6 In Others / General

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Spending a quiet Saturday with myself and I. I really think I’m the kind of person that needs a lot of personal space, too much in fact. Sometimes I scare myself with how happy and at ease I am alone. o.O

나름대로 노력하고 있다

I think this is a phrase that I like a lot. I think it can be loosely translated to “working hard in my own way” but somehow I feel that there is some nuance that cannot be captured by the English phrase. Maybe it’s just me.

I believe that everyone (most?) is working hard in their own way to improve themselves and to work for what they really want. And that’s good enough. There’s no point in comparing ourselves with others, and say that I don’t work hard enough. Comparisons should be made within. If you think that you are not working hard enough to match your own expectations, then do something about it or live with it. And there’s no point in judging others and say that their hard work is not worth it or to be skeptical.

I think I’m working hard. I have ridiculously high expectations for myself, so I’m always falling short of it. But I know that I’m putting effort in things I like and I’m happy with that side of me. 😀

(wrote the above a few weeks ago, forgot about it, and now I’m thinking about this phrase again, on a Saturday too)

There’s no one standard way of working hard. You may not think that what I’m doing now is considered “working hard” but I’m still putting in effort in my own way, to chase after things that I want. Sometimes we tend to pass judgement too quickly. We judge from what we can see / hear, but sometimes we don’t see the full picture. And who says we can judge what others are doing?

Right now, I’m putting effort doing things that I believe in. I’m not sure what will come out of it, but at least I won’t have regrets. 😀

And that’s enough for me.

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    Vanessa
    30 March, 2013 at 11:33 AM

    What you give is what you get.
    I’m sure you’ll receive many many good things, from the amount of effort you put into Korean + related things. And sometimes what we get back changes our previous plans, so the best thing is to work hard now (yes, thinking about the future, too), but not being too stuck in what we’ve planned before. Specially because, if you’re doing it right, the tendency is that your life will always get better. If you’re doing it wrong, well, it still will get better, because you’ll have the chance to do it right this time, and eventually will learn something.

    You’re right about the judgement thing, but still sometimes is hard, right? hahaha And I’m perfeccionist, so it’s like double challenge: to not compare myself with others, and to accept my limits. Sigh.

    항상 열심히 하세요~ ^ㅂ^

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    Karla
    30 March, 2013 at 11:49 AM

    Sometimes I cannot help but compare myself to others especially my high school classmates.Most of them are working already and here I am in my mid 20’s and still finishing my bachelors degree.But then I cannot always blame myself for my shortcomings and weaknesses.Seeing the bigger picture ,it makes me work hard and just do what I am doing and work extra hard to be the better person I could be.

    있을 때 잘 해 후휘 하지 말고.

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      Karla
      30 March, 2013 at 11:50 AM

      있을 때 잘 해 후휘 하지 말고.

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    Van
    31 March, 2013 at 3:32 AM

    Btw thanks for the new phrase 😀 I like learning new phrases and writing them down in my spiral~ Yeah I think everything can’t be perfectly into another language. And you said it yourself, that’s the charm of every language (this is a loose quote of what you said haha) do you remember you saying this? 😛

    Yeah comparisons are the worst sometimes. You know parents do it alllllllll the time, and it doesn’t even make you feel any better. I agree though, it’s all on us if we want to improve. Yeah judgement happens far too often without knowing everything. Thanks, I feel like these posts can relate to things other than just language learning!

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    Dusky
    31 March, 2013 at 4:10 AM

    I like that. 🙂 That is a wonderful phrase. I’m glad you shared it with us!

    It is far too easy to compare oneself to another, and I find myself doing that often. For me, comparison is the easiest way for me to lose motivation. But for some reason though whenever somebody judges me, even if I was previously comparing myself to them, I become really angry and want to prove them wrong XD.

    Everyone has their own pace that they work at. What may be good for one may be wrong for another. That is something I tell myself when I start to feel down. It is completely true that we don’t see the full picture always. Unless we’re part of that picture there maybe things that are lost to us or we cannot fully understand because we aren’t in the other person’s shoes.

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    Martina
    31 March, 2013 at 7:21 AM

    Shanna do not be weirded out by your happiness in being at ease on your own; I thought I was the only person in the world who felt this way till I read this post.
    I totally agree with every word you said: working hard for the goals you set yourself is the most gratifying thing one could possibly have in life. Plus you’re doing something you like so it doesn’t seem like you are working you butt off but just enjoying what you’re doing. So don’t feel like it’s not enough cause it is, and you have to be happy about it!

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