I woke up 2 days ago to find out I’d become very popular in Malaysia and was receiving thousands of messages, memes and comments on Instagram and Twitter. I was linked to a case study in the SPM English exam paper about a 16 year old paraglider called Melissa that had an accident while flying, that every 17 year old in your country had to answer.
As you’ve probably realised by now, the Melissa in your exam paper has nothing to do with me - I simply happen to be a female paraglider - who loves the sport - and whose middle name is Melissa.
Since all this started 48 hours ago I’ve had over 150,000 comments, likes and tweets - which - to be honest - is totally surreal… and quite overwhelming too.
A lot of your messages have been beautiful and kind and I’ve been encouraged by their positivity - thank you. I’ve visited Malaysia before and love your country and I’m glad that so many of you are interested in trying paragliding. It’s a great sport 😊
However, some of the messages I’ve received haven’t been so nice: nasty messages like these are hurtful and can cause mental health issues.
As a 30-something woman, I am old enough to see through this but if I was, in fact, a 16 year old girl, it's very likely this would be a different story - those who posted these comments should think before they act in future. C’mon, please #haveaheart - we’re all just humans after all ❤️❤️ Coincidentally, I’m an artist who works on projects that focus on the fusion of technology and human behaviour and how it impacts on our bodies, hearts and minds. You have given me the most amazing source material for behaviours on social media and an insight into what it feels like to be someone who’s encountered cyber bullying.
As I’m sure you’ll understand, I’m not going to be posting on here over the next few days while this calms down.
In the meantime, I wish you all the best of luck with the rest of your exams!
Seriously! The stage,where we all play our part will be dismantled one day. There will come a time when everyone has to remove the 'angelic masks' that we wear,the 'evangelic words' that we speak to look holy. Whatever the truth is,there is someone up there who sees you right through. If we don't really mean what we live and say,we won't get to heaven,we are just wasting our time out here! So👉 #theheartmatters#faithmatters 🙏
Today I will remind myself that I, in fact, have rights. I will remember that I have a right to feel what I feel, but I will also remember that all other people have the right to feel what they feel, even if they feel like they don’t like the way I feel.