Note: for those who don’t know what my ‘hóngbāo adventure’ is, you can start it here: day one
On day three, I shamefully add that I read this on Wikipedia, it is not a day to have guests staying or staying away from home. Oops. If this is true I think I’ll have a small dance with the devil at some point… This is because my third interviewee is Georgia Roberts. She has come to stay the night because she has had to attend a day at the University as part of her placement year. Day Three of Chinese new year is called ‘赤狗日’ which literally means ‘red dog’. This was another name for the God of Blazing Wrath. The rural villagers used to burn paper offerings over trash fires to keep the God happy thus bring luck and prosperity to the families. Thus it is considered an unlucky day to visit anyone or be visited. I’ll see if the God has taken notice of whether I have had a guest or not…
Anyway, back to Georgia. We met in first year in Lincoln Hall (our hall of residence) at the University of Nottingham and have been friends since. She studies Architecture, currently on a placement year between the Bachelor’s degree and the Masters’ in London, and I’ve always thought she’s absolutely crazy for doing so. By ‘crazy’ I mean to share my admiration of her work ethic – as she always had something to do or draw or make – and I have always felt slightly inspired of the way that Georgia approaches her academic life. Especially compared to my chaotic methods that I’ve half-managed to tame over the past few years…
In light of this I was curious to hear her “best advice” as I suspected that it would be down-to-earth and practical rather than aspiring and theoretical. She started it by saying “it’s sort of two pieces of advice in one”.
The first being:
today is the oldest you’ve ever been, and the youngest you’ll ever be again
I just love this. I feel like this doesn’t need to be written about or described because the message is crystal clear. We count the moments that we live and enjoy and subconsciously know that we should, as Tony Kapcia said on day two, “carpe diem” (seize the day).
The second half is:
Time’s short. Don’t be lazy.
That’s my Georgia! The ‘to-the-point’ advice I had anticipated. The first point I have to say about this one is that it’s probably more common that every reader will interpret this differently. She explained that because she’s not someone who can have one of those “lazy days” or have essentially nothing to do, she always gives herself something to do. I believe that this advice reminds us that though most of us do enjoy a day in front of the television or “lazying around”, there is so much in the outside world to do or see.
Although I value a quiet day now and then, I know that when I look back, I really value the some of my busiest moments because the feelings associated with the controlled chaos are the most memorable. The day that I spent in my pyjamas but also cleaned the house,l looked up that YouTube video everyone had been talking about, or wrote a blog post, or whatever anyone could get up to; I feel that I’ve accomplished more than I would if I had sat on the sofa all day. I don’t know if this will resonate with anyone but I endeavoured to find out what people like to live by and what they value. Do reach out and let me know what you think, I’d love to hear what everyone has to say! Are you being lazy? 😉
Even though only three days have passed, I am really loving talking to people and hearing how much there is out there that makes life such an amazing thing. I hope that this is somewhat just as inspiring as I feel when I have been having these conversations.
Be careful of the God of Wrath everyone!
Lots of love,