Rainbow Pegasus by Sofia Naznim

Rainbow Pegasus by Sofia Naznim

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Friday, November 25, 2016

It's time to write this.
I have gone to a demonstration twice, being an eyewitness of the frustration and unhappiness of the people and captured the moments with my lens as the evidence. These people that joined the demonstration are mainly to voice out their rights as citizens.

Many famous media and articles claimed that they are trying to bring down the government, racist and radical which I felt it is wrong at many levels. I feel sad when people twist such things to make benefit other parties, and that's the ugly truth about politics. Unfortunately, it happens around the world and I suppose it will never end, but hope it gets better, especially in the country where we live in.

Who does not want a great leader that really cares for the people? The yellows consist of all races in my country and I witnessed with my own eyes and ears. They bravely shout for Malaysians, not for their own races. They just voice out that they want clean elections, clean government, strengthen the parliamentary democracy, empowering Sabah and Sarawak and right to descent.

Fair demands and they are doing the right way, voice out together, since that's the only way to attract the leaders to really hear what the people really feel. They feel depressed and they are actually representing most of us that do not dare or care less to go down and voice out or some just feel that it is a waste of time.

These people protest because they need a leader that is fair and uphold justice. They need a leader that hear, not fear. It even had reached the point of desperation where some are paid to oppose these yellow fighters. You know who they are. Sadly, when people start to use race and religion issues to divide and separate the people. Some are brainwashed, some are victimized, some just follow the flow and do whatever that brings them fortune.

One day we will lose everything if we are obsessed with money, fame and power. And that's what we do not want from a leader, sink in a pool of dirty money and bring the people in together, sink deeper and never manage to get out.

Maybe there are stories from both parties, the leaders and the people. The people had expressed their real feelings and voice out their demands. It's time for the leaders to step up and share the truth and not the lies-no more. Think about the underprivileged and the children.

We wouldn't want a country that is majestic from the outside but empty on the inside. We don't want our children to grow up in a dangerous and corrupted environment. It's time for us to realise that even if you want to live as wealthy as you want, the wealth can disappear anytime, and the only wealth that a leader really has is its people-while it still lasts.

P.s. I wore rainbow bangles and colourful attires represent the unity of everyone - the rights of humanity and people all over the world. In case if you saw me outside that day and wondered about this crazy colourful lady. There are pictures of my hand as a sign of peace and solidarity. May we achieve it, soon.

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Thursday, November 24, 2016

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How do you feel when you work so hard and you did everything you could for something but you are not being appreciated and recognized for what you have done?

You feel sad. You feel demotivated. There’s part in you fill with angriness and hatred. 

The worst, there’s this sorrow that make you don’t trust and not interested to do more anymore like what you did before. 

Why feel that way? You have the right to feel such way. But should you let it consume you? Let it take over your life and make you feel worst day by day? NO. 

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It’s normal to feel as such when people you trust don’t appreciate you. They forgot about what you have done. They forgot about how well you treated them. They forgot about all the pain that you have endured to help them when they needed the most. You know what? That’s people. 

People forgot. People just being people-human, tend to forgot things, especially when they get something new, replacing the old things, it will be like-completely forgot. Perhaps when people need you last time, it is because for their own benefits, not really about helping, wanted, or giving you opportunities-like how you thought it will be. 

Feel the pain for a moment. Do something that will make you feel better again. 

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If it’s workplace, be professional and just let it be. You know what kind of person you are dealing with. Avoid dramas, just do your part. If they are trying to use you again, stand up for your right, try to avoid people who use other people for their own interest. If you can’t, change departments. If the problem still persist and interrupt your daily life, you should try to consider and look for another job. 

Be tough, not because you don’t stay, but because you deserve to be treated better than you were treated before, and find it elsewhere. Obviously, this is normal and will happen many times in life and can happen anywhere, no matter where you work or live. But you should never tie yourself to a chair and let anyone spin you non-stop and not be able to free yourself from such bullies. 

If you faced many bullies in your life, ask you to do this and do that but in the end they did not appreciate and recognize you, don’t do anything for them anymore. Do something for yourself, free yourself from this kind of people. They ask you to do a lot of things because you are capable and trusted, but after getting what they want, they ditch you. That is bad. 

Be a leader, not a boss. Be human, and have a heart. Be appreciative, not superficial. Recognize, not make people cry, and jeopardize people’s life. Try your best to appreciate people around you. try your best not to feel down or emotional unless people are being mean, you deserve to feel what you feel. 

You just have to stay strong and be positive. Don’t hope for anything, but if you deserve something, if it doesn’t happen, it will happen someday when you least expect. Be close to people that really care for you and be there no matter what. Appreciate them and love them hard. You will feel happy. 

Oh, and the bullies don’t deserve you, at all. J 

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