May Thematic Month: Hello Future (Open to Submissions!)

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The process of homeostasis in the body is a self-regulatory process that ensures all our bodily functions maintain stability while we adjust to any changes in our external environment. Without this regulation, our bodies would shut down and perish. 

It is in our very nature, threaded into our very DNA that we, as humans, are wary and apprehensive of change. We fear rocking the boat too much, so we just lay there, allowing the waves to take us wherever our destiny sees fit. 

But see, I don’t believe that. I believe that you have a say in where you end up, who you become and the future you want to lead. I steadfastly believe that we have a hand in our own future but we’re just too afraid to take the leap, because what if it all doesn’t work out? 

To that I say: what if it does? 

We have all been affected one way or another by the past two years… and maybe some of us do not see a point in going on. But you, dear reader, you are still here and have so much more to offer to the world than you think. So take flight, go and reach out for the stars so that when we are long gone, and there is nothing left of us except the memories passed down to our loved ones, they can look up to the heavens and say: 

“They lived freely and without regret, chasing their dreams.” 

Inspired by NCT Dream’s repackaged album, “Hello Future” MONGA invites you to tap back into your inner child, shed off the shackles of the pandemic, look forward with a spark of hope in your eye and tell us of all your repressed dreams, big or small, without fear or judgement. Because…we can spend our entire lives being miserable and held back by what society tells us to be or we can break free and embrace the flighty, tumultuous mistress known as the future. 

How to participate? 

  1. Submit your writing piece (essays under 1000 words, poetry, etc.) or visual artwork (comics, photographs, illustrations, paintings, etc.) before 3rd of June 2022.
  2. Stand a chance to get your creative work featured in MONGA and win a RM50 Grab Voucher. Winners will be announced on 7th of June 2022. 

Write-up by Ashley Lim

Design by Aerin Tang

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