David Ho

DJ D.HO | ENGINEER | TEACHER | THE UNRESTRICTED LIFESTYLE

We are but midgets on the shoulders of giants

This is a blog post for Inviscus, but since this pertains to my lifestyle and a story about myself I'm going to share it here also, so here it goes:

The prompt? your bio, what fuels you, what makes you alive, what drives my passions. 

I'll save you guys of the boring bio portion of this, you can read that on www.davidho.info (aye shameless plug) and dive into the more philosophical side of the prompt.. what drives me.

It's hard to grasp the idea of this, because a lot of times i'm so busy hustling and bustling that I forget to take a step back and ask myself, why am I doing this? I'm constantly on 2-5 hours of sleep, half-way dead, but never regretting what i've done the night before. 

What drives me? The feeling of making an impact in the world while doing things I am passionate about doing.

wow David that sounded so cliché, blah blah blah change the world.

But really - ever since a young age i've always thought, what's the purpose of living when you die anyways? Why do humans try so hard to make a name, build things, create art if it doesn't really matter in the end? Wouldn't life be much easier if you just... eat & sleep all day?

But the feeling of appreciation took over for me. Where would I be if Einstein didn't discover the speed of light, If Edison didn't invent the light bulb, if Tim Berners-Lee didn't create the world wide web. Life would suck. I have so much gratitude towards forefathers who slaved away at this idea they believed in. What if they thought the effort wasn't worth it? If life was just about eating & sleeping?  

This is what drives me. To teach others, create moments, construct relationships, fabricate ideas, bring into life things that will help others as did so many humans have done before me. It is the realization of how much hard work, dedication, and refinement humans have put in to every single piece of technology, art, medicine, psychology, music that I get to enjoy that drives me.

It's my turn in the relay race of life. The baton is in my hands. It's time for me to run as far as I can before I pass it off to the next generation.

 

You can't always get what you want, but if you try sometimes...

...you'll find, you get what you need.

There's so many ways to interpret this famous line... Lately, I've been finding myself coming short of my wants and getting pretty phased by that. Is my best not good enough? Why am I trying so hard? Is what I want really what I want? 

I was walking to my car one day and this song popped in my head and It became all clear to me. The struggle is part of the process. The struggle really makes you take that step back and re-evaluate what parts of yourself you need to work on, what steps are needed to get to what you really want. The most important thing I feel like I've gotten out of this how beneficial it could be to use all the energy from bad situations where you don't get what you want to better grow yourself instead of placing blame on others. 

Nobody perfect, and i'm definitely not a exception to this rule. I have a lot to learn, a lot of growing to do. I guess the moral of the story is... take the negative energy, turn it around and invest in yourself so the next time around when opportunity knocks, you're ready to rumble!