Real People. Real Views.

This blog is one of my side projects and it will touch on random topics / everyday subjects from the heavy to the light-hearted or even candid. They will come from various people from all walks of life - they could be friends, acquaintances or complete strangers. This is not a 5-minute fame kinda thing but more so for us to tell the world that everyone has their own POV - whether you deem them important or not. It is about mutual respect, understanding and most importantly, it is about LISTENING.

p/s : I strive to keep it as real as possibly allowable
pp/s : For those who has a POV to share - do drop me a note!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

An Encounter with...Tragedy

Name    : Anu Venugopal
Age       : 34
Where Are You From?  : Malaysia
Currently Residing In… : Malaysia
What Do You Do For A Living?   : Journalist/Writer

AEW      : What does the word “Tragedy” conjure up for you?
AV       : An unexpected event that changes life as you know it and forces you to evolve into someone  different, hopefully someone better.
AEW      : Some people use the word “tragedy” very loosely. What are your thoughts on that?
AV        : It’s true, people tend to describe anything that doesn’t go their way as a tragedy – even if it means missing out on one’s favourite food or being stuck in traffic, but those events are not tragedies, merely inconveniences.
AEW      : Have you been through a tragedy yourself?   
AV        : I used to think being broken-hearted was the worst tragedy, but now the biggest, most significant tragedy I had been through is my father’s passing.
AEW       : I am truly sorry to hear that {HUGS}. How did you survive through the tragedy and after?
AV        : I don’t think I have completely survived it as yet. I am still in the process, by thinking positive, by  remembering dad’s words of wisdom, his perceptions of life and his sense of humour. 
AEW      : I do remember how timely your Dad always appears the moment I light up a ciggie back in the day! Anyway, how much of surviving a tragedy is mental strength and how much of it is physical strength?
AV        : 70-30 I think. You have to will yourself to get past the tragedy, to get past the pain and look for the silver lining. There is always a silver lining, whether it is obvious or not. You just got to look harder sometimes.
AEW      : How strong do you think a normal human being is? What do you think is “breaking-point” for someone? Or do you think there IS a breaking point in the first place?  
AV        : A normal human being is as strong as he or she thinks she is. It is all up to the individual. If you think you are strong, then you are. I think there is a breaking point, but it is not as serious as it sounds. Yes, things can get so bad to a point that you don’t want to wake up, but it is never as bad as you think. It can get better.
AEW      : That is something to ponder about really. Hey, have you heard of Panic At The Disco? J   
You        : The rock band from Las Vegas with the cool songs and videos? Yes!
AEW      : So do you consider yourself writing sins or writing tragedies?
AV         : A bit of both - sins and tragedies. But I am trying to write more sins than tragedies *grins*. Life's more exciting that way.
AEW      : You're right. It is indeed more fun that way! I myself write a lot of sins too! *giggles*. Anyway, Anu, thank you for sharing today. And be strong.

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