All I want to do is make better sushi. I do the same thing over and over, improving bit by bit. There is always a yearning to achieve more. I’ll continue to climb, trying to reach the top… but no one knows where the top is.”
-Jiro Ono, Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2011)
Recently, I was thinking about the documentary, Jiro Dreams of Sushi, and although I don’t like sushi, Jiro has a lot of words of wisdom for anyone. I think one of the most powerful quotes that made me think is the quote above. He is always striving for perfection, but no one knows what perfection is. The way I see it, you should always better yourself, continue learning and grow as a person, because there is no clear cut definition of the word perfection. You may think you’ve achieved perfection, but there is always room to grow. While people may think Jiro has achieve perfection in the world of sushi, he doesn’t believe so. He believes that he can improve his craft.
This made me think about my passions and what I want to do with my life. At this moment, I’m still not completely sure what that dream job is, or if I can actually attain that dream job. I know one thing for sure though, I have to promise myself to always keep reaching for the best I can be. There is no such thing as a plateau, because there is always something I can work on. Being more organized, more efficient, more well-spoken. Exercise more, read more, eat healthier, love more and the list goes on and on. Everyone has goals, whether it’s big (becoming a CEO) or small (cleaning the bathroom). It’s up to us to work towards those goals. Some will take a lot more time than other, but we have to keep going and keep our heads up high no matter how hard the road to that goal may get. But, even when we achieve that goal, there is still more we can work on.
Once you decide on your occupation, you have to immerse yourself in your work. You have to fall in love with your work. Never complain about your work. You must dedicate your life to mastering your skill. That’s the secret to success… And the key to being regarded honorably.”
This quote is also one that I love. However, not only do I want to immerse myself in work, I want to immerse myself in family. Nowadays, people are so invested in work that they would rather work than be with their families. This is a reason why many families and relationships fall apart. I value friends and family over work or any other activities. I will always put my family and friends first. It’s not worth it to lose these people. Nonetheless, I will immerse myself in family, friends and work. Fall in love with them all.
If you’ve never seen Jiro Dreams of Sushi, you should watch it. It’s a really good documentary about an amazing man.
Today’s Inspiration Sunday is going to be a short one, this upcoming week is going to be a busy one for me and this past weekend was nothing short of super fun. A few of these pictures are a preview for the San Diego post I will do in a few days about my weekend trip.
This week, I was inspired by the beauty of California. Over the weekend, I went to San Diego, and haven’t been there since I was little. Even then, the only places we would go to were the zoo or Sea World. I’ve lived in California my whole life and have only recently began to appreciate all the beauty that surrounds me. Although California may conjure up images of polluted Los Angeles or beaches (but beaches are a big part of this awesome state!), California ranges from the beaches to mountains to farmland to deserts. Where I live, I can go surfing, go snowboarding, and go hiking in a desert all within two hours of me. Go on Soarin’ Over California at California Adventure or Epcot and you’ll see how diverse California’s land is.
I’ve decided to make it my mission to discover my state, to discover its beauty. I want to travel up and down seeing everything from the redwoods to the desserts. Northern California and Southern California are totally different from each other – the things that first come to mind are the weather and hella. I’ve honestly never really took the time to appreciate my home city. I live in a beach city and many people come from different places to visit my city, yet I never take the time to go out and soak it all in. We have a downtown area, with the pier and an outdoor market at nights. I give the excuse that it’s too busy during the summer, but I need to just get UP and GO. Before I leave, I will make my way there and soak up some sun. I should start local before I branch out. I think the fact that I’m leaving makes me want to appreciate where I’m from even more. I will be leaving in 3 months and I will be gone for at least a year… I should start soon!
I’m taking a break from posting about my spring break trip to Disney World to do an Inspiration Sunday. I’ve finally decided on how to structure this post and I’m going to leave out the clothes and any other things I want, and save that for another section I’ll start. This is where I’ll post what inspired me the most throughout the week, ranging from something small to something big. I want to look at what happened and be inspired by what’s around me. I’m not that good at writing about my emotions, but I will work on it and hopefully through these posts I will improve!
This week, I was inspired the most by no other than, Mark. He always inspires me to be the best that I can be, but this week especially, showed me how much we’ve grown as people and as a couple.
I found out some good news (which I will talk about later in the month) about an opportunity that I’ve been dreaming about since the beginning of college. I got it. I still can’t believe that it’s actually going to happen, but it’s going to be a tough journey. I’m going to have to move very far away, possibly leaving him here. Mark and I knew it was going to be tough, but he supported me the whole way and still supports me now.
I’ve never been so happy to have a guy like Mark in my life. He’s letting me follow my dreams, even if it means that we’ll be apart. Don’t get me wrong, I want to be with him more than anything in the world and I start tearing up at the thought of us being apart. It feels like someone is punching me straight in the heart. This guy is my best friend and I love him very much.
We had a conversation about the future and we told each other, “Don’t let me hold you back from achieving your dreams. You don’t want to regret not doing something you want to do.” Over the past year and a half, we’ve grown so strong together. We’ve learned a lot about sacrifice and compromise. It takes a lot of courage and trust to be able to be able to do these things. LIFE IS HARD. But we can get through this. I know we can. I know that the best will come out of it and we’re not stopping until we figure out the path that is the best for both of us.
Mark also wants to do what I’m going to do, so we’re both searching for opportunities he can apply for, but in the meantime, we’re going to cherish every moment we have together and make these last months in college (or while he’s in college) the best.
Hey Mark, SMORES FOR LIFE.