I found this musical clip of Ata Demirer, a famous comedian, singing this charming Greek song named after a suburb of Izmir, Bornova. When asked in a recent interview about making long term plans, he gave this reply, in some ways typical of most Turks.
Why not make long-term plans?
I think long-term plans are against nature and faith. I find it kind of presumptuous. One day, I was going to perform in İzmir. All the tickets had been sold. I was very happy. Then I wanted to water my geraniums, and I slipped, injuring my ankle. I couldn’t perform for one year. So why plan? I am a poor fellow who tries to do everything he can do in the short term. I am not up for any dares. No, thank you. They say you need to use the talent that you’ve been gifted with. It is God’s gift, and there is nothing more cheap than to boast about this. It’s not like you produced it. What’s important is that you are able to carry it. There are times that I haven’t been able to carry it. I hope God gives me the strength to do it. http://goo.gl/2Hh34