Did you just roll your eyes at that opening statement? It's been bantered around like stinky tofu at a Chinese family gathering — ever present, painfully predictable, and never truly appreciated.
Don't get me wrong, I'm all for self-improvement and setting new goals — my keyword for the year is 'balance'; was at the pool over the holidays and realised that I'm undoubtedly and, irrefutably, a pasty skinny fat Asian — but, all this taking stock and resoluting for a better tomorrow had me thinking about the hallmark of our current generation: Discontentment.
To quote the lyrical wisdom of our former #WomanCrushWednesday, Tori Kelly (pictured above, and Grammy nominated this year for Best New Artist, may I add):
Everybody's talking ‘bout the next thing Feel like what they got ain't good enough...
Such is the zeitgeist.
So, in attempt to stem the toxic spiral of self-comparison and the hamster wheel of one-upmanship, I encourage you to write down a list of what you're grateful for today. Right here, right now. Do it. You'll realise that you're not just keeping up with the Joneses, you are the freaking Joneses.
Here's my top 5 list: I'm grateful for...
5. The fact that reading fashion magazines and visiting street style blogs is actually part of my job There was a time, in my former legal eagle days, when I had to sneak in some Tommy Ton action inbetween reviewing IP contracts and filing motions. Now? The desk is crowded with glossies and my search history is populated with candid shots of Mira Duma, Tina Leung and Justin O'Shea.
4. Being able to attend fashion weeks And witness the future of fashion unfold as it's paraded on the catwalks of Milan and Paris. What a rarefied privilege.
2. Working in digital A progressive medium that's transforming the publishing landscape with fresh ideas, innovative story-telling, and redefining social connectivity. There's a real adrenalin rush from knowing that you're in the vanguard of media development. I know: Sounds like self-promotion, but hey, it's just self-actualisation y'all.
1. Getting to do life with 7 brilliant ladies All respected in their field. Committed and passionate. Super talented. Top-class? Yes. Classy? Hmmm... circumstantial.
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