written by: Jackie Yap
“In life, sometimes you win, sometimes you learn.”
Noticed it? You don’t lose. Never!
I graduated in 2015 as an engineer. I always wanted to be an engineer from a young age. At first, I was full of joy.
Until one day, I was called to join a volunteering program in Laos.
While we were walking across the villages, the kids were surrounding us.
They didn’t ask for money, nor food. They asked for a pencil.
My friend took out 1 of his pencil from his bag and gave it to them. The kids ran away as happy as the birds flying, but they left all of us with tears in our eyes.
We didn’t know that means a lot to them. It took a while for us to reflect on what is more important in life.
And that changed me.
I no longer just wanted to be an engineer. Instead, I wanted to use my skills and knowledge to give more happiness to the people.
I put aside my high-paying job and believed in my guts that I can do it, by just staying strong, and just doing it.
Not because it was trendy but it is just because there is something so strong to believe in, for sustainability.
Without any specific things at hands but in the mind, I know I will be going well. (This is not advisable, assess at your own risks)
“After all, it has no regrets in life, just lessons learned.”
I started doing a lot of things to just get the “kick” going. I am a strong believer of “Your great idea will not come naturally, go find it.”
Finding the right thing to do is hard, undeniably difficult, yet it is worthy.
I remember someone told me this, “finding a good problem is already half way finding the solution.”
So, I keep finding.
You might be asking now, “how to know if it is a right thing for me?”
We all know putting up puzzle is confusing. To know if this puzzle is suitable for me, I would ask myself do I sleep with the puzzle, bath with the puzzle, walk with the puzzle. I am not sure about others, but this is my rule of thumb.
I found mine now. After rounds of mind-cracking struggles, sleepless nights, family’s fights, this puzzle awakens me all the time.
Without wanting any regrets in life, I decided to put this together. I wanted to provide clean and convenient cooking energy to the underprivileged people, who cannot afford gas.
I admit that I can’t do this alone. Shout out to HiGi team, those crazy people, together we have gone this far.
If you are struggling in finding the right thing to do, know that you are not alone. Those kids in the village, they deserved to have something better, they can actually do it themselves, but they just need more empowerment.
The bottom line is that, it is never too late to take a step in the right direction. It’s never too late to become the person you are capable of being. Things can change if you want them to, at any age.
This is my story for being with HiGi, and this is my puzzle.
What is your puzzle? Find it. You don’t lose. Never.