No Time to Waste

No Time to Waste.

There’s not enough time on this earth to waste it on conforming to society’s “norms.”

I once heard that “what others say and think of you is none of your business.”

This is one of the quotes that has recently changed my perspective on life.

Why is it that so much that we do is based on what society thinks we should do or how we should be?

Why do we have to follow this predetermined path in life that is based on society’s expectations of how life should be?

Why don’t we ever question why we call life LIFE if we’re not really living?

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Something hit me recently, and I noticed that if I decide to conform to society and I get a 9-5 job that doesn’t make me want to wake up and jump out of bed because I’m so passionate about what the company or organization does (hopefully my own, soon), I’m not living life the way I dreamt of it years ago and still do today.

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Living to me means being positive, making yourself and others happy, helping others (in the smallest or biggest of ways), traveling and getting to know people from all walks of life, dancing, wearing whatever the heck you want, learning and inventing new things, exploring your own city, challenging yourself to be better inside and outside, and connecting with this marvelous world through other creative ways.

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This, of course, is not an exhaustive list, but it’s some of the things that make me happy. And a lot of these are in progress, too. I’m hoping to be able to live the life I want without caring about what society expects of me (I mean, I can also be a good citizen of the world without having to spend 90% of my time in a place I don’t love – and I have the right to!).

And don’t get me wrong…I’m not “hating” on 9-5 jobs…I’m not talking about the 9-5 schedule, but about those jobs that you do but you hate. AND the fact that after you’re at this job all day, you go back home, make dinner, do your chores, and go sleep – dreading the next morning of course. What…where’s the fun and happiness in that? What part of your day is enjoyable in this scenario?

Remember…everything in this life is possible and we only have a certain amount of time on this earth. Why would you ever waste your precious time doing something that doesn’t fulfill you?

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What makes you happy? What kind of life do YOU want to live? I’m interested to hear what you all have to say.

I just want to remind you all that we only live once (WOLO!) and ALL of us have the potential to do what we want with our own life. For some it may require a bit more time than for others, I mean, I’m still figuring it out! But remember…NO TIME TO WASTE.

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À la prochaine, mes amis!

L’Anti-Café

I’m currently sitting on a comfortable sofa with a cappuccino in my hand and my laptop on my lap, surrounded by people who are super concentrated, productive, hard-working, and entrepreneurial. I absolutely love it and I’m soaking it all in!

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It’s a Saturday afternoon and yet this café is full of people who want to get their work done, whether it’s school work, a personal project, a plan for their startup, or even holding casual business meetings. These types of people are people who I admire. It feels like home away from home, since this is how I usually feel at my university, Northeastern: a place full of ambition, positive energy, and success (I miss it so much!).

I can’t believe that a place like this actually exists! I had been looking for something like this for a few weeks, and it was always right in my neighborhood – crazy, right?

If you’re looking for a place to get your work done (or to blog, like me!), come to the Anti-Café. Here’s how it works:

  1. You walk in and find a nice, cozy spot. There’s high tables, sofas, and lower tables.
  2. You give your name to the person who’s in the front. They’ll let you know that it’s 4 euros for the first hour you’re there and 3 euros for every subsequent hour. It’s 12 euros for a whole day pass.
  3. You grab some coffee, tea, or orange juice and some snacks like chips, bread, nuts, and pretzels (all included in the price!) – just serve yourself!
  4. Sit down with your laptop and connect to the wi-fi that’s also included in the price. Connect your laptop to a plug, and get working!
  5. If you need to scan or print, go ahead and do it!
  6. …And if you have a business card, make sure you stick it to the cork boards.
  7. When you’re all set, just go to the front, give them your first name, and pay for the amount of hours you’ve been there.
  8. Walk out with a huge smile knowing you’ve been productive on a weekend – what an amazing feeling!

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À la prochaine, mes amis! (’til next time, my friends!)

P.S.: The address is 79 rue de Quincampoix, 75003 Paris. And don’t forget the alternative Starbucks if this is too expensive!