Sunday, 12 October 2014

More Than Just An Idol

Without pain, there would be no suffering, without suffering we would never learn from our mistakes. To make it right, pain and suffering is the key to all windows, without it, there would be no life.  - Angelina Jolie
Since young, when I was like 9 years old, I started reading newspaper. That's how I first saw Angelina Jolie's photo on headlines, something about her getting selected as the World Sexiest Woman.

I was like walao this woman so ugly lips so droopy and thick also get to be among the finalists ah?! -_-

Forgive me, but in the sense of the Chinese tradition, thick lips are never in favour. We all like the girls with moderately big eyes and peachy little mouth to kiss HAHA. For us Angelina Jolie's lips are sooo auntie (means old woman who only cooks at home).

But then as I grow up, I learned more about Angelina Jolie and I think, I love her.

Here's a woman who is strong and bold. Jolie isn't afraid of being wrong. Jolie isn't afraid to love. People say Jolie is crazy, Jolie is mad. Jolie is a marriage wrecker. Jolie is creepy, Jolie loves knives, Jolie is full of tattoos.

But all what I see is a woman, who knows what she's doing.

I think most of us women, if not all, would have gone through a phase or a period which, when we look back, we didn't know what we were doing.

For example: ME. I don't why I got together with my ex-boyfriend when I knew all along that we wouldn't work out. I don't know why I binge-drank so much that every night I puked and there went my singing voice. I don't know why I bought dresses that I don't wear. I don't know why I don't want to work hard when at the same time, I want to.

I don't know why I choose the path of life that I have chosen now.

Angelina Jolie once said.
Make bold choices and make mistakes. It's all those things that add up to the person you become. 
Of course, I know that this wisdom comes with age. I am sure Angelina Jolie had gone through the same phase at some points in her life too.

But what I admire both Angelina Jolie and I, have the courage to do whatever we did and how these mistakes, or simply, what we did, have changed us for the better. HAHAH I sound so haolian wtf-_-
One of the reasons I feel connected to Angelina Jolie is that, if you read my blog, you probably have known by now that I'm passionate about humanity and humanitarian work and I hope to do great things to change the world (although I'm so lazy I haven't done any shit in my life HAHA wtf).

Growing up in a traditional Chinese family, I knew I was a little different since young. I told my mother about my ideas of how the world should be. I asked after the maid left, why, as the only girl in my family, I had to do most of the houseworks. I asked why I wasn't allowed to chase after the robber who just robbed the girl beside me. I now understand the society works this way. It sets like a million boundaries. The problem with these boundaries is that, they are invisible. It's totally not taught, certainly not written but we are expected to follow them. They form a vicious cycle of comformity. It tells us if you break the rule, you look like a fool. You break the norm, you look like a fool, you're out of the circles.

Essentially, it tells you to follow the crowd. Don't be any different. Don't help that injured girl by the street. Don't argue when your teacher feeds you bullshit. Don't talk to the guy who's all ready to jump down from the bridge to die. Listen to your parents. Listen to the society. Listen to them even if you know they are going to limit your potential in life. Go to work after graduating from university. Don't take a gap year. Earn some money. Get loans to buy a house so you can get married. Must have children before your uterus gets old and dusty. Get old.

Then get lost as you realise that your whole direction of life IS NOT THE WAY YOU'VE INITIALLY WANTED IT TO BE!

This is something that we have taken for granted. We live under this silent oppression, this quiet pressure for so long that we forgot to break free. We FORGOT how we should have been like. Ultimately, we forgot what we really want out of life.

But then Angelina Jolie said.
If I make a fool of myself, who cares? I'm not frigthened by anyone's perception of me. 
This is something all of us have fogotten: don't be afraid to make mistakes. Just keep going on. Don't be intimidated by others' opinions. Always be clear with what you want out of life.

So, thank you, Angelina Jolie. For being the most amazingly eccentric celebrity in the world. Your works have touched millions of life. We read news about you everyday. You educate us, and you have helped to shape who I am today, you taught me that being a woman is never a disadvantage, but a gift of sensuality and emotions. You allow me to empower my gender.

You teach me to be compassionate, and be bold and brave.

Thank you for showing us the real Cambodia and helping the Afghan refugees in Pakistan. Thank you for fronting campaigns against sexual violence. Thank you for every humanitiarian work that you've done. I thank you on behalf of everyone who reads this entry :)

Until today I still don't think Angelina Jolie is pretty. But she is BEAUTIFUL.

This is what Hollywood should be all about. Entertaining and educating.

Post-note: do you know that Angelina Jolie has 3 nationalities?! She could even fly a plane WTF! Check out here to know more weird facts about Angelina Jolie!

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