Off The Shoulder Sripes

April 5, 2016

The annual lists for 'Forbes 30 Under 30' for this year came out not so long ago, and for the past few years I've been looking forward to getting e-quainted with some of the faces on these lists around this time of the year (you know, when you're sort of over your new years resolutions and you start to get a little sluggish?). It's extremely motivating and inspiring that some of my favorite familiar faces have found their places on this list. Just goes to show how much the digital world have changed our perception of success.

When it comes to self-motivation, I'll be the first to admit that it's definitely easier said than done. At times, I've found myself eagerly finishing up work in the office and telling myself that I'll make my way home, get the usual chores out of the way to get a start on some of the side things that I wanted to do so badly in the back of my head the whole day, and more than often, I've succumbed to letting my tiredness get the best of me and I end up just hitting the haystack.

I guess this is where our so-called "passion" comes into play. Is the grind worth the panda eyes the next few days, or is the task just a shallow need to fulfill something temporarily?

The older I get, the more attractive how "passionate" someone becomes. Too many times you meet someone and they pour out a list of things that they'd love to do, or want to do, but you see no sign of them going anywhere close to those things -- and it's like somewhat deceiving, don't you think? I mean, I really can relate, about not being sure of what you want to do, and let's be honest, who can really know where they'll be exactly a month from now, or two?

In fact, I've been thinking a lot about what my "success" is, or will be. Right now, I can barely explain to my traditional mother, what exactly is it that I do from 9-5 and I think some of you can relate too.

To metaphorically put it, earning my stripes has, in a way, become less of a burden to shoulder. It's just nice knowing that success isn't limited to just being a doctor or a lawyer anymore, right? 

Top: Missguided
Pants: A Gold E
Shoes: Common Projects
Bag: Chanel
Accessories: Vanessa Mooney choker

Photos by Shun S.