Art vs. Science: Why I Don’t Regret Choosing Writing Over A Career In Numbers

Art or science? That’s a choice we might have to make at some point in our lives, maybe when we’re deciding what to study. Or choosing our career. Or deciding on which passion path to take.

Art is commonly thought of as abstract work, work that doesn’t always follow particular patterns, work open to interpretation. Think the fields of writing, music, painting, photography. On the other hand, science is commonly associated with logic and grounded in rational thinking, Think the fields of astronomy, accounting, law, medicine.

Choose what you love. Do what you love. Lindsey Stirling, Melbourne, Australia 2017 | Weekly Photo Challenge: Order.

Choose what you love. Do What you love Lindsey Stirling, Melbourne, Australia 2017. | Weekly Photo Challenge: Order.

I was good at both in school. But it wasn’t until I finished university that I decided to focus on becoming a non-fiction writer.

Art or science? What we want in life often plays a part in which we choose, and it’s a choice that shapes who we are.

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Why Being A Writer Is Hard

It’s never easy being a writer. Some days the words flow, and some days they don’t. Sometimes we know exactly how our stories will end, and sometimes when we write we wonder, “Where is this all going?”.

Winter along the Yarra River. As writers, our stories naturally change over time, just like how seasons change (Photo 1/2) | Weekly Photo Challenge: Dialogue.

Winter along the Yarra River. As writers, our stories naturally change over time, just like how seasons change (Photo 1/2) | Weekly Photo Challenge: Dialogue.

Recently, I got tagged to participate in a writing tour by Sofia from Papaya Pieces and Lani over at Life, the Universe and Lani, which involves answering four questions about the “writing process”. These questions certainly reminded me of the frustrations of being a writer.

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How To Make Your Dreams Come True

We all have dreams. We all want to tick the next thing off our bucket lists. Maybe we want to run a marathon, earn a degree or be a musician. It’s not hard to imagine all of that in our heads. In reality, it’s usually hard to get there.

Winding path, taking us to places beyond our dreams | Weekly Photo Challenge: Zigzag.

Winding path, taking us to places beyond our dreams | Weekly Photo Challenge: Zigzag.

One of my dreams is to write and publish a book about what it means to be Asian Australian, what it means to be different in the cultural sense and how I’ve come to be okay with this.

But writing a book and getting it on bookshelves doesn’t happen overnight. Dreams don’t happen overnight. It takes time for things to happen.

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What Is Happiness?

I always wonder when I’ll be happy.

Growing up in a Chinese Malaysian family, I’ve been told studying science, landing an office job and getting married in that order is the road to a happy and fulfilling life.

Happy life? Uncertain life? Maybe both | Weekly Photo Challenge: Split-Second Story.

Happy life? Uncertain life? Maybe both | Weekly Photo Challenge: Split-Second Story.

Learning maths at university was dull. Working full time now repetitively shuffling papers and explaining procedures to clients in the fancy corporate world, I always wonder if this job could get any more boring.

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Why We Work

Over the past year, I’ve been working five days a week in an office processing papers and answering phones. Not exactly a huge fan of it.

I’m sure I’m not the only one who doesn’t love their job. Practically every day I hear my colleagues count down the hours to home time.

Gothic heritage office building. Manchester Unity Building | Weekly Photo Challenge: Work of Art.

Gothic heritage office building. Manchester Unity Building | Weekly Photo Challenge: Work of Art.

Yet I’m not giving up working full time anytime soon. I can’t.

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The Joy Of Giving

Happy New Year. 2014 is here, a year which most of us are hoping will be an enjoyable one.

I’m sure some of us are already tearing our hair out at failing to cut down on hearty food or failing to be more organised people on these first few days of the brand new year. Resolutions down the drain and we’re feeling pretty lousy.

Give. And in return we may feel joy. Happiness | Weekly Photo Challenge: Joy. Photo: Mabel Kwong

Give. And in return we may feel joy. Happiness | Weekly Photo Challenge: Joy. Photo: Mabel Kwong

I’m not big on making resolutions. I don’t like living by a tight set of rules, preferring to go with the flow most of the time. Nevertheless this year, I resolve to give.

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