This morning, I happened to watch an inspiring "Planet B-Boy" on SMV. It is is a 2007 documentary film that focuses on the 2005 Battle of the Year ("BOTY") - a platform for B-Boys and Hip Hop culture in general and an opportunity for all participants to express themselves in a peaceful and non-racist environment.
In 2005 BOTY, energetic "Last For One" clinched the first place. I knew they would win looking at their impeccable and synergistic artwork. Since then, these have been recognised as a worldwide known name and a contributor to the Korean wave , their fans respectively calling them the 'Dancing Taeguk Warriors' - its national dancing team - that has graced myriads of art scene like performing along with Seoul Traditional Orchestra, featuring in South Korea Tourism Commercial, performing all over the world including 2006 Munich World Cup.
"The final win is not the leap you took from the starting point. It is all the effort and patience it took to reach it" ~ B-boy Fresh (Park Kyung Hoon) (1983)Their story is heartwarming and inspiring considering they have went through a lot of hardships before and now, they have found their place in our global society. Their presence, not only making the art scene more vibrantly colourful, their passion changes their life and many more hopefuls B-Boy out there.
But, Last for One is where they are today because the society gives them the opportunity to grow and be different. They live in a society that rewards those who are diligent , competitive and brave enough to bring and embrace changes. They have found their place in their society.
This could happen to them because they are, after all, come from South Korea - a dynamic high-income, highly competitive country which has outperformed us in many ways.
Extrinsically, we are no different from them but we are what Albert Camus drew some inspiration from when he said, "Man is the only creature that refuses to be what he is".
So, have you found your place in the society?