One of my earliest memories is of my favourite toy, this little blue and white lorry. Every now and then I have flashbacks of playing with it. But what I didn't know until very recently is where that toy came from. And honestly, it took me by surprise.
You know those shoeboxes that are filled with presents? The ones which we did at school? The charity things you send to kids in third world countries and are told not to put war related stuff in? Yep. One of those. One of those boxes. One of those little 'love in box' tings.
Damn. It hits me hard because I've always been the one in the privileged position of sending those boxes. So to think I was once on the receiving end is just crazy.
It just fills me with inexplicable awe and gratitude for my parents, from getting us from that to this.
How the hell did they do it? How did they not give up? How are they still able to laugh, smile and carry on? It amazes me.
They have lived a life of unimaginable suffering: deprived of basic needs, months of starvation, denied of education, underpaid labour, victimised by racism, separated from loved ones, stripped of identity, restricted by language barriers, marginalised by a difference in culture, and oh how I could go on and on and on and on and on. But I won't.
Because the point is not how much shit they've gone through. The point is how frickin amazingly they've turned their lives around, despite near death adversity. Their strength, their perseverence, their resilience - these are qualities which we are SO DAMN LUCKY lucky to have been bred by. They are my greatest source of inspiration. It's so so so crazy.
You grow up with this idea of success being money money money. But nope. Success is survival. Success is them. Success is us. And if we've come so far, think of how much further we can go... we are unstoppable 💪🏾 #blessed #diasporageneration #diaspora #tamil #tamileelam #survival #survivor #lovemyparents #biggestinspiration #amma #appa #immigrantgeneration #immigrants #wegetthejobdone #refugees #luckytobealive #grateful #asianparents #parentsquotes #neverforgetyourroots #tamilan #tamilanda #aalaporaantamizhan #thatsongtho #adversity #inspiration #resilience