LIGHT IT UP
And here I am on 31 December, 9AM putting together in words what 2016 has meant to me while tuning to Vance Joy. This year seemed to have whisked past me in a momentum so quick I almost couldn’t catch. I graduated from Visual Communications as a major in advertising with no post-grad plans. My partner-in-crime enlisted into army. I went on more trips than I could ever imagine. I’ve met the shittiest and ugliest of people. I’ve lost people I thought I could call friends, however vague this term is. I’ve had my heart broken in ways I never knew possible. I woke up to the smell of the sea and realised just how much I (still) wish I was a mermaid. I worked with some of the most amazing brands and met some of the coolest kids and I am ever so thankful. 2016 was a mess, a smashingly beautiful one.
So here’s something people probably would never tell you that I hope you’d know or perhaps find useful –
There’s nothing in the world that would make you feel more alive tham waking up to knowing that you’re chasing after your dreams. I’d be honest, the weight of adult-ing is real. From bills to having zero allowance and realising that nothing in this life is ever freely given to you will take a while for anyone to get over but it will also teach you that hard work is almost the most important trait anyone should have. I know it’s not the easiest to just jump the gun, quit your job and decide to pursue a dream however impractical because we still have to get a life going. But trust me, it’s worth it. And it will be worth every bit of it. I take up freelance design gigs while curating content all together. And no, it’s not easy and I have worked through the longest nights but I am sincerely, happy while at it. Don't hang on to that job because you're uncertain what you'd be doing if you lose it. Don't hang on to a relationship that no longer fulfils you and make you happy. Don't stick around in a job because you need that mediocre pay and because that's what everyone tells you that's what you should be doing. Don't doubt if your dream would be worth it. Build your own empire. Why would you wanna invest time and love in building someone else's dream when it could have been spent on building yours?
As a creative content creator, it sounds foolish to make a living out of curating visuals for Instagram. I am by no means an influencer/blogger no matter how loosely people generalise that term to fit in people who simply curate visuals to be labelled as such. I never took anything given to me as an obligation and for every single brand and project I work on, there is an art form and idea invested in it so it looks the way it does. And in all honesty, there are not many people who will appreciate your art, time and dedication but it is also beautiful when people do. I am so humbled and immensely grateful to be able to work with The Editors Market, REVOLVE, Axel Arigato, PUMA, New Balance, Puri Beji and a list of labels who have made me feel like it was all worth it. I never took a single opportunity for granted and I am incredibly grateful for every single individual who find value in my work and continuously seek to grow together with me.
"Focus on doing things in life that will make you happy, forget other people's expectations even if you're afraid to disappoint them. Be free. Learn how to travel alone, you will find yourself. You will find people who are looking for the same things in life who will inspire you. If you want to travel the world, do it. If you want to build your own empire, do it. You can be whoever you want in this world. You just need to listen to the right people and ignore the ones who will not allow you to be happier or more successful than them."
Fight for your dreams and your dreams will fight for you. Here’s to a greater 2017, let’s light it up!