Oh well who hasn’t been there? Wandering lost in a huge circle of life being intimidated of not knowing what to do with it? Can’t have it all figured out? Sounds familiar? I’m so glad I chanced upon this post on Facebook.
As soon as I posted it many of friends started sharing it. I guess it’s something very familiar for almost everyone. Including myself.
Let me share with you my story of how I finally found my soul in what I’m currently doing after 7 years of
crying and sweating being in something I didn’t like. I took up Graphic Design/Advertising back in college and graduated with a BA. After that I worked my ass off (though I didn’t know why) prettifying my resume to get a job. Well so I finally managed to land some decent jobs at advertising agencies and I stayed for a good 3 years doing those. Needless to say, I was not that very happy while at it, there were moments I shed tears in the train. When Sunday evenings came, i would start to sweat it and when Monday mornings eventually came, I would instantly turn very sad while parting ways with the boyfriend in the MRT (back in Singapore, at that time). Actually the companies I worked for weren’t all that bad (except for one of them!). I maintained good relationships with my ex-colleagues and even bosses up till now. It’s just that, I didn’t feel accomplished while doing the jobs. Like something’s missing. Like I was meant for something more.
Unlike my friends who still stay in the industry, I really didn’t get why I should stay till late to do up something for other people’s advertisements. So what if your logo is not big enough or too big? So what if the green you’re using is only 98% accurate to what your company policy says?
Thank God I found baking. It was a remedy for me back then, eventhough most of my trials failed. Then one day after my frustration piled up, I decided to pursue for something totally different. “I like cooking, I like eating. I even have a blog about it. Maybe I should try and see how I fit in the baking business.” i said to myself, with the mentality that even if I failed, I still had Advertising as my last resort. As soon as weekend came I started searching for baker jobs across the country. How to look for a job when you have no experience at all? Being a foreigner and zero background in the F&B industry only made me look like a loony. I was rejected pretty much everywhere, face-to-face, via emails, via phones, you name it. But one day there’s this international-chain restaurant that replied to me with a good news. I went for a trial and they loved me! Based on my performance, they even almost sent me to Europe for training! Though lasted only half a year before i moved country, I really enjoyed that job of mine despite the 12-hour working hours daily and much lower salary compared to Advertising. From there on, I slowly built my confidence and finally managed to run a baking business for almost 2 years now. And I haven’t been any happier every day.
It wasn’t a walk in a park at all, especially when I came out to my folks about it. From a prestigious office job to a junior baker job in the kitchen? You’ve gotta be kidding! Where did our money of funding you for university go to? It definitely wasn’t easy explaining the ‘why’s to people, ‘coz not everyone can accept the concept of ‘passion’. When I first ran my business, I also got the same look-me-down gaze, but I just gotta shrug it off. It wasn’t till publicities about my business came out that people started to consider what I’m doing is real deal.
And now, I’m almost 28. While most of my friends have probably earned way much more than I do, I’m still here, struggling to magnify my dreams. But, people, I’m happy. I was shortlisted to work for Google before. I doubt if I could be as happy if I really worked for them.
Your past or background doesn’t have to imitate who you are. And the people around you don’t have the rights to say anything about your future, not even your parents. Every day I still have to remind myself why I’m doing what i’m doing, because otherwise no one else would. I haven’t reached my ultimate goal with my business, and I always have to remind myself to work harder. It’s okay to not have any backgrounds, you just gotta have the gut and real reasons of doing it. And it definitely is okay to have made wrong decisions in life. Make a u-turn, and go elsewhere. You’re never too old to dream.
I hope my simple story has helped you if you’re ever as lost as I was.