Today we celebrated my friend Jamie’s grand launch of her very own clothing line 20:TWOTHREE down at PARCO next NEXT. It is an awesome brand with very avant garde cuts and designs created by Jamie and her cousin Genevieve despite not having formal fashion design training. They have truly come a long way from running their own blogshop to creating something of their own. Kudos to them for their courage and bravery!
I couldn’t help but stand in awe of how much they have achieved, and how much I pale in comparison. I have been feeling this for quite some time now. One by one, I see my friends chasing their dreams and doing what they love, while I still grapple with the fear of not being able to do what I truly want to do.
There was Tan Long who was back during the Christmas holidays to do co-direct and perform in a musical concert for his church. He does this every Christmas when he comes back, and you can literally see him shine when he does something he likes.
Then there is Teck Heng, who is relentless in pursuing his dreams of becoming an academic in Literature, all this while balancing his passion for music by performing in his very own band.
And Liansheng, who held his very first dramatic reading at the NUS Arts Festival that transpired just nearly a month ago. Mervyn who is an awesome hair tattooist who taught himself everything he knows and pursues his dream of having his own barber shop and bringing back the concept of barbering to Singapore.
What have I done?
I know what I like, but I feel so crippled as compared to all of them. I keep telling myself that I don’t have the time to pursue graphic design properly, but I know these are just excuses for myself. It’s time I started thinking about what I really want for myself, and live it like so many of my friends. I need to know my dream.