I was born in 1983 in central Illinois. I played a lot of sports after school and did my homework after. One parent is a doctor and the other owned a restaurant, which I grew up in. It allowed me to see the value of hard work, and I think it plays a role in my habits towards career, where if you just keep grinding away (and be kind), good things will come. I mostly believe that my friends have shaped me more in life than my family, but oftentimes I see how I am my mother’s son. My mom and I fight often. My dad does what he can, and I thank him for it. My sister is too nice. My favorite romantic comedy is Notting Hill, partially because I wouldn’t mind being British, mingle with movie stars, and have dinner in my friend’s houses. I would like to be a Brit living in France, eating bread all day upon cobblestone alleys making weekend trips to Switzerland. But I am not an Anglo bro, but I am an Asian American living and working in Los Angeles whose current geographical mistress is Australia. Don’t get me wrong though, I am very confident in my ethnic identity. Steak and potatoes and apple pie with the wish to wrap my arms around the island of Taiwan and give it the biggest hug I possibly could. I like making slideshows. I also like games that require strategy and being as efficient as possible. Killing two birds with one stone is great, but killing four or five thrills me to no end and might be my soul’s raison d’être. See that? I can speak some French. Unfortunately, I have a lesser grasp of the languages of my grandparents, and it makes me sad. But I try, which I pray comes across as charming and cute, and I think it does based on the giggles of my aunties. I want to make movies and support a big family and have my children be legacies in their high school (and everything else). I need a girlfriend before I can have those kids though, so c’mon ladies, I’m single. I’m also commitment phobic though, so…well shit. Yea, you’re going to have to be pretty awesome,
whoever you are Rachel Bilson. Let me win the lottery, and I’ll try to open up a private school with a powerhouse basketball team. If I was president, I would run on a platform of education reform. I don’t know enough about politics though, and that might be a good thing. My faith lies in Jesus and that there is nothing greater than His love and thus, the love that you and I (should) share with each other, Christian or not. I voted no on Prop 8. I think we should judge less and open more. And I love Dave Matthews Band, so please remember what I said about not judging. I like wood. *snicker*. I mean that I appreciate handcrafted wood furniture. And I want my house to have a blue door, inspired by Notting Hill, and one of my sons to be named Christian after Azeem’s nickname for Robin Hood in Prince of Thieves, which is my favorite overall film. I tell cinephiles that my favorite film is The Lives of Others though, because they will judge me. I think one of my bigger flaws is how I don’t express myself enough outwardly (my excuse is that I would rather hear about you) which stems from my greatest flaws, pride and the desire of power. Hopefully one of my strengths is checking myself (as in, “you bes check yoself!”) which leaves room for understanding the quote, “the world will know peace when the power of love > love of power.” I hate math. But I like to pretend I’m smart. Because knowledge is power. And I want power. See what I just did there? I’m a closet perfectionist, always trying to improve, and I have restless nights after days in which I don’t think I accomplished much towards my perfectionist goal. Thus, the reason for writing this passage at this time on this late night or early morning. I was born in 1983 in Illinois and by the time I pass I hope the Chicago Cubs have won the World Series and that I leave this world as an accomplished man, who much more than anything, left his family, friends, and community, in a better place than they were once before.
And I wouldn’t mind reading my friends versions of this.