Touching souls in a lackadaisical society.
We are only human and being human means we tend to be driven by so negative feelings at times. Truth is we are all damaged in manifold, inevitable and interesting ways— the failure of a business venture tore us apart; we witnessed bitter fights of our parents during childhoods; we had self doubts fuelled by the outstandingness of a high-achieving sibling; we hated our jobs but needed to pay bills; we’ve lost people we love; we got anxieties from being trapped in a less than fulfilling life; we don’t know if we are truly happy and if we will ever find the meaning of our existence, which we crave for, a lot.
It’s impossible to go through life without burdens of this kind. But it makes an enormous difference whether we know how to acknowledge them and whether we understand them. When we fail at this, it becomes overwhelming and that leads to depression and dejection. “There’s no checklist. You have to understand yourself, know your boundaries,” said Lim Wei Lin — the accomplished banker and passionate advocate of mental health.
World Health Organization (WHO) defined health as “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease”. In this context, people affected by mental disorders are considered ill. I detest the word ‘ill’, and ‘sick’. I think it simply means that one just has it rougher at the moment.
Many think going beyond is unfeasible. Ignorance just seems much more convenient. But little did they know, not paying enough attention to our emotional baggage can turn themselves into their own worst nightmares.
“I am not an optimist by nature.” She’s utterly forthcoming. In fact, she suffered from this phenomenon herself. Hence she felt the same enormous sense of moral imperative to promote mental health. ‘Unassuming’ might be Wei Lin’s natural operating mode, but she is definitely one ambitious woman with lots of love to give. She wants to touch souls in a lackadaisical society and helps them to positively influence people around by working with individuals and NGOs. Spoiler alert — treatments and rehabilitation are not the only solution.
A true altruist, her mission of ‘highlighting different options in life’ starts with a question — Do you want to live differently?
In the words of Tolstoy, “music is the shorthand of emotion”. Wei Lin sings with considerable zeal. “People say that I am perfectionist, but I’d like to think myself as ‘passionate’.”
‘I Live’ is an album which is very much in tune with life. “Because music transcends beyond language,” reiterated the soft-spoken lady. “I can only reach out to a certain amount of people.” Music is her way to relate with others whom she might not be able to reach out to.
The seemingly indefatigable woman took a ‘hands-on’ approach on making the album. “I met a lot of angels along the way.” She started the passion project 15 years ago and decided to pursue it again after going through thyroid surgery for a goiter. The incident was the wake-up call to embody the ‘carpe diem’ (seize the day) spirit.
Refreshing the idea of emotional education
Wei Lin wrote the songs with a certain amount of freedom, hoping to inspire with the girl-next-door vibed song titles — Angel, Frying, Are You With Me?, Hang In There, Jigsaw Puzzle, That’s What Friends Are For. The inspiration came from her own experiences and daily musings. “This is more than an album of songs. It is about life, and ordinary people like you and I. ”
Her initial targeted audience was the thirtysomethings who are desperate to get the life’s big questions answered. She confessed that she doesn’t have the answers because she’s all about making music that makes people think. “It’s not a guideline. It’s rather abstract. There’s no right or wrong. It’s all about options in life.”
“Pause and think, and think a little bit,” she said. Aside from being inspired, she hopes that people will be able to find comfort in the brevity of a three-minute song. For instance, the message behind one of her singles — Are You With Me? is about embracing the challenges and let go if you have to because you never know, life is full of surprises!
It’s nothing extravagant. But this soul-soothing album is a good bet if you feel like paying RM500 for a counseling session is not up your alley.
Wei Lin wants to make an impact on you and your life, you just have to let her in.
Wei Lin’s album is a mandarin compilation which is available for purchase NOW on iTunes and in CD (from any CD Rama outlets in Malaysia).
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