Smokin’ Corruption (part 1)

Hai, bloggers (who read my blogs),

Well, I’ve come back again after taking some break from writing when I was thinking back about my priority. I was having some eh… struggle with my mind, whether it’s bad or not to do what I have to do while there are so many things to do than this important thing. What’s important for me now is to keep on writing, chasing my dream to be a famous or at least just a professional writer.

Then, I’d come to that decision. It’s okay to take sometimes for doing your hobbies. Why? Because, that’s what most effective or highly active people do to relive their stress, to do their hobby. That’s what I felt too after having that moment. I was so relieved, like releasing stress from your too-busy brain by doing something I love.

I read a part on one of Chicken Soup series, of Life Lessons, if I’m not mistaken. The advice I’ve listened to and done in practice, to take 30 minutes everyday to do your hobby. Whether it’s singing, dancing, or just reading or writing, like I do. To focus on your passion. That’s what matters.

I’m so blessed for finally realizing that. Something I thought was a waste of time — though, on the other side something I love the most, too– beside having my busy schedule done by my own self, that is actually important for me. I was on the right track, though. I was. When writing was on my top priority than any other thing, such as studying.

But, as usual, I’m not only going to talk about the relieving moment. Also my anger for the news I’ve read yesterday on newspaper. About so many things that triggered my emotion at its best, at its highest level. The rage, the emotion, the feeling… The most uncomfortable one.

Oh yeah, I wanna write this article in dual languages. Both in Bahasa and English. Yep! I’ll mix the languages in one article. So, be prepared!

Yeah, kemarin itu… Harian berita bertanggal 13 September 2013. Hari Jumat, yang kupikir hari Sabtu. Entah kenapa, sejak datangnya SMS jarkoman (jaringan komunikasi-an, yang dikirim oleh seorang penanggung jawab di setiap mata kuliah) yang berisi bahwa matkul PIO (Psikologi Industri dan Organisasi) dibatalkan lagi karena sang dosen sedang berada di Semarang (atau Surabaya, aku lupa dimana tepatnya) menemani orang tuanya yang sedang sakit, rasanya hari berlalu lebih cepat dari biasanya. Tepatnya, berlangsung sehari lebih cepat dari biasanya.

Kemarin, aku pikir aku sedang menikmat pagi yang malas di Sabtu pagi. Aku tidak sadar hari itu adalah hari Jumat sampai pukul 09.00 pagi, yang entah kenapa mengingatkanku akan shalat Jumat. Mengerikan sekali!

So was today. I thought today was Sunday, that made me realize I had to come back to that damn campus tomorrow, which I thought was Sunday. Nothing’s worse than thinking you’re going through life faster than usual, and you realized when you REALLY ABSOLUTELY DEFINITELY have to come back to school and wait for another six to seven days to come. Thanks, Lord, for making my life so useful and…. faster.

Ok, cut the crap. Let’s go to the main subject of this article.

Jadi, seperti biasa yang kulakukan ketika aku membaca koran di pagi hari. Membaca laheadline news di halaman pertama lalu melanjutkan ke halaman belakang. Setelah selesai membaca semuanya, baru aku mulai membaca artikel lain secara acak (random). Mataku langsung tertuju kepada artikel tentang iklan rokok yang cetar membahana berada dimana-mana, segala macam media, berapa jarak pandang menonton televisi yang baik (maybe, ideal), dan… well, I’m tired of this shit, corruption.

Corruption, corruption, corruption everywhere! Always makes its headlines everyday! Always on the front page, if not, at least on the middle page, and it’s more than three or four articles talking about it. I’m so f***** tired of it. Like there’s nothing bigger to talk about. Syria is one of international concerns, but don’t know why, only put on the middle page, and it’s not daily news. But this corruption seems to become a popular topic. Damn!

First, let’s talk about cigarettes and its commercial made on television, and advertisement board, and flyers, and… Oh, so many media. 

Sejak aku mengenal rokok dari kakekku yang perokok berat, aku menjadi familiar dengan lentingan ringan tidak berarti satu itu sampai aku menghirup sendiri aromanya yang buruk. Jauh sebelum aku terkena sinusitis dan mengenal dampak buruk merokok bagi kesehatan, setidaknya aku sudah tahu lebih dulu bahwa aroma yang dihasilkan rokok sangatlah tidak enak.

Memicu batuk, muntah, dan membuatku menghindar dari orang-orang yang merokok. Sampai aku benar-benar membenci rokok dan asap dari sumber lain, yang menyebabkanku mengidap sinusitis paranasal. Awalnya, kupikir aku hanya terkena flu biasa. Sampai lendir yang kukeluarkan terasa berlebihan dan mulai mengeluarkan darah.

Bertahun-tahun setelah diagnosis itu, paradigmaku terhadap rokok menjadi lekat sekali dengan pria. Karena, ke arah manapun kepala tunggalku ini menoleh, dan di mana ada lelaki di sana, sebagian besar dari mereka kulihat dengan jari memegang gulungan kertas berwarna putih berisikan racun, termasuk bahan-bahan dasar cat dan knalpot motor.

Dari yang wajahnya tidak begitu tampan sampai yang tertampan yang pernah kulihat, pasti memegang rokok di tangannya. Menggelikan. Fakta ini diperburuk dengan adanya anggapan rokok sebagai simbol solidaritas dan kejantanan seorang pria. Where the hell that idea comes from? I don’t know, they tell us so.

Bagiku, iklan rokok hanyalah iklan rokok yang sekadar lewat di layar televisi, berlangsung sekitar tiga puluh detik dan berganti ke iklan yang lain. Itu tidak memengaruhiku sama sekali. Namun, bagi sebagian besar pria, menurut survey yang ada di harian tersebut, iklan itu sangat memengaruhi pembentukan persepsi yang ada di otak mereka bahwa rokok mewakili seluruh gambaran tentang pria sejati.

Padahal, iklan itu hanya menggambarkan mereka sedang naik jeep di padang pasir atau mengangkut dagangan mereka di atas pundak atau melakukan wawancara kerja dengan penampilan oh-so-cool. Jika iklan-iklan rokok itu sudah memengaruhi kehidupan seorang bahkan sebagian besar pria, THAT is annoying. Apalagi… ternyata iklan-iklan itu juga…. sangat… berpengaruh pada…. anak-anak.

Ok, I must admit. Parents affect their children in most aspect, alright. The children copy what their parents are doing, showing them how-to. Both parents have the same role to teach their children about what’s not and what’s yes. Including this smoking stuff….

(To be continued….)

About Ayuri

A not-so-elegant, classic girl, who loves writing, reading, dreaming (unlike daydreaming coz it's not good for me), and debating with my brother. I think I can see this world better if I ever experience something somewhere. By my own.
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