Written by Jennifer Ku
Edited by Alan Ng
Photography by Jenkin Au
It’s funny when people who are older than me tell me to work hard now and enjoy life later. Is that really what I want to do? Not really. I don’t believe the smartest and the greatest person is the straight A kid that reads all the time in the library. I don’t envy the kind of people who wear suits to work and listen to commands, I look up to those who are courageous enough to follow their dreams passionately. There is a reason why many people look up to athletes: they set goals, follow their dreams and believe in themselves. They treat themselves to what they enjoy. They find a happy medium for their career and passion. Everyday I try to do that but when I look at myself, I don’t think I am quite there yet.
It’s funny that passion and creativity were not part of a course back in high school. All we really learned was how to get by and hopefully get into a smart-ass university (sorry, we don’t have Ivy Leagues here). I wish schools would give us more of an education on life rather than one purely based on academics and reveal the fact that life is not all about text books, lectures and standardized tests. I always had the idea that you must do great in school in order to succeed. Yet, I see those who took Chemistry 12, Calculus or AP courses taking a detour in life. Honestly, the majority of those students are not any better than anyone else. High school really is just a place to keep teens safe and watched by adults.
Without passion, you won’t be able to understand the meaning of what you’re doing. But at the same time, you must still be logical and hard working as well. A physician can never be truly successful if he/she never had to heart to help and save people’s lives. Maybe he/she can make lots of money and have a respectful title but holding that title only means he/she carries a vast prescription of doctoral responsibilities. I spent the first 15 years in my life believing that I would one day become a doctor, accountant or lawyer since that was what was expected of me by my father. I worked hard in my 12 years of school but later realized the pressure and the unhappiness by which I was surrounded. I became conscious that my life shouldn’t be so routined and set up. I opened my mind to opportunities other than what was expected. And although I haven’t proven much “success,” as defined by the previous generation, I believe I’m getting there. “It” is out there and I just have to look for “it”. Have a good balance, find a happy medium, brighten yourself up, treat yourself to something that you like. Break the rules a little, do something, in fact everything for yourself. Life is that fun.