PRINCE

Patriot of bravery

Reminiscence of past victory

Indelible hunger for future glory

Nagging the spirit to burn

Ceasing fear to hell

Embodying himself with pride

Malfunction

Has the freedom be the one responsible for human’s intolerance and ignorance?

It has become a very obvious thing to see people with insensitivity to what is going on around them. They can see the world just as far as their eyes can see, how low, of a voice, they can distinguish, or whatever thing that nudges them on the skin. They don’t have the guts and zest to work out something larger. The boundary of what they call it ‘world’ is just simply too small. It turns humans into a non-living walking creature. Why should we wait for something to happen to us? Have we forgotten the old spirit we, as humans, once had, where all that we expected to do was to find something new to make life a better experience to have?

People are focusing too much on themselves. When we are traversing a lengthy road, it is a rather wise decision to devise a rest. You can pull over, find a place to sit down, and take a look around. Dedicate your attention to whatsoever is going on at the moment. Oh, you will find interesting and exciting stuffs. Something that always happens and runs in the background without us noticing. The moment we think we have seen and learn so much, we actually miss one thing too many.

By knowing what we have actually overlooked, we will realise how we have failed to be caring to one another. We are a bunch of malfunctioning creature. All these naiveness irks my common sense. Hey, my dear fellow human. This should come into our realisation, while it can still be saved.

Just Journey

Just Journey.

Just Journey

Just Journey.

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Nostalgia

The first word that jumps out of my mouth is: “wow”. That simple.

In this post, just as written as its title, I will share my time doing a nostalgia. I believe that we must have ever done this in our life. There’s one reason why we all do this, it’s simply because we miss those old times. Then, is that all that we can do? How should we treat a nostalgia? Is it a bad or good thing? My opinion won’t be too complicated. My answer is it depends on how we value that nostalgia, and how we compare and relate those old times with who we are now, with whatever good and bad sides we have. I’ll share more things here.

Today, there was actually no unusual thing happened, that I had the feeling of nostalgia. It went out when I was on my way home from school. I took the school bus, just like the other days, but today, I didn’t sit with my friend, but with the 7th grader students. Respecting to the difference of age the difference of things that interest us, I didn’t speak a word or two to them, while they were laughing all the way from school to the drop-off point, which was about 35 minutes. Hmm. They could laugh for 35 minutes non-stop? Anyway. In that absence of thought, my mind is particularly an adventurer. It loves exploring new things by its own, when what’s in front of these eyes isn’t that attractive. The main thing that my mind dropped by in the field of memory was an old film. The film that I loved to watch when I was just 7 or 8. An Indonesian film. Petualangan Sherina. This was a famous one, back in its era.

When I got off the bus, in my car, the scheme of downloading the songs in the film came up to the surface. And I did so this evening. I downloaded 5 songs to be played on my iTunes. I tuned those songs, one by one, as I let myself fly through the stream of memory, leading my to the buried time capsule of my old time, when I was frank kid. It allows me to see how my life has changed a lot. A totally different me.

I could remember, back then, when I used to go out of my house, calling my neighbours and played together in the area. We played the bicycle, hide-and-seek, running competition, football on the street, and more nice things we did. Jumping over the wall, from my house to next door wasn’t something odd. Yeah, I suddenly miss those old stories. Every weekend, I woke up early in the morning, at 7:30 AM, just to wait for my other friends to wake up and we would play together outside. Those times, I could see the true friendship, when everything was real, no flaws. I remembered when the sun shone brightly, giving a vibrant atmosphere all around me. The leaves on trees danced cheerfully all along with my footsteps.

Thereafter, I pulled myself back to the reality. Now, I have to see myself as who I am. I have changed. It’s not just me, yet the world around me. I start to realise that we can’t prevent the change within us. That’s how it naturally goes. But, have we changed becoming good or bad, instead? Nostalgia is the peg that we need to use it as the checkpoint.

Have we become a good person, with good personality? Has our life been good? I probably ever dreamt of the life I wanted as I grew older. Has that dream come true, or am I deflecting too far away? Those questions are some references that we have to ask ourselves.

Don’t make the time of nostalgia become something that you hate, just simply because you regret a lot of thing you’ve done all the way through. Make it as something that make yourselves proud of. You’ve seen the change in you – the good change. It must be something very beautiful. So, if your life hasn’t been as that good, at least, not as what you used to dream of, it’s still not to late to make a change. As long as you’ve still got time, it has never been too short to be what you wanted to be.

We have our own stories in our life. We may sometimes turn back the pages, and read the past stories of our life. It seemed to be beautiful, everything was simple. We had so much fun amid our friends, our family, and other people. We read it slowly, and when it’s approaching to the recent stories, we start to feel the fear. It happens when we see mistakes that we do as we grow older. But, what’s the matter, my friend? What can we change about the past? Let’s just move on. If you want to have a nostalgia with the big great smile on your face, it’s the time for you to write the good stories from now and on, so when we arrive at some point, some other time later, we can see the good change about ourselves. We have the heart of a fighter, that won’t be beaten by the fierceness of time.

Setiap manusia di dunia pasti punya kesalahan. Tapi hanya yang pemberani yang mau mengakui. Setiap manusia, di dunia pasti pernah sakit hati. Hanya yang berjiwa ksatria yang mau memaafkan.

Every human in this world must have done some mistakes. But, only ones who are brave want to admit it. Every human in this world must have ever been heart-broken. But, only ones who have the heart of a fighter can forgive the other.

Pergilah sedih, pergilah resah, jauhkanlah aku dari salah prasangka. Pergilah gundah, jauhkan resah, lihat segalanya lebih dekat, dan ku bisa menilai lebih bijaksana. Mengapa bintang bersinar? Mengapa air mengalir? Mengapa dunia berputar? Lihat segalanya lebih dekat, dan ku akan mengerti.

Regards,

Gregorius Erico

The Best Day of My Life – Jesse McCartney

Woke up around a half past ten
Can’t believe that I’m late again
Put down about a quart of caffeine
To start my pulse and then I grabbed my jeans off the floor and I hit the door,
Just the same old same

It goes to show
You never know
When everything’s about to change

Just another day
Started out like any other
Just another girl who took my breath away
Then she turned around
She took me down
Just another day that I ….
Had the best day of my life

Can’t say exactly what it was
She’s not the usual type
She wore a cowboy hat
With her red Prada boots
And a Gwen Stefani smile
Then she pulled out a pen and surprised me when
She wrote her number on my hand
Then she was gone,
But from now on
I’m gonna be a different man

Just another day
Started out like any other
Just another girl who took my breath away
Then she turned around
She took me down
Just another day that I …
Had the best day of my life

I guess it goes to show
You never really know
When everything’s about to change

Just another day
Started out like any other
Just another girl who took my breath away
Then she turned around
She took me down
Just another day that I …
Had the best day of my life…

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If I Change…

I’m still feeling high. Not that I’ve had pints, but with the motivation that I acquired in a session, in school. It was fun.

Since yesterday, I let my mind wondering about so many things that I might have thought about, but now, with extra notion to consider. I’ve been thinking about how would things be different, after this. I have been asking myself about what my purpose actually is. The excitement of projecting the big plan in my head is just lucidly awesome, that myself still find it great. It delivers more and more energy to fight more. Notwithstanding, on the other hand, I have some kind of formidable feeling, that I believe is caused by the vacillate part of me. I’m sure that this thing exists in every single of us.

This is the start of a new academic year. When we know we want to be a successful person, we are to find the purpose of our existence here, and our own big goal ahead. I do have mine. But, before I dare to do it, hesitation comes around and embrace me. Let me tell you the ideas I have in my mind.

I want to be the class leader. I want to get good marks in science, I want to enter science stream. I want to join the ICYS, ISPO, etc. I want to write a book. I want more and more thing as I keep digging deeper.

This morning, it was the class organiser selection. We did a voting, and I definitely voted for myself. It was obvious, I wanted to be the class leader, though I didn’t win. Then, there was still a chance, as the class leader was granted the right to choose his vice. I told him that I would be happy if he chose me, and at the end of the day, he did. I felt relieved, yet worried. I was afraid people would think that I’m too fanatic, as I immediately do those things right after Victor spoke in front of us. I’m worried for they will think that I’m becoming who I am not. But, is it bad to change becoming a better person?

So, I start to reassure myself, by telling this very mind, it isn’t my fault to do everything. To imagine and set my own goals. Whenever we have the chance, we ought to take it, if we want to. When should I change, if I don’t do it as soon as possible? Later? Tomorrow? Next year? No. I have a solid answer, and it’s now. Why do we have to wait until tomorrow, for that later would have been too late for us. Then, I start to make my own understanding about this matter. I have the courage to lead, and join any organisation after I became a part of an organising team in my church. I learnt so many things. Just to tell everyone, I don’t feel satisfied with my leadership time there, as I hadn’t given my all, at the moment. The feeling of disappointment really came around. But, I can’t change the thing that has been done. And the only way to show myself the true ability of leadership that I have within me, is taking another attempt to lead!

Maybe some of us are struggling through the same problem. You know which one is right and wrong. You have the wisdom to decide one. When the road has been too rough to pass, then, you should inspect yourself, and change the way you think, just like changing the wheel for different road surface, and you can move on better. Simple, isn’t it? You ain’t feel scared. The one who decides your own future is yourself, nobody else could.

It’s a good thing to change, if we know when we should. It’s good to change, when we know which one is better. But, there’s one thing that you should have never thrown away, the principle that you must hold on to. The good attitude. It is not a mistake to change our habit, but we still need to maintain our generosity to the people around us, so they will accept our change with an open heart. Why people sometimes hate us when we are attempting to change? Because the most likely thing to happen is we become arrogant, and too independent. To be accepted by the society, we need the ability to communicate well with the people within. By doing so, they will understand you better, your reason to change. Openness of ourself is necessary.

Let’s embrace the future with open eyes and heart. Let’s take a look at the world from the different paradigm. Let’s move on together with people that are standing, and cruising this journey together with us. God Bless Us.

Regards,

Gregorius Erico

X-4

X-4. Hmm… What’s the first impression? It has a hidden treasure inside that we all need to do the odyssey together to find it, within every single of us. I know that.

I knew my classmates last week, though, when my friend checked the class lists. At the very first moment I got the list of names of my new classmates, I reminisced the situation 3 years ago, the first time I went to Santa Laurensia. I’m in the same class with Pepe, Dhi-Dhi, Juan and Lita. These people were those who became the crew on the same ship, when we were in 7a. The memories of the flying time came around, and it gave me a lot thing I can reflect. How my life has been changing, ever since. How things are different, then and now. Many things that I should be thankful of.

Okay. I found it interesting to be in high school, and to be in X-4. There are few new students in there, though I knew one of them, Jacinda. As far as I could remember, we were in the same English class, in an English course, when we were in primary 3. She was a brilliant student, she was smart, and I know she still is. The other students, we got few boys and girls. I met Vincent, Evan, Edwin, Jennifer, Stella, Amanda (hope to see you soon!),  and Sulistya. First of all, maybe this is something that I haven’t said directly to you, welcome to the insane community of ours – Santa Laurensia, and for a special welcome, welcome to X-4 to everyone, and for myself, as well. It’s not just the new students from other schools, but I’ll be cruising the journey together with those who came from different class when we were in 7th, 8th and 9th grade. This is an ordinary thing each year, and it’s something exciting too, every year.

As we all know and realise, life in high school wouldn’t be as smooth as in middle school. More challenges and bumps are likely to be experienced all along the way to the finish line. However, we’ve been destined to be hand-in-hand, stepping forward together. The destiny that has brought us together here, isn’t happening by chance. There must be a purpose why we are here. We are not meant to meet each other and fight each other, but to make each other the best fellow in this journey. We haven’t been as close as how close we are to our best friends, or old friends, perhaps, but we can have some quality time to acquaint one and another. I had spoken to some of the new students, short ones, though. But it’s good to start.

For the new comers, some of you would think that this is going to be a tough time, adapting to the new environment. Maybe you’ve experienced the similar occasion before, somewhere, and one thing that I’m sure about it is that it has never been a pleasurable time, somehow. I underwent this tough time when I was in 7th grade. Ups and downs were inevitable. But, in the end, we will somehow have the capability to get outta the havoc.

You don’t need to feel the excessive worry, because we are actually friendly – yes we are. LOL. So, just open yourself, and we’ll bring you along. 🙂 It’s a pleasure to know all of you. It’s been God’s Blessing of having the chance to meet you. Hope this is gonna be a great year for each of us. Let’s grow becoming a better person, with greater wisdom of life, that we can stand upon our own feet, facing the uncertain future – the mystery of life. Wake up in the morning, and be thankful of the new day given to you.