It was a good trip today.
The person I visited was doing fine despite his health problems.
Fate has been quite unkind to him but he said he accepted it as Allah's will.
"Maybe Allah loves me. Maybe I may become a bad person if I have a normal life," he said about his ailment.
I had to hold back my tears when he said that.
The guy could have been a successful engineer if not for his ailment.
We had lunch and spent some time chit chatting before I drove back to KL.
I made a promise to myself that I will try to visit him more often.
As I was driving back, it occurred to me that compared to the guy, I have been very lucky.
Told myself that I should be more grateful to Allah for what I have in life, instead of just bitching too much about things.
Some people used to tell me that we shouldn't be comparing ourselves with those who are supposedly lesser than us.
We should set our benchmark higher so that we would be motivated to do better, they said.
Agreed, but I think we could put things in better perspective if we also compare ourselves with those who are less fortunate.
I believe it could help us appreciate ourselves more and stop us from turning into Singaporeans.
Well, then again, I'm not an ambitious person.
Maybe that's why I have that consideration.
Maybe it's the moderateness in my Malay blood which makes me think that way.
I always joked with my Chinese friends that they will always be more successful than the Malays, but the Malays will always be happier than them.
I believe the Chinese, as a whole race, are more serious in everything compared to the Malays.
They are even serious about how to be happy.
They planned, saved, invested and do other tedious stuff so that they can be happy.
The Malays on the other hand are mostly happy if they can lepak all day long.
Yes, they can be quite hard working but given the choice, most Malays would prefer to spend their time relaxing and contemplating loftier stuff than working their ass off.
Most of them are not even sure why the Chinese got all worked up in their pursuit to own everything.
Okay, I know some of you all are going to call me a racist again.
Relax, it's just me rambling.
I actually came to those conclusions based on how I see my parents.
My mother is more successful and earns a lot more than my father but she tends to be so tensed up all the time.
My father, on the other hand, is more into all those ideals, principles, dignity etc which don't really help him make more money.
For all that, he is a more relaxed and happy person.
But of course my mother tends to spoils my father's happiness by being so garang with him all the time.
She always pushes him to do better, even occasionally threatening to divorce him if he didn't buck up.
Of course my father always gives in to my mother despite him supposedly being the ketua keluarga.
The way I see it, their relationship is very much like the Sino-Malay relations of this county.
True, isn't it?
So, excuse me ya for having that stereotype of Malays and Chinese.
Anyway, sorry....I'm really rambling aimlessly tonight.
Just a little break from the Najib-Mahathir thing, okay.
Well, need to sleep early now as I'm really tired after driving the whole day.
p.s.1 In case there are readers who are not aware - my mother is a Chinese while my father is a Malay.
p.s.2 Comments whacking my parents in any way will be spiked off.