Sunday, September 21, 2014

No Regrets




An acquaintance of mine recently left her job after being in that industry for 11 years to try to pursue something completely different. She told me she regretted not having done so earlier. I commended her on taking that leap of faith and at least doing something about it now.
I remember several years ago before I hit 30, I was feeling pretty miserable because I was in job I didn't want a career in, selling a product I didn't believe in, making just enough to cover my bills, still renting a room out in Bangsar and driving a second-hand Kancil. My future didn't look very bright and I felt I didn't have anything to show for it. So I told myself I needed to do at least one thing that I was passionate about but didn't do anything about. And that was makeup. 
Back in the 90s when I was living in JB, I once dreamed about being a make-up artist ever since I saw a demo being done at the hotel I worked for, but KL was the place to go for makeup school so because I wasn't sure in myself or in the industry, I just treated it as a dream. But the big 3-0 was creeping up on me and I realised I still harboured that dream and it just so happened God gave me a second chance and I bumped into a girl at an event who had taken a professional makeup course at a place in Starhill Gallery. Back then it cost RM4k just to join. And I didn't have that kind of money. I asked my friends and closest colleagues "Should I do it? But it's expensive!" and the answer I remembered the most was I would regret it if I didn't. Just go for it. So I meekly asked my dad if he could lend me RM4k (which I paid back in full, of course) and took the course which as a result got me a part-time job on weekends at Bobbi Brown in Subang Parade, a chance to make several brides look their best on their wedding day, co-trained the Genting female staff on basic make-up application, was a personal make-up artist for a socialite for a while and it came in handy when I needed to do my own makeup when attending events when I became a radio announcer.
Lesson learned... Don't put things off because of your own fear of failure. Stop buying your own excuses about no time or no money. You can make the time if it's that important to you. And you can always find money somehow, someway. If you have a dream, go for it. Don't give up before even trying! If it doesn't work out, at least you know you did your best. Not everybody gets a second chance. Tomorrow is going to be a new day. So make it count.
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