menakjubkan bagaimana sepotong cerita dan ingatan dapat menyebarkan semangat. Sampai detik ini kami masih merasakan kehilangan Bopo dan masih berusaha untuk menjadi lebih baik serta tidak berlarut dalam kesedihan. Bopo, dan cerita ibu bertopi anyaman itu pun memantik semangat yang berlipat bagi saya: bahwa usia muda memang kita dapatkan sewajarnya, tapi bagaimana memanfaatkan tiap detik yang ada, itu lain perkara.

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50 years old Lady Owner

22:00:00

Today, after Hayu’s school, we went to do button hunting. I searched button for finishing my baby cardigan project. Several shop closed so we went quite far, until we found an old shop covered by dusts with a lady owner. She was interested to my project, asking about how much the yarn costs, where did I learn knitting, etc. She complained how difficult the technique of knitting, how difficult the yarn business nowadays and another complaints on selling yarn. It is really contradictory to my belief to the blooming of yarn & craft business now.

As the gesture showed, I presume she owned the place by herself, which means she is ridiculously rich because the place is huge, 6 times of my house size. The location itself really strategic and it means many opportunities to meet the potential buyer. But then I realized that the world is changing. I feel optimistic to sell yarn and continuously knit because I know the market is there, I know where to market my product and another strategic marketing things. I know all of it because of internet, books and community. It's all about knowledge and technology. If we are not betting into technologies, we will definitely left behind. If we are not learn or adjust to the new technology, we left out. 

And it reminds me to the video of Gary Vee. This is also, perhaps, a kind of letter to my 50 years old self. Just continue to learn, no matter how old you are. No regret in this one life. 

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Story Teller

23:10:00

Let me tell you a truth, while mastering a new skill, some skill could be faded. Just like language, when you're not talking in the language you'll forget. Pour example, ma francaise. And my copywriting, too. Let's write again then, because starting (and keep doing) is everything. 

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Weekly Earworm #2

22:33:00

"Like a hot air balloon in the sky!"



With time, everything will be forgotten
And so will you
That’s what’s really sad

"Jangkar sudah terjatuh, aku sudah benar-benar luluh.."

Current muse: Kim Heechul in his variety show. >,<
He's simply entertaining. Will definitely write more about him. 
Anyway, does anyone think that Min Kyunghoon is a doppelganger of Kharis Junandharu (Silampukau)? The dimple & their voice too! =D

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Memulai Lagi Seperti Demian

00:30:00


Video ini jadi trending topic di YouTube, aksi Demian di tayangan America's Got Talent yang sukses buat keempat juri heboh dan membuatnya lolos ke babak berikutnya. Video di akun official AGT sudah mencapai 2 juta penonton dalam waktu kurang dari 24 jam. Aksi Demian memang memukau, tapi yang membuat saya tergelitik adalah membuka slot komentar di video tersebut. Ada yang nyinyir, ada yang bangga tapi yang pasti netizen Indonesia yang lebih banyak beradu argumen. Mulai dari yang mati-matian mencari celah trik Demian, mengkritik orang Indonesia overproud, macam-macam lah. 

Sulap, dengan berbagai genre-nya, menurut saya tidak diciptakan untuk dinilai, dikritik & ditelanjangi trik-triknya dengan memutar ulang video berkali-kali. Ia adalah pertunjukan yang dinikmati secara langsung dan mengecoh satu atau dua indera kita sehingga membuat yang tidak mungkin menjadi (seperti) mungkin. Howie Mandel terperanjat, Simon Cowell tampak tak yakin harus bereaksi seperti apa. Juri-juri tersebut sudah menonton ratusan aksi lain, sehingga ketika mereka memberi reaksi positif atas aksi Demian, it's pretty validated right? 

Enam tahun lalu, ketika Ciputra World dibuka untuk umum, saya cukup beruntung merasakan pengalaman menjadi volunteer untuk aksi Russian Roulette Demian seperti saya ceritakan di sini. Sampai sekarang pun saya tak tahu bagaimana Demian bisa "menggiring" saya untuk memilih paperbag yang itu, yang berpisau, dan bukan yang lain. But the thrilled is real, so what's wrong with magician doing tricks? It's an act that created to be enjoyed as a whole show, not a riddle to be guessed. 

Alih-alih saya menghargai betul bagaimana Demian mengambil resiko dengan menyanggupi undangan produser AGT, seperti ia ungkapkan dalam berita ini. Saya yakin ia sadar betul bahwa langkahnya ini akan menjadi pro-kontra di dalam negeri, Pun dapat beresiko untuk karir yang sudah ia bangun sejak lama di sini. Ia bertaruh banyak hal dan mengikuti audisi sama dengan memulai lagi, babat alas. But for a headliner show at Las Vegas and a million dollars, I think it'll paid off. Jadi mengapa tidak kita nikmati dan beri semangat tanpa harus nyinyir panjang lebar?

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Convo #4 : I Thought You're Jealous

11:00:00

B: Just see, one day I'll tackle her down to give some lesson.
C: May I speak? You could say that you just want to give her lesson, but it sounds like jealousy to me. No, you ARE jealous. 
B: Me? I mean like she doesn't have any integrity and virtue to her own brain. She should look upon the truth and logically search the truest answer of the problem. I just show her the right way. 
C: Please, don't make any excuse. You're not a Messiah. Just admit that you're jealous because she's taking side on your opposite. It's okay. 
B: Perhaps I'm jealous, or not. But her attitude is not appropriate right?
C: It's her choice, though. Come on, let them go. Take the politic, maneuver and trick aside from your horizon. It's their problem if they wanna play dirty. If you jealous, it means you care. I believe you have higher capability, integrity, intention, et cetera. Don't let their moves take you down. Just raise your bar higher. For your own sanity and clarity. Will you?

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I Let You Go

22:53:00

Now I'm reading Henry Manampiring's book Alpha Girl Guide. While several ideas mentioned is not really applicable to me, there is a topic that I hope I really know before I reach adulthood: to let people go.

Parents taught us to befriend with any people, no matter about the economic status, race, color et cetera. They only forbid to befriend with "naughty" kids or evil people. But as I grow, there's so much grey area. I don't think there is much pure evil human. Many people choose to do misdemeanor on the daily life, just because. This is not the excuse, though, since I believe every deed we did is the result of consciousness and the will. But still, it's not easy to judge people is cruel and stay away from them. So how and who are the people we need to build the fence and stay away?

Om Piring, the writer's nickname, told us to let go people who toxic. They are manipulating in relationship, befriending with them force us to wear a mask and pretend to be somebody else. Later in life, I found that somehow we just not suit each other. It's not that the particular person is ill-minded or having malicious intention. We're just not meant to be for pleasing every people, vice versa. And it's okay. 

If there are relationships that I lingered too long, there was two. First, to a close relative that taught me how to set plan for brighter future in my teen age, how he always spare time in the middle of his work when in town, how to hold tight into religion anytime, yet at the end he turned to believe God in different religion he taught me. Second, to a senior in my high school who became close because I want to play cupid for him and my sister, where it lead to a close relationship with his family. I came to his weddings, his firstborn son, his parents came to my wedding, et cetera. But after a definite time he changed, choosing the different way to love our God. Bopo died and I'm waiting the condolence words, at least. Yet it never came, even after I reached out in many ways I could. I'm brokenhearted for a long time, but now I really accepted that spiritual journey is personal & the basic human right. I value their choice. Back to Om Piring's word again, relationship comes and go.

I believe some people also let me go from their life, in any reason or situation. Perhaps our path will emerge again someday, or not. To people which path differed from my life, I let you go. I hope your life will be merrier and lead to kindness. I won't hold you back and asking the reason why because I respect all of your wisdom to choose. I never wish anything but luck to anyone who consciously decide and take full responsibility of their determination. Semoga Allah merahmati.