Another year is reaching an end. I sometimes wonder how insignificant we all are considering how vast the universe is; NASA just found another habitable world. I don’t mean to get Star Trek on you, but it’s something to ponder.

No matter how big or small, Steve Jobs suggested that we β€œ… put a dent in the universe. Otherwise why else even be here?” Personally, I’m not that ambitious. I’m okay with putting a dent in a few people’s lives (hopefully more). Maybe that will create a ripple effect.

1997 apple ad
Courtesy of 1997 Apple ad

Dreams and Happiness

Last week, Julie and I made a trip to Vancouver. While there, a friend invited me over to their home for dinner. Her kids asked if I wanted to play The Game of Life. This was my first time playing … I know, where was I this whole time? It was really fun to say the least.

stanley park vancouver

The game requires players to pick a career. I chose to be a lawyer because it made a lot of money. Midway through the game, I lost my job and had to pick another career.

At first, I was dismayed by the interruption in my life plans, but this scenario reminded me of a friend I met in Europe. She was a lawyer who recently went back to school to become a teacher because the 16-hour days were too much.

… Now I get to fingerpaint and play with Play-Doh and all that other cool shit.
— friend

After recovering from her uncanny humor, I reflected on this decision. All I could think of was Dang. That’s admirable. Change of careers, especially leaving one of that caliber, is not easy … heck, change alone is not easy.

Whatever your dream may be, go for it. Failure isn’t fatal, but remember to have buffer during transitions.

All in all, think about your life path …

  • Are you happy?
  • What is your dream?
  • What’s stopping you from achieving it?
  • How will you get there?

With the holidays around the corner, there’s plenty of time for reflection.

Happy whatever you’re celebrating,

Lawrence Chan

P.S. What is your plan for the holidays? I’m going to eat, sleep and play with snow … and do my fiscal Quickbooks stuff sigh.

P.P.S. By the way, Tofurious is three years old! Thanks for still reading πŸ˜›

radio flyer classic red tricycle
Radio Flyer classic red tricycle