It's not everyday you get to meet young (age is subjective), passionate and undoubtedly talented individuals. I had that golden opportunity roughly two months back when my family and I flew down to Bangkok, Thailand.
I met a Thai artist that started her own business of hand-drawing t-shirts; a Japanese Fashion/textile designer and also a pottery maker; a celebrity Chef (Chef Kani) that has not only built a food empire but also pioneered a foundation for disabled children (Zy Foundation, inspired by his own son); and the founders of an award winning Thai social enterprise, Socialgiver.
You can read more about their works by clicking on the above links.
We all had dinner together that night,
and besides the mind-blowing food....
I had a blast talking to Aliza Alice, the founder of Social giver (pictured above in blue). I guess our generation inherited a whole lot of opportunities but also a whole lot of responsibilities. Things aren't cheap, heck it's expensive to just be alive. Everyone is so caught up not so much with the rat race but more to survive that sometimes it's really hard to think out of the box.
What more, think about helping others too. (Helping one's self seems hard enough)
But she reminded me how important it was to try.
To try your best in the things you do, even when it doesn't make full sense to others. At the same time, know your goals and put little targets towards your dreams. Continuously work towards it and even if you fail, have something to show for it.
People respect people who try.
I visited Korea way back in college with my family.
We followed the tour group but honestly I didn't
really remember much besides lots of traveling.
this time I went with one of my best friends
and we sure did this trip justice.
Things are packed,
I'm about to embark on a journey that I know I will remember.
In all honesty,
I never expected to be in this line of work.
I was never the kid with the camera.
Wasn't really interested in technology either.
So sometimes there are little fears that creep up on me...
"WHAT IN THE WORLD ARE YOU DOING?"
I don't fully know actually.
There is a big part of me that feels inadequate at times,
But there is a bigger part of me that finds purpose in all these.
Don't get me wrong,
this isn't a security issue;
rather it's a feeling of inadequacy to tell such a big story.
Such a powerful, strong, authentic story.
It is an honour.
It's also a responsibility.
Over the last few months,
I realised that there is much space to improve and develop technically.
There always is.
But the essence of story-telling doesn't change.
To tell a story,
you must first know the story well.
be ready to feel and to learn.
So instead of trying to piece together a story,
I guess the best thing I can do is just to BE there..
"The stories we were told shape us,
and the stories we tell shape others."