To Be Happy

Dear Blog,

I hope that you’ve not been too bored since the last time I’ve written to you – it’s been indeed a while since my last post. My pleasantries. I know I know, my sense of sarcasm is probably killing you by now, but do allow me to continue.

I write to you today to share with you another quote that I hold closely with me on a day to day basis. It is a quote taken from Anne Frank’s “Diary of a Young Girl” (one of the best books in the history of ever). I’ll recommend you read it one day if you ever get the chance (not that I know that you read).

“Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.”- Anne Frank

This quote reminds me of two things. One: That I may have no excuse ever to be upset at the unfairness of life. Two: That I am not alone in my quest to find the beauty in the world still left to me.

To understand my former point, it is important to understand the context in which Anne Frank wrote the quote. Her world, in many ways, was different from mine: I am safe now while she was not then. I can sit here to type out a blog in the comfort of my room, while she kept a diary under the dust of a cold hardy basement of a German family, hiding. Ironically, I share the same world as her, a lifetime away.

What does it mean to have the world treating you unfairly? When the world is out to kill you for no real good reason. That was Anne Frank’s world, with the Nazi regime set to eradicate all of her kind: jews. The Jews, they were tortured, made to labour under inhumane conditions, and ultimately, sent to death camps. All this with brutal efficiency. How efficient? 6 million dead in a span of 6 years of war. Historians now call it the Holocaust. And yet, Anne Frank amazes me with her resilience. Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy. Such defiance. If someone like her can think of the beauty left in a world that wants to kill her, who am I not to think of the beauty left in a world that has not yet tried to kill me?

I guess, one reason why I can relate so closely to Anne Frank will have to be because of her personality type. She is in a lot of ways similar to me. ENFP as compared to my INFP. Add little extroversion into me, and I’ll be her.

Anyways, I hope that this quote may hold to be of use to you as much as it is of use to me. Perhaps it may even be of use to you (not that I know that you need anything). I hope you to be happy.

Till the next time I right to you,

Stay Cheerful, Ka Wai


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