When it comes down to it, everything I do is to prove to myself if I can do it. Traveling solo in Europe. Moving to a foreign country. Making it in the cut-throat photography world in NYC. Dancing. Singing. Swimming. Running my own business. And other more simple things, like painting my room and sending handwritten postcards.
Do I appreciate the accolades and support from others? Sure. But really I’m just curious as to whether or not I could pull it off. I enjoy challenging myself. I like starting at the bottom and looking at how much further I have to go. I like coming home tired because I spent the entire day learning a new craft. I also enjoy sharing it with other people and inspiring others to do the same.
My only tip is if you want to do something, don’t tell anyone. Just go do it and let your actions speak for itself. Your true friends will find out eventually and even if they don’t, it doesn’t matter. At the end of the day, you know what you did. You know what you achieved. So go out. Prove it to yourself.
by Jason Lam