Met up with an old friend “N” last week.”N” is an impressive breed after graduating in Life Sciences(Biology) in NUS, her love for animals brought her to work in the Singapore zoo. I admire her for choosing what she likes to do, a trait, not common in Singaporeans nowadays. Caring for animals , including shovelling their dung, is admirable for a woman of her small stature.
After taking a break , travelling a whole year across god knows what looks like 30 countries, https://www.facebook.com/B30theadventures She came back last week. We were going back to our normal climbing schedule on thursday when I saw her once again. She is much more tanned than I remembered, looking more hardy than ever. Hair is noticeably longer, eyes still fresh from experiences of her global expedition. Just in case you are wondering , she is not one of those rich family daughters who just inherited a gold mine. She saved up whatever she got from zookeeping and worked her way , sofa-sharing all the way from asia, to middle east, to europe and the USA. Even working in farms to save up some money for the next trip
I asked her casually if she wanted to try being an animator since she was jobless anyway. And being an animator would be well… although kinda eqalivant to jobless but having someone to be jobless with you feels pretty good. She then replied me that after travelling around the world , she realized that, regarding jobs, she thought she really wanted to have a skill. She’s met people who are pursuing degrees in carpentry. Things that she thought are skills and these are skills that are not so easy attainable and to pursue it to perfection would take a lifetime. But It was noble nonetheless. She thought animation was a skill. I laughed… not knowing if it was a joke. But I guess she was serious about it.
I told her , nowadays people just want a job that requires a minimum skill and maximum remuneration. Nobody realize that pursing excellence in a craft will pay off later in life. It is something that is difficult and people are lazy. People give up, do something they are not talented with and try to get on with life. People do not look up to attaining excellence as the only way to bettering their life anymore. Maybe I’m wrong, but as someone once said, a faulty clock is correct at least twice a day. Lets hope I am right more than twice on this issue.
I hope I chose the correct path to be an animator.