If you could have an opportunity to meet a younger version of yourself, what would you say?
I don’t necessarily carry any regrets, but if I had the chance, I would definitely advise my past self to live a thoughtful, fulfilling, and happy life. I mean, I am already blessed with so many things: I’ve never had to worry about food or drinks, I could make an easy conscience decision to go out whenever I wanted, and if I wanted to buy anything, for the most part, I wouldn’t have to contemplate the financial burden that it may take.
So most of my thoughts are filled of personality traits that I could have altered and activities I knew I would have enjoyed.
I believe I am a typical Asian American, endowed with a number of opportunities and chances, with no specialized skills. Sure, I’m pretty good at most things I attempt: piano, violin, guitar, tennis, video games, etc. But I’ve never been elite tier, a jack-of-all-trades and a master at none.
I would tell myself to learn to cultivate passion and specialize in something that I really loved. Don’t succumb to the majority with the fickleness and mercurial attempts of various things that seem interesting at the time. Really learn to commit to something you want and excel at it.
That is not to say that I shouldn’t try other things to enjoy them. You should always learn to spend time with others and nurture genuine relationships by creating experiences, but learn to master something for the sake of passion.