This is the 3rd annual occurrence of “My April” note. This year, I’m not going to say much because I believe the message I’ve been contemplating for the past few months is very clear: to not be a coward and not to underestimate yourself.

As we grow older, it’s getting easier for us to be “caught up” in daily routines. And if we’re not careful or stay aware in-the-moment, those routine tasks can devour our lives and we, as a result, can lose sight of our goals, dreams, and greater things that really matter. Now, of course we know this; it’s old news afterall. However, I believe it’s important for us to be reminded from time to time about the importance of staying aware of your goals and keep working towards the horizon you set your sights on.

It’s easy to fret about what we don’t have, lamenting and regretting of things past. Instead, why don’t we be grateful of who we are, appreciate what you have in this moment, and at the same time work on improving ourselves even more? Be courageous to make time for your personal goals every day. Don’t be a coward and succumb to daily routines, losing sight of your goals (and later missing out in “living your life”) in the long run. We’re humans, time is fleeting for us. Therefore, we have to do our best each day to improve because time will fly no matter if our “life” is etched in it or not.

Lately, I think I understand the meaning of “the one holding yourself back is you” better. Living our day-to-day life,
once we got bogged down with routines and/or distractions, it’s easy to lose touch with our own potentials and worth. And I’m not saying this from ego perspective, but from your personal understanding of self view. How many of us underestimate our own impact to those around us, just because we don’t see it clearly from our own perspective?

An example that really struck me happened a few months ago. Apparently one of my blog posts contained an error that made a local designer threaten a well-known SF event organizer to not work together again. It was a small (but nonetheless important) mistake, enough to offend the designer. The mistake has since been cleared up, but I was really stunned that my little blog could have that kind of influence. I was flattered, but at the same time I was reminded not to underestimate my potentials and should continue to pursue excellence in whatever I choose to do.

Lastly, I’d like to say thank you for those of you who touch my life and remind me these. Old and new friends, I continually cherish you all. Thank you again for reading my post, and I am excited to what revelations the next year will bring.

God speed,

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