Day 1: My favorite song..."Heal the..."
- I heard this song in the Vietnamese version when I was a young girl (maybe in Vietnam or when I first came to the USA). This memory is significant because it was a young boy singing the song, the melody was so soft and peaceful, but most importantly, he interacted with other kids who were dressed up from other cultures, i.e American Indians,etc... At that point in my life, I don't think I was exposed to people who dressed differently or who appeared physically different than how I was, so it was eye opening (I am from Vietnam, therefore the only people I saw were olive skin Vietnamese). At a young age, I was reminded through the song that we can all get along.
- As I grew older, somehow, somewhere in my heart, I wanted to "change" the world, to help others. I think this desire came into place because after coming to the US, I was able to compared the world I used to live in, a place of poverty (well, my family), a place where not as much opportunities existed, versus that of here, the land of opportunities. Here I saw, people can be taken care of, given help by the government if they didn't have enough, and here, we are taught and encouraged to be the change.
- For some reason, in middle and high school, I always wanted world peace, prayed for world peace. Somewhere along the years of high school, I realized there was no possibility for world peace, but there could be a more peaceful world. I think this concept helped me to see things differently, moderation in improvements versus that of extremes.
- This is my favorite song because it gives me hope, it pushes me forward, and it reminds me of what others have to deal with because we live our lives in our own bubbles. I am so fortunate, much more fortunate than others. Despite whatever field or career, or job I do in my life, one of my biggest goals before I leave this world is to make a difference in the lives of others.