Finally here in my office after a two hours drive from home. I grabbed my chair, had my coffee, and aired my shirt from my excessive sweat (even after two ac’s installed). This is what I routinely do when I first arrived at the office. Then, I opened my laptop and randomly opened my photos archive titled “Gala Dinner.” Can’t help but let all the flashbacks and memories sink in. It marks a decade in this industry. Looking back, everything seems so different. Ten years ago, if you ask me what I’d be doing for life, my answer would be working in the IT department of a company back in Australia. I never have the slightest bit of impression that I will be where I am today and doing what I am doing. My heart swells with gratitude that there’s no place I’d rather be and nothing I’d rather be doing than right at this moment. I patted myself on the back for being courageous in forgoing the comfort and familiarity of a fixed income job that I’ve treasured for so long, because if I didn’t, I won’t taste what it feels like doing what I love the most. It’s risky but at least, I enjoy it. Very, very much.
The resolution in pursuing photography in Sydney brought back so much memories. I don’t know whether it was my curiosity or cockiness that led me to this. The more I immersed myself in photography, the more it feels so right. I felt called to it. Piece by piece, step by step.
This Gala Dinner is a celebration that celebrates the bold decisions, the wavered heart, the convinced heart, the the ups, the downs, the desperation, the excitement. You name it. Because through it all, I am here. Proud of myself and the ones that keep on being an encouragement, even under numerous unfitted circumstances.
A decade doesn’t mean I know most of the things I should’ve known. The longer I stay in this industry, the more I know I am far from “it.” I haven’t obtained the things that I want to, but I press on to know, to learn, and so be taught. A decade is worth celebrating for, to mark the many more years to come of humble learning and serving.