I was surprised to see him reading so late at night. I asked my husband what was he reading. He was so engrossed he didn’t even reply. When I asked him again he replied, “oh this book is so good, once you start you can’t put it off”. Once I started to read I realized he was right about this book ‘The Happiest Refugee: My journey from tragedy to comedy’ by Anh Do (named Australian Book of the Year).
The story is about the incredible journey of Anh Do from escaping Vietnam on a leaky boat with his family at the age of two to become one of the most popular stand-up comedian and a popular figure on stage and small screen in Australia.
It depicts the struggle and sacrifice of a refugee family to build a better future with hard work and more importantly strong determination.
There are raw emotions, humour as well as shear honesty.
It brought back the memory of my wonderful times with my extended family from my childhood.
So much of the book describes the courage and determination of Anh’s mum and I saw the reflection of my mum’s journey in that as well. She never boarded a leaky boat to come to a foreign land but she came to a big new unknown city with two very young children and little money. I felt enormously grateful for all the sacrifices my parents have made over the years.
The story reinforced my belief that everything happens for a reason when Anh described that they could not believe how bad was their luck when Thai pirates attacked them for the second time within a few hours after the first attack in the sea. But that second pirate attack actually saved their lives as the pirates gave them some water to survive for a few days.
The story of Anh’s brother getting the “Young Australian of the year” award is not only inspiring but also shows that enormous thing can happen when we dare to care and we don’t have to wait for the big thing to happen, we can start small.
Anh showed his courage and determination to create a big life with big dream when he walked away from a corporate job to pursue his dream to become a comedian.
This uplifting story proves again, “It isn’t where you came from, it’s where you’re going that counts.” – Ella Fitzgerald
But the main wisdom I take away from this book comes from Anh’s dad
“ There is only two times in life, there is now, and there’s too late”
So what are you waiting for? Start your journey now.
Please share your story about any book that has inspired you or what journey are you embarking on .
With love and gratitude
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