Shhh! Secret Life of a Princess

Random, provoking thoughts from a self-confessed princess :: with focus on motivational learnings from the media. I hope to inspire everyone to be the best they can be

Thursday, January 17, 2008

If I can Post on PostSecret

What is your deepest, darkest secret? What is it that you can write in your diary and swear to never show anyone? What would you write on a postcard and deliver to God if you could? What burden are you bearing on your shoulders that you wish you can scream out to the world? Admit it, everybody has their own dark secrets. It is a matter of how big and how much it will affect the life of others.

This is the concept behind PostSecret, an ongoing community art project where people mail in their secrets anonymously on one side of a homemade postcard. It is a place of release, a place to throw your secrets on a piece of paper for the world to see and not have anyone know. If I could post one, this would be it.

Lately, I have been feeling the tendency to not indulge in the pleasures or trappings of life (including sex, haha, I'm a virgin again. Well, this includes food as I am seriously getting thinner by the day, not on purpose though) but to contribute to the other side of life. To help those in need, those who are hungry, those who are homeless but I am bound to a job that I profoundly love :) So I will do something about it later. I noticed that as long as you keep living life with the sole purpose of making money just to buy more things, eat more good food and watch more movies, you will never have enough, be satisfied and this will be an endless vicious cycle. Those who knows me know that I do not condone eating sharks fin (have you seen how sharks are killed for this?), I do not eat beef (as they have worked hard to plough the fields for us according to Buddhism) and I tend to appreciate those who sacrifice themselves for anything.

I realised that the more materials you chase after, the more you need it. Life can be pretty interesting without it too. It teaches you to be creative, to appreciate everything and it teaches you humility.

Somebody who inspired me once told me the story of the starfish while I was contemplating how unfair life is and why can't I do something about it. He said, 'Do you know the story of the Starfish. Someone was walking along the beach and saw from afar a boy bending along the beach to pick up a starfish and throwing it into the sea. He repeated this action on each and every starfish. He asked the youth the purpose of the effort. "The tide has washed the starfish onto the beach and they cannot return to the sea by themselves," the youth replied. "When the sun rises, they will die, unless I throw them back to the sea."

He surveyed the vast expanse of beach, strectching in both directions beyond my sight. Starfish littered the shore in numbers beyond calculation. He said, "But there are more starfish on this beach than you can ever save before the sun is up. Surely you cannot expect to make a difference."

The youth paused briefly to consider the stranger's words, bent to pick up a starfish and threw it as far as possible. Then, he simply said, "I made a difference to that one."

He left the boy and went home, deep in thought of what the boy had said, returned to the beach and spent the rest of the day helping the boy throw starfish in to the sea.


So at least for the start of this year, I donated my blood through the Singapore Blood Bank and got a nice piece of snack and organiser for my contribution. But best of all, I know that I could have just saved a life :).

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  • At 10:14 PM, Blogger janaki said…

    Hey there!

    saw your post on A-YES...
    I was just wondering if you would be nterested in the ASEANpreneurs Youth Leaders Exchange that NUS is organising this year. Please feel free to visit our website at

    And it would be a great favour if you could publicise the event amongst your fellow delegates of A-YES from the Asean countries too.

    THanks lots for your help =) and im extremely sorry if this comment has been of inconvenience to you.

  • At 2:53 PM, Blogger princessE said…

    Hi, yes. I will be interested. Ok. Sure, I can do this once I seek approval from A-YES and Project:Senso as the body that works together with A-YES in all entrepreneur activities in Asia.


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