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.