Only Up From Here 2/13/2019

The level of trust people instill in me offers a lot of confidence in my professional life. Daniel Christian Lok / D.C.L. / Mr. Lok. My name has a nice ring to it. I would know because I picked it. As we were going over my business proposal with my boss, he seemed impressed with my previous work. It’s a cumulation of skills transferred from my previous jobs. I show a few statistics, examples, a chart or two, reasons why it’s best to do it my way and — boom. Off we go with my plan. Building a business from the ground up is no easy feat, but if enough effort is there, success is likely the outcome. I like to think I have a good track record to backup my claims.

Just as we were about to leave, my boss made an off-color joke. Paraphrasing what he said:

“Daniel, do you have a wife?”

“No, sir.”

“Good. Don’t.”

I hear shit like this a lot. It’s the same from my boss, my uncles, or every guy who’s about twice my age and married long-term. I wonder if they somehow lost the feelings that once was the foundation of their relationship with their partner. Nag nag nag — as many would say. Is this the outcome? What keeps a marriage long and happy has always been a subject I’ve thought about. Where does the momentum come from? The fuel for the fire if you will. With the less than perfect one my parents have, I only know what not to do from example. I can say with some level of certainty, my life won’t be like that though.

Only up from here. Later world.

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