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  • Writer's pictureVicky Zhuang Yi-Yin

Chinese New Year 2021 - Year of the OX

Ah yes! I didn't post on the New Years, but I will definitely post for Chinese New Year. It's my favorite holiday. Well, it's not really a holiday for me. I still have to go to work, and that's because I live in Pakistan. It's not a national holiday, so I have to hustle.

But this Chinese New Year is special to me.

The last year has been very enlightening. Not only has it made me reflect on what is important, it has also taught me who is important in my life. It has taught me the value of things that need to be nurtured, and how to let go of things. It has taught me that life is finite, so, I have to choose between what is important and what is survival and what needs me to take the risk. It has made me realize that if I don't put a 100% to my passions, it's always going to be on the back burner, and I may one day live to question everything that I have done, and what the hell did I believe in.

And so, with this in mind, I start this year with a feverish resolve to do better for myself. To be ok with change. To be focused towards what really matters to me. To put myself first. And to do that, on the first day of the Chinese New Year, not only have I celebrated this important event in Chinese people's lives, but also released my third song.

Music is important to me. Storytelling is important to me. And so, here's what I have done.

I have released my song, Legacy today. It is based on a poem that I wrote when my dad passed away, but I knew I wanted to turn it into a song some time later. This poem was based on my last conversation with him. I won't go into the details of how it went, but it is important that I do sing about it.

If you have followed all that I have written, you will know how important my dad is to me, and so this tribute had to be made. Thanks to a little nudge by Mobeen Zahid, from Xarb.

It is very important to acknowledge the past in order to move forward, so here it is. Me looking forward to a good year ahead, and me working towards the things that matter to me. I hope that this year is a much better year than the ones that have past, and that we are all one step closer consistently towards the things that we need to do.

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