It doesn’t matter if the birthday wishes come from a total stranger, as long as it’s sincerely wished. Friends are blessings from God, but those who are just mingling around to knock you down are lessons that not all people can be your friends, because some of them would come and teach you about life. Yet, being sincere and honest can sometimes misunderstood by some people. Being misused is another issue, yet, this taught us a very good lesson of who to trust, and who are worth to be ignored. This reminds me of the advices from my late grandpa (before he passed away), “Apa macam sekali orang lain kasi ketuk ko sampai jatuh, ko jalan terus saja.” (Never looked back when people knocked you down.)
For people who have called me as one who have mental problem or crazy, I’d say ‘Thank you’ for addressing me like that. I’d like to quote an article (shall I post journals or research, too?) for people who love to address me (and the others, who knows?) as ‘crazy’…
“…You could make a very long list of all the supposedly “crazy” business leaders who accomplished truly great things. That list would have to include people like Steve Jobs, Thomas Edison, Howard Hughes, Richard Branson, and Ted Turner. In the world of literature, that list would have people like Allen Ginsberg and Sylvia Plath and Vladimir Nabokov on it. In politics, your list of crazy people would have to include Martin Luther King Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi...”
The ‘wrecked’ ship may shrink and pollute one part of the ocean, but that won’t turn the whole ocean into a place that cannot be wondered and awed by others who still appreciate the mysteries of the ocean. And over time, the ‘wrecked’ ship may just stay down there, deep under the ocean, admired by a few, and a home for the others. The ocean, on the other hand, will still be awed, amazed, and feared for its beauty, and power to destroy.
Last but not least, never looked down on others… If you’re the one who brought them up there. Why? Because you never know what you’ve taught them, and you never know what are their SWOT. LOL! Once again, thank you for all the birthday wishes, and I pray that God showers you with blessings and happiness. I got birthday wishes from Whatsapp, LINE, WeChat, Private Messages, Twitter, SMS, and calls. Last but not least, to the one that never fail to lend his shoulder, I love you so much, Mr W.
p.s: Wine and cheese get better with age. Yet, some people get better and others get wiser. Growing old is inevitable and one has to learn by themselves through their experiences.