Online Journal (Entry #017)

Oh whoops! I had begun to write out entry #017, but in-between my Accounting 101 homework, my Computer & Information Science 101 studies, and the other assignments from my Statistics and Business Administration 101 class, I eventually just ended up getting caught with researching career opportunities in the “Big 4 in Public Accounting”. I’ve become fascinated with the 60-80 hour workweeks during accounting’s “heavy season”, where taxes, auditing, and other accounting related objectives are accomplished. It’s been very insightful, and also quite fascinating to see what kind of opportunities people have gotten during, and even after, working for “The Big 4”.

I’m so glad that I took my time during my early college career to really get a feel for what type of Major/Field I wanted to study into. I could have easily went with my passion for writing and learning about history, but I know I will always have a curiosity for learning about those things in life. No, I wanted to be able to look back and feel proud of my investment in college/university. I don’t live with regrets, so I know in the end I picked the right choice for myself. At the end of the day, I’ll always write and I’ll always want to learn something new about the historical events which shaped our world today.

In fact yesterday (Labor Day), after I caught up with all of my classes (chapter and studying wise), I was thinking about the impact I want to leave on the world before I go. I don’t usually reflect on my life that much, and even when I do, I can’t help but want to continue moving forward without looking back. But I know sometimes it’s necessary to really take a step back and truly get a feel for what you’ve accomplished and done so far in life.

I suppose I know I will have to play the game of life like everyone else does. We all share that in common. We’re all trying our best to remain “afloat” in society and the world in general. It’s just one of those things in life that you have to get used to; and over time, I’ve become accustomed to the strange ways of life in terms of playing the “political” parts of life. As much as we hate it, truth be told, we can never truly run away from it no matter what we do in life. But this post isn’t about any of that. It’s just about what really matters in the end. Leaving some kind of small legacy behind.

My goal within the next 2 years is to really try my best to find time to communicate more with you guys on here. I know our lives can be hectic, and sometimes, we really just don’t have the time of day to take a breather. But what matters in the end is what we do to reach our end-goals in life.

My end-goal? Well it’s not important right now, because I’m still at a stage in my life where my role currently is to listen to others and follow rules. Secretly though, I’ll always be working on my end-goal. Everyday, I’m getting closer and closer to reaching that goal, but until that time, I must remain silent. I must blend in.

What are your goals? What are your deepest aspirations in life? Do you want to get caught up in the whirlwind of society? Do you want to live by your own accord? What are your fears, your deepest desires?

These are the questions I ask you. The questions which hold the most meaning in our personal and private lives.

Though I may never get a chance to meet any of you, I do know we’re all connected in some way. It’s inexplainable, but I know we all have dreams. Desires. Aspirations.

It’s inherently human of us to want to dream, to imagine what life could be like. To imagine that nothing is the limit; not even the sky. That’s what life’s mystery is all bout; figuring out how to get passed all the smoke. To find our way through the mire of reality.

With that aside, I wanted to share with you guys another part of Arkanim: Tales of the Enlightened Ones! This time around, today’s excerpt comes from Chapter 2.

The following is a work-in-progress, but I still hold and maintain all the rights for the work presented below. Thank you for your interest and understanding. Enjoy!:

Excerpt from – Arkanim: Tales of the Enlightened Ones

          The Phenalian man cleared his throat as he made it quite apparent that he was going to talk to Narien directly. “Where are you headed to?”

          Instead of showing her genuine annoyance of this man, Narien answered him with plain neutrality. She knew that she just wanted to get her credits and get the hell out of here without any delay. “I’m going to The Lucky 13 after this to meet up with a long-time friend of mines.”

          Surprisingly, the man’s demeanor changed to a concerned look. “That place is not for such a beautiful lady as yourself, especially a foreigner. You’d do well to steer clear of that pub.”

          Narien looked quizzically at the man as she blinked a couple of times from the sense of cultural bewilderment she was experiencing. She found herself soon thereafter explaining her side. “I have honed the skills of a survivor, a trueborn fighter. I was raised in a place where everyone was conditioned nearly identical. If you understood some of the Urksinian culture, you’d know a person’s true power lies within their soul. Every living being and creature in this world, regardless of who they are, must learn how to properly protect themselves against the evils amidst our presence.”

          Narien paused for a moment as she looked up at the other man and shook her head. “I’m sorry, let me re-frame what I’m trying to say…people choose whatever they want to do in this lifetime; but it’s critical to remember that all of us have the capacity to do great things. Our body is an extension of the willpower and drive to live in the physical world. Yet even so, the soul is what allows all of us to truly thrive in life. To exist is one thing, but to experience life is quite another. There is nothing more and nothing less to this truth taught to us Urksinians.”

          The two men looked quite startled at Narien as they stared at her in silent and hidden awe. It was as if they were meeting an alien from another world. Certainly, Narien was in fact a foreigner from a distant and strange land. But in the end, she was a human being who had grown up in a different environment and society. She had gained a different viewpoint of the world, very unlike these two Phenalian men.

         Either way, neither nationality was wrong. Both Phenal and Inur-Urksa were run, politically speaking, in very different styles. 

          Narien smiled in satisfaction, as she knew she had more then gotten her point across to the men. Whether she was correct in her viewpoint or not didn’t matter at this moment. She just wanted to get her credits and go on her merry little way. Narien knew she had places to go, and she didn’t want to waste any more precious time.

          With that in mind, the man whom was accessing Narien’s account walked towards the back of the bank as he hurriedly went to go retrieve her funds.

Anyways, I think it’s time I end this post today! I have CS/IS 101 in a couple of minutes, so it’s time for me to head out to class. Just remember always, that no matter what anyone tells you, you have the power to not only change your life, but to change the world as well.

Forever in Your Debt,

R.S. Noel

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