Dear #youknowwhoyouare ,
A couple of weeks ago, before I left, you asked that I write you a letter. I stared back at you for few seconds, uncertain about what and why are you requesting for a letter. You insisted and once again said, ‘Write me a letter.’
I have 91 items in my To-Do-List, your request is the 92nd. But because your request is one of the very few items out of 92 that I could do while in-flight, I hope that before I land I can fulfill your request.
Not sure what you want me to write about but perhaps I will share with you the film, ‘Train to Busan.’
In the film, the child (Su-an) was given the newest video game console for her birthday. The child accepted but said that her birthday wish is to go to Busan to see her mother.
Life gifts us with many pleasant (and unpleasant) surprises. But sometimes, we need to have the heart of that little girl in the movie. Be grateful for video game consoles, but do not keep your eye from what you truly want and insist in getting what you truly desire. So today I am writing you – Do not get distracted.
In the film, Su-an said that she practiced and perfected the song for her father and the reason why she was not able to finish singing the song in a school event was because she didn’t see her father amongst the audience.
Life teaches us to perfect our skills and be the best in what we do. We have that innate desire to memorise lyircs, hum its melodies until its rhythms sway and lift the souls of those who are listening. But sometimes, the absence of a person or persons in our lives cripple us and prevent us from performing our best.
So today I am writing you – If today you feel like Su-an, standing on a stage, where everyone expects you to perform your best, and you feel like you have forgotten the lyrics, no sound is coming out, and you feel scared and unsure – go and find (or remember) the reason why you are standing on that stage in the first place.
In the film, from the hundreds of people on board, only two made it to Busan.
Life allows us to meet people along the way. But only few will remain to be part of our journey til the end. It is what it is.
So today I am writing you – you are meant to continue the journey, with or without the significant people in our lives. You must reach Busan.
What is your Busan – that place, that spot, that destination where you will feel safe and fulfilled?
How badly and how soon you want to be in Busan?
Don’t stay too long standing in front of that sign post. Board the Train!
Maybe next time I watch a film, and I have a little time to spare, even without you asking, I will write you again a letter.
See you when I see you. #youknowwhoyouare