Rites of Passage: Growing Up into Adulthood (Manhood or Womanhood)

There is something sacred and divine about the journey of growing up into adulthood. Here and there, there are striking incidences, trials and hardship, along with tangibly felt moments that provoke and inspire. Every now and then, the individual - whether a young teen or an older man - experiences subtle yet authoritative messages that are deeply personal. This is intimately tied to the question we all inevitably ask growing up: What makes us a man or a woman?

Walking dark alleys for a purposeful existence

Walking Geylang's alleys.

Buried deep, darkness is rendered voiceless as we seek to portray our most desirable face. Poverty exists alongside wealth, but they are contradictorily worlds apart, seemingly distinct entities. The world is as fragmented as our individual selves. Forging a relationship with the suppressed dark which lingers, is a process more associated with purpose than we think. Purpose, something that carries intent and direction for a meaningful existence.

Descending into a Man’s Wounds

Every man receives a wound at some stage of his life. What have our wounds got to do with our lives now? Because we don’t talk about our wounds, the conscious mind remains unaware, and these wounds are go on to be deeply ingrained as a subconscious programme in our psyche. As “ascenders”, we might hope to change the world, but we have not taught to examine our “dark side” which run our lives – and by extension, our world – in the first place.