Ancestors

I've been thinking a lot about my ancestors lately and how much they sacrificed so that their children and their children's children could go on to have better lives. I think about the wars they fought, the threats they faced, and the pain they endured when separated from loved ones for geographical, political, or economic reasons, and it's these thoughts that remind and encourage me always to do the right thing and never to compromise myself in any way. After all, it's because of my hardworking, selfless ancestors I am here today. Failing to live up to my potential or not fulfilling all the expectations I have for myself would not only hurt me, but it would be doing a terrible disservice to my ancestors' memory, and that's something I just won't do. 

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Misunderstood (Part II)

I’m an Aspie. And it’s no surprise that Aspies interact with others and process the world around them differently than neurotypicals do. Books were my saving grace while growing up because they shielded me from a world where I felt misunderstood. What otherwise would have been a lonely childhood was not because each book was, in a sense, a friend to me, and I flourished under their influence. Eventually, however, books would not be enough to get me through. 

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Skin Colour

I was born with dark skin. As a young girl, I didn’t think twice about my skin color, but as I grew older, that started to change. I began to develop negative feelings about how I looked because in Asia fair skin is highly desired and considered more attractive. This was confusing to me because I was being made to feel bad about something that was beyond my control. 

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Misunderstood (Part I)

I’ve always felt misunderstood. Not sometimes, but always, and for a long time, I didn’t

know why. I didn’t feel this way only when I did something wrong, which would be

understandable, but I felt this way even when I did everything right. Little did I know, I

had Asperger’s. I wouldn’t discover this important part of the puzzle until I was well into

adulthood.

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The Sound of Water

Majestic and threatening

Pushing my dreams to the surface

All doubt floats to the top

Only to crash down on my plans again and again

Then rising me back through the swelling tide

Reminding me of the circle of life.

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My Aspirations for Malaysia

Yet I asked myself: why is this happening, what does this mean, do words define God, do words define who I am … are words how people define themselves? As I thought about the Creator’s beautiful creations, I felt a sudden feeling of calmness. I started composing a song in Malay. In the song I asked the questions that I felt were on the minds of the Malaysian people.

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We did it, Malaysia!

It is a new beginning for Malaysia. As our nation unites to finally put an end to the government that has ruled our country for the last 60 years. This was made possible because Malaysians of all different backgrounds, whether it was race, religion, cultural identity or status, came together as one to fight for what they believe in. Let us always remember our responsibility and never take anything for granted. The future of our country is in our hands, the hands of the people, and we must never forget to stand up whenever duty calls.

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