Yes, my blog is the solace when human beings are too complex and too difficult to understand. When I write, I free the emotions in poetry writing; evacuating the dusts and debris of meaningless, behind. I admit that I could be dramatic and intense; and I have done dramatic and intense things, and I am doing dramatic and intense thing now -which Goodness knows where it could have been leading towards to. Good Lord, could it be The End? If that’s the case, seems like the bond sealed wasn’t that strong as I thought it would be. God forbid, but I am prepared for whatever come-what-may.
Whenever I am down and feel suffocated or sucked into the deepest abyss, I will seek motivations from within. And that comes from good role models I look up to. I have many people who inspire me; but at this juncture of life, there are 3 people who I look up to :-
- Angelina Jolie – for her bravery and humanitarian side. Yes, she is beautiful Hollywood beauty, but what she gives back are what really intriguing. She is also tough in sense of she battled her darker pasts with her “experimental days” & I felt strongly related to that.
- Oprah Winfrey – for her courage and defying the odds. Being raped by a family member at the young age and then bounced back to become one of the most influential women in the world (she’s the backbone of President Obama’s winning in 2008). She also transpired a lot of good quotations and motto that are really inspiring – especially the relationship between her and The Amazing Grace a.k.a. God.
- Professor Dr. Muhaya – A Malaysian optical surgeon who combines her scientific persona with Islamic approach in motivational quotes and talks. I like her subtle personal and quotes. There are some of the quotes that I feel relate to. Her quotes do sometimes give me “slap-to-the-face” moment or self-reflections.
Anyway, I am about to write about my No.1 inspiration, Angelina Jolie or affectionately known as Angie by her fans (including Yours Truly). I feel so dwarved whenever I think about what she has overcome and comparing to my relentless lamentations over trivial matters. You know, life is short and you should cherish that and appreciate those who are around you; instead of being too cooped in the darkness of melancholy. You have to have a grip of yourself. You have to be brave and bold to face the world; and make the most of the beautiful life ahead.
On 14th May 2013, Angie has shocked the world when she revealed that she had undergone double mastectomy (remove the breasts) surgeries in order to kill the 87% risk of developing breast cancer due to defective gene called BRCA1 gene. By underwent the surgeries, she had reduced it to 5%. It was all uprooting the family tree; her mother Marcheline Bertrand died from ovarian cancer and did develop breast cancer as well; while her grandmother had ovarian cancer.
It was a tedious process that took around 3 months; from 2nd February 2013 to 27th April. She kept everything private although she is one of the most-followed and photographed woman by paparazzis in the world. And in between, she managed to squeeze time to attend a women’s summit, visiting refugee under UNHCR at Congo and other menial work as a mother bonding with children. Such an inspiring person. You can read the whole article that Angie penned in New York Times entitled “My Medical Choice” at : http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/14/opinion/my-medical-choice.html?_r=0. She has been quoted for reason to why she revealed the mastectomy :
“I choose not to keep my story private because there are many women who do not know that they might be living under the shadow of cancer. It is my hope that they, too, will be able to get gene tested, and that if they have a high risk they, too, will know that they have strong options.”
Featured in Time Magazine cover for May 2013 edition.
What I am gauging from all these hullabaloos is that life is short. We have to be brave to make options and decision; and we never must let anything eclipsed our lives. We have to be gallant to fight and defy challenges or melancholy in life. Angie is a beautiful and brave role model and she inspires me to become bolder and braver in life. You never know, when is your turn. Calamities and setbacks are like tigers at night, crawling silently to attack you. With that spirit, I want to be able to rejoice and get out from this dark phase. Yes, I may not know where it would lead me; but life is short and I want to cherish it before I die.
She is inspiring. Life is short to be cocooned in sadness and melancholy. Cherish the ones you love; give back to the people and society or anyone who needs; be bold and brave. That are things that you need to live a good life.
I live the life I want. Angie once quoted : “Be Brave, Be Bold, Be Free.” Thank you, Angie!