What scares the s*** out of me about transitioning into a working adult in Singapore?



“We had so many dreams as children. Where do they go when we grow? Are they swallowed up by the mundane things of everyday life? Or do we lose them, leave them behind us in the dust, for new children to find and take up?”

– Quoted from Paris Chia, a budding street photographer


Featured images credits:  Paris Chia Photography (website), @Instagram@Facebook

Check out an interview Offbeat Perspective’s had with this handsome dude: Unique Passions (Paris Chia): Indie Boy versus Mainstream Ideals – Part II


What happens if I slowly lose my individual thoughts?

Like how the ground eventually dries up during a drought.

What if I one day lose my ability to think?

With my capacity to question drowning into a sink.


Forsaking opinions for ambition.

Choosing stability over diversity.

Giving up freedom for reliability.

And learning to take reality, as the very same fantasy.


My creativity will all just wash away,

Squeezed out by repetitive routines throughout the day.

Where your mind do not even have a place to think,

And only your eyes are left, with the given tasks to blink.


Like a robot,

I’ll just work like a machinery tool.

Controlled by systems,

Restrained by rules.


Will “realism” become another word for “normality”?

Where achieving KPIs become my main focus and sanity?

And idealism becomes just a plain fantasy,

With conformity ironically, becoming a necessity.


Welcome to the world of being an adult,

Where regulations just aren’t meant to flout.

We all used to have dreams, don’t we.. as youths?

Or were they just dreamy shoes, too big to even fill?


We may all have to eventually grow up one day,

And push our hidden beliefs to be kept at bay.

But deep inside our weary hearts,

We all know there is definitely space for a free spirit spark.


I’m sure all of you know the story of Peter Pan,

And the tale of his infinite Neverland.

Like him, I’ll tightly hold on to what I have,

Before they might be eventually taken away by the decree theft.


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3 thoughts on “What scares the s*** out of me about transitioning into a working adult in Singapore?

  1. You don’t have to submit.

    You have 2 options: (1) strike a balance and not get caught up in the (depending on how lucky your economic situation is, myth of the importance of) pursuing of promotions, career opportunities etc and hence material wealth.

    (2) rebel and strike down the path of hardship that typically accompanies pursuing your dreams. Make the sacrifices (they’re not called struggling artists for no reason. Again you ability to do so is typically dependant on your socio-economic position and situation)

    Some food for thought that hopefully helps answer your question:

    Don’t let the ‘realists’ deter you. They are absolutely right, of course. But what do YOU want out of life? What are you willing to sacrifice and endure in order to get it? Which is more important?

    Best regards,

    A fellow dreamer
    Who some what strides the precarious path between idealism and realism
    Some years (on my 5th now) into the transition already


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