Sunday, December 30, 2012

It's 'Rain'-ing in My Heart

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How did I spent my holidays? I went out with my family, gave, and received gifts. Little that I know, that God would also give me another gift this season. For the year 2012, I was not my usual determined self. The bitterness I have experienced in this life... the pain, the injustices, all the bad things... made me numb. I didn't react to life. I just let it happen. I felt nothing. In other words, I gave up. 

However, despite all that, I still believe in my dream deep in my heart. It didn't disappear. I didn't know what to do but... God still believes in me. He gave me inspiration and motivation through a person named Rain. 

I didn't expect it. I was just watching videos in YouTube when I came across Rain's performance during the 2008 Mnet KM Music Awards. His stage presence blew me away! I never thought that I can see an overwhelming performance other than Michael Jackson, the person who I also look up to. See his performance below: 



After that, I couldn't stop watching it over and over again. I began to like Rain! My old stalker self  was activated again. I researched all the meaning of his songs in the performance. And with the song My Way, I unexpectedly cried because of the lyrics: 

My Way. A path that no one traveled on. Although the things I do are trampled and trampled on, I stand up. One: With endless effort, I walk my path. Two: With endless patience, I run over the wall. Three: Endless modesty, to not be shaken. 

(English translation taken from the video by eye96rain as embedded below)



Now that is the song that made me admire Rain or Ji-Hoon as a person! As I dug deeper into his life, I learned about all the struggles he has went through. He was poor and hunger-stricken when he was young. Credit goes to Terri of Cloud USA for her awesome biography of Rain. Check out http://cloudusa.wordpress.com/bio-jung-ji-hoon/ for the full article. 


My favorite line. Taken from http://cloudusa.wordpress.com/bio-jung-ji-hoon/

Strange. I have also asked those questions myself. Why does the world make me suffer? Why has the world turned its back on me? 

But despite everything, he still moved on and never gave up on his dream. Unlike me, where I just let the world push me away. 


Inspiring words from Rain. Taken from http://cloudusa.wordpress.com/bio-jung-ji-hoon/
Further on, I have watched past videos of Rain. From his teenage days to his early twenties when he was still starting out. I could see how he evolved and got better in his craft. This man was not born with instant talent! He truly worked hard to polish himself to be person we see now. 


Rain performing Rainism. Photo source: http://k-popped.com/2008/11/rains-best-rainism-performance-at-mkmf/
I'm glad to know this man who has inspired me to not let the world and the sufferings bring me down. Instead, fight and focus. Just focus towards your dream! Work harder than ever! He proved to me that hard work brings success, not talent alone. 


I thank God for Rain. Photo taken from the internet.
I thank God for Rain! His wonderful gift to me - my new inspiration to fuel me towards my life's ultimate dream! Here I am! Ready to fight again! With each moment, I will remember Rain's motto: endless effort, endless patience, endless modesty. Yup... ENDLESS.


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