Why I do what I do (even though I get laughed at)

Oh hey guys,

A friend suggested to me recently that I can write about what inspires me in life. That is an awesome topic as it is, but I decided to write about why I am currently doing what I am doing.

Since I started blogging I have evolved a lot in my writing (yes really despite whether you notice it or not), and like people ask why I am doing this. People ask,  because people tend to have a set of expectations out of you, whether you like it or not. Yes, I get laughed at too. Unless you are high up in the corporate ladder, have lots of money or pretty much conform to things, nobody out there is going to shower you with accolades, much less bother to understand and respect you for who you are.

Like, when you are 26 year old like, working part-time in a club as a door bitch and earning like a lot less than your peers, people tend to have a bunch of expectations out of you, superficial ones at that. Apparently also to some, being a Bboy means I roll around on the dirty floor and dress up looking like a kid (I get mistaken for 22 or even younger). 

I would love this post to be about my awesome story to fame and success, where I am like some expert talking about hardships and how I got depressed or some other thing like that. But no, for now, this would just be a modest account on what is going right now for me.

So with shit pay, an unlikely career plus I pretty much don’t look my age (rarely ever in office clothes), people ask why I do what I do. Here’s why:

Life is fucking short

Well it is, as cliche as it sounds. I just think real shit matters a lot in life, even if you can’t see it with your own eyes. Most people wake up and just read about shit in the papers, then move on with their lives. I think it is very real. No I am not saying I am paranoid everyday worrying I will die suddenly or get struck by cancer, but I do think there’s a big possibility to it all. I am only 26. I think I can live up at least thrice more my age. So why waste the youth? 

This idea of “wastage of life” can be very much likened to being fined. Say you get fined for a parking ticket for like just $50 and you’re like “Oh fuck this $50 could have been spent on some shit I like!” Then you start to regret this particular $50.

So if in life you are already generally lucky enough to be born with food, shelter, loving family and shit, there’s just no reason not to take advantage of this and be happy and follow your passion.

And I seen too much shit I guess

Okay so life is fucking short, that is pretty much established. How do I know so?

My dad passed way.

My friend JUST passed away from cancer last week.

My good friend’s mom just passed away recently too.

I won’t elaborate, but let me quote from one of my favorite graphic novel, Daytripper by Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba:

“Death gives us a whole new perspective to living and everything else… Everything else seems so minor and silly”.


There it goes again! Shit! I am all about passion and following it. If you haven’t figured that out by now then you got to know, I believe following your passion plays a big part in life.

I said it before and I will say it again, life is just too short to be doing shit you don’t even feel like doing.

Passion pretty much can make your life whole, fill up that void and ultimately, get rid of all the “what ifs” in life. I mean… passion just makes you happy. And I love to write and be a Bboy, so it’s as simple as that.

I am just lucky

Alden is such a douchebag. Obviously he can do what he loves now cause he doesn’t have much responsibilities”, is what you may be thinking.

That is true. I don’t deny that at all. I am lucky. I got like a loving family and a house and food on the table. Plus I am handsome.

See it as however the fuck you want, but I am sure as hell not being an arrogant dickhead about it. 

If this luck brings me confidence, a brighter outlook on life, allows me to do what I love and also show some form of compassion for others, I sure as hell am not going to stop at achieving what I want in life.

The idea of not giving up

I also believe vehemently that as long as you stay true to yourself and follow your heart, good shit will manifest in your life automatically.

The only trick to it is that you got to believe in yourself and not give up. 

So I guess I am in that little phase now where I am not supposed to give up. It’s not so much so as me being cliche and telling myself to fight through. I believe EVERYONE should SHOULD NEVER give up. Does that make sense? In simple words, I am just being me.

Not giving up in life is part of life man. With good things coming up, I don’t see why I need to quit now. Yeah I have big dreams. Like making loads of money, making my own brand, being invited to talks and shit and travelling the world.

What keeps me going still

Look at this picture of Johnny Depp. 

Now look at me.

The quote in this picture is amazing. I wish I could say I am as famous as him, but the message pretty much captures what I feel sometimes.

I may not be making a lot of money now, or am like super popular or anything, but I have received tons of compliments on my writing and creating this blog. I also had a handful of friends supporting me on my cause.

There’s just this awesome feeling you get, when friends walk up to me during work and are like, “I follow your blog”. 

Because I suck at everything else

Yeah I kind of do. I am a shitty marketer and I lack foresight to do any kind of business. Without passion, I don’t function. Really. I have tried several other things before (like selling insurance) and all that just went to shit.

I only love writing and I just want to do what I love. That is all.

Whether this post inspires anyone or grabs anyone’s attention in anyway, I wouldn’t know, but I thank you for reading it. This is still a journey. It has been a great one so far, and it will be going further.

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  1. squarefaced - April 17, 2012 3:27 am

    Way to go Alden. Thanks for living up to “Life’s too short”!

    • alden - April 17, 2012 7:36 am

      Thanks man!

  2. Fiona Tay - July 21, 2013 8:23 am

    It’s amazing how passionate you are in helping others to get right with their lives. Just so amazing.. Keep up the good work 🙂

    • alden - August 4, 2013 8:45 pm

      Thanks! Just trying my best.


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