Monday Story #30 – Architectural Pets

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New day, new opportunity. New Monday, new Monday story.

It’s hard for me to believe it, but it’s already time for the 30th story of the Monday series. And conveniently, this week’s storyteller proves how everyone’s story, struggle, and/or Monday is different. This week we have one of my closest friend’s ”stronger halves”, a final year architecture student, Ali. This hard-working creative freak is living and studying in Ankara at the moment. His story seriously made me smile, and that’s exactly what our aim is: to elicit a smile on the very beginning of the ”most depressing” day of the week.

Let’s see what Ali shared with us.

 

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”Bad times are an inevitable part of everyone’s life, including mine too. In addition, I tend to whine about it for a while rather than facing it immediately. But at the same time, I am aware of the fact that I’m the only one who can solve the situation.

People generally feel bad when they have tons of work to do. However, since both my brain and my body are operating at maximum capacity, I don’t feel the same way then. I on the other hand, tend to feel that way when there’s nothing to do, or when I lose my motivation to carry on. Even though I’m a student of a field I absolutely love and have always been dreaming to work within, there are times when I struggle finding motivation. And being alone at those times is annoying. And your friends might be busy, your girlfriend might have to study.. so you are left with no excuse to go out and then you’re forced to be alone. At home. In your room.

At these times working on something will probably not be productive. So, I tend to do some simple things, like cleaning my room. And if it is already clean, then I redecorate. Readjust my books, or my CD collection. Turn on the music in order to kill the silence. The thing I’m doing is not really important. What is important is that I’m doing something.

And Mondays.. Well, Mondays and Thursdays are my ‘Architectural Project Lesson’ days. Days when I remember that old saying ‘Life is a brutal teacher: it gives the exam first and lesson later.’ Because that’s exactly what happens during these lessons. I do a project first, and then get feedback based on which I change things on the project itself and then, one more time, I present it to the professor who gives me feedback and then I do it all over again and again.. So, Mondays and Thursdays are presentation and feedback days. Days when I need to have a lot of courage.

As I hear my alarm and postpone it for another 10 minutes, I’m trying to decide whether I should really get up or just stay there in my comfy bed and face the consequences later. Maybe I’ve been up all night and had a half-hour, or a few-hour sleep trying to finish the work. Then the confidence boost gained from the work I’ve done gets me up and makes me feel happy about myself and all the things I’ve accomplished.
Or, maybe I didn’t do any work last night and instead, have been sleeping for like 10 hours and even though I’m not sleepy anymore, I still try to convince myself I’m tired and should stay in bed.

No matter how hard it is, I still get up though. Because I know that this project is like a pet I need to look after, from the very beginning of its life, to the very end. And there’s no use in running away from it. In a way, I’m the same as the people who get up at 6 a.m. to walk their dogs. (laughs) I really love what I do and I know it needs me.”

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