Father’s Day is celebrated all over the world on June 19. It is a day when fatherhood is celebrated and honored. Actor turned humanitarian Somy Ali shares about the bond she shares with her father while speaking on the occasion. She also talks about their equation evolving over the years and more. “My father and I never saw eye to eye on any subject when I was young mainly because I was a stubborn teenager and a rebel without any specific cause,” Somy smiles softly, before adding how things have changed over the years.
At this age, Somy now has this realization that everything her father taught her and her brother (Mohammad Ali who owns an Advertising Agency in Los Angeles) were totally on point. “Most importantly, his outlook on human beings and when times are tough it is your blood that will be there for you more than anyone else. I remember always thinking how negative of a point of view that is to live by and how morbid to think that everyone is out to get you. I would shrug my shoulders when my father would constantly tell me to be careful and stop trusting people.
I was so wrong and a complete brat. Every single advice my father gave to me has come to use and everything he said is so unbelievably true that I am completely dumbfounded when it comes to humanity. Thus my motto to live by is that everyone is good until they screw you over. Bottom line is to give everyone a chance till they show you their true colors and then we need to immediately remove them from our lives. We all want something from one another that’s called living and being alive, but when one uses and takes constant advantage of you, that’s someone we need to veer away from right away. Block and delete!,” she adds.
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Somy often tells her father these days that he was right about the world and humanity, and accepts that her ego, age and stubbornness got in the way of taking his advice. Well, this isn’t anything new as all teenagers and even youth nowadays think they are right about everything. “That’s fine though because only experiences will help us grow and ascertain human beings and what they are all about. There is no one purely good or purely evil unless you are a murderer, rapist or your typical criminal. Humans have many shades of gray and I have lived and experienced several colours of humanity.
Just because one is good in one scenario doesn’t mean they are saints in other circumstances. This is the most important lesson I have learned. I thank my father and all those who have wronged me for this particular lesson. Be careful who you trust with what information and how much of yourself you give to others because human nature is to take and they will not stop if you give a little, rather they will want it all. I mean this literally and figuratively. But again, only experiences will cement this ideology and simply learn through them,” she signs off.