Juan and I became friends because he offered to help me do some skins when I received my free CSS upgrade from Mark. I knew him from around the forums, but we weren’t that friendly until CSS became something we had in common. Of course I accepted his offer to do a skin for me, because I sure as hell don’t know how to and he seemed nice and genuine enough (ie. no hidden agenda).
While we exchanged e-mails back and forth discussing CSS and how I want my blog to look, I would pepper my e-mails with nosy questions about his life: what does he do, how old is he, where he lives, your typical nosy grandma questions. And from there, we got to know each other better.
What I admire about Juan is his passion for learning. His job as a developer requires him to learn all sorts of things because he has to constantly update his knowledge about the latest in his field, which means that no matter how much he knows, he still has to read up to be competitive and resourceful in what he does.
It made me realise that even though I’m going to graduate soon, I should always try to educate myself. While I have decided that I don’t want to do a Master’s degree (definitely not now, at least), I shouldn’t stop learning. I should study more of my favourite foreign languages. Or I could learn something totally new and alien to me, like cooking. 😮
Juan made me realise the importance of learning because the moment we stop learning, we become complacent. We take for granted that everything comes easily because we have learnt to be accustomed and navigate ourselves through our daily lives. When that happens, we become afraid of change, because change is hard, just like learning.
That’s why I would like to emulate Juan’s attitude towards learning. I don’t want to be afraid of change, to be afraid of learning or making mistakes. I don’t want to be a know-it-all, I want to be a want-to-know-it-all.
Of course, that isn’t just Juan’s good quality. He is a good friend, being a Particularist-inclined individual, and he’s very family-oriented. He is also kind, sweet, generous and silly!
It has been a privilege to be his friend. Thanks, Juan, for everything! *hugs* Love you. 😉
(I will not respond to comments made in this post, but if you want to say something about Juan, please do leave a comment. Thanks!) I couldn’t resist. 😦