The ultimate takeaway from the 2018 Youth Now Summit that happened last weekend. Going in what was expected was a day’s worth of semi-inspiring talks that ultimately centered on how we control our own destinies. But what was ultimately delivered was a refreshing array of substantial, experienced, inspiring and vibrant people who had ample stories to share with us all.
The day kicked off with an exuberant speaker, Daniel Cerventus Lim, the founder curator of TEDxKL. Putting aside the traditional style of podium and mic, Daniel armed himself with a headset and the energy that ended up filling the entire Main Hall. He spoke on the prevalence of constant curiosity over passion. Stressing that resourcefulness and the ability to address challenges as they come are consequential to having success in whatever you do. What was refreshing about his speech though was the fact that he engaged intensely with the attendees. He asked the crowd if any of us had any creative projects in the works and offered ideas and the motivation for us to bring that project to its full effect. Admittedly this was what added appeal to his speech. He not only spoke at us he spoke to us and it was exciting.
Next we had a three person panel on the topic “What it takes to be Me”. The speakers were Daneesh Basil as well as Mr. Surain Victor and the session was moderated by Mr. Rishi Ramachandran, a fellow alumni of Multimedia University himself. This session was a little different in that it was more of a casual discussion among them as well as constant engagement with the audience. Mr. Daneesh spoke on how his time in the Student Representative Council while in university propelled him into the world of Malaysian Youth Parliament where he learned many things and developed an array of skill sets from speaking to leading. Mr. Surain then added by stressing the importance of going against the grain and trying as many things as possible to be able to take the educated decision on who you actually are, what you’re good at and essentially what your purpose in life is. A good take away from this session was that you never truly know who you are until you are brave enough to put yourself out there and challenge yourself.
We took a short break for lunch and resumed with an enlightening speech from one Ms. Julia Tan in discussion with MMU’s very own Aaron Lim. As the Vice President of Kechara Soup Kitchen Malaysia. Miss Julia opened our eyes to the demographic that is the urban poor and their plights. She also showed us that there is always a way to give back to our society. Be it in the form of engaging your community to participate in charity events or in small things like showing up to listen to the plights of others, understand what the need is and take steps towards filling those needs.
Finally, energetic would be an understatement when describing the session we had with Daniel Lee who albeit being a patient of brittle bones syndrome completed a 100km marathon for the Dignity For Children Foundation and trains to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games for wheelchair racing. With a session titled “Breaking the Boundaries” he got the entire hall to block out all external influences and focus on what we as individuals control and to center our focus and energy on that. By the end of his speech he had everyone tapping their chests twice and saying out loud “Aye!”, his motto in life whenever he is on the brink of achieving something great.
As the day drew to an end I think I can speak for all that attended that the summit that the day was filled of information, inspiration and energy. We left with the confirmation that there is truly nothing that stands in our way but ourselves and once we overcome the obstacles we set there’s nothing to say we can’t be the absolute best versions of ourselves.
By Prisya Nair