Here’s a #flatlay of a very special watch and a few other meaningful things I had on me when I got called to the Bar of England and Wales as a Barrister-at-law at Lincoln’s Inn, London on the 8th March 2018. This @dietrich_watches here is a special one - a piece unique TC1 with a beautifully executed Turquoise dial. This is my #WIStory.
This TC1 signifies the struggle I endured for the past few years. I lost count of the nights of me just sitting on the floor in my room, all alone. I was battling heartbreak, depression, anxiety, and all the negative emotions that came along with it. Naturally, there were times when I was overcome with self-doubt while thinking about the long list of people I am going to disappoint if this Law thing doesn’t work out. It was tough, I was failing in class due to the emotional strains I was experiencing and I had no one to turn to, and especially being born into an Asian family, expectations were high and pressure can be overbearing at times. True enough, some of the people on that list eventually lost faith and left beforehand. But however dire the situation may seem at that time, I am always eternally grateful to have a few close friends, and a mentor @emmanueldietrich by my side during my darkest hours, who gave me words of encouragement and shared his wisdom.
Today I still tear up a little thinking about those times and the day I was notified I passed the Bar exams. Only those who been under the Bar Professional Training Course would understand the magnitude of the stress we all go through.
On my Call day, I wore this watch so very proudly as I got called, and looking at it would always remind me of those bittersweet times and how that experience helped shape me as the man I am today. This is a watch that someday I hope to pass down to my child.
Perseverance and hard work is what got me through those difficult years, and this watch right here reminds me of how far these values can get you in life. And today, I am glad to say that I am a different person than who I was before, and I am now ready for the next chapter. #crownandcaliber #amanandhiswatch
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