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Dec
28 2012

So, what does your daughter do?

Mum told me the other day she often had trouble answering the above question – which seems to be thrown left, right, up, down, center whenever she meets anyone.

It was then I realized that the industry I’m in is probably unfathomable to anyone in that generation. The startup scene, with its unstable income and unpredictability is still pretty much frowned upon by the baby-boomers (and any generation beyond that), at least in Singapore where people are generally risk-averse

And of course, mum will probably have to dodge the “why doesn’t your daughter just get a proper job?” question when she does tell them what I really do (which she doesn’t know how to answer anyway.)

So, I gave her a model answer to refer to.

“So, what does your daughter do?”

“My daughter spends her life doing something she’s really passionate about. Something that gives her space to be creative. Something that makes her look forward to going to work every single day.”

“So, what is that exactly?”

“You wouldn’t understand anyway. Since you most probably hate your job.”

Hurhur. I’m such a troll, aren’t I?

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  • 29 Dec 2012
    9:33 PM

    Annie

    You know what? I’m in a similar situation. I’ve started my own little jewellery boutique, which I’m slowly growing. My mum knows how to answer but my relatives don’t see it as the correct path to go. I understand the need for financial stability but, at the same time, I want to do something where I feel I’ve achieved something and where I have the versatility to do what I want and how I want. My dad even suggested going to Singapore to find a job but that was at a time where I was considering working abroad.

    • 31 Dec 2012
      12:58 PM

      brendalogy

      “I understand the need for financial stability but, at the same time, I want to do something where I feel I’ve achieved something and where I have the versatility to do what I want and how I want.”

      Good on you, and keep doing what you love! (:

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