Only One Life

Wong Fu’s latest video which they uploaded to YouTube on 6 January 2014 asks the question “which life will you live?”.  The premise of this short is about the possibility that in different worlds there is a less successful version of yourself and a more successful version of yourself.  This was the thinking of the main character, a street performer, so he was settled at who he is – only a street performer.  A girl asked him why not be the megastar he could be trying to convince him that his face could be on billboards using some sort of feature that HTC has in the US.  The girl also talks about her dream to be a journalist some day and she was even willing to relocate to Shanghai just do reach that dream.  Watch the video since my storytelling will NEVER give it justice and only Wong Fu can give justice to their product.

This video struck a chord in my own life.  I’m now approaching my midlife years and I might be on the verge of suffering some form of midlife crisis.  The thing about this video that struck me is its message that we only know one life and that’s the one we live.  Why settle for something less?  Why not go for what you really want to do?

I personally am in that part of my life where I am thinking of doing what I really wanted to do which is to come up with my own restaurant, no matter how small or big it is, and then do my best to make it successful.  In a few days I’ll be going back home to my home country and from there I will kickoff activities to look into what could possibly be the fulfillment of my dream.  For so many years I’ve been putting off this urge to be more than just an IT guy working abroad so that I can provide for my parents’ medical needs and my own needs as well.

Of course I’m not a fool.  I know starting a restaurant is a big gamble.  A famous actor back home who was also an entrepreneur but passed away too early, his name was Rico Yan, once said that restaurants normally don’t break even in the first three years of operation.  This is why I’ve been putting off my dream.  I’m scared!  But I’m not getting any younger.  I am also not a gambling man.  So there is the conflict.  But how will I fully live my life the way I want to live it if I don’t try so I told my parents, my mom in particular, that this year will be the year we try.

Now, since I’m not a gambling man, my plan is to of course kick off the activities that might lead to my dream and at the same time keep my day job…an IT guy.  Having the capability to still work as an employee for me seems a good way to put some sort of buffer between me and the big gamble.  I guess having a backup plan should always be the norm and being the usual IT guy is my backup plan.

So there I am approaching a big fork in my life.  This big fork brought along an even bigger challenge and possibility to fail which I am admittedly scared to take on but I am willing to try.  If I don’t try it’s even worse than failing.


“I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.” – Michael Jordan