Saturday, May 14, 2011

All These Things That I've Done

10 years seems like a long time, and frankly, a lot can happen in 10 years.

10 years ago, George W. Bush began his presidency amidst controversy with the Florida voter recount.

10 years ago the #1 summer movie was The Fast and the Furious
10 years ago people used Napster, Morpheus, and Limewire to download music.

10 years ago there was no such thing as Reality Television (Survivor, American Idol, etc.)

10 years ago Michael Vick was the #1 NFL draft pick.

10 years ago I graduated from high school at 17. 

What the hell did I know about life at 17? I grew up in a college town, never had a real girlfriend, the biggest city I ever visited was Chicago, and I knew NOTHING about schools/life in places like New York or California, though I did have my ears pierced…

For those that haven’t yet been blessed with discovering their life passion, after graduating high school your primary concern is what to major in if you decided to go to college. The real world and adulthood seem far, far away. It took me a while to adjust to having all the freedom that came with being an “adult.” I rarely went to class freshman year, choosing instead to play Counter-Strike (Don’t kill me, mom and dad!) My efforts to attain a 6:1 kill ratio were rewarded with narrowly avoiding academic probation with a magnificent 2.1 GPA. I spent the next 2.5 years busting my ass to bring that GPA above 3.3.

Damn you de_dust!!!

It took me 2 years to declare a major, and what I majored in sure as hell isn’t my passion. I just chose it because time ran out and I was forced to. I majored in Telecommunications because it’s easy (Secret’s out, MSU.) and I like working with computers but hate programming.

Confession: I do not know how to program…AT ALL. I’m officially a Systems Engineer and business analysts, accountants, and other similar professions can program circles around my ass. The best I can give you is a “Hello, world.” on a command prompt.

It makes me question whether or not college is really that valuable for some people; it might make more sense for them to go to vocational school or to get an apprenticeship somewhere, especially with how expensive higher education has become these days.

I digress…

Since graduating high school, I’ve worked in these industries: education, advertising, finance, government, and now business consulting. I also incurred some gambling debt (screw you Mt. Pleasant, Detroit, and Vegas!) and am currently debt free.

Screw you

Since graduating high school I’ve traveled all over the US minus the Pacific Northwest (I’ll get to you Oregon/Washington) and to Europe, Asia, and Oceania. I went to South America when I was 12 and Antarctica is booked for next year. I’ve also jumped out of an airplane, climbed a mountain or two, dove off a bridge, and went scuba diving in the Great Barrier Reef.

Since graduating high school I’ve chartered a fraternity, lead the Junior High Program of a Taiwanese American conference, helped produce a PSA that was featured in the news in Taiwan, started and lead a young professional Taiwanese American organization in DC, and dated enough women to know exactly what I want.

So much life can be experienced in 10 years, and 10 years can fly by in an instant.

10 years ago it never crossed my mind to even consider living in another country besides America. I didn’t even know what I wanted to major in, let alone where I wanted to live in America after graduating college. I knew nothing about the world and all the possibilities that could be achieved. I had no plan, but I have one now. That’s why life is funny…things never happen according to plan, or in my case, things you never even consider can happen. It makes me think of a line I remember from somewhere:

You’re everything I never knew I wanted.

What’s in store the next 10 years? Marriage & kids? Complete career change? Living in another country? Justin Bieber has a kid?

Who knows…the only thing I know is that life is simply amazing, and you shouldn’t let it pass you by. The only thing stopping you from achieving your dreams and fullest potential is you.

So what do you want to do today?


At May 14, 2011 at 3:56 AM , Blogger Jon said...

yo bro, Survivor was most definitely on TV while we were in high school. yea...bro.

At May 14, 2011 at 8:38 AM , Blogger Howard said...

you got by 1 year

At May 15, 2011 at 6:15 PM , Blogger Amy said...

nice - the CH section of the huron graduates line. minus eric. haha.

planning is overrated. and underrated. but maybe more overrated.

to answer your question, today i'm going to sleep for a bit. i'll try to remember that life is amazing, then try to make life amazing for others because more of us having amazing lives is better than few of us having amazing lives, and because the majority of others around me seem to believe life is far from amazing.


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