We have days when we’re confused, sad, distracted, crazy-busy, and wondering what it is we’re doing exactly (and what it’s for). Well, I have the perfect person to inspire us and to help us think about things a little more clearly (especially now that we’ve just ushered in a new year).
Her name is Oh Siew May, and she’s accomplished so much. Born with cerebral palsy, she wrote a book, Scaling Walls – My Story. Published in 2009, it chronicles her experiences and struggles, and how she overcame them. She climbed Mount Kinabalu in 2005, won a Silent Heroes Award in 2017, just trekked the Himalayas in 2018, and is an in-demand motivational speaker.
Oh, and she takes cool photos too. :) Here are some of them.
She tells us what she usually does when she feels particularly down. “I focus on doing the things I like – like helping others and doing photography,” she says.
She also reminds herself of her life’s purpose with these meaningful habits and pieces of advice:
#1 Interact with different people
“… and try to understand yourself more. I only started to know my purpose in life after I published my story. It was through interacting with people during talks at schools that I realised how I inspired them through my story.”
#2 Write down your burning desire
“… and what makes you happy the most. I write down each and every experience, which keeps me going.”
#3 Ask yourself these three questions
“What do you want in life?
“I’d ask myself, ‘What do I want to do?’ and ‘How could I inspire others more?’”
Siew May also reveals how we can better relish and enjoy our journey. “Be thankful and accepting of who you are,” she states.
“I realised that a thankful heart – and not always wanting to compare yourself with others – will make you happier.”
And you should probably try to go out more too. By that I mean you might want to stop for a moment, breathe, have some “me” time, and appreciate your surroundings.
“I believe nature is the best healer,” Siew May admits. And her photography gets that message across.
“I hope that I can bring joy and peace to others through the photos I take.”
What else can we do to rethink our lives, and bring joy and peace to ourselves and to others, today? :)