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Zero Distance Project

零距離計畫

Throughout our lives, we push the reset button to restart from zero many times. For me, I moved to the States during my teenage years, went away for college, stepped into the real world, moved back to Taiwan, left a stable job and started my own design studio, started a family, quit my design career and became a stay-at-home dad, opened up a thrift store, and moved back to Austin. All these different stages meant a change of lifestyle and a new purpose in life. Similar to my relationships with people, I’m constantly resetting. I’ve made new friends along the way, and have gotten to reconnect with old friends with an entirely fresh mindset. It used to be about just hanging out and having fun or doing business together back in the day, but now it’s all about creating a better future for our children, being with family, and bonding with the people we love.

在這一生中,我們多次按下那個重新啟動的按鍵,重新開始生活。對我來說,年少時移民美國、高中畢業進大學、步入現實社會、搬回台灣、離開穩定的工作成立設計公司、結婚組織家庭、離開設計領域全職照顧孩子、經營了二手商店、再次搬回德州。這些不同的人生階段意味著生活方式的改變、全新的生命意義。我與人們之間的關係也是這樣,總是在重新啟動。一路上認識新的朋友,然後與老朋友以嶄新的心態重新建立關係。曾經只是經常混在一起玩樂、或一起工作,但是現在在乎的是為我們的孩子們開創更好的未來、與家人團聚及與所愛的人緊密的連繫。

I want to reconnect with my old friends on a much more up-close and personal level.  I want to invite them over to have a cup of my hand-roasted coffee or home-brewed tea.  I want to catch up, try to make up for lost time; learn more about each other on a deeper level, not just on the surface.

我想要與那些好久不見的老朋友以近距離更緊密的方式來重新建立彼此的關係。邀請他們來喝一杯我親手烘焙的手沖咖啡,或是自己沖泡的茶。重新拾回我們遺失的這些歲月,透徹的了解彼此而不是只有表面寒暄。

“Zero” means zero distance with others, getting up-close and personal.  Getting to know a person starting from zero includes getting to know your old friends from ground zero with zero expectations.  Sometimes, you never actually know the people around you, because you never had the chance to have deep conversations with them.  We all need deeper connections with each other – with our friends, families, neighbors, even strangers on the street – but this means doing more than just a quick wave or hello.

零,代表著人與人之間的零距離,緊密近距離的互動。從零開始去認識一個人,包括從零開始帶著零期待,重新認識自己的老朋友。有時候,你從來沒有好好的認識你身邊的人,因為你從來沒有跟對方有任何深入的對話。我們彼此之間都需要跟深一步的連結,對待我們的朋友、家人、鄰居甚至在路上的陌生人,不是只有彼此揮手問候而已。

Ever since I moved back to Austin, I haven’t yet gotten to meet up with each and every one of my old friends.  Perhaps it’s because of the pandemic, perhaps it’s because we haven’t been in touch for over a decade; it can be hard to find a reason to restart the conversation.  And then we get busy with kids, busy with life, and before you know it, a year flies by, just like that.  One day, I want to get my old van out, loaded with love, coffee, and zero expectations, then drive all around town and rekindle old friendships.  Yes, it’s time for action.  Friends from the old days who wanna catch up – holler at me!

回到Austin之後一直還沒有機會和我所有的老朋友碰面,一方面是疫情的關係,一方面是太久沒聯繫了,不知道要找什麼理由開始。於是忙著孩子忙著生活,一年就這樣過去了。之前就一直有一個想法,想要開著我的老車,載著愛、載著咖啡、載著零期待,四處去找回過去的友誼。嗯,該開始行動了!想跟我碰面的老朋友,可以來約一下了!

If somehow I haven’t reach you and you are in Austin, my friend!! Please book a coffee date with me, I’ll bring the coffee to you and let’s catch up!!

如果什麼原因我還沒聯絡到你,而你人在Austin想跟我碰面喝杯咖啡,歡迎隨時跟我聯絡或與下方留下聯絡資訊再預約一下日期,我會帶著咖啡去找你!!

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