Sunday, January 22, 2012

Men Wanted: Hazardous Journey

Men wanted for hazardous journey.  Small wages, bitter cold, long months of complete darkness, constant journey, safe return doubtful.  Honour and recognition in case of success.
Advertisement placed by Ernest Shackleton in a London newspaper, August 1914.  It is said 5,000 people responded to it.

I saved this from a book about famous explorers I owned a few years ago. I can't recall the name of it though. Considering the era, I'm sure only criminals and low-lifes responded to the ad. Nonetheless, something about it calls to me :) For honour. For adventure. 

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

What Should I Do With My Kid?

Freedom Surf Contest

The people I've met in the last two years were really interesting. Instead of going the school-and-college route, they all refused to grow up and did whatever-the-heck they wanted. DJs, photographers, decorators, designers, artists, musicians, boat captains, jiu-jitsu fighters and coaches, surfers, boxers, bloggers, chefs, divers, writers, tattoo artists, and more. Everything in their life revolved around the things they love. 

They made me wonder about how my life would've turned out if I had focussed more on my passions when I was younger, instead of following the school-college-conventional-work route. Maybe I should've continued cooking up a storm when I was a teenager and also found a way to race cars on a track. Maybe I should've kept playing the saxophone. In the last few years maybe I should have made videos about my travel adventures, and spent more time on photography. As they say, money follows passion, not the other way around.

I don't want to trade the life I've lived, but all this reflection made me think about how I'd like to raise my kids if I have them. I don't think I'll push them towards college like my parents did to me. I'd ask them to follow whatever it is they feel like doing at the moment. Whatever it is, resolve to be amazing at it and pursue it at all costs. Wanna be an artist painter? Sure go nuts! Wanna become a pro surfer? Sure, if you don't mind working at McDonalds in the meantime. Wanna be a fashion designer? Totally, I'll help you find help! Wanna be a race car driver? Rad, I wanna manage your team! Screw what my mom says right? :P

Isn't that what we all want in the end? For happiness, passion, needs, work, calling, desire -to all align. What would you say to your kid? For your current choice of work, how did you resolve to do something you love versus doing something you know how to do?