Accepting that our positive and negative thoughts make us who we are: a video dialogue

Accepting that our positive and negative thoughts make us who we are: a video dialogue

We should accept that our negative thoughts and feelings are as much a part of us as the positive ones, and chart our own course in life

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Chi-wah's video shows the two sides of his character
Photo: Unicef HK

This video is about a dialogue between the two sides of my inner self. The person in the grey hoodie represents the darker side of me, whereas the one in white clothing represents my brighter side. The two identities are forged from my experiences and they represent who I am in real life.

I grew up in an ordinary family, but my life has been anything but ordinary. I have a hunger for knowledge, and I read lot of Chinese history, animation, psychology and philosophy. As long as I am interested in something, I will read and research. However, with increased knowledge, I started to have different thoughts going through my mind.

Some of the thoughts are a bit dark and others are more positive. The constant battling of different thoughts takes a toll on my emotions, and it leaves me disturbed and confused. I believe that crying is a way to let off some steam. In fact, crying is an expression of sadness, and there is no reason why one should put on a smile and pretend everything is okay.


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There are three messages that this video aims to convey. First, one has to be true to oneself. Everyone has different strengths and weaknesses, and their lives ebb and flow. Therefore, there is no need to tackle all your weaknesses, or else it will make your life difficult. Second, don’t be afraid of your dark side, as this helps you to understand your own problems. Those who ignore their inner dark side try to cover up their problems with positive energy, but this only makes things worse. The two sides have to be managed carefully to provide a delicate balance. Third, don’t blindly follow others; chart your own course. If you blindly follow others, you will end up becoming disillusioned.

So be true to yourself in your journey of self-discovery!

Edited by Chrlotte Ames-Ettridge

This article appeared in the Young Post print edition as
One person, two identities

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