Regardless of who you are, what you do, where you're from or where you want to go, I've always felt that making people smile, should always be the drive, the motivation and the ultimate intention.
Where you're 'going' is up to you, but the 'reason' to get there should always be to benefit others.
I remember as a child watching Raymond Briggs's 'The Snowman' and the 1978 'Superman' with Christopher Reeve. It gifted me my first sense of magic and wonderment, which stays with me to this day.
I also seem to remember as an 8 year old, getting told off for jumping from sofa to sofa in the living room pretending to be Indiana Jones running for life from the giant ball. Or cheering when Rocky battled Ivan Drago with a mighty right hook, or immediately wanting to make a proton pack out of a cornflakes box (and getting in trouble for spilling the contents everywhere!) after watching 'Ghostbusters'.
These, along with many memories stay with me, like coming home after school and watching repeats of the greats, like Eric Morecambe, Ronnie Barker, David Jason (to name a few) and laughing hysterically with the rest of the nation. I was hooked.
I instantly thought, "hey, that's a good job."
Now, I wouldn't even THINK of ever comparing myself to these legends, but my point of telling you all this, is that all these films, all these television shows - they inspired us, made us laugh, made us smile - and on a miserable day, helped brighten the human spirit.
So irrespective of what you do in life, I feel making someone happy should always be the reason for doing what you do.
I know it is for me. Otherwise reaching any level of fame, success, or recognition is worthless.
What's the point of having a beautiful guitar, and not play it? Similarly for me, I don't see the point of getting somewhere in life, and not using that to benefit others.
Thus (in conclusion to my essay!) I would like to share with you some of the charity projects I have, am and will be working on. Not to 'brag' about what I'm doing (because in essence, as my lovely grandfather taught me, I feel whatever charity work you do, should really be between you, and who you are doing it for) - the reason I'm sharing this with you, is to urge you to join me!
Please click the respective links to the featured organisations and do what you can!
Donate, volunteer, or if unable to do anything, help spread the word!
Lots of love
Sikander Malik. X