Like every other year, 2015 whizzed past faster than I expected it to. There were ups and downs, new memories forged, experiences and lessons learnt and new friends made. Above all, I would say I was pretty pleased with how my 2015 went.
2015 taught me to work hard towards achieving my goals, be it little or big, it will bound to be yours if you put your heart and mind into it.
2015 showed me what I was capable of achieving and that time is not always on our side. We have to make the most out of it, and it's never too late to start something new.
2015 showed me that no matter what obstacles I had to overcome, family and true friends will always be there to give you a hand.
Most importantly, 2015 was the year I decided to make a big change - a change that could save the lives of many animals, a change that could save the planet, and a change that would eventually transform how the world works, forever.
In this particular year, July 2015- I turned Vegan.
2015 was also the year that I graduated from Temasek Polytechnic with a Diploma in Retail Management. Then, went on to working part time for 3 months, before committing to a full time job as a Merchandiser in a sportswear manufacturing company.
I feel like I may have mentioned this a few times, but I can't be certain. Anyhow, here it is again.
I never liked the office environment. Since Secondary school, I have told myself that I wouldn't enjoy a desk job because I knew from the start, it isn't me. Did I regret taking on this full time job then? Definitely not.
This full time job was a great experience for me. It opened my eyes to a whole new industry, allowed me to be more responsible and task efficient, definitely taught me a great lesson on time management and punctuality (which I'm still trying very hard to work on). And most importantly, it allowed me to finally figure out what I wish to do with my life - with my future.
I want to stop sitting behind the desk, working for somebody else. I want to get out and explore, create content, experience what this world has to offer, and just do something meaningful with my life. I want to volunteer at animal shelters; I want to volunteer at events which serves to bring a message; I want to continue creating content to spread the awareness on Veganism.
Now, the thing about being Asian and living with Asian parents is that, whenever you say you don't wish to further your studies/follow the norm, they get very VERY worried about your future. They are afraid that you won't have enough savings in time to come, to support your family or not being able to have a stable job = not being rich.
Now is that really what life is all about? Working your ass off till your retirement age; using your retirement money to travel and explore the world with your other half; watch your grandkids grow up before lying on your death bed?
I always feel that there are 2 types of people (I'm always repeating this to friends who needs motivation...Though I lack some myself) There will always be one group of people who see being successful in life as being rich, living in big houses and driving big cars. While the other, would determine success as how happy they are. And that's me.
I don't want a big house, or a big car. I don't want a rich husband or fancy handbags. I just want a simple life, doing meaningful things, knowing that I have done my part in trying to change the world and achieving my dreams. I don't want to go on fancy dates or receive expensive gifts as presents; I don't want to feel pressured to fit into society (not that I'm trying, I don't even bother to). I just want to spend time with the one I love, going on simple dates, like a walk in the park, picnic with my dogs, looking at skylines and even just... star gazing would be perfect.
Why should ANYONE of us feel the need to fit into society? To dress up with branded goods from head to toe? At the end of the day, everyone will be on their death beds - rich or poor, happy or sad. Why not make the most out of your youth, out of your life, to do something meaningful and something that you've always longed to do, before it's too late?
To sum it all, I just wanted to say that 2015 has taught me valuable lessons, and also brought amazing people into my life that I never want to lose. Because of these experiences, it has pushed me to start doing something for myself.
To start off, I will be leaving my full time job, and working part time instead, saving up my pay cheque to buy a bike and head to Chiang Mai in June for #thaifruitfest2016. I even have plans to visit Melbourne and Sydney. I am currently thinking about Ubud in Bali, but we shall see how my expenses and work schedule is like in the next few months.
Talking about my plans always gets me excited. Of course, after leaving my full time job, I will have more free time to continue creating Youtube content, creating new recipes and experimenting with ingredients. I miss being in the kitchen and I can't wait to get back to my regular self.
Always find out what you want to do, work towards it and never give up. I have come a long way before figuring everything out, but it's never too late to start my friends.
Thank you for reading this, and I wish you all the best for 2016. Thank YOU for being a part of my journey. Here's to great adventures ahead!