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Catatan: Tentang Bekerja

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Perempuan yang Bekerja [2016:EO]

Sebagai orang yang enggak bisa anteng dan meneng, saya enggak bisa hanya duduk di rumah dan do nothing sebagai ibu rumah tangga. Bahkan, saya enggak pernah berminat atau bercita-cita untuk menjadi a fulltime housewife. Rasanya ada sesuatu yang kurang dalam kehidupan saya. Apalagi sebagai wartawan, dulu saya selalu bertemu dengan orang yang berbeda-beda setiap harinya dan mendapatkan ilmu baru dari mereka. Belum lagi pekerjaan saya dalam dua tahun terakhir ini yang benar-benar membuka mata saya sebagai individu dan citizen di sebuah negara. Tetapi tahun ini saya harus mengambil jalan tersebut, menjadi a fulltime housewife.

Kenapa? Well, sebenernya tahun ini saya akan melanjutkan sekolah untuk program Master of Global Affairs selama dua tahun di Munk School, University of Toronto, Canada. Rencananya, sebelum kelas dimulai di bulan September lalu, saya mau mengikuti suami saya ke Dhaka, Bangladesh untuk beberapa bulan. Tetapi saya terpaksa harus menunda program tersebut karena saya hamil dengan due date 10 January 2017.

Enggak dapat dipungkiri bahwa sebenarnya banyak perempuan hamil yang masih dapat meneruskan sekolah atau pekerjaan selama musim dingin di belahan bumi utara sana. Tetapi saya memilih untuk mundur kali ini. Kenapa? Well, pertama sebagai first time mom,  I don’t know what to expect during the pregnancy dan saya akan sendirian karena suaminya bertugas di negara lain; bayi akan lahir di musim dingin dan I hate winter, the temperature is unbearable for me; dan yang terakhir saya khawatir saya enggak akan fokus dengan kuliah saya karena dua hal tersebut. Dengan berbagai pertimbangan tersebut, saya memutuskan untuk mengirimkan deferral request email ke mereka. Thanks God, they approved.

So now, what am I going to do in Bangladesh? A new country which I don’t speak its language and can hardly understand its alphabet. Saya mulai stressed. Ada yang bilang “Ya udah sih, mendingan kamu belajar menerima hal tersebut dan nikmatin aja.” atau ada yang bilang “Kamu sih enak, walaupun jobless setidaknya enggak moneyless.” Well, setiap orang kan berbeda-beda. Saya enggak setuju dengan pendapat tersebut. Kenapa? Karena saya belum memenuhi dua kebutuhan dasar saya sebagai manusia sebagaimana dikemukakan oleh Abraham Maslow, yakni ego/harga diri (esteem) dan aktualisasi diri (self-actualization).

Lagipula, apakah hidup ini hanya melulu tentang uang saja? Uang memang penting apalagi kita enggak akan pernah tahu akan apa yang terjadi suatu hari nanti, tetapi saya menyadari bahwa uang enggak membawa kebahagiaan. I can say this because I have been there. Rocking a lot of the high-end fashion designers stuffs and eating in fancy restaurants/bars, yet I was not happy. It does not mean that I don’t like beautiful things anymore but I value things differently. Dan bisa saya bilang, memang jauh lebih menyenangkan apabila kita membeli sesuatu dengan keringat kita sendiri.

Lagipula, sebagai perempuan Indonesia yang melakukan kawin campur, stigma ‘numpang hidup sama mister‘ akan terus melekat pada mereka kecuali mereka bekerja. Lha wong sudah bekerja keras saja masih dilabeli numpang hidup sama mister kok tapi ya itulah manusia.

Saya jadi ingat kata-kata Bapak saya: rumah tangga itu bagaikan gerobak yang ditarik kerbau di mana gerobak akan bergerak lebih cepat jika ditarik oleh dua ekor kerbau ketimbang satu ekor. Selain itu, ketika salah satu kerbau tersebut sakit atau mati, gerobak masih tetap bisa dijalankan meskipun dengan seekor kerbau saja. Dan saya teringat oleh kata-kata tersebut sampai sekarang.

Jujur saja, sita-cita saya, saya enggak cuma bekerja hanya demi uang tanpa menikmati apa yang saya lakukan. Saya ingin mendapatkan pelajaran dari pekerjaan tersebut juga. Dengan begitu, saya akan terus merasa tertantang untuk terus meningkatkan pekerjaan saya dan pengetahuan saya akan sesuatu. Dan tentu saja dengan harapan enggak mengecewakan perusahaan. Selain itu, saya ingin bisa memberikan manfaat terhadap orang lain. Mungkin saya terlalu optimistis, saya lebih memilih untuk bercita-cita tinggi dan terus belajar untuk menggapainya. There is nothing impossible.

Tetapi kali ini, saya harus mengalah untuk sementara hingga saya melahirkan dan mengisi waktu luang saya dengan membaca buku, mendengarkan kuliah umum dari universitas terkemuka melalui podcast, membuat catatan dari kuliah umum dan buku yang saya baca tersebut, olah raga dan belajar memasak. Dengan demikian, saya terus dapat mengekspresikan diri meskipun secara terbatas. Lha wong Mbah Lindu yang sudah 96 tahun saja masih mengekspresikan dirinya kok, masa saya enggak.

Tentu saja ini adalah sebuah pilihan dan setiap orang memiliki prioritas yang berbeda-beda, ada yang memilih jadi fulltime housewife, ada yang memilih untuk terus bekerja, yang penting selama kita bahagia dengan pilihan tersebut, kenapa tidak? Ya toh?

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Notes: On Mental Health

The world marks October 10 as the World Mental Health Day. It aims to raise an awareness about mental health issue. By raising awareness about mental health, people who have mental health problem could get help as soon as possible because they are aware that they have a problem. And I know very well how useful this help can be for one.

As you might have been aware that depression and anxiety are two of mental health issues which have been openly discussed on the Internet in these last few years. Prior to that, people used to hide those problems. They felt that it is embarrassing and they felt ashamed about it because many tend to bully or mock those who are suffering from depression. As a result, many who are suffering from depression do not get help and it could get worse for some people whether some would turn to be an alcoholic, sex addicts, smoker, drug users or even commit to suicide. 

It happened to me few years ago…

After a bad news broke in 2009, I have always been sad. I was afraid that I would not have enough time to fulfill my dreams. Since then, over the years, I tried to race with time to do as much as I could. Yet, I always felt that I only did a little and it was never enough. It made me upset. I often got home cried and felt miserable. Yet, I thought it was just a simple sadness. I thought I was just being drama queen.  

It took me years to realize that it was not just a sadness as I started to get suicidal thought or suddenly become hysteric. It even landed me in the hospital several times. Since then, I knew I had problem and I decided to seek for help. Yet, I could not seek help from friends or family. I felt that they would judge me or preach to me. So, I built wall, kept distance from people and I tried to seek for helps from professionals. It was not easy  to find the right one. They offered me various solutions including anti-depressant consumption, therapy section, engaging in religious activity as well as being physically active. I found it hard. Later I figured that exercise was the best solution among others. Yet, it requires self-discipline. 

I vividly remembered one Monday morning when I felt down and my body feeling week because I did not exercise for nearly a week because I was being lazy. That day, I realized that wonderful effect of exercise toward my mood. Since then, I always tried to make a time to do it even only for 30 minutes on daily basis. I forced myself to run even it is only 4 am and many are still sleeping. As time passed by, I become an addict, addict of exercise.  Happy with the result, I maintain until today even with various adjustment. Frankly, I did not really care about the aesthetic result of exercise as my priority is to feel good about myself in mind, body and soul.

Hence if you have a problem, don’t be ashamed to talk about it and seek for helps. Share with those who has similar problems, they might be able to help you or they actually might not be able to help you. Nevertheless, it is all about your willingness to acknowledge it and get helps. While for you who know anyone with mental health issues, please try to acknowledge it even only by listening to them. Never ignore them especially if they are the love one. 

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Notes: Let ‘Em Talk!

As I scrolled down my Facebook’s newsfeed, I came across to an article by The Guardian on a Philadelphia born model Amber Rose titled “Amber Rose interview: Even when I was a virgin, I was called a slut“. I must say that I have been admiring her spirit, I have also been listening to her interviews and following her Instagram as well as Twitter account to understand her perspective in women’s world, as a result I immediately read the article because I think that Amber is an awesome woman who is outspoken about woman issue. So, i assumed that this article would be worth reading.

As I finished reading the last sentence, this article got me thinking about my personal experience. As time passes, we grew up, we learnt and we choose our own value of life. However, everything that we do, it often becomes the subject of discussion for other.

Why? First of all because they have nothing else to talk about. Secondly, that is how the society taught us. Our society construct standard what we can and cannot do, standard of what is right and what is wrong. I would understand that those standards are constructed based on scientific research with sufficient evidence but when it is based on morality, it is very subjective.

In my own experience, I have been called slut or gold digger even right in front of my face over and over again. It still happens until today sometimes. At first, I felt hurt but I grow thick skin by now. At least, I do something real and some (or many) recognize it.

So, if I may say….. do whatever you want to do as long as you do not hurt other people, as long as you are being responsible about it. Never do something just to please other while you are suffering from it.

 

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You Never Miss What You Had Until It’s Gone

Toronto, Sept 17 2015

It was 10:06 p.m. when I stepped into the house last night. I just got home from watching the premiere of Indonesian film “A Copy of My Mind” at 2015 Toronto International Film Festival. I felt restless and extremely exhausted. All I thought about was a good night sleep. After I finished shower and got ready to bed, I heard my phone beeping. It was from a good friend of mine. Yet, I did not answer his message until I woke up this morning.

Beb,” my friend wrote.

Yes,” I answered.

I want to break up (with my lover). I’m a sex addict and he said to me that if I slept with another guys, we’re done” My friend wrote.

Well, if it is the best for you then go ahead. But remember, we have certain condition that everybody cannot just accept it easily. Unless you enjoy to be alone and do not need or want to have somebody to come home to or make you feel complete, then you should break up and continue the adventure.” I went on,

At the end, casual sex only gives us a temporary happiness and temporary sense of acceptance. Those hot, rich and handsome guys normally give no shit about us at all. As soon as they’re done, they are just gonna go.” I continued.

So I think, we have to ask to ourselves ‘Why do we want to trade one great guy with beautiful personality and most importantly loves us so much, who also can accept us the way we are, with those dickheads? What are we looking for?’. As they say ‘You never miss what you had until it’s gone.‘” I said.

True,” he answered.

Sometimes we just take our lives for granted until we loose everything and regret it. When it is gone, it is gone.

PS: This writing was inspired by my conversation with a good friend of mine. Of course, I shared this story with my friend’s permission.

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Notes: My Reality

When I write, I do not need to present a picture perfect of life. My writing is often close to telling the truth.  I am  just trying to speaking the truth about things that effect me, about things that happen in our society. My writing is written with my perspective as watcher as well as  doer.

You know…. I also often consider that my writing is often very spiritual because it is all about emotion, it is all about life. It is because I just try to  reveal myself, tell my personal own problem and even lay all my deepest darkest secret because they are part of reality. It is my own reality, which sometimes can better or even worse than yours.

Yes, I choose to present the reality of life. I know that sometimes reality is bitter and painful but that is a real life. As a result, I do not expect no controversy because a controversy is the beginning of public discussion, which helps to understand life better.

Jakarta. 26012015

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Notes: Why Am I Blogging?

Perhaps some of you wonder why I like to share my personal problem in social media, i.e blog. Well, I am type of person who I always have a reason why I do thing things whether why I shave my hair off, why I go to gym or even why I blog about my personal life.

So why do I blog about my personal life? Once I read a blog post saying that writing a journal would help our personal growth and development because it would give us an insight about our behavior and moods. I kind of agree with that statement especially I have been writing personal diary since I was little girl and have been blogging since I was 16. I found that writing a journal would help me to reflect about my life especially everything what I have been going through. On the top of that, I also can review the improvement of my writing skill and my vocabulary bank.

But I must say that I am not kind of person who like to share my problem with my friend.  It is not because I don’t trust them to keep my secret but I tend to not believe or trust their judgement. Not saying that they are wrong, it is just ….. their judgement tend to lead me to further confusion.

And the most annoying part  of it is people would start being judgmental and telling you how wrong or even how stupid you are without understanding the circumstance. They would even start telling you that “you should not have done this and that… and bla bla bla

Oh well…. I guess it is our problem, we tend to listen to respond than listen to understand why thing is going wrong with somebody’s else life. Am I right?

And those are the last thing that I want to hear from other especially when I know very well that  they are not in my shoes.  Yet, sometimes …. I still have a discussion with my friends also about my problem  but not to seek for advice.

So what should I do if I need some advice? As I love reading book and listening to the music, I always would seek for some advice from inspirational book or inspirational songs. It helps me to reflect about my problem. Other than that, they would never judge me but  tend to give me a wiser suggestion. That’s the best thing of it! Try it!

So that’s why I rather to share my burden by blogging than talking to friends because I want to protect my feeling, to protect my heart and to prevent me from bad influences from other. But as humanly as possible,  I am trying my best to not posting a harmful or sensitive blog anyhow. So bear with me readers….

Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy my blog!

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Jakarta: Are Human Beings Less Valuable than Money?

Since I moved to Jakarta for the very first time, I always become very sensitive with the money issue. It is because I feel that we, as a human being, as a social being, are often being appreciated and valued according to  the money that we have by others. It is very different comparing the time when I lived in Yogyakarta, my hometown.

Here in Jakarta, we tend to be appreciated and valued according to the money that we have, the money that we wear, the money that we live, the money that we drive, the money that we eat and the money that we earn. It makes us, as a human being and social being, is less valuable than other unless they have money.

No wonder… there are many corruption in every institution, be it government institution or private company. It has become a social disease because people value other according to the money that we have, the money that we wear. No wonder… there are many women look for a rich man to keep up with the ‘social requirement’ so they can be accepted. There are many men look for rich vulnerable woman to get money from them so they can keep up with their lifestyle even they cannot afford it. I don’t mean to judge but people try to do anything to generate a lot of money without using a ‘normal process’.

I used to be terrified with it. Honestly, I was…. I used to think what about if I don’t have friend here because I don’t have money? What about if this…? What about that…? But as time passed by…. I realised that I should not have cared about how people value me, how people judge me, how people think about me. It is because other will never be satisfied with who you are, with what you have. They will ask more and more and more.

For this…. I blamed it to the media and business corporation, which try to brainwash people’s mindset with material stuff on daily basis through news, song, film, advertising, magazine and books. They try to decide the definition of beauty for its audience so the audience, which is us, are buying their shit to meet up with the social requirement. Good job!

If we cannot afford it, we will force ourselves to get it by using credit card that we cannot pay every month; by committing  into a corruption be it small or big; by marrying or dating a rich man or woman; by exploiting other to work hard and earning money; or even by stealing. There are just many methods that people do to make money simply because they want to meet up with the ‘social requirement’, which has been shaped by the media.

In the end, we value ourself less, we don’t appreciate our own hard work. Yet, it is not done everyone and I cannot generalise it. I really feel sick with it. I know it does not only happen in Jakarta but in the majority of big city and metropolitan city. Yet, as I am living here…. I just want to share my thought about this issue in Jakarta.

Oh Jakarta…. would you be less arrogant? I love living here because I love my job but ‘those social requirement’ and ‘those definition of beauty’, which have been implemented by many business sector, have forced its citizen to be fake individual. I feel like living in a fake world.

PS: This is my personal reflection, you can agree or disagree 🙂

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