By Jennifer Khuu
Everyone has his or her own personal legend. While being a participant at the Summer Youth Leadership Program, founded by the publisher of the Northwest Asian Weekly, Assunta Ng, I’ve been able to hear amazing guest speakers and learn a little bit more about myself. We should all do what we enjoy and never try to be who someone else wants us to be in life.
A personal legend is something that you are born to do and are passionate about. Whether it’s fashion designing or politics, each individual has something that they are passionate about and no one should stop them from pursuing it because anything is possible.
No one should stray away from their dreams due to the impacts of others and thoughts of failing. Failing just means it didn’t work out and there are more opportunities to make it work in the future, if you keep trying. Everyone makes mistakes, so never think that when you fail, you can’t do anything correct.
“Do what makes your heart sing,” says local entrepreneur Thach Nguyen.
It’s important when one is making decisions to always think of oneself and never pursue something for someone else, like parents or friends. In the long run, it’s all about you, and you should always do what is good for yourself.
While people have good intentions, you shouldn’t always listen to them. If someone tells you to be a doctor or a lawyer, you should still think, is that something I enjoy? Is that something I will still love in five years?
At the end of the day, it is your life and no one can change it, because no one has control over your life but yourself. Stay positive and keep dreaming. ♦