What would you do if you were not afraid?

Fear has always been a contagious malady for those who impotently give in to it. Today, I am going to tap into the matter of fear as I know that fear is to be the most basic human emotion for an individual to feel when they stumble upon a subject they are not familiar with.

I was inspired by this writer, Jenn Pascua and there was a highlighted sentence in her post, “Choose Not to Fear” which really hit me in the head and I quote,

It is natural for people to feel fear on attempting to try new things. But sometimes, we have to filter those fears that are already irrational, fears that hinder us to let courage grow within ourselves.

She is right. It is only natural for people to feel scared when it comes to trying new things. Certain people have the tendency to avoid any form of new things they find to be mysteriously strange to them. And I for one, fall under that category of people. My absolute fear back then was meeting new people. Those were dark times for me indeed. I couldn’t conjure the courage to talk to anyone whom are mere strangers to me. Even more so, I wasn’t able to initiate a conversation because in my head, I’d constantly ask myself so many questions like: What should I say? What sort of things should I talk about with this person and that person? What am I not suppose to say? With so many questions in mind, I drove myself away from having to converse with people I have not met rather than taking the chances of having a conversation with them. That was what I was fairly “skillful” at; avoiding new people and things.

Then came a day which I can still remember to this day. I was in London with my brother and his family and then, the weekend came. I decided to have the usual walk by myself around Hyde Park so I took the usual 94 bus to get there. While I was sitting down contemplating of life, came this old lady sitting next to me. Thinking about it now, it felt ridiculously bizarre because I can distinctly remember the bus being empty. Out of nowhere and out of the blue, this old lady turned to me and said,

Don’t be afraid. The world is big and things won’t turn out the way you want them unless you change it.

When the bus stopped, she exited the bus and went on her way. I sat there, stunned whilst thinking how I have wasted my time and energy being scared when I knew what I had to do was face my fears. And that’s what I kept doing after that. Each time I felt a pang of fear pounding inside my chest, I just went for it. Without questions and without thinking about the repercussions of the aftermath. I started initiating conversations with strangers of all races and religions. I became courageous enough to ask about their perspective of life and what they think. I was open to so many discussions that the fear I felt once before, start to diminish gradually each time I felt a sense of accomplishment for overcoming my fears.

The reason why I am sharing with you this story is to tell you this; I understand. I understand how it must feel to be afraid most of the time. It doesn’t matter what your fear is because I can tell you this, it is only natural. We are bound to experience fear. But I can tell you this. When you grow old, you will indefinitely regret something you didn’t do rather than what you did. Avoiding your problems and fears is not the only one way to solve things. It is like a shelf; you keep avoiding problems and fears, you stack them up in the shelf that when you have no place to stow your problem away, it will tumble down and hit you hard. Then you will have a big problem to handle in the end.

Eventually, you will have to face your fears, one way or another. You just have to know how to be able to turn those fears of yours into something motivational and then will you be able to achieve success! You will come across rejection and disappointment over and over along the way. Failure will somewhat be apart of your life because failure is the one way we can pick our two feet and stand again. When we do meet disappointments along the road, it strips us off from positivity and hope to go on. But like what Jenn Pascua said, “The best way to fight them is to be proactive and treat them as springboards which can slowly lead us to success.”

If you must feel afraid, take all the time in the world to be afraid. But there will come a point of time when you will eventually have to face your fears and give everything you got because at the end of the day, we have to be still, stand and keep on going no matter how hard and deep down into a hole we fall. Don’t let fear spoil what’s inside you and what you can do because the things you did not plan to have in your life are the things that are absolutely worthwhile.

Do you what you fear and fear disappears.

— David Joseph Schwartz

Regards,
Juey Adlin
#MajuProject2013

What is your own quote?

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We will be posting up all replies from our family members, friends and acquaintances about the quote. Why did we ask such question like that?

THE MAIN REASON why we asked you the question, is that, we want to know whether you are positive enough to have a word of your own to live by and your own life principle for you to go through the day. The disciplinary that you guys have made to yourself to complete any assignments or tasks. The promise or vow that you have made to achieve something in the future.

This is important, our dearest friends. We need to know the vibes that you have right at this moment and what kind of principle that you have been holding all these while. We need to know what type of environment you have been living in. And again, this curiosity is killing us. We just need to know, so we asked you guys on that Saturday morning around 4 am something. LOL! Sorry for the “early” notification, blame the curiousness in us.

We just want to know who’s prepared for it (the unexpected question and the future, of course), makes you think about your current status now on where are you right now, are you on the right track, what do you really want in the future. Have you decided on what you want to be in the future? Is it the correct path? Basically, we just wanted to know, do you have your own life principle?

Hence….

SUPERBLY AWESOME REPLIES! Will post it in the next post 🙂

Regards,
Malina Azman
#MaJuProject2013

#MaJuProject2013 – Project 1

This curiosity is killing me. I cannot stop from thinking of something new every darn single day and night. Brain cannot stop working, it needs to be used all the time. I need to think of something, so I went online, search for famous quotes on BrainyQuote (yes, click on it if you want to have brain like mine. Good or bad, its your call.) It is kinda like, my daily dosage. It is like a prayer to me. I cannot live without it. For us, Muslims, we need to give prayer (doa) in order to make you feel better or you know there’s something out there that you could refer to or rely on. Same goes to me. Other than do prayers, I have other ways to do affirmation.
 
BY READING INSPIRATIONAL QUOTES.
 
Doesn’t matter what is the subjects/topics. Can be anything. Success, dreams, changes, wisdom, happiness, inspirational etc.. Anything that makes you feel better after reading it!
 
I admit that despite of my busy schedule, I sometimes do not have time to be around positive people (But thank goodness for my homies, they are all positive people!), and sometimes I do not have time to do prayers and curse out loud and will regret about it second later. LOL! So, other than doa, I will spend most of my nights before I go to bed, by reading quotes. On Twitter or websites. Even on Tumblr! I will turn off the light and read it on my phone.
 
So I have an assignment for you. Answer this question if you must. Or, YOU MUST ANSWER THIS QUESTION!
 
IF YOU ARE FAMOUS (or not, doesn’t matter), WHAT DO YOU WANT TO SAY SO THAT PEOPLE WOULD QUOTE YOU? FOR EXAMPLE, “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” by Eleanor Roosevelt. WHAT ABOUT YOURS?
 
Please and please. I know that most of you never think of this question before though most of you are all above 20 years old now. But I really really hope that all of you could give me feedback. Take your precious time and please do get back to me yea? You can reply thru here (at the comment box below) or thru Twitter if you have it, or Keek or my Instagram or thru email or mobile phone if you have my number. I want to know my people and your brilliant and genius minds. Give me what you’ve got, babies! Hihi. Thanks.
 
Appreciate your feedback, loves.
 
 
Regards, 
Malina Azman
for #MaJuProject2013

Hello, Introducing #MaJuProject2013!

Introducing Th MaJu Project 2013 by Malina A. and Juliana A. What is #MaJuProject2013?

What is #MajuProject2013, you ask?

#MaJuProject2013 is a series of vlog or videolog that we both, Malina A. and Juliana A. are going to make for the remaining year of 2013. We will be talking and discussing about how to lead a positive life, what is happiness, what it takes to be successful, and the list goes on.  We are going to talk a lot! It takes half a year for us to perform and execute this awesome plan since we need to sit down and talk as well as discuss and ‘perah otak’ (meaning, brainstorm) to get so many different ideas and information to collect from all kinds of people with different backgrounds and cultures. As well as their lifestyles. We also want to create and build a healthy society in Malaysia, to change the mindsets of most Malaysians, to create a society where brains and minds come first before anything else. We want to spread the positive vibes to all of people out there, to make them see what we see, to make them feel good about themselves, and to achieve goals, everyday. We know it sounds impossible to “change” the mindsets of our fellow Malaysians but we want to at least, give some changes to some of you readers. We need to start and start small by doing this #MajuProject2013.
Why do we call this project #MaJuProject2013?
Firstly, it is because of the combination of our names, MAlina + JUliana, and since this our project together, hence the name, MaJuProject. It is also because the word “maju“, when you translate it, it means progress. So we believe in the concept of progressing things and people around us as well as ourselves. We need to be progressive in order to become better, successful individuals not just in the future, but  in the moment, as in now. InshaAllah. Why do we want to put the hashtag? We think people know what is the purpose of the hashtag, right? The whole purpose of putting hashtag is to have people to spread the word of the project so people can know what our project is all about so we can share our discussions, ideas and progression of ourselves, not just in Malaysia but outside of Malaysia as well.
When will the #MaJuProject2013 be officially opened to public?
We both are still at the data-collection phase, still recording videos to get more ideas and thing to talk and discuss about. Nothing serious. We just do it for fun, to share useful and beneficial things that we have learned everyday. We are still learning and just merely wanted to share with you so that you could feel our positive energy too! We want you to feel what we are feeling right now. Trust us, positivity is the only thing that could give you the boost you need.
Regards,
Malina Azman & Juliana Adlin