Such a beautiful prompt for a Sunday. Of course, I am going to find time to blog about about Dreams, even though it is already 1am here, and I have tonnes of work due tomorrow.
A senior sent me this today (I’m probably going to start naming them Senior A, Senior B, Senior C at some point …) and it really (re)ignites some little fire in me. The sparklet that says we can, and we have to, make this world a better place.
“It is fundamentally an optimistic profession. You don’t go into Architecture if you are pessimist, if you don’t actually believe that the world can get better.” (21:35)
“If you don’t like something, do something about it.” (22:40)
In great synchronicity is what we were talking about -movies- after the fifteen books. There was one movie that really nudged me into my place in this world – Turtles Can Fly. I remember my housemate arranging with UNICEF to screen it in school, and I was shocked by this showcase of the guileless youths in conflict zones. That stirred me into a different kind of focus on my planning and development work very soon (or immediately) after.
I really don’t like conflicts. But, I cannot do anything about it. BUT then again, what we can do is to provide as safe a space as we could, and to help build a community, a social fabric that we could to support life and human beings.
For a long time, I had been feeling rather “inferior” or “insecure” about having “dropped out” of the architectural field. And then years later, “dropping out” of the planning field. But that was not exactly it. I have to remind myself that that is not the full complete story. I am still in the development and the developmental field. In fact, it was a deliberate choice to focus on it. I build communities, I work on youth development. I shape young minds. It really takes a huge nudge to remind myself of my mission and my purpose, instead of getting all distracted by the “lack thereofs”.
So yea, moral of the story, remember the big picture. We may not be living up to the shiny glossy image of “dreams” and “ideals” painted by the world (and books, and magazines, and movies) at large. But if we search and find the focus of the little things we are doing within reach (and also constantly striving to extend the outreach), then we can do whole loads better.
And even more synchronistically, I have no idea why / how I found my way into watching the news clips of my days at the border. I may not be designing flashy glossy buildings, but I was building communities. Clips below are in Thai, but you can watch the beautiful scenery of our five billion star hotel! And our lovely lovely lovely founder/boss/jungle chief. ❤
Reminder to self: I may no longer be working at the border, but I am working with youths who can be the movers and changers in the now or in the future. Instilling the “right” values (or rather, “left” values .. haha) and nudging more people into their place (of positive change) in society can be pretty effective too!
Hehe, how can I miss Friday’s prompt too! It’s Build!
This whole post is about building! ❤