I am writing this because… well, let’s just say, I was inspired by a few things to write this topic. One is negative,1 the other, positive. But in any other way, I needed to write this, because I can.
Here’s the thing. I don’t have a very high tolerance towards people who don’t know the value of hard work. I won’t have to name names because I’m already sure that many of you have one or two or more in mind whenever I mention this. For me, the best way for you to actually learn how to appreciate the value of hard work is to get yourself involved into something that does involve hard work. For instance, say, learning server-side coding, or learn how to create an original art and showcase it to everyone, or even most of all, contribute to a project that involves other people aiming for the same common goal. You know, artisan and collaborated works. This is why I encourage everyone to visit your local fair, whether it’s a county fair or a state fair or even an arts and crafts festival. For example, this October, our second annual Arts and Wine Festival will be held across the street from my house (a community park) and I can’t wait to visit my friends from middle and high school (who became artists and crafters themselves), as well as checking out new and original items created by local talent.
Maybe one day, when I do become really good at my art, I can open my own booth and create something for the visitors for free.2 I actually thought about using ATCs as my giveaways or prizes for some upcoming contests (if I actually end up doing something like that) one day, maybe a monogram with zen art and doodling or a mini-lettering type of art. In a way, I think it’s kind of original, plus I’m kinda cheap,3 so I think this would be the best route to go to.4
These past few days, I watched the DNC with the parents (I watched the RNC last week too… not only it was boring, but it’s just overall… BLEH.), and it was because of then that I began to realize even more on how important hard work really is. We become successful in whatever accomplishments we have made through hard work, whether those accomplishments may be planned or accidental. I also learned the real worth of hard work really is and what it should be. I know I’m being repetitive again, but I feel that a person would finally realize the real value of hard work when he/she starts to do something that actually involves hard work. Why do I say this? It’s because there are people out there who asks (or hire) others to do the hard work for them in exchange for nothing. No hard worker should feel undervalued by those people, because if you think about it, it’s kind of like stealing. You’ve done this wonderful piece that you created with your own hands, your mind and focus, and the time you have spent on perfecting this particular piece. Shouldn’t you be rewarded for your hard work from the simple words of thank you to yet another favor in return that also involves some form of hard work?
I know, this is more of a mumbling drabble than a complete entry, but thinking about hard work in itself really does make me feel a lot more appreciative. If it weren’t for the hard work of my parents, I wouldn’t be here where I am now. I wouldn’t be living a better life in this great country compared to the old country I was born and raised my first ten years at.5 And, most of all, I wouldn’t be having the opportunities that anyone could possibly ever dream of, from the chance to learn new things to have a better way of living and everything else.
I am not a political person, therefore I am registered with no party affiliation at all. I care more about the alignment of the values I learned from the parents and elders of my family along with a real platform that can make our quality of life a lot better. And of course, with that being said, I believe that one person’s accomplishments are a lot more highly value through hard work, rather than just being handed over from someone else who did the hard work for someone else.6 Whether if it was just for enjoyment or from the kindness and sincerity, it’s still hard work. After all, with hard work being put into something you create shows a lot of who you are as a person too.
That’s why I am proud and happy whenever I make something that may be great to my eyes but not so great to others.7 I am a lot more proud and happy whenever someone else likes something I have made even though I may not feel the same. But most of all, I feel a lot proud and happy with just a simple appreciation of all the time, work, and effort that I have installed to the things I build with my own hands, be it a piece of small art, an origami piece, a digital art piece, or even a WordPress theme.
For me, I know I may sound a little greedy with this, but the only time that I would feel appreciated is when someone puts what I make to good use. I’m not talking about something temporary, like “design of the day” and then it gets discarded the next day. If someone likes to do something like that, it would make a whole lot more sense if that someone also put their efforts on their own creations. That’s what I believe in.
It’s late night and I’m half-asleep. Half of what I wrote now probably doesn’t make any sense. But you know, without hard work, there won’t be any progress, no success, no results.8
On the sidenote...
- ehem. [↩]
- ATCs/artist trading cards, maybe? [↩]
- can’t afford to buy stuff just for giveaways… how about making stuff for giveaways? [↩]
- My middle sister works for Shutterfly, so she gets discounts on papercraft and certain art supplies like cardstock, and I’m fortunate enough to play around with them myself. 😍 [↩]
- long story… [↩]
- again. ehem. [↩]
- subjective, of course [↩]
- and this person better read and understand this very carefully… [↩]