天下莫柔弱于水, 而攻堅強者莫之能勝, 以其無以易之。弱之勝強, 柔之勝剛, 天下莫不知, 莫能行。
Water is fluid, soft, and yielding. But water will wear away rock, which is rigid and cannot yield. As a rule, whatever is fluid, soft, and yielding will overcome whatever is rigid and hard.
– 老子 ｜ lao tzu
Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless – like water. Now you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup, you put water into a bottle, it becomes the bottle, you put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.
– bruce lee
Life is surrounded by endless pain and suffering. The suffering of birth, old age, sickness and death is unavoidable. Following the loss of my father, I find myself growing as a person. My father’s illness and death have changed me in ways that will profoundly touch every aspect of my life. However, unlike me, my mother took quite a while to walk out of the grief. This has inspired me to draw a link to water and its flexibility – ability to adapt. Be it taking on any form or seeping through cracks, it has always been able to adjust to the object, finding its way round or through it. 若水 | What the Water Gave Me urges viewers to contemplate about life, encouraging them to come to terms with it. It serves as a form of emotion healing for those who have experienced the pain associated with these sufferings. Are you like water or the rigid glass that restrains it? Will you be like water, taking on a new form or simply be like the shattered glass, unable to mend? Will you be able to accept, adapt, and move on?