My Soul, My Dream, My Team:
We are dreamers, we humans.
We reach out eagerly to that which lies above us
Tempted by its unattainable nature and egotistically;
We simplify the task that lies before us...
We climb without any forethought, without preparation;
Recklessly we charge head on for our goal -
And eventually, we lie broken by our failure.
I myself, Captain as you call me,
Am little better than a foolish dreamer.
One who dreams in a childish manner;
Unaware of his impotence, when left alone.
How many times have I been saved by others?
When I lack time, it is my officers who stand,
They keep the ship running smoothly,
Expending hours of precious effort.
When I fall, it is my co-captain who rallies me,
And reminds me of our responsibility -
One that we owe to our readers and friends.
When I write, it is my team - my uncles,
Who lay the path before me;
They give their time and their heart,
Supporting my work from its birth as but a simple idea.
And when I am down, it is my love that holds me,
She carries me ever higher and inspires my word;
Through her own perseverance and present struggle to live.
I am but a man who wears the title of Captain
I am also unsure if I deserve this honour,
But to realise just how many others are putting their faith in me;
It feels as though I've been splashed by cold water...
To know how many have given their time and effort for this,
There is no way that I can adequately express my thanks.
For no man is an island and only together can we truly achieve.
To struggle is to be human,
But to overcome it together,
As our hearts and minds connect...
That I believe is what it means to live...
-Chen Yuan Wen, 2nd January 2013