Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Just You Try and Stop Me

Taking the words of the President's Address in the movie "Independence Day",

We will not go quietly into the night!
We will not vanish without a fight!

We're going to live on!

We're going to survive!

Faith and hope is easy when there is nothing standing in your way, and life's just plain sailing. Actually in those times, you don't really need faith and hope, do you? About as much use as a solar-powered torch.

Nope, it's only it times of trial, in times where everyone around you gives you shit, and tell you it cannot be done, that you're just not good enough, or not smart enough, or why bother. When the people you love try to "protect" you from being hurt, or disappointed, or feel uncomfortable. Times like this, keep the hope burning, keep the faith alive, and hold your dream close to your heart.

Don't expect the people around you to understand, because after all, this is your life, your hope, your dream, your faith. Maybe you'd end up not reaching your dream. Maybe. Maybe you will.

I read somewhere that in a fight, you're going to get hurt.

That is a given.

So instead of cringing, and being afraid of when you're going to get hurt, accept it. When you are relieved of that fear of getting hurt, can you actually advance. Tuck your chin in, take the shot, and then use the pain to drive you onward and forward, and then to win. Chances are, you are gonna get hurt a lot less than when you are cringing in the first place.

On the flip side, it could be that you're just too stupid to know when to give up. Hey, that's not bad too. Ever wondered why the people who actually change the world aren't the really smart ones?

PS. I realized the fun in table-banging in negotiations. I might be back in Singapore now, but if those FOOLS are going to screw up my deals with their dirty lil money grubbing paws and short-sighted greed, I will personally go up north, with all my tact and gentle bed-side manner, ream them ALL a new arsehole. Or 2.


Skye said...

if faith & hope is your umbrella on a stormy windy day, how do you hold on to them in the strong wind?

by the way, something wrong with your tag board i thinkl

Vandalin said...

Then my dear... you soar.

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry daddy, but I just have to say this, because it's so glaring that I can't help but not say it: Hitler's genius (political one, although not particularly adept at art nor science) who changed the world.

And never gave up too.


Sorry la. I'm the eternal antagonist. But jia you. =D

Vandalin said...

Hindsight my daughter. BTW, Hitler was a pretty good artist.

Political genius without vision and belief is power without direction or focus.

Anonymous said...

ID4's inspiration, perhaps.

Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night

Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
Because their words had forked no lightning they
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

And you, my father, there on the sad height,
Curse, bless me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

-- Dylan Thomas

Life's very simply a delicate act of balance isn't it?


Anonymous said...

I came to know about your blog from a common friend. I like the way you write, your observations about the little things in life, and the things you reflect on :)

Keep on writing! Some of your entries are indeed thought-provoking and inspiring.

Vandalin said...

Thanks Yingling.

And oh, Anon - just SOME?! Heh!