I don’t think I’ve ever started a tag ever, so here’s my attempt…
Here’s the intructions: Link to the person that tagged you and then post the rules on your blog. Answer the questions and tag seven (7) random people at the end of your post by linking to their blogs. Let these random people know that they are tagged by leaving comments in their blog. And last, let your tagger know when your entry is up.
Isn’t that simple? Here’s the questions and my answers…
A period of time in your life when you felt protected. That would be two years ago, at the Oakland Flea Market. There were a group of guys who yelled out fag at me. When suddenly, my brother who was walking beside me disappeared. Well guess what he did? He got into a fight, and even whacked two guys with a baseball bat. Golly, I was dead scared and cops got involved. But somehow I had this notion in my head — my brother’s got my back. I’m untouchable!
A period of time in your life when you felt unprotected. That would be sometime after highschool, when I ran away from home. I felt so alone, but then that was a choice I made myself. I wanted that feeling of freedom, living on the edge or live today die tomorrow. Which I think was totally dumb, now that I’m reminiscing about it. That was also the time when I got into an abusive relationship, the first and definitely the last.
The first time you discovered power. That would be during my two year military training. I discovered and proved myself equally able (or even more) as any straight guy in service. It was an absolute self discovery. Made me realize that I wasn’t a weakling as others perceived me to be.
A person who’s life has affected you the most. Besides my mother, I would say The Dalai Lama. I truly admire his life, his work and his words of wisdom. His capacity to move the world without any political power, his compassion for humanity and his undying advocacy for love and peace. I was lucky enough to see him in person and he possess such a gentle face. Filled with so much inner calm and devotion.
A book that has affected you the most. The first thing that would come to mind would be, Og Mandino. But right after reading Joan Didions books, The Year of Magical Thinking, I suddenly changed my mind. Some readers may find it melancholic, but to me it was engaging. The book is brilliant and breathtaking in its honesty. It shares the authors heartfelt and devastating account in a way that is ruthless, intense, real and yet, human.
A piece of music or song that affected you the most. Believe or not, it was Lee Ann Womacks song entitled, I Hope You Dance. It’s a song that narrates the story of our lives. The adversities we face and the choices we make. The song is filled with hope and honesty. There’s this particular line from it that keeps playing in my ear. It says, loving might be a mistake. But it’s worth taking!
A movie or film that affected you the most. There’s so many movies I’ve watched over the years. But the one that stands out for me is, I am Sam. I think I’ve cried a river full of tears, as I was absolutely moved by Sean Penn’s performace. The movie is a testament, that the bond between a father and his daughter is something that is stronger than any human disability.
Okay, there goes my answers. And to start this tag, I am asking the following people to join in and keep the ball rolling. Meeya, Weng, Thess, Bangge, Keith, Pinky and Dang. Thanks in advance and like I always say whenever I’m tagging people — at your own convenience please!