The following people have provided inspiration throughout my life.
Mum and dad (Fa’aea and Johnny)
Both my parents are of Samoan and Chinese ethnicity and I am grateful for the values that have passed on to me; hard-work ethic, treating others with respect and kindness, encouraging inclusiveness, ‘getting things done’, expressing gratitude, striving to be the best human I can be.
My life forever changed when I first learnt about Gandhi back in my high school days. His commitment and unwavering belief in non-violence, and in the promotion freedom and peace has always stayed with me. Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.
“The Scream” painting may evoke challenging emotions, but the intensity struck a chord with me. Munch’s paintings showcase the complexities and vulnerabilities of the human condition, helping me to recognise those things in myself too.