“A boy committed suicide at uni recently. His friends were looking for him; I didn’t know him, but seeing his face on posters everywhere made me feel invested in looking out for him too. The police found him a week later.
I guess I’ve had a bit too much free time on my hands, but you start to think what the point of it all is. You’re born, you live, and you die. When you go, your family remembers you, and when they go, no one does. It’s as if there was no trace in the first place. No proof of your existence. And if you’re still on the fence on concepts such as god, being forgotten is hella scary. After all, what is the point of life if a lifetime of memories can just face away in an instant.
“In light of everything thats been happening on the news lately and seeing so much evil in the world, I just want to speak through writing.It’s so frustrating and heartbreaking to see the hardships people face – some of which you nor I can ever truly claim to understand and feel unless we directly go through it ourselves.
I pray to see that things will change. I hope we all feel the need to teach each other and one day educate our children on the importance of acceptance and unity. I hope we teach our children love and compassion and just all the good, nicer stuff in life…
“I think it’s ok to be unsure of your identity and what you want from life because we’re given such a specific image of success from a young age. Our identities are defined in terms of what we wear, our talents, education and interests; not our character or the way we treat people. We’re obsessed with the image we put out into the world because it’s the only attempt at controlling how others understand you, but one of the lessons I’ve learnt over the last couple of years is that certain things will always be out of your control, and the only thing worth putting any energy into is learning how to grow from your own experiences, instead of getting caught up with everyone else’s definition of stability. This isn’t to say that success is not achievable, but it means different things for different people. For me, success is about loving my life, learning from the bad days and appreciating the good days.
Whenever people asked me “what are you passionate about?” I’d always give an answer they would want to hear like ‘my culture’ or ‘music’ but at the root of it, they’re just parts of a whole. I’m passionate about loving my life. This one of the reasons why me and my brother started caesarmusic. Music, being one of many things, has brought me closer to people, has helped me come to terms with difficult situations and has shown me that I’ve got so much more to learn from life.”
“My brother and I weren’t born in the UK; my parents had to constantly move between countries to try and build a life for us, eventually settling in London. Not only did they experience a Civil War, but they migrated to a completely foreign country, leaving most of their own families behind and starting a fresh where Tamil was not their first language.
Whilst growing up, I would say I was completely oblivious to what mum and dad went through in order to let me have the freedoms and opportunities I have today. Only when visiting Sri Lanka did I realise how different things were and are back home. Seeing the contrast led me to appreciate the setbacks my parents went through just to make sure that we did not have to go through the same struggles as them.