New zest for life begins

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In front of Abba Museum in Stockholm, Sweden. Photo by dad

Holiday over or in my case a break. Had a relaxing 2 nights in Stockholm with dad. The weather was nice. Warm enough. We went to the island Djurgården where the amusement park Gröna Lund is. Beside it, there is the Abba museum. On the outside, they had put this photo of the band where you could put your own head through the holes so your face is there instead of theirs. We didn’t go inside the museum though. Our main goal was the open-air museum, Skansen. There you can see wild animals for example. There were bears playing with each other in the water. You could watch them through a glass. There is so much to see so it took several hours. It’s a great place for families. We got there in the morning by boat and when we left, there were hundreds of more people coming. It was Saturday so it’s a very popular day and the weather was sunny too. We walked for 8 hours in total in Stockholm. Of course, breaks sometimes. After a break at the hotel, we took a walk nearby to see the evening life. Even a short holiday makes you feel like a new person. It’s almost like a new zest for life begins.

Speaking of which. Next week it begins. Maybe not a new life but still something else for a change. The graphic design education in Helsinki. It’s always a bit nerve-wracking but yet excited to meet new people. The first meeting on Friday on August 24. I already bought the bus tickets and then I get the information the school begins at 10.30 am. So I have almost 2 hours to kill. Usually, the day would start at 9 am but the first meeting is later. But what’s done is done. When you start a new school, there are usually this introduce yourself time and that’s what I dread the most. Last time I went to Helsinki Design School, I was awful at it. I can never guarantee how things will go. Things never come out of my mouth as I have planned it. I might say things too quietly or I stutter but that’s because I’m nervous. The first impression is my weakness. Even at the restaurant in Stockholm, I ordered a salad on the side but they brought us French fries instead. I thought I said it in a clear voice but I guess the waiter didn’t understand. It really didn’t really matter because the fries were much better than the potatoes I had. But when it comes to introducing yourself, you get one shot and then you’re stamped for the rest of the time. It would be easier just to say your name and where you’re from and then move on. But they want your whole story, why you’re there and what you’ve done. Why make it more difficult anyway? If people want to know more, just ask. I guess Finns are to shy so you have to tell things about you straight away. They don’t want to know your whole story though. I survived last time so I will do it this time too. The education itself will be interesting. Learning new things is always a bonus.

Contact is optional but it helps

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Made with Canva

Waiting for a contact is one of the most annoying things. People who don’t reply almost straight away have no respect. You would think sending emails is a piece of cake but yet it takes forever for some to reply to it. It would be understandable if it was through snail mail but in the modern technology, people have smartphones and all those things. So why does it take so long to reply? Being too busy is no excuse. Sometimes you have to wait a week or more for someone to write back. That’s too long. It’s OK if it’s a couple of days but not further then that. The same with text messages. If I get one, I reply straight away after I thought of an answer. I know how it feels when you’re waiting for an answer and I don’t want anyone to wait for my reply.

Contact is only optional if it’s nothing important or you don’t really know what to reply. If it’s about a job or about your business, time is money and you don’t have time to wait for a contact. Letting people wait is not a good manner. People who don’t take other people into consideration are selfish. You don’t contact people just the hell of it. You do it because you want something done. You can’t wait for a reply forever. You must have a very good reason if you let people wait too long for a reply. You can always send a short message just to let the other know you’re alright or that you did receive the message. That’s better than no contact at all. I’ve contacted people who don’t reply so I start to think they didn’t get it or maybe try to ignore me. The uncertainty is one of the worse feelings in the world. I wouldn’t want anyone to feel that way.

So if someone makes a contact, don’t let them wait for a reply. It’s not very nice to let people wait. Try to put yourself in their shoes. I doubt anyone would want to be ignored like that.