I did this for an entirely different reason and part of me still wants to keep it hidden, unknown and well as private as the online world allows me to be. But alas, as with many things I do, this is one I wouldn’t mind being laughed at or made fun of.
Took me six hours to do a 40 seconds video for my application to Hyper Island which I honestly have no idea what the outcome would look like (all I did was arranging photos and videos I wanted and the rest just naturally took shape on it’s own).
I think in a lot of ways, it’s a nice recap of my entire 28 years into one. Of what I tried so hard to understand, adapt, run and submit but in that process of self discovery and what not, I went into all kinds of emotions – anger, disappointment, joy, sad. You can name any of it and it’s most certainly part of the journey somewhere.
Then there’s that feeling where I’ve made peace with the universe, myself and Him.
When all of these elements are aligned together, you get this sense of belonging without having the need to belong to anywhere. You just are. And so this is me.
I’ve adopted a new philosophy a few months back, one I’m only certain that I’m ready to commit when the time calls for it. If I have to go anywhere, anytime to help a country, a place, a nation or a community, I would pick Malaysia. I know it’s fcked up. That’s all the more reason why I choose Malaysia.
Weird? I think so too.
There’s this epidemic going on here, more so now than before – it’s called brain drain. It’s when all the good brains choose to move out and away from Malaysia and do superb things elsewhere. I understand why they do it, not so much because that’s what they want to do. It’s more about what they need to do and that’s to feed their soul to be better. So of course, it’s no brainer to not accept an offer other people are giving everywhere but Malaysia. Because really, why not?
But then, what will become of Malaysia when all the good people move away?
“So what? Tried and nothing happened”. “It’s not like I didn’t do my part, Malaysia is just not ready.”
True. Although, it’s not Malaysia that’s not ready or does not want to embrace it’s awesomeness, it’s the parasites that’s been occupying her heart. Disabling her to be the potential everyone has been talking about for ions. If anything, she’s pretty much screaming her lung out – my take on landslides, floods and haze.
It is kinda scary to think about it if you have to leave this country to incapable hands. When that happens (or has been happening), it becomes a responsibility for each and everyone to help this country to get rid of the nonsense that has been infesting for donkey years. It is sad to know that so many choose to ignore or be blasé about the future. Seriously, it’s as much as your future as it is mine yet all you think about is only the here and now. Not tomorrow or next month. Just right now.
I know, it takes too much effort. Too much emotions and time to do it. But if you’re not gonna right the wrong for yourself, no one else should be doing it for you.
Understandably, I wouldn’t want to live here anymore, don’t want to waste any more of my brain cells to help yet in the past 3 years, I’ve got to know so many people who make a difference and are constantly finding ways to do so because it’s what they love to do. It’s inbred in them. They feed upon the idea of being able to do something good. That alone shows the kind of spirit you’ll need to have when you live in Malaysia.
You need to have thick skin when facing rejections, cold heart when so many atrocities are thrown at you and be as stubborn as a mule to get your vision across. From what I’ve experienced and seen, people will bring you down until you break and if you have a strong will, you will rise far better than anyone will ever expect you to be.
So that’s Malaysia in a nutshell for those who wants to make a difference. It’s not a joke, those who champion campaigns for the betterment of Malaysia are heroes in their own rights. Even if they did shatter, they’ll comeback even more motivated and determined.
No one likes drastic changes, but it’s only drastic when you leave it to desperate hour.
Am I ready for that kind of thing? I’ll go with the flow.
In the meantime, I hope more people will fight to do the good stuff in Malaysia because God knows, we freaking need it!
And I am truly grateful to be surrounded by incredible spirits to help me be a fraction of who they become.
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” ― Martin Luther King Jr.
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Well said Dian. The drain brain and the state this beloved country of ours is heading to is scary, but as you said, we can make a difference. I believe in that. No matter how small or big our help is, a help is still a help and our small act might give big impact, who knows?
I remember my ex-boss taught me to put the tray away and put the leftovers in the dustbin after our lunch in McD. He said, that is what people in developed country do. I make it a point to do that everytime I go to fastfood outlets and it has now become part of my habit. And when some people saw me do that, some of them followed. So, my point is, sometimes we will never know the impact of our act until it is done.
So good luck buddy! Hope that while we are still here, we will make good use of this country and help to make a difference. Together we can 🙂