growing up like your typical asian family, i started playing the piano when i was five and begin the clarinet when i was in first grade. when we moved to the US, i continued my music lessons and eventually joined marching band in high school. i don’t think my mom really expected us to become professional musicians, but more so wanted to give us a “back up” in case all else fails. luckily for my talented sister, she really did become a professional musician. but even as a child...although i excelled and committed to it, i knew music wasn’t in my heart.
i remember my senior year in high school, a band director asked us what we wanted to do in the future. almost all of my friends replied saying they will continue with their music career, but i wanted to be honest and said i would love a career in fashion. my band director chuckled and told me that i should perhaps decide on a more realistic future and compared my dream as to a position at mcdonald’s. it embarrassed me at the time, especially infront of all of my friends- but i kept it in my mind and vowed to prove him wrong one day.
it’s been ten years now since i was in high school (😱)...and a lot has definitely changed, but one thing hasn’t and that’s something i’ve been sure of since day one. lack of passion is fatal- one of my absolute favorite saying 🙏🏼 passion stands for an internal drive we have to strive after something we feel compelled to do. i’m happily chasing my dreams and i’m grateful to be doing what i love. so thank you band director, for motivating me till this day. for reminding me that no matter anyone says, you can do anything you set your mind to.