people: a look back
As the moblog period
comes to a close, I look back and realise more than 50 people have
agreed to share their stories with the nation.
Coming from all walks of life, of all ages, they share a deep passion
for our wild places and have made a difference.
Putting together their stories has been particularly moving for me.
These gentle people prefer to work quietly, without fanfare and are
very shy about their achievements. I am deeply grateful for their
trust in sharing their innermost thoughts.
Each has done so in the hope that others will realise that they too
can make their difference. As Kok Leong said: "there is a hidden
naturalist in every person".
Personally for me, it has been a precious gift to read and learn more
about these wild people that I've come to know. As Zeehan said: "I
actually got to know my friends a bit more. We never question why
and how we get involved with nature". Dionne added: "It
has been real fun sharing with others my experiences as well as to
read what others have to offer."
Working for nature can sometimes be lonely, but now I know I am not
alone. As Debby said: "I got to learn about all these people
out there who were making a difference in their own little ways, and
discover that there're so many wonderful people out there who believe
that differences can be made with what skills they have and that's
it's worth trying".
More importantly, there are so many younger people too, who care and
who are already making a huge difference. As Subaraj said: "so
many individuals who are out there quietly working for what we all
love so dearly. I now feel so old looking at all those young faces
What is even more amazing is that the people featured here are just
a tiny tip of the iceberg.
For every one of them, there are many many more wild people who make
equally significant contributions.
Many are too modest about their contributions, others are too shy,
most are dreadfully busy. And many many more I don't know well enough
to beg to bare their souls to the nation. :-)
Among those who refuse to be acknowledged is one person whose contribution
I feel I must mention. He has made it possible for us to visit some
shores during this year's super low tides that would otherwise not
be documented until next year's low tides begin in April.
Such kind acts, which may appear simple to the giver, make a tremendous
difference to our wild places and the efforts of people who try to
make a difference for them.
To these wonderful people. Thank you!
Siva, as always, sums it up best: "The moblog was a wonderful
means for me to comment and thank just few of the many people who
have worked tirelessly for nature, to ensure we have some of it to
pass on and to treasure, understand and share the places we still
We haven't used a lot of money to get things done, but heart and soul
are invaluable resources, and making the first move - learning about
nature yourself first or guiding your friend for starters - has turned
out to be very important."
Want to read more about the people featured on Wild Lives?
On the right are quick links to each of the 50 or so people featured
on the moblog over the last month.
Mouse over to see their names, and click for a link to the website
version of their story.