Growing up in a rather strict Christian family environment, my siblings and I were granted minimal access to TV and radio. At that time, “internet” wasn’t even part of our vocab, so as kids, our form of entertainment included:
1) Main getah (jumping “rope” made out of rubber bands)
The “rope” is woven by rubber bands and is used to challenge one’s ability to jump over it, as the height gradually increased with each successful attempt. Not recommended for people with hairy legs.
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I believe this was a universal form of entertainment for most children born before the 90’s and requires no further explanation.
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3) Batu tujuh (translated literally as seven stones)
Better known as “batu seremban”, the idea of this game is to flick one stone up while sweeping as many of the remaining ones before catching the stone that had been flicked. A quiet game of balance, speed and agility. A variation of this game uses tiny square rice pillows instead of stones.
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4) Guli (marbles)
A border is set and players aim to hit their opponents’ marbles out. A non-violent game of strategy and accuracy.
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Sure, there was a host of other activities that proved to be truly amusing to us back then (waaaaaaay before the age of iPads and touch-screen phones). I remember playing with fighting fishes, flying home-made kites, congkak, jumping ropes and my ultimate favourite…
…playing badminton over the house gate. Classic.
As you’d probably guess by now, TV was a treat; and even more so when you have your church Pastor as a dad. A disciplinarian at that, mind you.
I remember having a 30-minute daily allowance to sit in front of the TV. That meant that I had to choose wisely. Very wisely.
You can imagine the dilemma I faced as a child, when my favourite shows like MacGyver, Nightrider and Airwolf were showing on the same day as cartoons like Voltron, Care Bears, Jem and Thundercats.
Then there was Transformers. Remember this?
Now that was the Transformers I grew up with. #nostalgia
In 2007, thanks to Michael Bay and Steven Spielberg, the first live action film of Transformers was born. Every 2 years since then, a new installment to the movie was introduced, bringing us to Transformers: Age of Extinction, released 12 days ago.
Despite being the worst-reviewed film of the franchise, Age of Extinction still proved worthy of some valuable leadership lessons.
In this movie, our all-time hero – Optimus Prime – proved that great leaders create loyalty, so much so that an Autobot actually said,
"You just want to die for the guy."
"That's the kind of leader you die following." - Crosshairs
A few of my favourite quotes from the movie:
Rule? Don’t make it sound so harsh. It’s wisdom. -Cade Yeager
At times, we tend to misinterpret valuable advice from leadership figures as rules, especially when they prevent us from acting according to our impulses. Never do something permanently foolish because you are temporarily upset.
I’m doing things out of my league. -Cade Yeager
In life, if you don’t risk anything, you risk everything. Successful people willingly do what unsuccessful people are unwilling to do. Don’t be afraid to push yourself to extend the boundaries of your capabilities.
You gotta have faith, Prime. Maybe not in who we are, but who we can be. -Cade Yeager
Every single thing that has ever happened in your life is preparing you for a moment that is yet to come. We are destined for greatness. However, that path to greatness requires effort and effort is only effort when it begins to hurt. Don’t give up.
Focus! Stop talking! -Shane Dyson
Stop talking and start doing.
"Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people." -Eleanor Roosevelt
Let me know what you think of the movie! Meantime, have a wonderful day ahead super people! Thank you for inspiring this post!