This post is dedicated to all the beautiful souls who left us recently …
Only the good seem to die.
I am utterly shocked and sad at the passing of Yasmin Ahmad who’s captured the hearts of so many of us by her meaningful and powerful commercials, and films.
She brought us Malaysians together, irregardless of skin color, beliefs and social status and make us laugh at ourselves and love each other the way none – not even a single stupid politician – can do.
It’s true, we haven’t got enough of you and now you’re gone. So suddenly, so abruptly. How can we even begin to understand why, how come, must you?
And yet, for all of us, when the time comes, can we say ‘no’ ? You’ve done your time, you fought well. Your mission on earth is accomplished. If we miss you, we shall return to your blog…the storryteller and the filmmaker.
Must the good, the lovely, the talented leave us so soon? What about the evil, the corrupted, the heinous and the murderers?
Time has all the answers, if only we wait patiently…
It all started with Michael Jackson, then very near to home, it was Teo Beng Hock (a political and most undeserving death under the hands of the MACC), Blogger Ancient Mariner or Captain Yusof, whose blog I enjoy reading as well. I thought he would always be around, who knew that on July 19, he, too sailed away so very suddenly…
It also came as a shock to me when my friend from Sarawak, ex correspondent for Bernama and Malaysiakini, Tony Thien passed away. I will always remember him as a jolly and kind friend, who is always willing to share his work with other journalists. When I covered the Sarawak state elections in 2001, Tony showed me around and made my stay and work in Kuching enjoyable and productive.
I’ve cried many tears in my heart over the past week, to hear and read of all these sudden deaths. It is a bit too much for me at the moment. And so I’ll mourn for awhile. Mostly mourning for myself, who never took the time to care more for my friends…before it’s too late…
But as I think of all these beautiful souls, I remember that our lives have been blessed and made less daunting, by the presence of these wonderful human beings, whether we know them personally or intimately, they have in a small or big way, touch and change our lives.
May their death reminds us that life is indeed short, too short, and one can leave so unexpectedly and suddenly, so quietly, silently and unknowingly.
So tarry not, my friends, but live, love, sing and dance while you can…and tell your friends you love them, before your words no longer matter.