Right now, I’m living that 9-5 desk job! I'm a Business Analyst for an international logistic and shipping company. Basically I look at data all day, which I know, sounds incredibly interesting. While the job is whatever to me, I do appreciate my colleagues and any knowledge I have obtained from it.
Outside of that, I've always loved photography! Started in high school when I took a Black and White Photography class where I started shooting with a Sony film SRL (which is collecting dust on my shelf), and now I've moved up to a Canon 7D. I remember how peaceful it was to work in the dark room, developing pictures. Nowadays, it's a snap of a button, a few swipes to get the right filter and presto, you have a photo worth sharing on Instagram Don't get me wrong, I think IG has opened the doors for anyone and everyone to express their creative side.
I have so many concepts I want to shoot, however it's very difficult for me to go out and just shoot these days but I try my best to meet up with friends and shoot whenever I can. I guess it doesn't help when I'm on IG all day, I mean, I love looking at everyone's work but deep down I'm just like 'Damn! I need to shoot more!'
When I was little? Oh man, when I was a kid I wanted to be an astronaut but that didn't happen obviously. To be honest, I gave it little thought afterwards until I reached college where I decided I wanted to go to law school. That failed once I realized I didn't really know what I wanted to do AFTER law school. While I'm grateful that I have a good job now, it really is far from what I would love to do. It's like that question 'If money was not a factor, what would you like to do', if that was the case, I would be traveling the world not to just take pictures but to meet the rest of humanity. I've grown this cynicism of the world, but part of me still believes there's still hope out there, and I'd like to sit down, drink some tea, and listen to stories of hope.
I guess I should probably state a more realistic goal lol. Eventually I'll be taking over the family business and run my dad's construction and real estate company, and to be honest I'm excited about it. This might be my calling, and I think I would good at it. Sure, it's nerve wrecking, but I'm confident I can succeed in expanding the business even further. I also want to venture out into other businesses that try to give back to the community; at this point, it's only at the 'scribbles on a napkin' stage but hopefully if I can make it happen, so stay tuned!
The hardest parts of my life…Well from what I have said, you can probably guess my biggest challenge was my indecisiveness. That's definitely something I battled for most of my academic years. I think I'm better with it now, I've learned to plan, execute, adapt, and keep marching forward. You ever seen that meme where it gives like a list of things that needs to be done and on the bottom it states 'Time for a nap'? That was me! I would have so much to do, but I just couldn't figure out where to start, thus leading to mini breakdowns. Oh man, now that I look back, it was bad. Sometimes, you have to look back in the past to see how far you've come (channeling my inner DJ Khaled right now). So yea, here I am, planning my future (I've got my 3 month plan, 6 month, 1 year, and 5 year plans) and I try to stick to it but I also know plans can change. Plans are only failures when you give up on it; so instead of abandoning it, adjust it.
Happiness to me is my religion, family, and friends; I know that's the most cliche answer ever but its true. Each is a pillar of my life that brings so much joy and it's because I spend so much time with them. So the way I see it is that because I spend so much time, I'm exposed to a lot of experiences and moments that are priceless. Give me a hookah night out with my friends or dinner with family any day and I guarantee we always have a great time. It's the little things in life that make me happy; that's something I don't plan on changing.
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