“Remember the brick walls are there for a reason: they’re not there to keep us out. They’re there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. They’re there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough.” – The late Randy Pausch
I’ve been swamped lately with activities that leave me wondering where I’m actually heading. On one hand, I know that all that I’m doing is leading to some hazy picture of the future yet on the other hand, I feel like I’m running on a treadmill – sweating it out and doing tons of work yet going nowhere.
And today I think more people may begin to feel what I feel – maybe worse. The events in the financial sector that transpired over the weekend pretty much rocked the boat of a lot of people and if you haven’t felt the waves yet, I’m quite sure you eventually will in one way or another. For me, I think the past couple of weeks had already shown signs of how it was going to affect me. Like the little waves that hit you before the big one, you know?
In more ways than one, it’s going to be tough for my family. We’ve had a pretty good life so far. We’ve been given opportunities for growth where I’ve been allowed to find myself. I’ve had the luxury of tasting life overseas very early on. And my parents have provided me with wonderful education. No, they didn’t spend tonnes of money on tuition or assessment books that shoved me elite schools. They educated me – let me choose what I wanted to do and supported my actions(like going to a neighbourhood school because a crush was going there. That was to be the best decision I’ve ever made.) And they never buffered any negative consequences too much. From the days when my obsession was dinosaurs and computer games to me wanting to suspend my formal education to pursue a dream – it’s been a good life. And I think a time comes when collectively people are tested to see if the product is worthy of a place in the world. Have we been inculcated with the right values? Do we have the tenacity to live out those values? What will we do when we run into a brick wall? It’s a time to prove ourselves.
And I’m sure this will affect Widgeous as well – both directly and indirectly. But here is, perhaps, a chance to prove our worth. We’ve been toiling for many many nights and more often than not, we run into walls. We keep running into walls, it’s not even funny anymore. You can only bang your head so many times before you really have to start thinking, “Is there a better way to do this instead of risking death by head trauma?” And it’s here that the important stuff has been put in the right perspective. So now when things are actually looking slightly better than we were a few months ago, we’re sure that we’ve identified the next set of walls to bang our heads against. Soon, we’ll find out if our creative solutions will help break down those walls or force us to get even more creative. It’s funny how sometimes problems hit you at the exact point when opportunities present itself.
There’s another group of guys I want to talk about but I can’t because the work we’re doing is still under wraps. But if any of those guys are reading this, I just want to say that it’s an absolute honour to have you place so much trust and be so loyal to the project. It’s been a bumpy ride that will most likely continue to be bumpy. But we’ll make it work. I know we can.
We’re young. We’ll pull through. We just have to hang on tight and keep together.